Ravaging Times

chapter 187

(I need to read this over, no time right now)

Night;
all is quiet.

There is only the whispering of walking men.

[?]: The enemy is just outside the woods, but we must get ahead of them.
{note: military gear, baggage, mostly travelling necessities for the soldiers}
[?]: How? We even dropped our gear, and it’s not like we’re going any faster.

[?]: Is this crappy road really the shortcut?
[?]: Oh yeah, where is that Hu guy?

[?]: Report! Up ahead, up ahead…

chapter 187 Everything In One Night

[?]: There are flames!

[soldier]: It looks like an ambush. Should we contact General Hu?

A stunned expression, just waiting for the outburst.

[Xiahou Dun]: He…

Oh fuck him!

There is one clan that has only one job.

[Hu Ju Er]: He’s right. Men of the Hu clan always betray their masters.

[HJE]: Tell Lord Lü Bu that he better send troops if he wants a piece of the pie.
[soldier]: Yessir!

[?]: Report! The men in the woods are in disarray!

[HJE]: Excellent. Signal the nearby “enemy forces” for a joint assault.

[?]: Listen up, go around them to the forest entrance. Our target is Cao Cao’s military gear.

A sea of flames,
bringing forth a wave of curses from the woods.

Suddenly one awakens from sleep with a puzzled expression.

[?]: The north camp’s food storage has been set on fire!
[?]: Everybody up! Go put out the fire!

[Cao Ang]: If this is another drill then it has gone too far!
[soldier]: I wouldn’t dare make up something like that. This is for real!

[CA]: What’s the situation at the back camp?
[captain]: It’s fine over there, but they’re not enough to help us!

[CA]: Right, re-deployed…

[?]: Then go request for help from the midway camp!
[?]: Hurry! Get water from the river pass!

The fire is just the prelude.

{south gate}
[captain]: Did you send the signal?

[scout]: Yes, but no response.

[captain]: Oncoming troops! Re…

{sfx: long~}

[captain]: respond…

A call to arms,
just for the dignity of one man.

[?]: They… they’re not stopping.
[?]: It’s an attack! An attack!

[Zhang Xiu]: Cao Cao, you despicable dog!

{shouting: kill~}

[?]: Break the fences!

[general]: Young Master, the south gate is under attack, and they request for aid!

[CA]: Then forget the fire; fend off the enemy first!

[?]: Zhang Xiu has revolted! Tell all troops to go defend the south gate!

[CA]: Not soon enough. There are too few men at the south gate.
[CA]: Build a line of defense right here right now!

[CA]: Deploy an ambush formation! Call the archers! Hurry!

{sfx: xiu~}

{sfx: cha~ cha~ cha~}

[soldier]: Watch where you’re aiming!

[ambush]: Hold this position until Zhang Xiu’s men arrive!
A team of rations transporter is actually the pawn for creating chaos.

[soldier]: Those archers are from the rations troop that just came in!
[soldier]: Oh no! We’re fighting each other!

[CA]: Stay calm! They’re only a small group of insiders!

[CA]: Hold this position no matter what! We must keep the midway in order!

[CA]: Don’t worry!

{sfx: cha~}
[CA]: This is just…

{sfx: peng~}

{sfx: ba la~}

a…

{sfx: ta~}

nightmare.

[Liaoyuan Huo]: It’s just… just like…

[Dian Wei]: fighting myself.

[CA]: Gua… Guardian Dian!

[ambush]: Is… is he that outsider?!

[LYH]: You… are almost dead, right?

[DW]: You… you too!

A bitter laughter came upon me,

for being toyed by fate;

for being rejected by Heaven and earth.

Everything becomes a blur,

followed by an emptiness.

In this mirror,
I see my mutilated self.

And suddenly all is quiet.

So quiet I can hear the spearhead rubbing against the bone,

and the helpless cries from the organs.

What appears to be a tough exterior is fighting to prevent itself from crumbling.

Blood cannot wait to flee the breaking body,
/*
“The blood cannot wait to exit through any crack to avoid this disaster,
and escape in the dark.”
*/

flee in the dark.

{sfx: pa!}

The pitch-black sky faces off against the emptiness,

and the mind is rocked by waves of broken memory.

Another dead silence.

Which wave shall reach the shore?

Hope it is a memory that can wake me from this nightmare.

[DW]: My Lord!

[DW]: He… is calling me.

Oh no. A dying beast is about to strike back.
/* distorted */

One name, one reminder.
[CA]: Fa…

[CA]: Father, father!

[CA]: Father is on the other side of the camp!
[CA]: On the other side!

One night, one nightmare.

[?]: Somebody…

[?]: help… help our Lord.

That night I saw a road with no return.

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