“Yeah, he’s right. I think it’s too dangerous,” Maria took Mamoru’s side.
“So you’re just going to abandon Shun?” Satoru asked angrily.
“I didn’t say that. But…” she looked around nervously. “Even now I feel like I’m being watched.”
“There’s no one around. Stop being stupid,” he sneered.
I suddenly thought of something. “Hey, remember when we were running from Kiroumaru? There was this creepy bird following us around all night.”
“You too, Saki? Those were nightjars and crows trained by the queerats.”
“If the queerats could do that, then the Ethics Committee would have even more clever tricks, right?”
“Yeah! I’ve heard stories too. Geniuses like Shisei Kaburagi, Koufuu Hino, and Yuu Tatebe can control genes and create animals from their imagination. I wouldn’t be surprised if that weird bee over there were watching us right now.”
Everyone fell silent. The oppressive mood weighed heavily on us. If they did use surveillance bugs, and we didn’t notice, then we were done for. Plus, where the bug sends its report after it returns to its hideout was a whole other issue.
“…okay. I’m going to look for Shun anyway. You don’t have to help if you don’t want to.”
“I’ll help.” I said immediately.
“Wait! You’re making it sound like we’re not worried about Shun at all. Don’t,” Maria protested. “I’m just saying it’s too obvious if all four of us start snooping around. Right, Mamoru?”