[CG]: Remember, save your strength. We want to diminish their supply of arrows!
[?]: Forward! Pull back when their arrows fly!
chapter 250 Going Separate Ways
[?]: Cao Hong’s army three hundred steps away!
[Zang Ba]: Archers, up three!
[?]: Get ready!
[?]: So our arrows will only last fifteen more rounds.
[?]: Don’t worry, we still have troops to use if we run out of arrows.
[?]: Redeploy the mercenaries to guard the upper tower.
[LB]: Go now and stand guard. I will come after you to lead the battle.
[?]: Ok, we’ll wait for you on the tower.
[?]: What is the meaning of this?
[LB]: Keep it down!
[ZL]: The soldiers know nothing of this. How could you do that to them?
[ZL]: Listen, if you want to go then we all go!
[LB]: The enemy is focusing their attacks on the two gates now. In a few days we will retreat through the east gate during the confusion. You should get ready too.
[ZL]: Ready for what! I went through all that trouble to convince our brothers to stay and give their lives for you, how can you be so ungrateful?
[LB]: Zhang Liao, do you think Yuan Shao will come and attack Cao Cao?
[ZL]: That’s right! Stay and fight with us. There’s no need to run to Yuan Shu!
[LB]: Why would I serve Yuan Shu?
[LB]: Only now do I realize what has happened.
[LB]: We have all been tricked by Yuan Shao.
[LB]: After my failed attempt to break through the siege, Yuan Shao sent a messenger to say that he is willing to take me in.
[LB]: But the condition is that we do our best to wear down Cao Cao’s forces before he sends aid.
[LB]: Subdue the enemy without a fight – that has always been the methodology of Yuan Shao’s Advisor Yuan Fang.
[LB]: Do you remember what Yuan Fang did at Hulao Pass back then?
[LB]: He used diminution tactics on the Guandong Alliance, then slowly devoured each ally.
[LB]: We have been had. He’s good. There is nothing I can do about that.
[LB]: But think about it, any loss on Cao Cao’s part means a strengthening on Yuan Shao’s side.
[LB]: Just bear it a little until Yuan Shao stages a major counteroffensive, then we’ll have a chance to start over.
[LB]: Making it big again with our skills.
[LB]: I know this is an ungrateful act to our brothers,
[LB]: but this is war, it’s casualties, so?
[LB]: You are the most important man to me. I still need your help in later days.
[LB]: Go pack your things!
[ZL]: You are (my) master, but they are (my) brothers!
[ZL]: A deputy like me can help you get away for good!
[ZL]: But I’m staying with my brothers for better or worse!
[LB]: Zhang Liao! Get back here!
[LB]: Get back here now!
[Chen Gong]: The lad is young. He won’t understand with a personality like that.
[LB]: You finished packing too?
[CG]: Old men have a lot to be stubborn about, my Lord.
[LB]: You are not leaving either?
[CG]: If I stay you will have a smoother escape, and Cao Cao’s army will suffer more.
[CG]: A loss today but a gain later. Your service under Yuan Shao will earn you some resources.
[CG]: Besides, I’ve always disliked Yuan Shao, and I have no desire to work with Genius Yuan Fang.
[CG]: I’m old. My knowledge is already outdated.
[CG]: I feel ashamed for not being able to relieve you of the problems these years.
[CG]: I am eternally grateful for your trust in me, and now I can only stay and give it my all.
[CG]: Lü Bu, go and do what you do best.
[LB]: What I do best?
[CG]: Powerful as he was, Dong Zhuo still fell to you. How challenging is Yuan Shao?
[LB]: Please reconsider, Chen Gong!
[CG]: Listen, I’m old;
[CG]: I can’t withstand the mighty current anymore.
Even this place
will not keep me any longer.
No chance for victory, nor a way out.
So Xuzhou really is no place to grow attached to.
Are you laughing, Liu Bei?
You must be laughing too, dear Heaven.
[?]: I told you to go, but you didn’t.
[?]: Now you get off the bed,
[Wei Xu]: but it’s too late.
[WX]: Blame it on your foolishness, Chen Gong.
[WX]: Up there.
[Hou Cheng]: Go!
Hou Cheng, Song Xian!
He is right.
I am an old fool!
An old fool!
And then Lü Bu saw someone else laughing.