Meng Huo sought the most renowned doctor to treat Sun Ce’s paralysis.
Meng Huo: Doctor, how’s he?
Doctor: Sigh. I’ve tried medication, massage and acupuncture therapy, but none works...I’m sorry. I’ve done my best.
Meng Huo then left Sun Ce alone in his room to escort the doctor. Sun Ce had been remaining silent ever since the doctor said that there was no cure for his paralysis.
Zhurong: Wanna kill yourself again?
Sun Ce: ...No way. I’m not giving up. I believe I’ll find a way out of the dead end.
Zhurong: Good to hear that. I do have a deadly way to cure your legs, but do you dare to take the risk?
The moon reminded Sun Ce of the promise he made to Da Qiao that he would return with victory… He gave an intrigued smile.
Sun Ce: Of course. I’ll take back everything I’ve lost!
Zhurong brought Sun Ce and Meng Huo to a cave, where they felt the chill before they went in.
Sun Ce: I didn’t know there was such a freezing place in a tropical land like Nanman.
Meng Huo: Rong, Sun Ce can be cured in this cave?
Zhurong: The flaming grass will stimulate his blood circulation, but the body will generate an extensive amount of heat too, which can kill whoever ingests it.
Zhurong: That’s why I brought you to this ice cave. The freezing temperature inside can cool down your body. If you’re lucky enough to survive, it should be able to remove the blood clots at your spine.
Sun Ce nodded as he took a strand of maroon herbs from Zhurong. Then Meng Huo carried him into the cave.
The deeper they went, the colder they were. After taking a turn, they arrived at a freezing empty space, where the doom was illuminating in blue. At the center, there was a rock plate, and Meng Huo put Sun Ce on it.
Meng Huo: Sun Ce, bear your vision in mind. I’ll be waiting at the exit.
Meng Huo left the cave as soon as he had dropped Sun Ce off. When Sun Ce looked at the hot herbs in his hand, no hesitation could be found in his eyes.
Sun Ce: “There are so many people expecting for my return. Even if it might kill me, I need to take this risk!”
After taking a deep breath, Sun Ce swallowed the flaming grass.
Sun Ce: “My body is burning. Feels like my blood is boiling...It’s killing me.”
Not long after ingesting the herbs, Sun Ce’s body started heating up in red. He then laid flat on the rock plate, trying to cool down his body.
As his body was wrestling with the drug effect, Sun Ce gradually lost his consciousness…
Waking up from drowsiness, Sun Ce found himself in a spacious square.
Sun Ce: “This is my hometown...When did I come back?”
All of a sudden, he heard a scream from behind. Turning around, he saw Cao Cao decapitated a man tied to a stake. The head was dropped in front of Sun Ce——
Sun Ce: FATHER!!!
Yet this was merely the beginning of the nightmare. After murdering Sun Jian, Cao Cao went to another younger man who was also tied up on a stake.
Sun Ce: “That’s my brother Quan! No! I can’t let him get killed!”
Much as Sun Ce wanted to stop Cao Cao, he couldn’t move his paralyzed legs. No matter how hard he crawled with his arms, he would never make it before Cao Cao executed Sun Quan——
Sun Ce: Cao Cao! Stop it!
With no hesitation, Cao Cao pulled Sun Quan’s hair and slit his throat——
Sun Ce: Darn it! Everyone’s dead...It’s all my fault. I’m just a useless piece of trash. I don’t deserve to live——
Just when Sun Ce was ready to commit suicide, someone hugged him from behind.
Da Qiao: No! Ce, you’re my hero!
Sun Ce: ...What hero...I can’t even walk!
Turning Sun Ce’s face to her, Da Qiao looked into his eyes as if she was seeing through his mind.
Da Qiao: You can still inspire people even though your body cannot move. I know you won’t surrender to some bumps and give up on your great vision!
Da Qiao kissed Sun Ce’s forehead gently, handing him a gem-inlaid dagger.
Da Qiao: Ce, everyone is expecting you.
Sun Ce: “Right. No matter what lies ahead, I won’t give up!”
The moment Sun Ce touched the dagger, it transformed into a dazzling halos to shroud his legs. Next second, his legs sensed a strange feeling——
Sun Ce: Ouch!
Opening his eyes, Sun Ce found himself on the rock plate while pain was sensed from his legs. He gave a delightful smile as he looked at his legs.
Sun Ce: I can move again...It worked!
Standing up slowly, Sun Ce walked out of the cave.
Although the paralysis was cured, Sun Ce’s body was not fully recovered. Therefore, he stayed in Nanman for recovery.
When he had pretty much recovered, Meng Huo’s third brother attacked Nanman with an army borrowed from Cao Cao.
Undoubtedly, Sun Ce gave his best in assisting Meng Huo and Zhurong, defeating the invading force.
However, they failed to notice the vengeful intention of Wang Zhaojun, Meng Huo’s third sister-in-law. Meng Huo eventually died protecting his wife.
Ever since his death, Zhurong hadn’t shredded even a single tear. Instead, she took care of Meng Huo’s funeral like an emotionless puppet.
Zhurong’s mind finally ran again as she witnessed the incineration of Meng Huo’s remain. At that moment, the long-piled hatred erupted inside her.
Zhurong: “...Cao Cao...He did this…”
Zhurong stood up and headed towards the exit——
Sun Ce: Zhurong! Where are you going?
Zhurong: Where else can I go? Battle Cao Cao obviously...He started this war. I ain’t backing down!
Sun Ce: You——No way! Setting off without any preparation is purely suicidal!
Sun Ce grabbed Zhurong’s arm to stop her from leaving, yet Zhurong was no ordinary woman either. Circulating the power, she conjured a flaming beast to threaten him.
Zhurong: ...Get out of my way. I don’t even know what I’m capable of doing now...
Sun Ce: No. I’m not letting you go even if you kill me. Meng Huo died saving you. I can’t sit back and watch you get yourself killed!
The familiar dizziness hit Zhurong harder than ever, engulfing her consciousness completely...
When Zhurong passed out from intense stress, Sun Ce put her in bed and summoned a doctor to treat her.
Sun Ce: Doctor, how is she?
Doctor: Madam is alright. Her syncope was caused by the high blood pressure and the pregnancy.
Sun Ce: She’s...pregnant?
Sun Ce: “Sigh...How ironic. This child is gonna grow up without a father…”
Doctor: Yes. With madam’s healthy condition, a few days of medication will make her better.
Zhurong woke up as soon as Sun Ce escorted the doctor. Meanwhile, Sun Ce stared anxiously at Zhurong, who was sitting straight on the bed, worrying that if she might do anything reckless again.
Sun Ce: Easy. Your body——
Zhurong: I heard everything the doctor said. Relax. I won’t do such a stupid thing again.
Sun Ce: Phew. That’s great. I’ve ordered the servants to bring you medication on time. As for Nanman’s internal affairs, I’ll handle them for you. All you need to do is rest properly.
Zhurong: Wait. I think you’ve mistaken something. When I said I wouldn’t do anything stupid, that doesn’t mean I’m not taking revenge on Cao Cao.
Sun Ce: Huh?
Zhurong: Like you said, Starting a war without a strategy will get us nothing but total failure. From now on, I’ll be planning on bringing Cao Cao down. I, Zhurong, will take revenge for my husband.
Sun Ce: Then may I help?
Zhurong: Aren’t you going back to your home?
Sun Ce: It’s also my goal to bring down Cao Cao, and...I promised Meng Huo.
Zhurong: ...Is that so? As you wish then. I’ll make good use of you.
Sun Ce: “Sigh. That’s the kind of woman she is. Meng Huo, it’s very bold of you to fall in love with her...But don’t worry. I’ll keep my promise.”