Stories and Folktales in Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Lu Bu fought valiantly, and cut down two generals and wounded many of them. He was irresistible. The fighting then ceased, and after their return to camp another council met. Cao Cao said, "No one can stand against the prowess of Lu Bu. Let us call up all the lords and evolve some good plan. If only Lu Bu were taken, Dong Zhuo could easily be killed."
the council was in progress again came Lu Bu to challenge them, and again
the commanders moved out against him. This time Gongsun Zan, flourishing his
spear, went to meet the enemy. After a very few bouts Gongsun Zan turned and
fled; Lu Bu following at the topmost speed of Red-Hare. Red-Hare was a five-hundred-mile-a-day
horse, swift as the wind. The lords watched Red-Hare gained rapidly upon the
flying horseman, and Lu Bu's halberd was poised ready to strike Gongsun Zan
just behind the heart. Just then dashed in a third rider with round glaring
eyes and a bristling mustache, and armed with a ten-foot octane-serpent halberd.
"Stay, O twice bastard!" roared he, "I, Zhang Fei of Yan, await you."
Seeing this opponent, Lu Bu left the pursuit of Gongsun Zan and engaged the new adversary. Zhang Fei was elated, and he rode forth with all his energies. They two were worthily matched, and they exchanged half a hundred bouts with no advantage to either side. Then Guan Yu, impatient, rode out with his huge and weighty green-dragon saber and attacked Lu Bu on the other flank. The three steeds formed a triangle and their riders battered away at each other for thirty bouts, yet still Lu Bu stood firm.
Then Liu Bei rode out to his brothers' aid, his double swords raised ready to strike. The steed with the flowing mane was urged in at an angle, and now Lu Bu had to contend with three surrounding warriors at whom he struck one after another, and they at him, the flashing of the warriors' weapons looking like the revolving lamps suspended at the new year. And the warriors of the eight armies gazed rapt with amazement at such a battle.
But Lu Bu's guard began to weaken and fatigue seized him. Looking hard in the face of Liu Bei, Lu Bu feigned a fierce thrust thus making Liu Bei suddenly draw back. Then, lowering his halberd, Lu Bu dashed through the angle thus opened and got away.