(TN: Not kidding. The raws gave me ‘no t.i.tle’)
Hao Shao panted heavily. He was reaching his limit as he felt too tired. The enemies steadily moved up the walls. As Hao Shao was already in this state, it was obvious that his subordinates would be in worse conditions.
After counting the losses, Hao Shao now had eight hundred soldiers. One thousand two hundred have already perished. The remaining eight hundred survivors were injured. Fortunately, they have four hundred heavily armored soldiers that were not injured but tired. If this continued, Guangzhou would be finished.
“One more hour! Endure!” Hao Shao looked at the sun slowly set. As long as they managed to hold out another hour, they would have endured for the day.
“General. I can’t hold out anymore!” Xuan Jian no longer had a good position around him. He was bleeding from his waist from an injury. He could no longer continue from excessive bleeding and fatigue.
“General. We also cannot hold out anymore!” The other soldiers have also reached their limit. There were no reserve troops and no reinforcements. They were not able to eat since the sun rose and would naturally feel tired. Some of them even dropped their swords and sat on the b.l.o.o.d.y floor without moving.
“No! Even if you cannot hold out you must still endure!” Hao Shao called up those that sat down. It was not time to sleep. The moment they slept would be the moment everything ends.
“Haha. Let us see how long you can persevere.” Liu Pi also saw that Hao Shao’s Army have reached their limit. There was still an hour before the sun sets and it was enough time for Liu Pi to launch another siege. Guangzhou would soon belong to him.
No matter how Hao Shao kicked them, the soldiers would not get up. This is because they were so tired that they had no energy left.
“Could Guangzhou truly fall like this?” Hao Shao felt bitter. This was his first time being appointed as a defender but in the end the city could not hold. Hao Shao also sat down. His soldiers could no longer fight. What else could he do? He could only wait for the enemy to capture the city.
“What? Withdraw the troops?” Just as Liu Pi was about to wave his hand and order another attack, the order to withdraw the troops came from the main camp.
“The sound to retreat!” Hao Shao was surprised. Liu Pi is withdrawing his troops? Does he not want Guangzhou anymore? He just need to dispatch another one thousand soldiers and Guangzhou would be his after four days of siege. Yet he is now withdrawing.
“General. The enemy is withdrawing?” Xuan Jian also looked with disbelief. The enemy withdrawing means that Hao Shao’s Army have won. They had lasted for another day.
“Hahaha! We won! We won!” The soldiers could no longer control themselves. They initially thought that they would die before suddenly realizing that they would live. This happiness could not be described with words.
“We won! We won!” The soldiers cheered with the last of their strength.
“Sigh.” Liu Pi sighed and clenched his fist angrily as he heard the cheers from Guangzhou. “Withdraw!” Liu Pi fiercely said.
“Yes General!” Liu Pi’s Yuzhou Army then withdrew.
Liu Pi rushed into the main camp. This time Liu Bei did not give him a meaningful glance. Instead, Liu Pi wanted his Lord to give him an explanation as to why he had to withdraw just before Guangzhou was captured.
“Milord!” Liu Pi did not dare to ask questions but he shouted out and interrupted Liu Bei and Pang Tong’s conversation.
“Liu Pi is here!” Liu Bei also noticed Liu Pi’s arrival and when he heard Liu Pi’s loud voice, he naturally understood why Liu Pi was angry.
“Milord. Why did we withdraw?” Liu Pi asked feeling depressed. The past few days were suffering to Liu Pi. Liu Bei no longer had a good expression. He was unable to capture Guangzhou and even loss so many soldiers. Naturally, Liu Pi would feel angry.
“See for yourself!” Liu Bei still did not show Liu Pi a good expression and threw some doc.u.ments at Liu Pi.
Liu Pi picked up the doc.u.ment uncertainly. He found out the problem the moment he opened it. This was an intelligence report that came from Runan. It said that enemies had appeared at Yuzhou. The ones leading the attack was Liu Mang from the Lu Bu’s Army. When the letter was sent, Liu Mang’s Army had already arrived at Yuzhou territory and captured Anfeng crossing.
“Milord. We must quickly return to Yuzhou and chase away the Slave of Three Surnames!” Liu Pi felt impatient. He had deep feelings for Yuzhou. Although he already gave Yuzhou to Liu Bei, he had still spent a lot of time there. Once Yuzhou fell, not only would Liu Pi lose his territory. Even his boss would have nothing left.
“Milord. We must not withdraw!” Pang Tong interrupted.
“Military advisor. If we do not withdraw now, we will lose Yuzhou!” Liu Pi shouted angrily. Anfeng has fallen, leaving three cities, Ruyin, Yingshang and Runan. Runan has the second general (Guan Yu) and more than ten thousand Qingzhou troops. However, Ruyin and Yingshang only has about ten thousand troops after adding both together. On top of that, he has lost Shouchun last time!” Liu Pi did not care whether he would offend Guan Yu or open old scars. Yuzhou was his lifeblood.
“If the Lord loses Yuzhou, we would become rootless duckweeds!” Liu Pi continued to persuade Liu Bei to withdraw to Yuzhou.
Rootless duckweed! Liu Bei remembered that he struggled so long for the purpose of obtaining his own territory. Helping Cao Cao and Tao Qian were thankless tasks.
Yuzhou was not Liu Bei’s territory and Liu Bei was reluctant to lose it.
“Milord. Tong is still of the same opinion! We must not withdraw!” Pang Tong then added. “Milord! Which is more important? Yuzhou or the world?”
“The world?” Liu Bei’s eyes glinted. The world would naturally be of more worth than Yuzhou. After all, since young, his dream was to ride in the Imperial carriage.
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“Military advisor! How do we compete for the world after throwing away Yuzhou?” Liu Pi reb.u.t.ted.
“Forget about Guangzhou. Just avoid it. The small city is not worth out time and expenses.”
Guangzhou only had several hundred soldiers left. To fight a decisive battle with them would be pointless.
“Alright! Liu Pi!” Liu Bei has made his decision.
“This general is here!”
“Have your subordinates cook at midnight and set out before dawn. The objective is Hefei!”
“This general obeys!” Liu Pi nodded. In comparison with the entire Yangzhou, Guangzhou was not attractive at all.
“Milord. To delay Liu Mang’s speed, Tong has a plan. However, he does not know if it is appropriate to use it.” Pang Tong said to Liu Bei after he watched Liu Pi leave.
“Oh? What plan does Shi Yuan have? Quickly tell me!” Liu Bei still appreciated Pang Tong very much. Pang Tong’s a.n.a.lysis of whether the world or Yuzhou was more important had made Liu Bei feel good.
“No.” Pang Tong did not continue. “Milord. This stratagem, if used properly, could delay Liu Mang for three days or even force him to retreat. However, if it fails, it would be possible for Milord to lose an arm.”
“Oh?” Liu Bei’s eyes furrowed. Three days was neither long or short. In three days, he could reach the walls of Shouchun. As opportunities were fleeting, the three days were also valuable. Pang Tong even said that Liu Mang may be forced to retreat. However, Liu Bei could not understand what Pang Tong meant by losing an arm if it failed.
“Speak!” Liu Bei decided to listen first.
“Milord. For this stratagem, we may need to use Gong You.
“Gong You?” Liu Bei frowned. What does Pang Tong want to say?
“Have Gong You stop Liu Mang’s Army!”
“Gong You stopping Liu Mang’s Army?” Liu Bei could not understand. It would be a joke as Gong You was a second rate advisor. It would not be possible for him to stop Liu Mang. Liu Mang may be young but his experience in war was a lot. On top of that, up until now, he has not lost even once. “There are only a few hundred defenders in Ruyin and not even ten thousand in Yuzhou. How would we stop him?”
“You don’t even need a single soldier!” Pang Tong said with a smile. “It goes like this…” Pang Tong then went to Liu Bei’s ears and whispered to him.
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