Chapter 1, Confrontation, Part 7

“This is impossible!” Advisor Chur looked up at the Emperor. “This is absolute suicide! There is no way that our men will be able to survive the harsh land of the mountains, especially when food is low.”

The girl, Charlotte stared at him coolly.

“Well then would you like to suggest a plan that would prevent all your troops in HeiLi from certain death?”

Advisor Chur was wordless for a moment.

“But, but, this is madness!”

“Madness is the only way out. What is war? War is taking risks. If you’re not willing to take risks,” The girl paused for a moment and looked deeply into the advisor's eyes. “Winning will only ever happen in here.”

She tapped her head mockingly, leaving Advisor Chur once again completely lost for words. The Emperor, happy that there were no more issues ended the meeting promptly and everyone dispersed from the room.

Advisor Chur rushed out among them, a deep frown written across his face. He paced out of the building, head down and thinking. In fact he was concentrating so hard that he almost ran into an information hungry Hanto.

“I’m very sorry my Prince.” He quickly apologized, cursing at himself for being so mindless. Hanto was well known for his short temper and arrogance, but today, he seemed to have just simply brushed it off.

“What happened?” He demanded. “What did the girl say?”

Adviser Chur was surprised at the prince’s intensity, but he responded promptly.

“The girl speaks complete blasphemy! She is advising that we bait the Choung away from the mountains and have our troops escape via the KenZi mountains.”

Hanto’s face darkened just as well, though not because he thought that the idea was completely ridiculous, but the fact that he realized the pure genius behind it. The fact that girl actually knew something meant that getting rid of her would only get harder and right now, there was nothing better than an ally, especially one that wasn’t so bright.

“What do you think of the girl?” He asked in a low voice. “I want you to be honest.”

Advisor Chur was taken aback for a moment.

“Well I-”

“I want the truth.”

Advisor Chur sighed.

“My Prince, do you have any power in persuading your father to release the girl? I have a rather uneasy feeling about her and I don’t like her crazy tactics. She’s too arrogant for a woman and it really is disrespectful.”

Hanto nodded in agreement. Perfect. This was exactly what he was searching for, but this was not the place to discuss plans.

“Meet me at my quarters this afternoon. I have something I wish to discuss with you.”

“Yes, my Prince.”

Hanto smiled.


The End

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