Deana noticed Aunt Evans was in low spirits and tried to console her, “Auntie, I haven’t lived here for very long, so I can’t say for certain if Jagoan has been here in recent years. Don’t lose hope just yet.”
Aunt Evans let out a sigh and confided, “I don’t doubt that Jagoan is still alive, but the clues I have are so few. If one of them falls apart, the rest are useless…”
Deana reassured her, “Auntie, maybe it’s not yet time for you to meet Jagoan. When the time is right, even if he’s far away, he’ll come to you. Believe me, I worry I won’t live to see that day.”
Deana couldn’t help feeling sorry for Aunt Evans.
Aurous Hill was a painful place for her, with her daughter and son-in-law dying here and her grandson missing for over two decades.
If it were her, she would never have had the courage to come back. Yet here she was, in her advanced age, seeking closure. Deana knew it would take a long time for her to find peace.
Deana couldn’t help but think to herself, “Jagoan, your grandmother has come all the way to Aurous Hill at her age. No matter what you’re going through, you should at least consider her feelings.”
But she also understood that Jagoan’s problems were likely beyond her understanding. Knowing his character, he must have had a good reason for his actions.
So she suggested to Aunt Evans, “Auntie, since you’ve come all this way, why not stay here for a while? Even if you don’t find Jagoan, he might come back someday and you’ll be here to meet him.”
Deana knew Jagoan’s capabilities, and by staying in Aurous Hill, Aunt Evans would have his protection. It seemed that her suggestion was in line with the Lady’s own thoughts.
As the Lady spoke, she nodded slightly, her expression serious and determined. “I have no plans to return home this time,” she said. “In other words, unless Jagoan returns, I won’t be leaving Aurous Hill anytime soon.”
Deana’s eyes lit up with relief and joy. “Oh, Auntie, that’s wonderful news! You should stay in Aurous Hill as long as you like. Anytime you need my help, just say the word and I’ll do everything I can.”
The Lady’s face softened with gratitude. “Thank you so much, Deana. Your kindness means a lot.”
As the Lady stayed at Deana’s house, Jagoan was still at the Elys-Champ Hot Spring Hotel, diligently following Master Vail’s teaching progress.
The villa in the middle of the mountain still held the canned oral liquid that Jagoan had acquired before.
He intended to wait a few more days for his special people to successfully enter the gate of martial arts before distributing the oral liquid to all. That way, everyone could experience the exhilarating feeling of rapid growth in cultivation.
After a morning of intense learning, Master Vail finally paused his lecture at 11,30 am, calling out to the group, “Alright everyone, this morning’s session has come to an end. Feel free to grab some lunch and rest up. We’ll reconvene at 1,30 pm for the afternoon class.”
As one, the students rose from their futons, bowing deeply to Master Vail and expressing their thanks.
They shuffled out of the room, stretching out their muscles and taking deep breaths.