A Turning Point

The Pandava Camp

“12 days of war, and no side has any significant advantage”, complained Yudhishtira, looking at Arjuna and hinting that maybe the fabled warrior needs to up his game.

“As long as acharya is their commander-in-chief, no man, not even me, can destroy the Kauravas”, clarified Arjuna, indicating that even though he was the celebrated pupil, the master held more aces.

“Then we need to find a way to separate him from the rest of their warriors and take them down one by one”, said Drishtadyumna, the Pandava army’s commander-in-chief.

“Do you think they will let us single him out and take him to a separate part of the battlefield? Don’t forget they have amongst them the best generals and commanders in the whole world”, countered Arjuna, clearly irritated that the rest of his clan is severely underestimating the strength and capability of the enemy.

“We need a turning point in this war, a grand battle which will turn this in our favor, even if one of us gets gravely injured, or dies”, said the mighty Bheema.

The Kaurava Camp

“12 days of war, and we haven’t even hurt a Pandava”, complained Duryodhana, looking at Drona and hinting that maybe the fabled commander was sabotaging the war.

“As long as Arjuna is in their ranks, no man, not even me, can destroy the Pandavas”, clarified Dronacharya, indicating that even though he was the master, his pupil was a better warrior.

“Then we need to find a way to separate him from the rest of their warriors and take them down one by one”, said Duryodhana, making it sound all too simple.

“Do you think they will let us single him out and take him to a separate part of the battlefield? Don’t forget they have amongst them the best generals and commanders in the whole world”, countered Dronacharya, clearly irritated that Duryodhana and his clan severely underestimated the strength and capability of the Pandavas.

“We need a turning point in this war, a grand battle which will turn this in our favor, even if we have to kill one of them by deceit”, said Karna, quietly joining the conversation.

“Why not start with one of the young ones?”, said Dusshasana, sitting in the corner and devouring his Soma.

The acharya looked at the two men, seeming to agree, and was lost in thought, scheming the formation for the next day.

The Pandava Camp

Abhimanyu stood up petulantly, red with rage, on hearing Bheema’s words. “As long as I am alive, I will not let an arrow anywhere near you, let alone touch you. Tomorrow, I will end this”, he declared, addressing the five brothers.

Krishna watched him say that, smiled and said, “Easy, nephew! Nobody can hurt the Pandavas while I am alive. Let us get some rest and strategize at sunrise. Tomorrow will be an important day for us”. He then got up from his seat and walked to the window, pretending to think deeply. He did not want anyone, much less Arjuna, notice the tears swelling up in his eyes.

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