“Satoru, we have to get out of here!” I shouted, the feeling of impending danger bearing down on me more heavily by the second.
Without another word, all of us fled down the stairs and into the lobby. Right at that moment, we heard a terrified scream.
Kashimura was running back toward the ruined entrance. She was about seventy or eighty meters away.
“Hey! This way!” Fujita shouted.
“Too late…we can’t leave from the front. Run for the back exit.”
Dr. Noguchi spun around and stumbled back into the hospital.
The rest of us stood there, unsure of what to do.
The next second, Kashimura’s entire body was enveloped in flames.
“That…that’s impossible,” Satoru whispered.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. I felt as if I were in a living nightmare. It just couldn’t be real. To be able to do something like that…
Kashimura flailed her arms frantically, her body writhing in pain. A gust of wind tore through the flames, making them flicker wildly.
It was Fujita. He was trying to put out the fire with cantus.
“We have to help!”
I got ready to put out the rest.
Satoru grabbed my arms.
“We have to help, now!”
He hauled me forcefully back into the hospital. As we went, I looked out once more.
The fire was burning more fiercely than before. Kashimura lay motionless on the ground as the flames consumed her.
I saw Fujita. He had left the boat and was heading toward Kashimura, but suddenly turned and started running in our direction.