Ravaging Times

chapter 204

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

On the night of New Year, after my acrobat show,
/* Chinese New Year, not in January */

I became a little saddened.

I remembered a good friend,
and myself.

Suddenly I felt like retiring.
That night I had some difficulty falling asleep.

I saw him, instead, in my dream…

chapter 204 After Handicapped Warriors

I scolded him, why did you come back?

Is it to see if we have suffered enough?

Or…

Sometimes reality and dream look the same.

It seems as if I have already seen this coming.

[Xu Ding]: Liaoyuan Huo, haven’t seen you in a long time after the battle at Xuzhou.

[?]: Surround him!

[Liaoyuan Huo]: Ma Yong.
[Ma Yong]: Here!

{sfx: cha~ cha~ cha~}

[LYH]: Save him.

{sfx: cha~}

[LYH]: Kneel. All of you.

{sfx: cha~ cha~ cha~}

Everyone has been holding on;

[LYH]: Kneel.

Ah~

{sfx: cha~ cha~}

waiting for this chaos to pass.

[?]: Everyone look out!
[?]: Wah! It hurts, it hurts!

[XD]: Charge! His darts are used up!

[LYH]: Leader,

[LYH]: do you recall this scene?

[LYH]: Do you recall Zhang Liao’s cry at Xuzhou?

[XD]: Stay… stay back, don’t be stupid!

Everyone has been holding on.

[?]: Leader, look!

[LYH]: Good job, Ma Yong.
{sfx: pa}

[MY]: Boss, hurry!

[LYH]: Follow us if you dare.

[?]: After them! He’s going into the hidden room!

[?]: He’s heading for the opening!

[LYH]: Go, join up with Master.

[Zhang Lei]: Huo… Ang… he… he…

[MY]: Boss, Guo Ang is already…

[LYH]: I know.

{sfx: sha}

{sfx: cha~}

[?]: We can’t get in! Liaoyuan Huo is guarding the entrance!
[?]: The entrance is too narrow. Think of something!

[?]: Hammerman!

He answered it plainly, as if it didn’t happen.

{sfx: pong~ pong~}

[XD]: Looks like,
[XD]: he entered from the eastern secret passageway.

[XD]: It doesn’t go far, so they could only hide inside the city somewhere.

[XD]: Henei is ours now; keep looking, we’ll find them.

[XD]: The better news is, I can feel…

[XD]: that his injuries are quite severe.

{sfx: pong~ pong~}
On the night of New Year I was walking alone on the streets,

{sfx: pong~}
thinking about everything.

{sfx: pala~}

[?]: It’s broken through. Everyone be careful.
[?]: Ready! One, two, three!

[follower 1]: He retreated!
[follower 2]: Good! After them!

Make the kill, then run.

I’m used to scenes like that.

Something like Guo Ang’s death,
is just a matter of time.

[LYH]: Just you men?

[LYH]: That guy is afraid to come in…

[LYH]: Fine, die in his place then.

[LYH]: Next…

[LYH]: enter a world of darkness.

{sfx: cha~}

{sfx: shoo!}

It seems that everything is just the same as always.

{sfx: cha~}

It seems that I have returned to my old ways.

{sfx: cha~ cha~}

[follower x]: Wah! Can’t see anything!
[follower y]: Retreat! Retreat to a light source!

Yes. I have always wanted to crawl out of this place,
crawl toward the light.

For what?
[follower]: Is… is he here?
Living without ambition, like Zhong Da; I hate that kind of life.

Living from day to day, like my life;
I hate that too.

But none of that matters now!

Because a shallow belief has lit up my way out.

I…
have finally found my life’s goal!

“The Annals of Lü Bu Wei” also says, cinnabar can be ground to powder,
/* “Lü Shi Chun Qiu”; http://www.amazon.com/Annals-Lu-Buwei-Complete-Translation/dp/0804733546 */

but its redness cannot be taken away.

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