War Prisoner: Chapter 3 – 5

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Chapter 3

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The afternoon sun was hung over the brutality battlefield; the light arrays were pierced through the rolling sands like a shrouded crestfallen shield. From time to time there are a few flowers of blood accompanied with sands flied into the air. The sands had stained with blood from the earlier battle, as a young man’s body was partially uncovered beneath the sand with an arm that had terrible mutilated. This is cruelty of war and there can be no words to describe it.

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Additionally, what was more devastating about this great battle outcome: the country’s reputation, the monarch’s ambitions and peace of a nation. Since the stakes are high, whether it is Qi or Kim Liao, they have to do their best because they can’t afford to lose.

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Wan Yan Xu and Su Yi, the highest ranking Generals for each side was facing each other at the centre of the battlefield. Both parties were heavily sweating so the body armours appeared to be increasingly heavier. Wan Yan Xu suddenly quietly said, “The outcome has been fixed, why you are still made unnecessary struggled, if you’re to surrender, I’ll reward you with wealth and titles. Qi ‘s King and greedy Ministers, are they really worthy of your sacrifice?”

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Su Yi did not replied, he knew Wan Yan Xu was correct that the outcome has already determined, whether it was the army or himself. Currently, Wan Yan Xu has strengths to speak but for him, he cannot uttered a word, if he did so whatever power he has would undoubtedly be gone.

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Wan Yan Xu’s eyes were flashed with chilliness, coldly said: “You’re so arrogant, not even care to reply.” In his resentment with a third force of the strength, he’d willed the long spear and it powers like the dragon dived into the sea or the tiger jumped down the mountain. Su Yi was already struggling to fight, how could he withstands the attack and for an instance he was inattentive. His shoulder was injured by an arrowshot and heavily bleeding which have stained the body armour; his eyes were vertigo and mouth gives a hint of bleak smile. Su Yi was staggered on the horse before his body was completely and gently captive by Wan Yan Xu. The little strength he had have gathered in his fist and ready to attack the opponent as the man face came closer, unfortunately the enemy realised of his intention and took hold of his neck, at once he completely fainted.

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When he woke up again, the heaven already filled with stars and speckled of very pale light from a crescent cold moon. Although there no wind but it was bitterly cold, Su Yi found his body sweats had formed a layer of thin ice and seems eroding the skin. The armour he has own for many years was nowhere in sight, presumably took as a trophy by the enemy for his captivity. The squeaky sound of the prisoner wagon travelled in the night was particularly harsh to listen.

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A woman’s voice suddenly rang out: “The camp site have built, the King ordered me to take Su General to his tent.” In the darkness of the night a beautiful face slowly revealed, she saw that he has awaken and could not help smiling, the starry moon lights were at this moment deemed under her elegance.

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Wan Yan Xu’s tent was cosy warmth but cannot melt the iciness in his eyes. When Su Yi in his sight, his frightening face twisted with a cruel smile, coldly said: “Su General, do you know how long I’ve been wait for this day? Three years, one month and five days, thanks for God mercy and with Qi’s Ministers helps, made my lifelong wish have easily fulfil.”

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Su Yi pursed his thin lips and eyes steadfast on Wan Yan Xu, he was surprised to find the other man has picked up the roast lamb’s leg from a dish on the table and places it before him, taunted and laughed: “Are you hungry? I was surprised how odd the Invincible General is during our combats. It was until I’d interrogated your Lieutenant that I’ve discover the reason, tut tut, such a pity, ah, a famous general, starving without food and had to fight on the battlefield, if this news is spread out, none will believe, ha ha ha.” His maniac laughter was unmoved Su Yi as he was only coldly staring back at the other man.

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Wan Yan Xu laughter was steeply broken for Su Yi silence has irritated him, as if he was a clown on a stage and acting in a meaningless one-man show. He grabbed Su Yi’s collar, coldly said:  “I ​​asking you one more, are you going to surrender or not.”

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Su Yi finally replied and the sound was very crisp but mellow: “No surrender.”

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Wan Yan Xu suddenly let go, sneered for a moment: “Why? I’d said, is such a monarchy worthy of your sacrifice?”

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Su Yi said each word distinctly: “My life is only sold for the Qi’s people.” His tone was resolute and ringing with mettle.

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Wan Yan Xu’s eyes seem to be lit up like a ball of fire. Su Yi stature was clearly smaller than his but currently as if it has became much taller than him; this impression made ​​him even angrier, and what more intolerable was the man calmly manners, just like he was not the prisoner but vice versa.

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He gripped Su Yi’s shoulder wound, Wan Yan Xu was satisfied when he saw the other man bitten his lip. His frantically wicked eyes was staring and grunting slowly: “Su Yi, you probably do not know, I have always been ruthless with my enemy, especially you, I’ll have no mercy, and do you know how much pleasure it is when I thought of torturing you to cry out for mercy? Since you’ll not surrender, then prepare to welcome whatever means I’ll cast upon you. Do not attempt to suicide as a martyr, for tens of thousands of soldiers lives are depended on you, all of them is in my hands. If you’re decided otherwise, I’ll ensure the tortures that suppose to be imposed on you will be implemented double on them, then kill each one and no one will be spared.”

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End Chapter 3

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Chapter 4

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Even a few days later, Su Yi still cannot forget that fanatically laughter and eyes were filled with metamorphosis of bloodlust of Wan Yan Xu; even if he is disregard of life and death and calmly facing of all the possible tortures but he was still scared of Wan Yan Xu’s hatred.

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The weather of the desert is fickle, during daytime, it was sunshine and extremely hot, and at night, the sand and stone were shifting and very cold. Su Yi did not know how many days he had spent in this weather; whenever he’d fainted, Wan Yan Xu brought him into the warmth tent and when he woke up then the tortures began.
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The only thing that Su Yi was pleased is that his soldiers did not undergoes this inhuman treatment, Wan Yan Xu always truth to what he said, as long as he was willing to endure then his soldiers cannot be tortured. The most tragic he felt was for the previous two months his soldier were starved but nowadays have fully fed by the enemy behind a prison. His heart uncontrollable wept whenever he thought about it.

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A pretty figure came within his sight; Zi Nong could not bear to look at the man, who hands were tied, wrists were already bloodied and dripping on a thick layer of white sand, and the ground had already stained with many large and small of blood. The shoulder wound has been swelling and festering.

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Wan Yan Xu deliberately did not gives him any medical treatment, daily he would poured salty water over them for a few times, though it was tortured but also affective in anti-inflammatory, otherwise the wound had festered a long time ago to the bone.

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“No, this wound can no longer be untreated.” Zi Nong whispered and turned to Su Yi’s indifferent face: “Su General, is it impossible for you to surrender? Truthfully, there is no escape route; the King has sent Generals to attach Qi. The land is great but without you defending, how many days before its fall? In fact, the King is vicious to you but he is very caring for his officials; as long as you’re surrender, he treated you with the same courtesy. He often praised you of your talent. You do not have to be worried about trust and be of use to him. My King is very good at acknowledge other ability; if he do not want you then on that battlefield you would have been killed. Why would he use your soldiers’ lives to blackmail and tortures to force you into submission?”

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Su Yi looked at the beauty before him and suddenly gives a slightly chuckled: “No wonder Wan Yan Xu favoured you, probably because yours innocent. Your King tortured me to venting on how Kim Liao had defeated countless times by my hands; he forced me to surrender just to disgrace me, the thought of watching an enemy fell down at his feet and professed as his servant will gives him pleasure. Kim Liao soldiers have always been aggressive, your King is a rare talented man; even if I have enough military resources, I could not guarantee of my winning in this war, why should he deliberately need to recruit me?” When Su Yi was facing this simple and beautiful girl, he found it’s easier to be opened about his thought than the vicious Wan Yan Xu.

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Zi Nong was speechless, she looked at his worries eyes and could not resist said: “Su General, what are you worried about? Are you worried for the Qi people?” Those words indeed stabbed into Su Yi ‘s heart, the images of people died under the iron heel of Kim Liao, his tears almost shed and his mind was filled with deep remorse.

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Zi Nong patted his shoulder and comforted: “Do not worry, Su General, the King had ordered, no soldier to take advantage of the occasion when breaking into a city, to burn and loot the people. He said that sooner or later these are all belong to Kim Liao. Although yours people will tasted the pain of conquest, but their life and property would not be suffered too much of damage. Currently, the most suffering person in fact is you, how long since you last drink water? Your lips are cracked dry for several lines.”
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Su Yi may hatred of Wan Yan Xu but also respected the man, if Qi can have such a monarch, he would never worry about the country bustling prosperity and lasting of the kingdom. Suddenly the carriage had stopped; then Su Yi realised that his naked legs were souring pains and has already gone numb.

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Zi Nong looked back and suddenly gives a cry of joy, she got up and shouted: “Zi Liu sister.” she quickly ran over and hugged the incoming woman.

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The distance between them was too far and the sunlight was strong so Su Yi did not see the woman’s face, as she and Zi Nong have entered into Wan Yan Xu’s carriage, but a moment later a guard came to him and grumpy said: “The King ordered to see you.” When he finished, his hand grabs on the rope that tied Su Yi’s wrists, Su Yi staggered but the guard did not care and continue strode forward.

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When he came inside the car Wan Yan Xu was comfortable sipping wine; Wan Yan Xu slowly sat up when he saw Su Yi entered, his face given a polish smiled and shook his head, chuckled: “What a pity, ah, a dignified Invincible Generals to become this emaciation.” When he finished, he grabbed hold on his long sandy hairs and sighed: “Unfortunately for such a beautiful hair.”

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Su Yi nonchalantly stared at him and unmoved. It was indeed accurate and said whenever seeing him, he’ll get chills up. Wan Yan Xu was laying down again and lazily said: “Zi Liu, I’d deliberately call you here not in order to fool around; you’re look at his injury and see what you can do about them?”

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End Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

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The woman called Zi Liu was not as beautiful as Zi Nong, but have a heroic vitality posture, she turned to have a quick look after she heard the order, her face was showed of surprise and said: “Master, the wound has been festering a little, we must removed the dead flesh before properly bandage the wound, otherwise once it festered to the bone and plus with the desert hot weather, even if the god Da Luo Jin Xian cannot saves him.”

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Wan Yan Xu was pretended to be amaze and eyes widen, speechless said:  “This serious, ah, then what are you waiting for? Quickly healing Su General for such talent man is to be neglected, would I not be distressed.”
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Zi Liu hastily ordered her assistant to get the medicine cabinet and opened the box then took a bottle of anaesthetic, she was about to give the medicine but Wan Yan Xu stopped her and laughed: “You’re underestimate Su General, who do you thinks he is, long ago when Hua Tuo helped Guan Yu to cure his poison, the man can talked and laughed freely, Su General body is like a steel frame thus must be better than Guan Yu, it is a good time that I can witness this.”

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Zi Liu immediately understood Wan Yan Xu intention after her master outburst; she hesitated then placed the anaesthetic back into the box. She took a sharp knife out as it flashed coldly and lit a candle. She was heating the blade over the candle, moved it back and forth a few times and whispered: “Su General, although this is a small surgery but really painful, you must endured a bit.” She looked back at Wan Yan Xu and a few guards and saw that their face were excited, she sighed, knew that these people have defeated by Su Yi and truly hated him, how could there be compassion. Zi Nong was fearful so she had already slipped out of the carriage.

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When the tip of the knife cut into the flesh, blood immediately poured out; when it cut deeper, only a slight sound of blade and fleshes are grinding as more blood surged out without being stop. Su Yi was still looked calm as if he has not budge, and only droplet of sweats were rolling from the face and his clenched fists to get a glimpse of his agony in this moment.

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Wan Yan Xu’s excited expression face gradually has disappeared and the guards’ joyful expression also gradually converted into admiration. Zi Liu’s hand began to tremble, took a deep breath and looked at Su Yi. She finally ends the cruelty, the knife quickly slashed and instantly cut out a chunk of rotten fleshes, vaguely beneath the bloody the bone was revealed which hold more attention to the people’s eyes.

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Su Yi finally unable to withstand the pain as his body swayed and passed out on the soft wolf fur mattress. Zi Liu quickly took a clean soft cotton cloth and carefully bandages him. The guards were already whispering and talking about Su Yi with full admiration. Zi Liu knew Kim Liao folks’ feelings are swift and fierce but they mostly admired hero, Su Yi’s endurance has clearly impressed them. When she looked back at her master and saw his ashen face, his eyes was staring at Su Yi’s pale face, suddenly turned his head away and heavy grunted.

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 Zi Liu said: “Master, the wound had carefully bandaged but it would not be suitable to be under a sun. Please give him rest for two days. We’re approaching Kim Liao so revenge could wait for another days.”
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Wan Yan Xu was indifference and said: “Just as you has recommended, locked him up in a prison, in the carriage behind.”

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‘In the end still fainted,’ Su Yi was helplessly thinking. ‘If possible, I would not want to use this method to make Wan Yan Xu look weak,’ he felt since he has been captured he have been collapsed again and again, ‘instead of dignify manner he was like acting as a pathetic woman, how hateful. Nevertheless, I ultimately am a human, there is always limitation to a physical body, even if mentally want to but cannot control it.’

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Inside the carriage, there were about a dozen women, who watched over Su Yi with curiosity, they are labourer for the army such as cooking and washing, Su Yi superior appearance and bearing seems to brighten the place and could not stop others for paying attention to him. He was even more embarrassed of these northern women behaviour as they do not have the same etiquette education, even forthrightly spoken about him as he was not there, if it is possible he rather not be here even if he have to be exposed under the sun. If Wan Yan Xu knows such reaction, presumably would be very astonished. The enemy could not conquer him with brutal tortures but the words of these women have made him very restless.

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Finally it was two days later, Su Yi suddenly found the women no longer talked about him, and their faces were joyful smiled, often looking outside. Then his heart sank; a faint hint of despair aching in his heart and he knew, they have arrived to Kim Liao. His own life, whether it is long or short would be end here (in a foreign land).

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Zi Liu and Zi Nong suddenly went inside and the women quickly scattered away to avoid them, Zi Liu looked at Su Yi’s wounds and chuckled: “It’s probably alright; it seems to produce new muscles.” She looked solemnly at Su Yi face, lower her voice said: “General, we have arrived to Liao Kim capital, do you know what path waits for you? Are you determining as before and outright refused to bow?”

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Su Yi suddenly gives faintly laughed: “Thank you lady, I’d intended never to change my mind.”

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Zi Liu sighed, shook her head and said: “General’s integrity, Zi Liu is truly admired, then as old phase said ‘have different directions thus will be in disagreement’, Zi Liu have nothing more to say. The road ahead, hopes the General takes care.” When she finished, she took Zi Nong who did not bear to accept this and without looking back, they went out.

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End Chapter 5

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Posted on October 12, 2013, in translated stories and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thank you!!! I didn’t expect new chapters. How many volumes are for this history?

  2. thanks …
    Poor!…. General Su Yi. I wonder what is going to happen to him next ?

  3. omega オーバーホール

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