Chapter 51: The Sage in the Eyes of People of Northern Liao (Part Three)
This girl’s big eyes stayed on Fang Jie, looking curious.
Fang Jie laughed while saying, “Brother Wanyan, if you don’t mind, you can call me brother as well.”
Wanyan Zhongde quickly walked over and replied with a smile, “You are a sage who I respect the most since I entered Great Sui. It is my honor to call you my brother. I always think of you after I left Fangu, and I felt disappointed not seeing you again. Perhaps Heaven heard my prayers and arranged for you to meet me.”
Fang Jie wasn’t unfamiliar with how the people of Northern Liao talked which was complicated.
Fang Jie replied with a smile, “Yeah, Heaven told me that you are thinking of me in my dreams, so I traveled for thousands of kilometers to wait for you here.”
“Hahaha!” Wanyan Zhongde laughed and pulled Fang Jie back without hesitation. While walking, he introduced Fang Jie to his subordinates, “This is a good brother who I met at Fangu. It was he who told me that a big official will meet with us this time.”
“Nice to meet you, Sage Fang.” Kuo Tai and others didn’t dare to neglect Fang Jie, and they all placed one of their arms horizontally before their chests and bowed.
Fang Jie quickly waved his hand and said, “I’m no sage; Brother Wanyan, you are praising me too much. Oh right… Brother Wanyan, weren’t you going to the Capital? How come you are here?”
Wanyan Zhongde waved his hand, and those warriors of Northern Liao quickly walked away. Then, he sat down a big boulder with Fang Jie and told the latter about what happened. Then, he sighed, “Brother Fang, you are a friend of Northern Liao, so I won’t lie to you. It seems like we will return to 100,000 Mountains of Northern Liao in disappointment. I failed the mission that Father gave me; I’m saddened.”
Fang Jie frowned, thought for a moment, and asked, “What? The officials made you enjoy yourself in the Capital before sending you out?”
“It is different this time.” Wanyan Zhongde told Fang Jie about his meeting with Huai Qiugong. Then, he hesitated for a moment and asked, “Brother Fang, you are one of the most intelligent people that I have met, and I see you as a brother and the people of Northern Liao see you as a friend. Brother Fang, please help me out. What does the Emperor of Great Sui mean this time?”
Fang Jie thought to himself, “These people of Northern Liao are in fact straightforward and simple-minded. How could people say such important things directly in the first meeting?”
However, Fang Jie liked such people since it was simple and easy to interact with them.
After recalling everything that Wanyan Zhongde had told him, Fang Jie shook his head and said, “It is definitely different this time. Otherwise, the Head of the Ministry of Rites wouldn’t meet with you. Also, you should have known that things are different this time.”
“Why is it different?” Wanyan Zhongde asked subconsciously.
Fang Jie smiled and explained, “Just think about it. What were the responses that the envoys from Northern Liao got from the officials in the Ministry of Rites before?”
“They avoided the topic as much as possible, and they straight up declined when the envoys pursued the topic.”
“They would give us a ton of gifts.”
“Did you receive gifts this time?”
Wanyan Zhongde shook his head and said, “No. On top of not giving us gifts such as tea and delicate porcelains, no officials saw us off when we left. Before I left, I asked to see Mr. Huai Qiugong, yet no one responded. It feels like we are suddenly not welcomed.”
Fang Jie stood up and patted Wanyan Zhongde’s shoulder before saying earnestly, “When you return, tell the Khagan of Northern Liao to prepare the warriors. Perhaps… the war is really going to happen.”
Wanyan Zhongde asked in surprise, “Are you this sure?”
“Broth… Mr. Envoy, you should believe the words of a sage.”
The girl who was disguised as a man and sat on the side quietly complained a little. Perhaps it was because she almost said the wrong thing, she blushed through the dark skin tone.
Wanyan Zhongde froze for a second before quickly apologizing to Fang Jie.
Fang Jie hesitated for a moment and said, “You don’t need to thank me. In fact, I’m here to ask for help. I’m now in some trouble, so I’m wondering if Brother Wanyan is willing to help.”
Before Wanyan Zhongde could speak, that girl nodded first subconsciously. She realized that she made a mistake again, and her face became redder.
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