Chapter 79: Fat Ball (Part Two)
The colonel who led this regiment nodded and ordered while waving his hand, “Great General ordered us to immediately return to the encampment after defending this small city. All captains count your people and don’t leave anyone behind.”
Fang Jie was startled when he heard this; he was afraid that these captains would count people one by one.
To his surprise, these captains didn’t count soldiers one by one. Instead, they walked around and counted as a formality before announcing the departure.
Fang Jie sighed and thanked these captains for slacking off.
A part of the reason why these captains didn’t count their soldiers one by one was that the military of Great Sui had great discipline, and those captains never thought that their soldiers might be left behind. It was because they were confident in their soldiers’ discipline, and it showed trust between them.
However, Fang Jie benefited from all this.
At least two hours were needed to walk from the training field to the edge of Chang’an. Then, another two hours would be needed to get to the encampment of Right Reverent Guard in Chang’an.
Therefore, the colonel who led the regiment didn’t dare to waste time, afraid that the gates of Chang’an would be closed before they got back.
Soon, the regiment started moving, and the soldiers were almost jogging their way back.
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While jogging forward in the back of the formation with his head lowered, Fang Jie thought through everything carefully. Those officials who lured him to the training field were probably real, but they didn’t use the horse-drawn carriage of the Ministry of War because they wanted to hide their identity from others.
Therefore, Fang Jie was almost certain that the people who wanted to kill him were from the Ministry of War.
However, Fang Jie didn’t offend anyone in the Ministry of War since he came to Chang’an.
When he went to the Ministry of War to get the documents, he was quite humble. Although he didn’t give them any money as gifts, the officials didn’t trouble him. After the recommendation letter that Li Xiaozong wrote was verified and stamped, he got the documents from the Ministry of War smoothly.
Fang Jie was sure that Mr. Zhuo helped him in secret.
Therefore, Fang Jie couldn’t understand why some people in the Ministry of War wanted him dead. He only entered the Ministry of War once, and he had no other interactions with those people. Also, with Mr. Zhuo helping him in secret, those officials in the Ministry of War shouldn’t mess with him.
Fang Jie thought while jogging, but he was still confused.
“I’m sure of two things. First, I didn’t offend anyone since I came to Chang’an. Second, if some people in the Ministry of War hold grudges against me, it must be related to the incident at Fangu.”
At this moment, Fang Jie suddenly grasped onto something. “Could it be that this is related to those officials of the Ministry of War who died at Fangu? Did the people of the Ministry of War investigate this incident and put the death of those officials on me?”
As soon as this thought crossed his mind, Fang Jie knew that his life in Chang’an wouldn’t be peaceful.
Fang Jie’s mind started to clear, and he figured that some people in the Ministry of War wanted to kill him, but they couldn’t do it in public because of Mr. Zhuo or other reasons. In fact, they didn’t even dare to rob his opportunity of participating in the entrance exam of the Martial Arts Academy. They could only create schemes.
Luring him into the training field and killing him with someone else’s saber was the best plan.
Without a doubt, Luo Wen was the sharp saber in this scheme. If Fang Jie trusted Luo Wen, he would have died here. Fortunately, he understood the psychology of the members of big families, and he knew that Luo Wen wouldn’t let him live after becoming the champion.
Fang Jie came up with the idea of uniting with the other two young men to siege the small city, and Luo Wen used it to win the competition. Because of this, Luo Wen wouldn’t risk letting Fang Jie leave here alive since Fang Jie might spread the news. When Fang Jie came up with this plan, he already thought about this. For the members of big families, the life of a nobody held no value, especially a nobody whose background was unknown.
After Luo Wen left with the soldiers in a hurry, Fang Jie started to plan. The encampment didn’t lack weapons, and it wasn’t hard for Fang Jie to kill enemies with them.