Chapter 222 “Alpha’s heart” (part two)
By nightfall, those down below finally came back with a report that the Northwest Army has retreated to a distance of 10 Li.
(1 Li = 500meters)
The truth of the matter is that the arrow fired by Du Wei is exactly 10 Li’s out, no more no less. Lucky Old Smoke, he was exhilarated by the experience of being pursued by tens of thousands of soldiers.
Prior to this, he truly thought he was dulled to anything that could possibly happen in his life, but this experience has invigorated his pride that he once lost!
Following this young Duke really is sweet!
Now, Du Wei can be certain he has figured out the limit of the Northwest Army.
However, he still doesn’t know what the Northwest Army want. There’s no way they are here just for dinner after traveling so far.
The matter of patrolling the city is not something he’s going to get involved, so his destination for the night is the castle, or to be more precise, the yard in the back of the castle grounds. This is something Du Wei arranged. Exactly like his father’s study room, this place was specifically made to replicate his old home using the same furniture’s.
For this reason, Du Wei made it clear to all personal in the castle that none is to enter this place unless they were explicitly allowed to.
Going into the study room, he lightly closed the door behind him to enter this empty coldness known as his father’s room.
Like he wanted, there are no servants here to cater to his needs. Lighting up a lamp, he then pulled out a bottle of wine from the cabinet and began pouring himself a cup on his father’s desk.
One cup after another, it didn’t take long for him to finish half the bottle. By now, he can faintly feel his eyes getting heavy as he puts the cup down.
Almost as if it was timed, a gentle knock came from outside the door.
“Come in.” Du Wei said this in a low and tired voice.
With the door pushed open, a warrior disguised in black came in.
What should have been a handsome gentlemen’s face is now marred by several small scars. Despite the blemish, this person not only didn’t lose his charms, he looked manlier than ever.
Of course, the new entry is none other than Alpha.
When he first came into the room, the first thing Alpha noticed is where Du Wei was sitting and the bottle of wine sitting on the desk. To this loyal retainer of the Rowling Household, this image is like a tidal wave of memories blowing through his mind.
Whenever he would finish a mission back in the old days, Raymond would always smile at him like what Du Wei is doing now in the study room and say:
“Well done Alpha, come and have a cup with me.”
Although the person before him today is even higher in status than Raymond …..
Although the teenager before him is the flesh and blood of Raymond…..
But Alpha still can’t help but feel a glimmer of sadness from all this.
In fact, ever since he did as Raymond instructed and stayed by Du Wei’s side; he just can’t stop the wavering feeling spinning in his heart.
Du Wei’s Tulip Household may be recognized as the inheritor of the now perished Rowling Household, but to him, a forever loyal retainer of the family, it’s just not the same! He had sworn allegiance to Raymond, and now that even his lord and master have fallen, his soul just feels….. Empty!
“Uncle Alpha.” Du Wei’s smile on his face truly is genuine: “I was just thinking you should be back around this time.”
Alpha’s face was showing signs of fatigue due to the mission he was secretly given. Prior to today’s event, Alpha snuck away several days ago and traveled for thousands of miles to scout the terrain. Even with his immense strength, such mileage is enough to even strain an eighth level warrior like him.
“Young master.” Alpha nodded: “I brought back the information you wanted.”
Du Wei’s focus turned serious as he straightened himself.
This uncle Alpha definitely has the skills! Unfortunately, because he is father’s confident for way too long, Alpha wouldn’t be able to become his for real. Therefore, Du Wei can only use him for intelligence gathering in the background.
Besides being extremely tough and strong, his means of doing things are secure and clean like that of a well experienced master. While Alpha was working under his father, this person was in charge of a powerful force in the darkness. For this reason, Du Wei can rest assured whenever he hands a mission over to him.
“Say it.” Du Wei takes in a deep breath.
“I was 300 miles out from the city. From East to West, I made a full circle to assess their movement and noticed they had a secret group mixed in with their main body! Around five to six thousand, these people may have hidden themselves well, but there’s no mistake, the mysterious group is from the prairie.” Alpha explains this seriously.
Du Wei became shocked.
People from the Prairie?
What the hell is the Northwest Army trying to do?!!
“Long before they reached the city, the group separated and into lots of smaller teams. Since I wasn’t able to observe all of them, I only tagged one of their teams and determined they are looking for something!”
Du Wei’s eyes lit up with realization!
“While I was stalking them, I overheard them talking. I may not be very fluent in their language, but I was able to make this much out, their numbers are no less than 10,000! What’s more, one of the guy said as long as the Northwest Army is trapping us in the city, they can freely search the land!”
Du Wei impatiently asked for more: “Do you know what they are looking for?”
“I don’t know.” Alpha shook his head: “But I vaguely heard them saying something like…… The Shaman King’s command or something.”
Du Wei didn’t want to talk anymore.
The Shaman King’s order?
What, it can’t be they are here to look for that red hair monster, right? Then again, that thing really is invaluable; no wonder the Shaman King is so persistent!
Hey-hey! What a good Northwest Army! Not only did they help outsiders, they even brought them to my doorstep and let them search my place?!
Oh Rugaard ah Rugaard, what benefit did you get to let the enemy the enemy into our border?
Damn traitorous rebels!
If you were to just be your traitorous rebel, I sir here wouldn’t get involved, but you just had to go and do it, you just had to get me involved!
As Du Wei was getting all upset over this, Alpha suddenly whispered, “Young master, if there’s nothing else, I’ll see myself out.”
“Wait!” Du Wei looked up at this veteran that had carried him in his infant years. Pointing to the wine bottle on the table, he smiled and said:
“Well done uncle Alpha, come and have a drink with me.”
With those words, Alpha suddenly shook a bit! From his numbing eyes, a wave of emotions finally flowed out.
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