Ravaging Times

chapter 219

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

Away from danger… and going through it.

I still remember how I walked down that road…

[Liu Bei]: Send in the supplies first, we’ll head for Zhanxian tomorrow to rendezvous with Mi Zhu.
/* county of Zhan */
{Gucheng}
/* old city */

I still remember how I walked that path of life.
It filled me with excitement.

[?]: We’ve been expecting you, Liu Bei.

chapter 219 The God and Sage of War

Though I forgot about other men like me.
/* or more metaphorically, “fellow travelers” */

{Qin Yi Lu}
[Qin Yi Lu]: I’ve been down this path already.
/*
it is possible to interpret this as a simple form of word-play/connotation – the physical road versus “road of life”, in relation to Liu Bei’s thoughts
*/

[captain]: My Lord, they… they’re Lü Bu’s men.

[?]: My Lord, it’s an ambush!

This is how one walks his path.

[QYL]: And this path reeks of raw stench.

{sfx: cha~ cha~ cha~}

{shouting: kill~}

Everyone has a path, a way to tread it, and how one should see himself.

[?]: Open up! Please hurry!

[?]: Help me!
[?]: I don’t want to die!

Some people passed over then look back.

Some stop and think they have reached the destination.

But who doesn’t want to get over there?
/* ??? */
[?]: Protect our Lord, help me clear the way!

{sfx: cha~}

[?]: Protect our Lord, you hear me?

[soldier]: Protect our Lord!
[soldier]: Or die trying!

My ears are bigger than normal.

Yet I hear only the wails of humanity.

My arms are longer than normal.

Yet I cannot reach my goal.

Why?

Why am I facing a dead end,
when I have just found my way in life?

Dear Heaven!
Heavens what are you doing?

Why? Why can’t I go on?

For a veteran like me,
why am I suddenly afraid of death?
/* a person who fought many wars, what’s the word? war-weary? war-? battle-laden? */

What is the value of living?
No one is certain.

We only learn what the sages theorize.

Only God knows everything.

{sfx: pong~}

Yet we are still searching.

{sfx: ka~}

[Guan Yu]: You, why block me? Scared?

[Lü Bu]: I still have aspiration; I’ll never go down with you like this.

[LB]: Guan Yu, the sages will only make you throw your life away.

[LB]: Once you understand that…

{sfx: cha~}

{sfx: shoo~}

{sfx: pong~}

[LB]: you will understand why I blocked.

{sfx: pa~}

[GY]: I…

[GY]: don’t get it.

{sfx: pa!}

{sfx: foo~}

[GY]: Not at all.

{sfx: pa~}

[LB]: Live and you can accomplish more,

[LB]: more meaningful goals.

{sfx: foo~}

{sfx: pa~}

[LB]: Understand?

[GY]: No I don’t.

{sfx: pong~}

[LB]: Understand?

{sfx: pa~}

[LB]: One must treasure whatever that’s left in life.

[LB]: To me,
[LB]: a martyr is merely a fool who didn’t obey Heaven’s will!

[GY]: But that’s not what the sages said!

{sfx: pong~}

[GY]: Today I will teach you.

[LB]: How sad you are.

[LB]: I will ask you again, have you no aspiration?

[LB]: Take life seriously and a man will fear death!
/* “the more one dares to face life, the more afraid of death he is” */

[GY]: Bullshit!

[LB]: Then follow the footsteps of the ancients;

[LB]: for the sake of absurd values…

turn the rest of your life into a useless tombstone.
/*
http://www.baidu.com/s?ie=gb2312&bs=%C1%D2%CA%BF&sr=&z=&cl=3&f=8&wd=%CA%AF%B1%AE&ct=1048576
*/

There is an unpolished gem behind me.
/*
nice multiple-meaning:
http://www.baidu.com/s?ie=gb2312&bs=%B1%A6%CA%AF&sr=&z=&cl=3&f=8&tn=baidu&wd=%D7%C1%C4%A5&ct=1048576
*/

What is he thinking at this moment?

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