Chapter 1

 

The sun was scorching, the sky was filled with yellow powder everywhere, and the withered vines and old trees were even more depressed and dilapidated in this environment.
A team of hundreds of soldiers and horses guarded more than a dozen carriages, slowly moving towards the west.
Looking from a distance, the team twisted and turned into a long dragon.

The carriage was very luxurious and comfortable, running ahead in the front line.
At the end of the group, a few soldiers dragged their steps tiredly.
Their mouths were already dry.
One soldier took off the bamboo tube around his waist and ferociously took a sip.

The person next to him glanced at him, “It’s better to save some, this place has no village ahead and no inn behind.
If there is no water source to replenish, I will see what you will do then.”

The man raised his head to look at the sky, and then sipped a mouthful of water fiercely, “Pei (spitting sound)! I can’t care about that now, at least it won’t make a person thirst to death, right?”

“Hey! You guys don’t say that, the soldiers here are in turmoil and chaos of war, they have no idea when they might die.
There was a saying, what was it? Something horse, something bundle of corpse?” Another soldier cried out and said.

“Pei, Pei! Zhou Dadan, you have a crow’s mouth.
Saying something bad like that, what about being buried in a horse hide(giving one’s life on the battlefield)? Bad luck! Laozi has to keep his life to go back home and marry a wife!” The man drinking water was called Li Man, and became depressed when he heard Zhou Dadan’s words.
But Zhou Dadan was fearless, and always spoke without thinking.
“Well, consider it our bad luck to be chosen to follow that kind of master.” 

(Laozi: I) 

Zhou Dadan paid it no mind, he touched his forehead and laughed twice, “What’s wrong with it? Coming to this side, we can render meritorious service.
Wait for when Laozi beat those barbarians.
Maybe I’ll be able to be like a general of the Great Yan, and receive people’s praises and admiration.”

(The Great Yan: the name of the dynasty, just like the Great Tang dynasty.) 

“Shh! Zhou Dadan, a green onion like you is worthy of being on the same level as a general of the Great Yan?” someone next to him immediately sneered.

Li Man drank the last drop of water, feeling a little unhappy.
Hearing Zhou Dadan saying this, he felt even more unhappy.
He stretched out his hand and slapped it on Zhou Dadan’s helmet and turned it crooked.
He swore while talking: “Get lost, if you want to die, then don’t drag us with you.”

Zhou Dadan was slapped, but didn’t get angry.
He just straightened the helmet with a good temper, nevertheless, his eyes flashed brightly.

Everyone around knew of Zhou Dadan’s straightforward character, thus, it was not good to argue with him.
Instead, they acted as the middle person making peace, “Fine, it’s just that we don’t have any connections in the capital, that’s why we were instructed to come to this deserted place.”

As soon as this was said, the surrounding people were quiet for a moment.
Many people felt perplexed regarding the future.
Following this kind of person, will one really be able to have a future? They were all people from the capital, and their living conditions were excellent.
After they came here, everything they saw and heard made them tremble, making them more or less a little uneasy. 

“Time is also fate*.
Now that we’re here, just take it easy.” Someone said soothingly.

(People have to grasp the current situation and timing when they do things >> they said that you will be successful when you start doing business at the right place and right time, and the right time here refer to this ‘Time is also fate’ expression from Confucius.)

“Nonsense and bullsh*t.
When there were smooth and steady days to pass, but to run here instead, that fool dragged us here to die with him…” Before Li Man finished speaking, his mouth was covered by one of his companions, hinting him not to talk nonsense.

Fortunately, these people were good brothers and were unlikely to gossip unnecessarily and so on.
But be careful sailing a ship for ten thousand years (one cannot be overly careful).
If one is not careful, and it was spread to that person’s ear, then the consequences would be fatal.
That person was a little stupid, but the reputation of being arrogant, domineering and stingy has spread far.

Li Man struggled to pry away his hand with great difficulty.
His lips twitched, and he spat a mouthful of saliva full of yellow sand.
Finally, seeing these people looking at him in horror, he finally closed his mouth, feeling meaningless.

What can be done? Boss Song, who was with them, learned the news early on.
Thus, secretly using a lot of money, in addition to his maternal uncle who was an imperial guard, now, he was living comfortably inside the capital city.
How could he resemble these people who didn’t have any ranks or connections, and was instructed to come here to protect this fool.
From here on, they were afraid they could only live in this deserted place for the rest of their life.
Wanting to return to the capital would be difficult now.
Thinking to this point, the feeling of unwillingness rose in his heart. 

The silence didn’t last too long as someone saw Elder Shen trotting from this team returning from the front.
So they changed the subject naturally, and said with experience: “Let’s walk faster, maybe the frontline is about to set up camp.” This was already the usual time to give command to rest and reorganize.  

After he finished speaking, Li Man looked at the front and could almost see a small carriage.
His heart was broken: This fool had better be attacked and killed by those barbarians.
He hadn’t realized that if the person they were protecting died, none of them would survive.
The crime of failing to protect one’s master would be enough for them to have their heads chopped off eight or ten times.

That’s right, the person inside the carriage in the frontline was the Fourteenth Prince of the Kingdom, and was bestowed the title of Duan Wang* not long ago.
While they were the guards assigned to protect the Fourteenth Prince.
This trip was to follow the Fourteenth Prince to head for the territory–Liangcheng. 

(Duan Wang: or King Duan, a title bestowed to territory or vassal state’s kings by the Emperor)

The Fourteenth Prince, Ming Yu was a little foolish since he was born.
Because he was born from the late Empress Yuan, and because he was stimulated while in the womb, he was born prematurely.
The Emperor felt a little guilty and pity for him.
In order to compensate him, the Emperor originally wanted to arrange a rich territory near the capital city.
Thus, what if the Fourteenth Prince was a little stupid? He could live comfortably like this for a lifetime.

However, a fool is a fool.
He actually gave up the prosperous land of the c

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