On this good weather day, two armed soldiers were walking in the woods. Holding a bow, the two looked around as if searching for something.
Lü Bu: Where the hell are the prey! All hibernating?
Yuan Shao: They must be intimidated by your aura and hide themselves.
Lü Bu: No! I come here to hunt because the paperworks have been stressing me out lately. How can I release the stress now...
Yuan Shao: Eh...Mr. Lü why are you staring at me...
Lü Bu: If I can’t find a prey, you’ll be the prey! Run! HAHAHAHA!
In a split second, an arrow was pinned onto the tree trunk behind Yuan Shao. Glaring at the arrow that almost killed him, rage erupted inside Yuan Shao.
Yuan Shao: That bastard just shot me...Damn it! I won’t forget this. Someday I’ll repay——Whoa!
Meanwhile, Lü Bu shot Yuan Shao again as if he was an actual animal. To survive, Yuan Shao had no choice but running in the woods. Yet new wounds kept adding onto his body. Some were scratches by arrows; some were the bruises caused during the run.
Lü Bu didn’t stop until sunset. He stretched his body with a satisfied smile.
Lü Bu: Phew. I feel so much better now. Let’s go back.
Yuan Shao: Huff...Wait...I...can’t walk anymore...
Lü Bu kept on walking without giving a damn about Yuan Shao. With the scratches and bruises all over the body, Yuan Shao had to put up with the pain and catch up with Lü Bu. Returning to his room, he treated the wounds with ointment by himself, making him painful again.
Yuan Shao: I must do something. If this goes on, I’ll die because of Lü Bu someday...I must find someone stronger than him to rely on...
A conspiracy started developing as Yuan Shao looked at a map on the wall...
The bustling life of this town began as the nightfall arrived. Red lanterns were hung all over the main street, brightening up the place. Meanwhile, beautifully-dressed ladies were winking at the passers-by, adding vividness into this prosperous place
A man in luxurious clothes walked all the way to the end of the street at a fast pace, stopping at an exquisitely decorated building. When he was about to barge in, a staff blocked his way.
Yuan Shao: I need to talk to the man inside. Get out of my way.
Staff: Sorry sir. The place is reserved today. Please go to somewhere else.
Yuan Shao put a loaded bag into the staff’s hand instead of saying anything. Inside which, the money was enough for the staff to take a whole-year vacation.
Staff: Wow...Ouch! My stomach hurts. I need a washroom!
The staff left after his yell. Pushing the door open, Yuan Shao entered a place with minimal lighting only. When he went up to the second floor, where was completely dark, he barely saw a man sitting next to the window with a glass in his hand.
Yuan Shao: “Found him!”
A hunch stopped him before he took a step further. Next second, he was threatened by a knife on his neck. Squinting the eyes, he saw Xiahou Dun, a woman with a single eye patch.
Xiahou Dun: Don’t move.
Yuan Shao: Alright, I won’t. Please don’t kill me. I mean no harm!
Meanwhile, Cao Cao, the man sitting next to the window, stood up to look at Yuan Shao. He exuded with an intimidating aura just by standing still.
Cao Cao: Tell me who let you in and who tell you to find me here.
Yuan Shao: It’s the staff. I bribed him to let me in. And I bribed your agent for your location.
Cao Cao: Dun, kill them all, including their families.
Xiahou Dun: Roger that...What about him?
From the stone cold gaze of Xiahou Dun, Yuan Shao could tell that he was nothing to her as if a dump on street.
Yuan Shao: “They will kill me for real...No, gotta do something...I don’t wanna die!”
Yuan Shao: I’m Yuan Shao, the son of Yuan Feng. I’m here to serve Mr. Cao!
Cao Cao: Yuan Feng...Is he the leader of the eastern nobles? But he has surrendered to Lü Bu recently——
Yuan Shao: We had no choice! That evil bastard not only humiliated me but took over my military force to turn against you. I can’t put up with it anymore, so I came here to ask for your acceptance.
Cao Cao: Lü Bu is getting cocky lately. It’s time to show him his right place. Dun, let him go.
Yuan Shao: Phew...Thank you Mr. Cao. I’ll start packing my——
Cao Cao: No. You’ll stay with Lü Bu.
Yuan Shao: What?
A smirk appeared on Cao Cao's face. Meanwhile, a breeze made his hair flutter, making his smile even more overwhelming.
Since then, Yuan Shao had been spying on Lü Bu for Cao Cao, but he never sniffed anything crucial from such a vigilant man like Lü Bu. One night, Yuan Shao spotted a crowd of soldiers gathering near the city gate.
Yuan Shao: “Is something happening over there?...Just check it out.”
Yuan Shao sneaked his way to the gate area. Lurking in the bushes, he saw a red-haired man standing among the soldiers.
Yuan Shao: “Isn’t that Zhou Yu the strategist of Kingdom Wu? Why is he here?”
Meanwhile, the soldiers led Zhou Yu into the city. Yuan Shao, following discreetly, came to the conference chamber of Lü Bu. He hid in the hallway to eavesdrop the conversation inside.
Zhou Yu: Mr. Lü, the alliance meeting will be held on the next full moon day at Kingdom Wu. I’m here to notify you.
Lü Bu: Pff. I’ll attend the meeting for Sun Quan’s sake. Let’s hope that Liu Bei guy won’t let me down.
Yuan Shao: “Liu Bei? I think he’s the rebel leader at the west...And Lü Bu is gonna ally with them...Gotta report this to Cao Cao.”
Yuan Shao sent a pigeon post as soon as he got the intel about the alliance. Very soon, Cao Cao arranged a meeting with him at the tavern where they first met.
Cao Cao: Three kitties are allying to go against a tiger, but kitties would always be no match for me. Still, their existence is a thorn in my eye. Time to exterminate them.
Xiahou Dun: Liu Bei’s force is insignificant; But the Nanman tribe located near Sun Quan’ s territory. We may have the risk of being raided by the Nanman if we take on Sun Quan first. Better start with Lü Bu.
Cao Cao: Dun is right. Let’s start with Lü Bu.
Yuan Shao: “This...My time has finally come! I’m gonna pay Lü Bu back for everything he insulted me!”
Full moon day soon arrived. As Lü Bu departed to Kingdom Wu, Yuan Shao initiated his plan of revenge.
Yuan Shao: Open the gate! I have shipment to deliver.
Guard A: Master Lü has commanded us to open the gate for him only, not for a nobody here!
Yuan Shao: What nobody? Don’t you know me? I’m Yuan Shao, the son of Yuan Feng. My status is much higher than yours!
Guard B: Of course we know you. You’re the only one who crawled under Master Lü’s crotch, Mr. Yuan!
Yuan Shao: You——!
Yuan Shao: “Damn it! Even a soldier is looking down on me! I should be the privileged one! Damn it!”
As his rage erupted, Yuan Shao beheaded the two soldiers who mocked at him, shedding blood all over his face and clothes. Then he scowled at the remaining soldiers with an intimidating gaze.
Yuan Shao: Don’t make me say it again. Open the gate or die!
Threatened by Yuan Shao, the startled soldiers followed his order to open it. Later on, quick footsteps sounded——followed by the appearance of Cao Cao, Xiahou Dun and Cao’s military. Meanwhile, Yuan Shao saluted to Cao Cao with respect.
Yuan Shao: Lord Cao, Master Xiahou, welcome.
Cao Cao: You’re more useful than I thought. Let’s start preparing the show for Lü Bu before he returns.
Yuan Shao: “Lü Bu, you insulted me like I was a piece of crap, but I’ll repay it on you very soon!”