“Torches, brighten this place up! Archers, don’t slack off. In addition, fighters be ready and surround it by ten layers.” Chu Yang gave out one order after another, “Block here, here, here, and here; don’t let the water escape.”
“Boss, even if there are people inside, can’t you wait until morning to catch them? Isn’t it too much of a rush right now?” Ji Mo frowned.
“If there are people in there, they are King level masters!” Chu Yang said casually, “Plus, they are injured. King level masters recover very quickly; I am sure you also know this. Through this one night, if the King level masters recover even a little bit of their fighting strength, our side would lose a lot of soldiers! With a big loss or just more death, it would still be the failure of the person in command!”
Chu Yang continued, “We must never allow the enemies any opportunity to catch their breath! Their chance for a reprieve will be our irreparable misfortune!”
Ji Mo sighed at looked at Chu Yang, “Oh, that’s how it is.”
He also thought to himself: He is even considerate of soldiers he doesn’t know; how could he do wrong by his martial brothers?
As he was thinking, there were already people running forward with buckets of water. Then, many more rushed in…
While there were many, they did not have enough tools. It seemed that they needed time and patience to achieve this goal.
At this very moment, four to five people started digging and created a ditch on the path. Afterward, a stream of water ran into the court. As it turned out, there was a well on the other side with a built-in pulley as well.
And so, the water flowed continuously to this side as people shouted in a lively manner. Gradually, many people got their hands on tools; one person even somehow found a large metal drum used by the military and used a horse drawn wagon to bring it over. This was becoming fun as each trip was bringing the equivalent of fifty or sixty buckets of water…
Several commanders jumped up and yelled fiercely, “Faster! Faster!”
Time slowly passed as the official’s manor became a marsh.
As for the few cellars that they found, they were the first ones to get filled up with water…
The manpower was massive as people carried water, brought up water from the well, and blocked up any cracks all around. In the distance, there were people relaying the water over.
Some twenty wells in the nearby area were all being used by the military at the same time.
The water was flooding up over more than an acre land…
Countless soldiers were quietly watching; archers, fighters, spear thrower… were all ready for the enemies! They were all holding their weapons tightly with their eyes gleaming!
Below, Kong Shang Xin, Yin Wu Fa and the others made eight total; they were all feeling very anxious.
At first, they did not hear any movements and thought that the army had withdrawn. As they let out a sigh of relief, they heard a loud commotion…
Because they were far from the surface, they did not hear what people were saying. They only heard loud yelling every now and then. A feeling of uneasiness rose in everyone’s mind.
What are the enemies doing?
The air in the secret chamber gradually grew moist, and the temperature also went down. Kong Shang Xin frowned seeming to be thinking about something as his countenance progressively grew cold…
A while later, water started to drip from the ceiling of the secret chamber.
“Water! Water is seeping in.” Yin Wu Fa’s eyes grew wide as he looked at the water! Everyone’s countenance simultaneously paled; they finally realized that King of Hell Chu’s plan was to flood them out! This was extremely bad news for them!
While there was virtually no entrance or exit, they were still underground. And with such a large space, as long as there was water on the ground surface, it was only a matter of time before this place would be flooded! Or, it might collapse completely!
If they did not die from drowning, they would die from the collapse.
Looking at the dripping drops of water that slowly turned to small streams… and mud starting to drop down in chunks, the two King level leaders were petrified.
Their current situation was truly abysmal!
Going out would mean facing the blockade of a large army. Even though they did not know how many people were there, they knew it was not a small number from the sounds they were hearing. The two were severely injured and were not certain that they could break out from the blockade. But just standing still here… they would just quietly turn into corpses.
They were stuck between a rock and a hard place!
More mud fell down, and the water on the floor was starting to soak through their shoes.
The two King level leaders could not even cry out tears.
King of Hell Chu, you are very cruel, huh?
Such an unforgiving scheme, and you could still think of it?
“Sirs, please make a decision right away. This place… will soon collapse!” A Revered Martial Artist hastily said. He was not even done speaking when more mud fell down from above them…
Kong Shang Xin let out an angry roar, and said with red eyes, “We break out!”
Before he was done speaking those three words, the three Revered Martial Artists, two Martial Great Masters, and one Iron Horse Rider Martial Master showed a tragic look on their faces!
Everyone knew what breaking out at this moment would mean. Especially with two King level leaders still not recovered, they did not have even a little bit of hope!
Their enemies was going against them with sheer numbers; even without martial experts, ordinary soldiers would be enough to kill them. Going out could only mean dying in battle, but remaining in here would mean dying by drowning! At least they could gain some ground by dying in battle, drowning… was too much of a waste.
“Brothers, before we break out, I want to say a few words.” Kong Shang Xin weakly straightened his body as he solemnly eyed the sparkling streams of water running down.
All the others stood straight and listened quietly.
“This situation is very dangerous; even I am not sure if I could escape. Therefore, in this battle… might be the last time we will fight side by side with each other!” Kong Shang Xin eyes were on the verge of tears. After a second, he became calm as he looked over his subordinates.
He spoke with a low voice, “This time, I, Kong Shang Xin, have dragged everyone down! The reason for everything that’s happening is the fact that I acted on my own accord and brought down these serious consequences. I have caused you all to be in this desperate situation!”
“Sir, please don’t talk like that. We will fight together and die together. We are all people of Jiang Hu, and have already seen death as just that.”
“Thank you for your understanding. If there is another life, I, Kong Shang Xin, hope we could fight together in Jiang Hu and control the world. We will use all of our power to unite it!”
Kong Shang Xin’s voice grew solemn. This Sad Saber King seemed to have a premonition that his life was going to be over. With each word, he used all of his emotion as if they were coming from his heart.
“Second brother! It is not as if we do not have a chance. Why must you talk so pessimistically?” Yin Wu Fa could only feel that his chest was about to explode with pressure as he glared and spoke angrily.
“Listen to me!” Kong Shang Xin smiled and walked in front of Yin Wu Fa; he gently patted his shoulder and said, “Third brother, if you could return to Great Zhao this time, don’t think about revenge.”
Then he turned his head and bowed deeply to the six subordinates.
“Sir! What are you doing?” The Command Horse Rider that was lucky enough to survive knelt to the ground and cried tearfully, “All of us brothers will die together! Sir, why… why…” When he got to these words, his voice choked, and he could not continue anymore.
“No! You three! There is a great chance of you all not getting injured and successfully escaping.” Kong Shang Xin said sincerely, “I only ask of you one thing; if possible… bring my third brother out!”
Yin Wu Fa angrily yelled, “Second brother, if you are not leaving, how could I? When we became sworn brothers, we said that we would die together and not leave anyone behind! Do you want me to become a heartless person? As things stand, it is fine if we all die together in one place!”
“This is natural! If we must die, we will die together!” Kong Shang Xin looked at Yin Wu Fa emotionally and thought: Third brother, I owe you a life from before; today, even if I get chopped to pieces, I must get you out safely.
He did not argue any further and only quietly looked at his martial brothers. After a moment, he said, “Remember what I said.”
After he said these words, he calmly looked at the Command Horse Rider and said sincerely, “Old Sa, we have known each other for a long time; this is my last command! It is also my last request in life!”
That Command Horse Rider knelt down; his whole body trembled as tears fell down like rain. He nodded repeatedly.
Kong Shang Xin looked at Yin Wu Fa nostalgically and said softly, “Brothers, I very much want to… ride through Jiang Hu with you once more…” These words were almost inaudible.
After he finished talking, he immediately turned and went out without turning back.
“Break out!” Yin Wu Fa roared, but he hung back and inconspicuously pulled that Command Horse Ride to the side. He said hastily, “Old Sa, if things go wrong… you must absolutely bring Second King level leader out! Please!”
Then, without waiting for a reply from old Sa, he followed behind Kong Shang Xin and went out.
Old Sa was temporarily shocked. Facing a moment of life and death, the two King level leaders famous for being ruthless were showing a shining example of the word brotherhood!
I can sacrifice myself, but my brother must live!
Mud splattered everywhere as Kong Shang Xin and Yin Wu Fa, both thin like each other, walked out from the dark chamber. But their broad shoulders made it look as if they had held up the passage way for each other! A sharp aura slowly emitted from these two like a tsunami in this narrow passage way!
Mud fell like rain; on the ground, the water had already rose past their knees.
Kong Shang Xin stood in the middle with his body erect. He closed his eyes and, without turning around, he said, “Brothers, take care!” (walkthejianghu.com)