The little bulldog ran after him, wagging his tail. He wasn’t very good at running to begin with, but his steps looked even more unsteady now.
Then I noticed that Subaru’s right hind leg seemed to be injured. No, that wasn’t right. There was something weird about it.
But before I had a chance to take a closer look, he had disappeared into the deepening twilight.
“In other words, we have to find out where Shun went,” Satoru said quietly.
“But how?” I asked uncertainly, though Satoru’s words did cheer me up a little.
“How? With every possible method,” he said, completely unfazed.
“Are you still trying to get back with him?” Maria said, giving him a cynical look. “Now that we know he didn’t break up with you because he hates you.”
“That’s not my intent,” Satoru answered levelly. “Anyway, don’t we all have a lot of questions to ask him? Are we really under surveillance? What did he mean by watching out for cats? And…” Satoru’s hand clenched into fists, “what in the world is going on with Shun?”
I felt my heart twist painfully. I hadn’t told anyone about what I had seen in the broken chicken egg. I knew instinctively it had a direct connection to whatever problems Shun was facing right now, but if I said it out loud, then my fears would become reality, so I couldn’t say anything no matter what.
Shun hadn’t gone to school in four days. We gathered behind the school building after classes were out and were having a huddled discussion.
“…but if they’re really watching us, wouldn’t it be better not to do anything that stands out?” Mamoru said carefully.