“So you think they still have an ace up their sleeve?” I asked Satoru.
“Yeah. Though I don’t know what it is yet. It might be a weapon of mass destruction from the past, as your mother said,” his voice trailed off.
“But Shisei Kaburagi said…”
He had said that it was a cantus user that had destroyed the Giant Hornet colony.
“Yeah,” Satoru said, his expression warning me not to speak further.
If the other three found out about that, it would only cause them to panic.
“…alright. They might have weapons stronger than guns and arrows, so everyone needs to be careful,” Fujita said thoughtfully.
“Ridiculous. There aren’t any weapons that can overpower cantus. It’ll be a walk in the park when we decide to attack,” Kuramochi snapped. “I’ll find those bastards, even if I have to knock down every building here. I won’t rest until I slaughter all the queerats that killed Nemoto!”
“I know how you feel, but calm down. They’ve had a lot of time to prepare. We’ll be caught with our pants down if we’re not careful,” Fujita said.
“Yeah yeah, I know.”
Kuramochi turned away. The boat swayed from side to side, as if channeling the conflicting feelings within him.
Okano, who had been silent until now, looked up.
“I…I want to kill every last one of those fiends. But I’m more worried about Oouchi right now.”
“I know. But I’m sure he’s fine. There are fifty or sixty people in the hospital. They might be sick, but they can still use their powers. The queerats wouldn’t stand a chance,” Fujita said encouragingly.