“Enjoy life. Forget Shu.”
Such had been the Prime Minister’s last bit of advice before he set out to die on the Plateau. At the time, I thought he was joking, so I didn’t pay him much mind. But with Wei’s army knocking at the front gates of the Capital, I thought of Kongming’s words again and I realized what he meant.
Shu’s existence had always been a bit of a lark, its fall inevitable. But as long as the people had peace, they wouldn’t care who was in charge.
Besides, I knew what they called me behind my back.
Unnecessarily Long and Tiresome Authoress’ Notes:
The first sentence is a very loose translation of a Chinese idiom (乐不思蜀) that originated due to Liu Chan’s carefree attitude after he surrendered to Wei; when asked about Shu, his reply went something along the lines of “Why in the world would I miss that dump?” Liu Chan’s nickname—Ah Dou—eventually became synonymous with incompetence.
Personally, I don’t think Liu Chan was that dumb, just massively overshadowed by Zhuge Liang (Kongming being his style name, i.e., how a man is referred to by his peers after he comes of age).
The Plateau is a reference to the Wu Zhang Plains. (Wu = five and Zhang = some unit of measurement that approximates to ~3.3 meters, IIRC.)