Chapter 25 — Let’s Just Plant Cuc.u.mbers
Edited by DancingDolphinsYo
The carriage was not the fastest way to travel. In consideration of Wu Xingzi’s health, Hei’er always paid some attention and took care of him. By the third evening, the other three guards had caught up to them on their horses.
It was very apparent that these four tall and st.u.r.dy men had been thoroughly tempered on the battlefield. Their expressions were cold and stern. Although they were good-looking, the frostiness in their appearance could not be disguised, and their eyes contained vague traces of bloodl.u.s.t. One of them had a long scar on his face which split his exotic-looking face into skewed halves.
Wu Xingzi remained huddled up in the carriage. He had always been timid, and he would even unconsciously detour around the head constable and his team, to say nothing of these military men who had spent so much time killing on the battlefield.
His feelings could not be described as fear, but more like holding them in awe and respect, as well as feeling at a loss on how to interact with them.
Fortunately, the four guards all knew about his character, and they silently spurred the horses on as they protected him. Other than Hei’er, no one else tried chatting with him. Of course, all these were instructions that had been specially given by Man Yue. The guards did not understand the reason behind it, but they still obeyed the instructions.
A few days later, Wu Xingzi got used to them, and he was no longer as reserved. He could even have a short, casual conversation with Hei’er, inquiring about the scenery of Bastion City.
When they were about half a day away from Bastion City, Fang He released a pigeon, reporting to Man Yue. This journey had been a little longer than usual, lasting for seventeen days. They were ten entire days later than Guan Shanjin, and the four guards were all a little puzzled. Man Yue wanted them to slow down and not hurry, and also did not want them to stop the general. No one knew what he was scheming.
If not for the fact that everyone knew Man Yue never liked Mr. Lu, they might have thought that he wanted to solidify Mr. Lu’s position, and was deliberately rejecting Adviser Wu.
Half a day later, the group arrived at the gates of Bastion City. From afar, they could see a tall, handsome horse with a red, silver-speckled coat. On its back was a round, plump officer in silver armour, and under the sun, he was extremely conspicuous.
“Vice General Man.” The group quickly made their way over. They had a thousand and one thoughts in their head, and they could not help wanting to complain a little.
“It’s good that you’re back. Follow me.” Man Yue glanced at the carriage, and Wu Xingzi happened to just lift up the curtain to look outside. Their eyes met, and Man Yue revealed a simple and honest smile. The adviser felt a sudden relief and was no longer as nervous.
So this person, who looks like Maitreya when he smiles, turns out to be the Vice General Man that everyone has been talking about. He seems like a good person and completely does not have the bloodl.u.s.t of a military man.
“Vice General Man.” Wu Xingzi cupped his hands at him. However, he forgot that he was still in a carriage. Staggering, he nearly fell out, but luckily Hei’er was fast enough and deftly caught him, pushing him back lightly into the carriage.
“Please be careful, Adviser.”
“Ah… Thank you, thank you, I’ve troubled you again.” Wu Xingzi blushed, rubbing his nose in embarra.s.sment and no longer dared to move around. Only his eyes darted about curiously, looking at this border city that shared no resemblance to Qingcheng County or Goose City.
Bastion City was originally called Nan’an City. However, the southern barbarians had staged a long, aggressive campaign against the city, and the city barely experienced many peaceful days.