I have to wonder if at that point, the queerats had surpassed us in civil engineering technology. Even now, we can only speculate about how they managed to collapse such a large area in the blink of an eye. Perhaps they used their innate tunneling skills to create a network of tunnels below the square to weaken it, then dug a larger cavern below that.
To trigger the collapse, they probably brought in a small powder-spewing monster. All they needed was a small explosion to bring down the already weakened structure and send hundreds of people plunging to their deaths.
The cloud of debris from the collapse blocked out everything in my field of vision. I covered my face to keep the grit from getting in my eyes.
“Run!” Niimi shouted, grabbing my hand.
“But I have to tell Kaburagi…!”
“There’s no point. Not anymore,” he said, coughing from the dust.
I didn’t believe that Kaburagi Shisei could die so easily. But no matter how powerful he was, there simply hadn’t been time for him to use his cantus.
As we turned and ran in the other direction, rain began to fall once again. At first it was just a drizzle, but soon it started coming down almost as hard as before.
I looked up and was surprised to see that the rain was confined to a tiny area. Namely, only the places that had been obscured by dust.
The rain stopped abruptly and a strong wind kicked up, blowing away what was left of the dust.
Kaburagi Shisei was standing in the same spot as before. Well, it’s probably more accurate to say he was floating, since the ground was no longer there.
There were numerous people hovering around him, held up by his power. They looked on dazedly as Kaburagi Shisei moved them slowly to the edge of the hole and set them down.