Ravaging Times

chapter 264

{Luyang}

[?]: You were just released, Ma’am, you shouldn’t strain yourself so much surveying all these businesses like this.

[?]: These are all Sima clan’s assets. How could I not worry about them?

[?]: Speaking of which, the shops in these regions are doing pretty well.

chapter 264 Impending Storms

[?]: Yes. Young Master had learned all the best tricks from you!

[?]: We just heard news that the Cao army has locked down the city. You should rest here for now, Ma’am.

[Shan Wu Ling]: Thanks.

[?]: Please forgive me for the poor welcome. I didn’t know you were visiting.

[SWL]: Buns?

[SWL]: I didn’t expect the Sima clan to take an interest in this trade.

[?]: Nonono, this shop is owned by master Liaoyuan.

[SWL]: No wonder Zhong Da still goes out of his way to keep the business going.

[?]: You may not know this, Ma’am, but Young Master is not the only person who cares about this shop.

[?]: Ever since the disappearance of master Liaoyuan, if it wasn’t for his care, this place…

[SWL]: Hoo. That guy sure is nostalgic.

[?]: Murder for other people, then start a losing business.

[?]: My oldest apprentice has the skill but not the aspiration to do great things.
[?]: He managed to achieve nothing all these years.

[?]: Yet our fates are intertwined. Mine is no better.

[?]: Though there is one good thing about this shop.

[Liu Da]: It reminds me how to tread my path.

[?]: Don’t worry, teacher, I won’t let you down.

[LD]: You are exceptionally gifted. I stake everything on you.
[LD]: Number two has died. Third and Fourth will follow you from now on.

[?]: That means I should leave now?

[LD]: You kept the businesses in perfect order while the Mrs. was away. You have learned all there is to learn about management.

[LD]: A big clan needs talents like you the most.

[LD]: Mister Ma,
[Ma]: Yessir.

[LD]: why did the business drop so much while I was away these months? What happened?

[M]: To be honest, we had competition.
(“…customers were taken from us”)

[LD]: A new shop nearby?

[M]: Yes. Recently some new shops opened on the other side of the market. They are doing better and better each day.

[LD]: Their buns tasted better than ours?
[M]: No. They don’t sell buns.

[LD]: No wonder.

[LD]: They also treat sickness, right?
[M]: How do you know, boss?

[LD]: They used to sell enchanted water. Now they’re selling flat cakes?

[LD]: I had gone through it before. How could I not know?

[LD]: Taiping Daoists are only good at this.

[?]: You mean the Yellow Turban rebels are trying to start over?

[?]: Good news, manager!

[?]: So that’s why they locked down the city!

{marching sfx}

{marching sfx}

[?]: Look. They surrounded that shop.

[?]: Good. Shut it down, shut it down!

[?]: Spirits protect us!

[?]: Protect my all-benefiting all-decent shop. Don’t let the officers take it!

[?]: Protect the shop with our lives!

[?]: Protect us, spirits! Protect it with our lives!

[?]: Are… are they not afraid of death?
[?]: It’s like they have gone mad.

[?]: Protect the shop with our lives! Charge!

[?]: Our order is to leave none alive!

KILL~

KILL~

AHH~

[?]: Should we save this man? Advisor Cheng?

{Cao Cao’s military advisor, Cheng Yu}
[Cheng Yu]: No need! Give them enchanted flat cakes. Let them treat themselves.

[LD]: That’s right.
[LD]: It is the best strategy against them.

[?]: Enchanted flat cakes can save people? (Like) Hell!

[CY]: This again.
{book: Collection of the Mountains and Seas}

[CY]: Hurry and notify the Advisors. Tell them…

[CY]: those bastards are back.

[CY]: Then send some men to search the area. Don’t leave any of this kind alive.

[?]: Yessir.

[?]: He sure is decisive.

[SWL]: That’s because you don’t know the severity of the situation.

[?]: Sis.

[SWL]: I have returned safe and sound. You can go now without worries.

[?]: You mean…

[SWL]: If it’s like this (even) here, there must be more in other parts.

[SWL]: This organization is everywhere, and they are good at controlling minds.

[SWL]: The three Zhang brothers have stirred up quite a storm already. The remaining few want to play the same old trick.

[SWL]: The ashes reignites. This time it may be more difficult to deal with now that they have learned from past experience.

[?]: So it’s that kind of warfare?

[SWL]: Yes. Cultism brainwashing.

[?]: The most despicable tactic there is.

[LD]: Troubles are brewing in the eastern region. Words really get around in places like this.

[?]: Tell them to take out anyone who sells charms to cure disease, or talk of heavenly ideals.

[?]: Go get ready while the city is still under a lock-down.

[?]: Yessir.

[SWL]: Xu Sheng and Pan Zhang have followed you for years. But you are finally letting them go.

[LD]: I feel that my “Defeated Officers” will become extraordinary in his care.

[LD]: Young Master,

[LD]: you’re welcome at the bun shop if you ever forget your goal.

[?]: Not to worry, teacher. I’m not interested in buns.

[LD]: He’s got spirit.
(“has aspiration”)
[SWL]: A tiger’s cub still craves blood.
(“…still likes blood”)

[SWL]: I want a son like that too.

[?]: Then make some babies already.
(“then hurry and give birth to some”)

[SWL]: Bugger off.

[?]: Your wish is my command.

[?]: Oath sister, teacher.

[?]: Zhong Mou is heading out.
(the wordplay is on “leaving mountain”, where hanzi “shan” is the word for “mountain”; so the inside “meaning” of “a Genius emerging/graduating” could also JUST mean “leaving the Shan clan”. This is all speculation because we don’t know how Mr. Chen will develop this plot line!)

The new wave has drowned me.

2 Comments »

  1. “{leader of the Defeated Officers, Liu Da}”

    That part isn’t in the volume scans.

    Also missing the translation of the location on the first page.

    Like

    Comment by Ki Shodar — August 5, 2009 @ 10:52 am


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