It was the worst time for people when the emperor moved the goalposts frequently. Therefore, Sun Ce, his father Sun Jian and the other three warlords decided to overthrow the current regime.
For so, Sun Ce had been preparing his army for the upcoming war.
This day, Sun Ce returned to his residence after the military training. Once he entered the dark room, he sensed someone approaching quickly from behind.
Despite the minimal eyesight, it took him just an easy grasp to subdue the trespasser.
Sun Ce: Who’s this!?
Sun Ce: “Strange. This is a soft body and I picked up a familiar scent…”
A feminine voice moaned. Illuminated by the moonlight, Sun Ce finally got a clear image of the trespasser.
Sun Ce: Da Qiao? I...I’m sorry. I thought you were an assassin. Are you alright?
Da Qiao: I’m alright.
Sun Ce: You were defenseless back then. What if I’m not around to protect you someday?
Raising her head, Da Qiao saw a playful look on Sun Ce.
Da Qiao: You’re naughty!
When Sun Ce was about to let go of Da Qiao, she held him back in arms. Her hug was so tight that he could feel her racing heartbeats.
Da Qiao: I have something for you.
The shy Da Qiao gave Sun Ce a handmade protective charm. The stitching could tell that it was made by rough hands.
Da Qiao: You’ve been living a vigilant life. A moment ago, you thought you were getting ambushed, and I knew your mind is on alert all the time.
Da Qiao: I just want you to stay safe and feel safe.
Sun Ce: That’s very kind of you. Sorry that I’ve worried you.
Da Qiao: No. It’s you and my dad who have been protecting me and embracing my flaws, but I’ve grown up. I hope that I can be your strongest backup as your wife. Can I?
Sun Ce: That will be my pleasure.
The couple looked into each other’s eyes as Sun Ce stroked Da Qiao’s cheek, spreading the romance into the air.
Another day of military training had ended. When Sun Ce returned to his room, someone ambushed him from behind. Reacting agilely, it took him few moves to subdue the attacker.
Sun Ce: Remember to hit fast. Don’t give your target time to dodge.
Da Qiao: Ce, I’ve survived ten hits from you this time.
Sun Ce: Haha, my girl isn’t vulnerable anymore.
Da Qiao: With my skills, you won’t have to worry about anymore when you’re not around. Good luck to your venture tomorrow.
Sun Ce: I’m sorry, Da Qiao. I would be able to protect you if I could be with you all along.
Da Qiao: Come with me, Ce. Let me take you to a place.
It was the night time when Da Qiao held Sun Ce’s hand and led him to the hillside, where they had a magnificent night landscape of the city.
Sun Ce: We used to play here when we were small.
Da Qiao: You told me that a trust-worthy leader must protect the livelihood of his people, and he must step up whenever there is a threat.
Sun Ce: Right. My father taught me that a leader should act like a beacon in the dark, saving his people from fear.
Da Qiao: I’ve fallen in love with you since that day you showed me your great vision.
Sun Ce: Forgive me, Da Qiao. I’ve spent very little time with you since my proposal, but I can’t sit back and watch my people suffer..
Da Qiao was moved by Sun Ce’s guilty expression, which made her love him even more. She put her arms around his neck and said.
Da Qiao: It’s okay. I’ll wait for your return no matter how long it takes. Once the war ends, we’ll be together forever and ever.
Sun Ce: “With such a lovely partner, what more can I ask for?”
Sun Ce: Da Qiao, marry me when I come back with victory, would you?
Da Qiao: Yes. I’ll wait.
As Sun Ce held Da Qiao into his arms, he became more determined with his ambition to win the war. Yet this couple here had no idea that it would be a very long wait before the promise could be realized.
The revolution plotted by Sun Ce, Sun Jian and the other three warlords had failed due to the betrayal of the western warlord and the eastern warlord, which led to the perish of Sun Ce.
After signing a treaty unwillingly, Sun Jian soon passed away with anguish.
Later on with Sun Quan’s leadership, the Kingdom Wu gradually recovered its strength. In order to bring down Cao’s regime, Sun Quan sent Zhou Yu to meet Liu Bei in Kingdom Shu with Da Qiao and Xiao Qiao tagging along.
Waking up in the morning, Xiao Qiao realized that Da Qiao had gone missing, so she went out to search for her sister.
Xiao Qiao spotted Da Qiao in the garden, who was practicing martial arts with a gem-inlaid dagger.
After completing a set of moves, Da Qiao stood still and stared at the dagger in trance, as if her mind had drifted away to the long-forgotten past.
Xiao Qiao: “That’s the dagger gifted by brother Sun Ce...And I can’t share her sorrow when she’s heartbroken for him…”
Xiao Qiao walked away silently. When she passed by the conference room, her heart sank as she saw Zhou Yu, who was briefing with the soldiers.
Xiao Qiao: “Even a wise man like Zhou Yu was grieving for brother Sun Ce’s death...He never complained about everything with all the pain concealed in his heart. I must do something…”
Xiao Qiao clenched her fists as if she had made some sort of promise.
At night, Xiao Qiao sneaked into Zhou Yu’s room. Just as she had expected, he was mumbling painfully in his sleep.
Zhou Yu: Sun Ce...I...I’m sorry...It’s all my fault...
Xiao Qiao: “After all the exhausting work he has been through, he can’t even sleep well because of what happened to brother Sun Ce. It must be a hard time for him…”
Even Xiao Qiao’s tiniest movement could wake Zhou Yu up. At this moment, he was vulnerable to her.
Zhou Yu: You’re here again…
Going over, Xiao Qiao held Zhou Yu’s hand and laid next to him.
Xiao Qiao: Yes, I’m not going anywhere. Sleep tight.
Zhou Yu smiled at Xiao Qiao as his stress was relieved. His frown also eased when he finally fell asleep.
Xiao Qiao: “If my presence can make him feel safe, then I’ll stay with him as long as I can…”
Xiao Qiao didn’t get to look around Zhou Yu’s room until now, where a lot of tactical books were put next to his bed. She figured that he must have been studying until late.
Xiao Qiao: “Are these Zhou Yu’s books? They contain different kinds of military tactics…”
While their hands were locked together, Xiao Qiao opened a book with her spare hand. And that was how Xiao Qiao spent her night...
Xiao Qiao had been visiting Zhou Yu every night ever since that night. The two would chat before sleep. Whenever Zhou Yu was asleep, Xiao Qiao read his books.
This day, Zhou Yu, Sun Quan and Gan Ning were discussing strategies around the table, while Xiao Qiao was listening quietly.
Sun Quan: If we want to bring down Cao Cao, we must take over this city and cut off their food supply. The best option is attacking through the harbour.
Gan Ning: Isn’t that great! With our elite navy, it shouldn’t be hard to accomplish.
Zhou Yu: Indeed we have the strongest navy, but it’s still a tough work to do, for...
Sun Quan: For there stationed Cao Cao’s strongest navy——the chained barges. And the narrow harbour makes it even harder to break through.
Gan Ning: We can break their force by strengthening the ship with steel and adding spikes on it!
Sun Quan: This is too risky. They will sink our ship before we can even get close. Zhou Yu, what do you think about breaking through by force?