Friday, January 20, 2012

Mo Shaoqian + 36 Military Stratagems (Part 2)

  Originally written by cainfreya, translated/commented/edited by JoleCole  

Stratagem 2: Episode 1 - At a night club, Mo Shaoqian sits leisurely as he watches his men bully the private investigator who has been trailing him.

Kill with a borrowed knife (借刀杀人) Wiki
Attack using the strength of another (in a situation where using one's own strength is not favorable). Trick an ally into attacking him, bribe an official to turn traitor, or use the enemy's own strength against him.
The idea here is to cause damage to the enemy by getting a 3rd party to do the deed.

Mo Shaoqian knows someone has been following and snapping pictures of him. He fears that Tong Xue may have gotten her pictures taken too and exposed herself as his "other woman." Thus, he asks Wenhao to track down the private investigator and make sure he has no traces of Tong Xue on his camera.

Wenhao - "The issue you wanted me to investigate"

Wenhao - "I got it"

Throughout the whole "interrogation" process, Mo Shaoqian did not utter a single word. He just let Wenhao and his bodyguards do all the dirty work. They first throw a few physical threats at the private investigator, then cajole him with few comforting words, and finally bribe him with future promises.

In sharp contrast to the absolutely terrified private investigator, Mo Shaoqian just quietly observes in darkness, like an all powerful mafia lord.
Mo Shaoqian seems to be quite enjoying himself as he watches the private investigator quivers in fears.
Wenhao - "He's rich and he's powerful"

And voilà! Mo Shaoqian got what he wanted without even raising a hand.
"These are the only photos you've taken?"
After he got his answers, Mo Shaoqian doesn't want to waste another minute of his time and leaves the scene.
They both laugh at the private investigator's lack of mental stamina as he easily cracked under pressure and feel fortunate that he's not part of their team.
Mo Shaoqian's cold humor " Luckily, your old schoolmate is not employed by me"
Preview of the next stratagem: Entice the tiger to leave its mountain lair

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