Wondering if a honest report is really okay, Tetora is about to tell Jungi but Ramul interrupts by reporting that last night, Lili got involved in the accident and got abducted. Jungi asks, ..afterwards? Tetora apologizes and say that it is due to her incompetence.. Jungi interrupts by telling her that he doesn’t want to hear her apology. Tetora tells him that right now, Ayura has currently infiltrated into Sei to rescue Lili. Jungi asks if Ayura is alone. After a pause, Tetora says that she is. A hooded man, together with a scarred face bodyguard, asks what happened to Lili and she just said that Lili got brought to Sei. Jungi tells him no..this isn’t at all a big issue of value that he’ll set his heart on it. Hooded man says that he doesn’t think it is a small matter for the daughter of the Water tribe’s head to be captured by some other country. He always feels that this issue isn’t that simple at all. While Tetora wonders who this man is, hooded man says that actually he came to investigate about the Sei’s stronghold and he fears that it is related to some other thing. He tells Tetora to explain the situation clearly. Tetora is surprised that he knows about the stronghold.
After Tetora explained it, hooded man says so that’s how it is, Lili got taken away during the disturbance and right now, she is forced to become Sei’s slave. Tetora thinks that they do not have a minute to lose. Hooded man says that although that it is for military purposes that the stronghold was built, and he originally planned to have it destroyed sooner or later but since there is a possibility that Lili will be forced to drink Nadai, then, they do not have a minute to lose. Tetora thinks that this man seems to be a noble but who..? His speech and manners is quite cultured and refined that it has that kind of gentle temperament but then, where..it seems that somewhere..she had seen him.. Hooded man says, okay, it’s inevitable, it would be better to directly rush over to Sei. Then, bodyguard exclaims, “Your Majesty!!” This startles Tetora. Bodyguard asks what Suwon is saying, a country’s king would unexpectedly plan to bring these many men and rush over to some other country and does he think that he can just get out like that!? Suwon says, but General Judo.. Judo exclaims that he isn’t some anxious little girl so act properly, okay!! While Suwon laughs over how Judo said it, Tetora realizes that it is General Judo, Sky Tribe’s..and she remembers it.
Several years ago, when Jungi had a reception for people to participate in Suiko’s festival, at that time, he is Jungi’s guest. Even if at that time, he still hasn’t ascended to the throne but she’s absolutely sure that this person is King Suwon. Judo says that right now, they’ll first temporarily return to the city to consolidate their army. Suwon says that they don’t have a lot of time. Tetora is wondering if it is okay for Suwon to meet up with Yona and Haku but if they can get Suwon’s help, they can rescue Lili and it can be said that it will make her feel most at ease but..!! Judo exclaims that in short, only this time, even if he were to tie him up [/kidnap], he won’t let him go! Suwon says he understands. Then, he apologizes to Jungi. Jungi bows and says how can he dare trouble Suwon over his family matter.. Suwon tells him to please give him a bit of time and he has a proposal. Later on/meanwhile, Yona is carrying some heavy load. She thinks that her throat is really thirsty and it has already been two days* since she arrived here. She tells herself to calm down and observe. This place is actually not only building a stronghold for at the same time, there is transporting and manufacturing of all sorts of weapons. There are also slaves coming from Sei’s direction.
There are many slaves brought to this place everyday. Even women and children are forced into manual labor. She might as well say that children’s hands are comparatively quick. Normally, they won’t rebel and are easily controlled. Furthermore, the people in this place had been tamed with the use of Nadai so they don’t feel pain and no one would escape. Then, some guy starts screaming that he got stepped on and whipped by the soldiers. And she fears that if they drink too much, Nadai would cause the body to collapse. The people who can no longer work are dealt away with. Swaying about while pushing a cart, Lili kept on thinking of water. Then, a soldier grabs her hair and asks what’s up, does she want to drink for her actions are very slow. Yona looks surprised upon seeing this. While gripping Lili, the soldier says that it seems that she hasn’t touched the wine. Lili tells him that she’s fine. Taking a jug with another hand, the soldier says that this is freely offered to them so don’t be shy. Pouring the wine on Lili’s face, the soldier tells her that she can drink as much as she wants. Yona tries to go to Lili but the other soldier tells her to get back to work. Lili spits out the wine and wipes her mouth. Lili thanks the soldier for she wanted to wash her face and now, she’s cool already. The soldier is irked by this.
Yona goes to Lili who tells her that she is fine, and at this moment, she cannot restrain her fury. For like this..a person’s dignity is easily trampled. She absolutely cannot tolerate such an extremely despicable place and all the more she felt that this is tolerated by the heavens but.. Crying, she says that what made her really angry is she actually really wants water. Anything will do, as long as it is just a little bit. She wanted it so much that she wanted to be a disgrace and plunder that wine and drink to her fill. She obviously always thought of staying parched and dying from it, and will never surrender. Yet, when she felt that cold water feeling, she unexpectedly utterly convinced [/subdued] at that moment. While thinking of wanting to drink, Lili cries that she’s so afraid. Yona comforts her by saying that it isn’t a bit a disgrace, and she didn’t do anything wrong. Yona thinks that despite her throat being so thirsty that it is hard to endure, despite her rationality is quickly drying out [/boiling away]. She’s afraid that her hands and feet are burned by this anger. She also wants to destroy this utterly rotten place, and also properly protect Lili.
At night, Lili couldn’t sleep because her throat doesn’t feel well from the thirst. Then, she notices that Yona is not on her bed. She wonders where Yona is. Yona is currently wandering around to look for water in order for them to survive. She thinks that since there are many soldiers here, there’s definitely ordinary water that can be drunk. There are a few guards [who happen to be sleeping] and perhaps, the barracks nearby has some water. As Yona continues to snoop around, worried Lili goes out to look for Yona. A hand grabs her shoulder and asks what she is doing. Thinking that it is the soldier [harassing her] this morning, Lili says that it is nothing, she just wants to go out for some air and she’s going back inside. The soldier grabs her shoulder tighter. She says that hurts. Realizing that he won’t let go, Lili tells him to let go for she said that she is going back. The soldier accuses her of wanting to escape and threatens her that those who run away are sentenced to death. Thinking that he’s pressing vigorously, Lili insists that she isn’t escaping and she is going back so let go of her. The soldier says that they are very arrogant for no matter how long the slaves had been here, they are very tame. Lili feels that this seems quite familiar. It is at that time when she faced some drugged man who is about to punch her. The soldier tells Lili that here, those who dare oppose will be dealt away with.
Lili continues to think that even if it is similar, but it is different for those drugged by Nadai has a deep and dense sadness while the one in front of her is someone who cannot stand on his own strength without trampling on others, a comparatively puny creature. The soldier grabs her wrist and tells her to come with him. Lili manages to pull away and tackles his leg which causes the soldier to fall down. She takes a rock and throws it at the soldier. This irks the soldier. Lili thinks that she is also weak, her throat is so thirsty that it is intolerable. Her feet are shivering with cold. She really wants to sit paralyzed on the ground and cry bitterly but she absolutely won’t admit defeat. She faces the soldier who pointed his sword at her. She thinks that at this kind of time, her important person is also definitely.. And, Yona jumps from behind and hits the soldier with a long piece of wood. The soldier falls down but his head is protected by his helmet when he crashed the ground. [Wait, how come she hits his head when he has a helmet ^^;] So he manages to quickly stand up. Shouting that he’ll kill her, he swiftly cuts her wood in half. As Yona stands her ground and faces the soldier who wants to kill her, Lili looks for something that she can use. She finds some broken pottery. She grabs a shard and stabs the soldier’s nape. It causes the soldier to collapse. Yona goes to Lili who has suddenly sat down on the ground [after the adrenaline rush]. She asks if Lili is alright. Shocked Lili says that she.. Yona looks around and everything is still quiet. Yona says that they’re going to escape and right now, the guards are very few. “If this keeps up, we’ll be killed.”
Comment: Even if what they did is somewhat impressive, but somehow, I think that they’re asking for it being arrogant and reckless. I would be impressed if how Yona did the soldier in by somehow stealing his sword or something rather than facing him with a piece of wood. Oh well, it’s for the story to make Lili do something..probably, her first kill? I don’t know about Lili but if I were in her situation, I don’t think I would start comparing a person threatening to kill me by comparing her situation with her situation before and even call the guy puny because he is a ‘bully’. I agree with her observation but then, she isn’t exactly in the position to think of such things when she is technically physically weaker than the soldier. It would be a different story if Yona wasn’t there. And, even if I know that it is for the story but I’m also thinking it would be better if Yona told Lili her plan so that Lili won’t just go out like that. But then, knowing Lili, would she actually stay put? Somehow, I’m thinking that Suwon won’t ever do what the Sei rulers are doing to its people and other neighboring country and since it is only this instances which angers Yona aside from the usual other villains, I guess we can say that Suwon is ‘safe’ from Yona. Well, there will indeed be some sort of war/battle later on for Suwon was indeed planning to destroy that stronghold. I also think that Sei is asking for it since they are kidnapping other countries’ people for their slaves.
They just gave Kouka a reason to invade them and they cannot say that it is self-defense. They are also selling Nadai. Does news travel so slow that they didn’t know what Kouka did to Kai because of Nadai? But then, I guess Sei people are also too arrogant and stupid. They also already know that they have two defiant girls who won’t drink the wine yet they are very lax with the guards and didn’t bother to lock them up. I guess if Sei got invaded and destroyed, no one will care at all. The enslaved people might even agree to be annexed by Kouka. Question: if Kouka takes the territories of the other countries, it’s considered as Kouka’s, right? Would the dragons be able to go there later on or their ‘boundary’ is confined to the original Kouka land? And, I thought Tetora is going to be fired. Oh well, she probably won’t be if Lili intervened. Thanks to Judo’s carelessness, Tetora knows who the king is. Thankfully for them, Tetora isn’t some traitor/spy. She actually somewhat concerned about him meeting the two so I guess she didn’t know what happened to Haku before? I mean, it didn’t really bother Yona that much so she could have only mentioned Haku. Still, Lili is her priority as the bodyguard. And, lucky for her, she is spared from that dilemma since Judo manages to assert his opinion on stopping Suwon from just going to the other country. Too bad Suwon cannot really insist on it since Judo can really make good his threat and he’ll be powerless to do anything. But then, Suwon seems to have forgotten that he is king for if he really wants it, he can be stubborn about it.
Actually, if Judo keeps on being respectful, they’ll be more in trouble for he’ll just slip and call Suwon ‘Your Majesty’ ^^; And, really, why bother hooding Suwon to keep his identity a secret when he’ll just blurt it out. ^^;; Same goes for Suwon, just revealing Judo’s name and title. Anyway, it seems that Suwon has a back-up plan. If he didn’t go, I guess the likely scenario is Yona and Lili escaping midway and probably chased after. Then, Haku and others save her. And, Suwon and others can just finish destroying the stronghold..opps, Lili is missing but then, he’ll find a familiar hairpin. Anyway, hopefully, there is only one path to go back to the town so that Yona and Lili can meet up with Haku and others. If not, they will probably just miss each other and the two would probably die of thirst/weakness and it either takes a whole day or a few days to reach the the town from the stronghold. That is, unless, Yona actually managed to procure some water for them to drink. Actually, meeting half-way is good so that the dragons can still use their powers. And a bit of credit to Ramul whose quick thinking to know what to say and it had probably somehow managed to prevent Tetora from being fired on the spot if she were to tell Jungi the whole truth. Scans by 红莲汉化组
Quote of the day:
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. ~ Martin Luther King Jr