The thought of Jagoan walking alone on a long road weighed heavily on Jagoan’s mind. He knew he couldn’t let her travel that path alone.
Determined to see her journey through to the end, he stood up, took the wine glass from Yuhiko Ito’s hand, and said firmly, “Mr. Ito, don’t worry. I promise you that no matter how long the road is, I’ll always be there for Jagoan.”
Tears streamed down Yuhiko Ito’s face as he humbly bowed his head. In that moment, he realized that he need not worry about whether or not Jagoan would become his son-in-law. If Jagoan and Jagoan were on the same path, it didn’t matter whether they were married or not.
With a grateful heart, Yuhiko Ito stood up, looked at Jagoan, and said, “Thank you, Mr. Wade, for your success!”
To Yuhiko Ito, entrusting Jagoan to Jagoan at this moment was like a wedding, where a father entrusted his daughter to the groom. No matter how long Jagoan’s life path might be, he hoped that Jagoan would always be by her side, so she wouldn’t have to walk alone.
“As long as Jagoan agrees, nothing else matters in the life journey that may last a hundred or two hundred years, or even longer. Married or not, it doesn’t matter if you give away all the Ito family’s property. Money isn’t something you’re born with and you can’t take it with you when you die.”
Jagoan wept on the side, realizing that entering the world of martial arts meant changing the direction of her life. Once she set her sights on this new path, everything she had planned for the past two decades would undergo an earth-shattering transformation.
She was about to embark on a new way of living. When she saw her father’s tearful eyes, she couldn’t help but feel a tinge of hesitation. She lost her mother as a child and received double the love from her father. But the thought of the long journey of martial arts, and the idea of dedicating herself to it, made her realize that time would fly by like a galloping horse.
Accompanying her father was a rare luxury for her, let alone the Ito Group, which was his lifelong labor of love.
He had entrusted it all to her, so how could she just abandon him and the company?
The thought of it made her choke up. “Dad… I don’t want martial arts to be my main focus. I want to spend more time with you, and I want to run the Ito Group well.”
Yuhiko Ito asked her a question in return, “Jagoan, do you know why I worked so hard to run the Ito Group even after your mother passed away, even though I already had more money than I could spend?”
Jagoan shook her head slightly.
Yuhiko Ito looked serious. “Before you were ten, I worked hard to give you the best life possible. And after you turned ten, I worked even harder to ensure that your offspring would also have a better life.”
He paused for a moment, then said, “But as a father, is there anything more satisfying than seeing your daughter live a long and prosperous life? Even if I were to die now, I wouldn’t hesitate if it meant you could live for two hundred years.”
“Dad, please don’t say that,” Jagoan pleaded, feeling overwhelmed by her father’s words.
Yuhiko Ito looked at Jagoan, his eyes welling up with tears. “Jagoan, it’s hard for you to understand the emotions of a parent. If it came down to choosing between you and your child, most parents would sacrifice themselves. When you become a mother one day, you’ll understand how I feel.”
Feeling the weight of his words, Jagoan tried to lighten the mood. “Mr. Ito, there’s no need to be so serious. Jagoan has a long future ahead of her, and so do you.”
Raising his wine glass, Jagoan proposed, “Why don’t we make a small agreement between us?”
Curious, Yuhiko Ito asked, “Mr. Wade, what kind of agreement do you have in mind?”
Jagoan grinned mischievously. “I’ve always admired your house in Kyoto. It has such a rich history, doesn’t it?”
Yuhiko Ito nodded. “It’s nearly three hundred years old.”
“Well,” Jagoan continued, “Let’s make a deal. On your 100th birthday, I’ll come to Kyoto and celebrate with you. You prepare the contract for the house, and then you give it to me as a gift.”
Yuhiko Ito couldn’t believe what he had just said. “Mr. Wade, if you want the house, I can give it to you now. Why wait until my 100th birthday? I can’t even imagine living that long…”
His words trailed off as he realized the implications of what he had said. He looked at Jagoan with wide eyes, but Jagoan just smiled knowingly, not saying a word.
Suddenly, Yuhiko Ito snapped out of his daze and fell to his knees.
“Thank you, Mr. Wade, for everything,” he said, choking back tears.
Jagoan understood Jagoan’s intention and quickly joined her father on the ground.
“Thank you, Mr. Wade, for making this happen!” she said, her voice full of gratitude.
Jagoan didn’t offer to help them up. Instead, he spoke to Jagoan with a solemn tone. “From now on, you must focus on your studies. I can assure you that Mr. Ito will be no different in fifty years than he is now, except that he’ll be one hundred years old.”
He continued, “While it’s difficult to guarantee that the Rejuvenation Pill will help people live to be two hundred years old, living to a hundred and fifty is certainly not impossible. For Jagoan’s sake and to honor Yuhiko Ito’s father, I want Yuhiko to live as long as possible. The Rejuvenation Pill, one, two, three, and you could live for a hundred and fifty years.”
With the Mystic Harmony Sect’s medicine cauldron at his disposal, Jagoan could refine an enhanced version of the pill that would help Yuhiko Ito live even longer.
At first, Yuhiko thought that Jagoan’s gift would only help him live until he was a hundred, but now he realized that Jagoan wanted to keep him in his current state until he turned one hundred. With Jagoan’s previous help and the reshaping pill, Yuhiko’s body was already healthy and robust, and he could easily live another thirty years.
If he maintained his current state until he turned one hundred, he could live to be a hundred and thirty or even longer. The thought left Yuhiko trembling with excitement, his arms resting on the ground as he kowtowed humbly to Jagoan. He was too overwhelmed to stand up, his body shaking like he had been electrocuted.
Jagoan’s kindness was immeasurable, and it went far beyond material possessions and money. Yuhiko and Jagoan were grateful beyond words, and they kowtowed to Jagoan in a gesture of deep respect.
Jagoan didn’t stop them, understanding that this was their way of expressing their gratitude. He knew that if he didn’t allow them to perform this great gift, they might not even be able to sleep. Even Emi Ito and Tanaka Hiroichi, who were stunned by Jagoan’s generosity, knelt silently behind the father and daughter and kowtowed silently.
After the four of them had kowtowed three times, Jagoan helped Yuhiko and Jagoan up, and with a light smile, he said, “Alright, let’s eat. I haven’t had a bite to eat in a while. Isn’t it inappropriate to keep the food waiting?”
Yuhiko quickly wiped away his tears and said, “Yes, let’s eat! Mr. Wade, please, join us for dinner.”