Princess and the General - Chapter 288
Crossing the Border (Part Four)
At the same time.
Western Kun’s army retreated, and Gu HuaiJiang ordered a small celebration. This allowed the soldiers to have some fun and could be considered as allowing them to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The mooncakes that Yan Zheng had purchased beforehand were distributed to the soldiers. They enjoyed the taste and were emotionally satisfied.
Following Gu HuaiJiang, they fought every year and won every year. What they were celebrating was not Western Kun’s army retreating. Instead, it was that they had finally crossed the border.
With this crossing, it was Eastern Ling’s first time crossing a border. This was something that would surely be written about in the annals of history.
“Our spies have reported that the head general of the Liu family’s army, Liu Kuang, has been demoted to sixth rank. They said that Liu Kuang used the nation’s army for a personal vendetta, which is the reason for losing 200 thousand troops.”
In the main tent, Yan Zheng and other members of the younger generation poured water for tea. They could not drink wine in the camp, so they could only drink tea to celebrate.
Lao Jin down a cup of tea and angrily looked around, “Damn! They clearly relied on the fact that the Gu family’s army never crossed the border. They’re too shameless! This time, we only crossed a few li into their territory, yet we completely annihilated them. That old shit, Emperor Kun, must feel that he has lost too much face, so he placed all of the blame on Liu Kuang!”
Saying that it was his general who used the army for a personal vendetta was a bit better for his image than telling the truth.
Everyone laughed, “Lao Jin is right. Thinking about the expressions of those Western Kun soldiers when we crossed the border, I can’t help but laugh! Hahaha!”
The people stationed at Zhu Guan’s main camp all saw it. Only Gu JiuGe and Gu HanMo did not see it.
“Eldest brother, what was the exact situation at that time?”
The two urged Gu ShuBai to tell them. He glanced at everyone laughing then lowered his voice, saying: “at that time, Liu Kuang deliberately moved his troops to make us think that they were moving their main force to Weizhou and Changchuan, thinking that we would also move to meet them there. But father did not. When he led the army out, the enemy army very quickly realized that our numbers had not been reduced in the slightest, so we completely overpowered them.”
“Speaking of, this Liu Kuang really didn’t panic when faced with danger, immediately giving the order to retreat when he realized the situation. We pursued them until they crossed the border, at which point they relaxed. While they were planning to stop and take a break, we charged across the border.”
“As father expected, the enemy army never thought that we would cross the border. They were like lambs to the slaughter. The soldiers on the flanks threw down their helmets and armor to try and flee, leaving their central forces completely undefended. As a result, they were completely annihilated!”
Gu JiuGe and Gu HanMo looked on with their eyes glowing. They were not able to be present for the battle itself, but just listening to Gu ShuBai’s simple explanation was enough to have their imaginations run wild.
If they were also able to see it, it would have been a worthwhile trip.
Gu JiuGe quickly glanced up toward the top. Gu HuaiJiang was currently drinking tea with the older generals. They were chatting and laughing very cheerfully.
He lamented: “Father really let us down this time. It’s one thing with regards to other matters, but he even left us out of something this important!”
Gu ShuBai felt that something was off about his tone. Even when Yu Fu was engaged to him, he did not get this irritated.
“Was second brother really that interested in the battle?”
Gu HanMo interrupted, “Second brother isn’t interested in the battle. He’s angry that father left him to face off against that female general, Liu TingTing, in Weizhou. I saw her. She really resembles young miss Yin.”
When facing Liu TingTing, Gu JiuGe suddenly thought of Yin JiYao for some reason. This left him feeling uncomfortable.
Liu TingTing assumed that he did not know how to lead an army and relentlessly mocked him. This angered Gu JiuGe so much that he almost revealed Yin JiYao’s situation.
He and Liu TingTing had confronted each other a few times, and he had tried to get a grasp on the situation, but she did not seem to know about Yin JiYao’s existence.
Gu ShuBai patted his shoulder with a smile, “Alright, alright, Liu TingTing and Liu Kuang have returned to court to be tried. Liu Kuang has been demoted to sixth rank. Liu TingTing’s outlook is also likely to be quite bleak. As for other matters, don’t think about them too much. We can talk once we get back to the capital.”
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Gu JiuGe knew what he was referring to when he mentioned other matters.
Yin JiYao herself was a weak girl, but one of her parents was from Western Kun’s military family. However, she always believed that her birth mother had come from a brothel…
Once the truth was revealed, who knew what she would choose to do.
Gu HanMo suddenly said: “Could it be that second brother no longer likes Yu Fu and likes young miss Yin?”
A mouthful of tea got stuck in Gu JiuGe’s throat. Finding it difficult to swallow or spit back up, he could only shoot a glare at Gu HanMo.
The head general of the Liu family’s army had been recalled, but the army guarding the border cities was still awaiting orders.
250 thousand troops had set out for war, but less than 100 thousand returned. What orders could there still be?
Western Kun’s army was filled with grievances until word of a newly appointed head general reached them. That was when their anger peaked.
“What new head general? The Liu family’s army’s head general died decades ago. The two that remained were recalled and demoted. What new general is there?”
They were all subordinates in the Liu family’s army. They absolutely would not listen to the orders of a general with a different surname!
“If you don’t want to die, keep it down. Don’t make a fuss!”
An officer with more information stepped forward to calm everyone down, “The head general sent out this time is the seventh prince. He has been on a mission in Eastern Ling, and he is familiar with the people of Marquis Gu’s Manor. With him leading, we can definitely succeed. I will advise you that the seventh prince’s standing in court is different from before. Be careful with what you say!”
Leaving Western Kun’s capital was a carriage that swayed while traveling along the official road toward the border.
The young man inside the carriage was dressed in glamorous clothes and had an overpowering presence. Just looking at a glance might make one believe that he was the crown prince. Looking more carefully, the robes that he wore were not bright yellow like the robes worn by the emperor or the crown prince. They were just a light yellow.
Kun WuShang faintly smiled and opened a medicine kit at his side. He ran his hand over the various bottles inside. His gentle movements made it seem as if he was caressing a treasure.
After a long pause, he gestured to the guard accompanying him inside the carriage.
“When we arrive at the camp, immediately send a capable group north. No matter what, you must cut off the road from Immortals Valley to Zhu Guan. Do you understand?”