Guan Yu had been experiencing an unsettling mind during the journey back to the military base with Zhao Yun. The irritated Guan Yu went to the practice field to vent her emotions once she got back. As Zhao Yun, passing by after reporting to Zhuge Liang, sensed something off about her, he came over to intervene.
Zhao Yun: You’ll hurt yourself practicing like that!
Guan Yu: Zhao Yun...Good to see you here. Fight me!
Before Zhao Yun could respond, Guan Yu had already wielded her blade, leaving him no choice but to defend. The two then started battling each other.
Clash! The collision of Crescent Blade and steel spear spread over the whole base.
Zhao Yun: You talked to Cao Cao, didn’t you!
Guan Yu: I...I just wanted to get my horse back!
Zhao Yun pulled back the spear to launch another round of attack against Guan Yu again. His moves were so clean and smooth that temporarily overpowered Guan Yu.
Zhao Yun: Don’t believe him. He was trying to mess with your head.
Guan Yu: I’m not falling for his words!
Zhao Yun: Then why are you so agitated? Your moves are messy and unorganized, unlike the usual calm you!
Guan Yu: “Dammit! I don’t want to lose!”
Guan Yu leapt back in order to maintain distance with Zhao Yun. Inhaling deeply, she left the conversations with Cao Cao behind to reorganize her mind. At this moment, Zhao Yun was trying to stab her with the spear. In the nick of time, Guan Yu moved her body to let the spear slided on the blade, reducing the impact force. Meanwhile, she leaned close and hit his abdomen.
Zhao Yun: Argh!
Guan Yu: Wheeze...I won. Only battle can clear my mind!
Guan Yu managed to get rid of stray thoughts and regained peace. Meanwhile, Zhao Yun stood back up and looked at her, rubbing his abdomen.
Zhao Yun: I used to work for him, and I know what kind of man he is. You should know that he’d do anything to achieve his goal.
Guan Yu recalled the first encounter with Zhao Yun, who was sent by Cao Cao to assassinate Liu Bei even he had to sacrifice Zhao Yun’s life.
Guan Yu: “His goal...Did he——!”
Calming down, Guan Yu finally sensed something wrong, which led her running to the stable. As she crouched down to check on the Ferghana horse, she found that the hoof was unusually moist.
Zhao Yun: Is this...a trap?
Guan Yu: I knew it. Cao Cao was trying to locate our base through the horse, which was why he gave me back the horse...Go find Zhuge Liang now!
After reporting to Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei abandoned the base decisively and fled to the mountain. At the same night, Cao Cao raided the military base, while Guan Yu had already evacuated, only losing a small amount of supplies.
Guan Yu: “Father, I’m sorry. You never longed for fame, yet I was almost deceived.
Guan Yu: But I promise it won’t happen again, for protecting the innocence is our family mission.”