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Sharpening Knife, Ao Yun 
“It seems like, we can only…” Empress Dowager Xiao frowned. Sending out troops like this is too rushed. But without food, it would be even worse. People of the grassland rely on the food to survive, in the winter, it would be even harder to survive.
“Empress Dowager, I’ll go.” Empress Dowager Xiao haven’t even finished speaking yet when Liu Yue suddenly walked forward, with a smile on her face.
Empress Dowager Xiao sawed the smile on Liu Yue’s face, seeming as if she is holding a pearl of wisdom. She couldn’t help but pause for a second. Her expression relaxed a little. Looking at Liu Yue, she said: “What good ideas do you have?”
lit. to hold the pearl of wisdom (idiom); fig. to be endowed with extraordinary intelligence
Liu Yue, while beaming, said: “I don’t have any good ideas. Since Bei Mu isn’t doing well, then we can’t let other people do well. Ao Yun country is so prosperous. Helping us poor people, they ought to do it.”
When Empress Dowager Xiao heard those words, she knew she still has to send out troops. But that smile on Liu Yue’s face is strange.
Liu Yue this person, she’s very crafty. She must have a strategy. Since she wants to bring out the troop to steal, then she must have a surefire strategy.
Once they had determined that they both have the same goal, Empress Dowager Xiao doesn’t have any grudge towards her. She trusts her and heavily relies on her.
“Okay, I approve.”
“Then this time, how many soldiers do we need?” Prince of Qin, Ye Lu saw that since it was already decided, immediately opened his mouth to ask.
“100,000 soldiers and horses….”
“No. I want 500,000 soldiers and horses.” Lu Za Mu ambitious opened his mouth to say 100,000 soldiers and horses but Liu Yue immediately cut him off.
“What? 500,000 soldiers and horses?”
“Did you make a mistake?”
Liu Yue didn’t even finish when the people in the royal court immediately all like boiling water, flared up.
In the middle of this boiling water, Liu Yue as before smiled. Full of confidence, she looked at Empress Dowager Xiao.
“500,000 is too much,” Empress Dowager Xiao replied to Liu Yue as she knit her brows.
500,000. Bei Mu’s military is only 500,000 people. How can she give it all to Liu Yue?