Even though Gao Tianjue didn’t sigh, her eyes seemed to filled with remorse and pain.
“Right now, even if we attack you three against one, young Miss Tang wouldn’t really count as a person. She would be useless in an attack, so you really would only need to deal with the two of us.”
The old man broke in: “Actually, we don’t really count as two people.”
“Because we two are one person,” he said. “When attacking her, you would defend me with your life, and I would defend you with my life. If I got hurt, you would get flustered, and if you got hurt, I would be flustered. And that is when she would have her chance.” He sighed. “So as I said, the two of us will never measure up to them.” Even though he sighed, his expression was one of happiness, without any sign of regret.
“So,” asked Grand Miss Lei, “you mean that we’ve already lost this battle?”
“And we are basically dead already.”
“No one can evade death, so there’s nothing really amazing about it. In any case, we have lived our lives quite happily. Although, there’s something I need to say to you before I die.”
“Do you remember that year we went to the Zhongnan Mountains to make immortality pills?  Your younger martial sister came to visit and stayed for about a month?”
“There was one occasion when you went to the other side of the mountain to pick medicinal herbs, and you were gone for a few days. Well, when you were gone, your younger martial sister and I did something wrong. We regretted it, but by that time, we had already done it, and it was too late.”
Grand Miss Lei stared at him, and then her wizened, rigid face broke out in a smile, a smile a lovely as a lily.
“You think I didn’t know about that?” she said. “You think you could fool me?”
“You knew?” said the old man, shocked. “When did you find out?”
“I knew all along.”
“Then why didn’t you say anything? Why didn’t you lose your temper? Why didn’t you flip out on me?”
“Because we are married,” she said softly. “Being married is different than being siblings, friends or lovers. If I flipped out on you for a mistake you made, then the person in the wrong would not be you, but me.”
Gao Tianjue had been listening quietly, but now she interjected: “I also had a husband. He was surnamed Guo. Guo Mie. He was an extremely intelligent and talented man. I’ve never met another man in my entire life who could compare even to one of his fingers. When we were young, we were also happily married.”
“We know all that already.”
“He’s dead now,” said Gao Tianjue. “Do you know how he died?”
“No,” said Grand Miss Lei. “But we’ve always wanted to.”
“Then I’ll tell you. I killed him. I used the most cruel method possible to kill him.” Her voice was again extremely calm, frighteningly calm. So calm it was almost impossible to take. “Do you know why I killed him? Of course y
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