“Yeah. It was quite a display. He took out seven of them.”
“That many? How?”
“First he lured them out with our scent and led them to the cave where the black widow mites lived. It wasn’t a pretty sight. The group broke apart as they all tried to run away. But Kiroumaru wasn’t done yet. He baited another group of mites and invaded the enemy’s camp. Without their guards, Yakomaru and the fiend were forced to flee again. But this time the plan backfired. Without anything to feed on, the mites started coming after us. That was also when we realized that although they couldn’t move around on damp walls, they could travel on water just fine.”
“They can stick together like balls of algae and float on the water. …still, the fact that they were all stuck together made it that much more easier to burn them all at once.”
As Satoru excitedly continued his story, I began to have doubts once again. How exactly was Kiroumaru able to kill all those queerats?
“Did he really kill seven enemy soldiers?”
“Yeah. But that’s only what I was able to see. There were probably more.”
“But didn’t he say that there were only seven in total at the very beginning?”
“As the underground troop was injured, more came from aboveground. Still, the ground troops probably didn’t have enough soldiers to make up for all the losses, so we think the underground team has five members now,” Kiroumaru explained, looking more like a golem every minute as the covered himself in muck.
“Hey, why didn’t you warn us about the Bobbit worm?”
Kiroumaru cocked his head. “What is that?”
“The bristle worm creature near the beach. Because of it, Inui…”
He let out a long sigh. “I didn’t think it was necessary to bring up the dangers that appear near the shores at night. Sorry, I might have if you were alone, but you had a Wildlife Protection Officer with you, one we call the ‘god of death’. Also, I did not know the identity of the creature. It’s true I lost a lot of my soldiers to it, but I never had a chance to see it.”