Numinous wrote:Bing Xiao nodded carefully and remarked quietly,"Perhaps such an ambitious man could be turned into an ally of yours rather than an enemy in the future, if you can discover his motives more clearly... but this is a task moreso for your kingdom's ministers to solve rather than my humble self."
Bowing to his host, the envoy's business seemed concluded for now with that subject. "With that in mind, I will waste no more of your precious planning time, Duke Chen. If there is no further issues, I shall take my leave back to my homelands across the southern coasts. Although, the offer of the Marquess still stands -- should Xiang Kai become your enemy, know that you have allies on your side in the river lands ready to aid your plight. Barring that event, the Lady Zhi would still most appreciate your visit in the future to discuss current affairs, and your officers are always welcome in Wu."
As Lady Bing Xiao prepared to depart, he was politely accosted by an attendant, who passed him a scroll containing a letter intended for the Marchioness.