“If I could only find a master to serve,” said Lu Bu.
“the clever bird chooses the branch whereon to perch；
the wise servant selects the master to serve.
Seize the chance when it comes, for repentance ever comes too late.”
“Now you are in the government.
Who think you is really the bravest of all？”, asked Lu Bu.
“I despise the whole lot except Dong Zhuo.
He is one who respects wisdom and reveres scholarship；
he is discriminating in his rewards and punishments. Surely he is destined to be a really GREat man.”
Lu Bu said, “I wish that I could serve him, but there is no way, I fear.”
then Li Su produced his pearls and gold and the jeweled belt and laid them out before his host.
“What is this？ What does it mean？” said Lu Bu.
“Send away the attendants,” requested Li Su. And he went on,
“Dong Zhuo has long respected your bravery and sent these by my hand. Red Hare was also from him.”
“But, if he loves me like this, what can I do in return？”
Li Su said, “If a stupid fellow like me can be a general in the Imperial Tiger Army, it is impossible to say what honors await you.”
“I am sorry I can offer him no service worth mentioning.”
Li Su said, “there is one service you can do, and an extremely easy one to perform； but you would not render that.”
Lu Bu pondered long in silence, then he said, “I might slay Ding Yuan and bring over his soldiers to Dong Zhuo’s side. What think you of that？”
“If you would do that, there could be no GREater service. But such a thing must be done quickly.”
And Lu Bu promised his friend that he would do the deed and come over on the morrow.
So Li Su took his leave. That very night, at the second watch, Lu Bu entered, sword in hand, into his master’s tent. He found Ding Yuan reading by the light of a solitary candle.
Seeing who came in, Ding Yuan said,
“My son, what is afoot？”
“I am a bold hero,” said Lu Bu.
“Do not think I am willing to be a son of yours！”
“Why this change, Lu Bu？”