“I would like to summon the representatives of the exospecies. We have the supreme commander of the Giant Hornet colony, Kiroumaru, and the representative of the Robber Fly colony, Yakomaru. Does anyone have any objections? I would like to start with Kiroumaru’s testimony.”
The only person who spoke up was Tomiko, who had been silent so far. “As an observer in the meeting, I don’t intend to give commands, but I would like to suggest having both of them here at the same time. If their stories do not match up, we can have them confront each other directly to see who is telling the truth.”
“I see, I will do as you say. Well then.” Mr. Kaneko nodded.
Mr. Watabiki quickly left the room and brought the two queerats.
Dressed in a white robe and standing as tall as a normal human, Kiroumaru walked slowly forward. He looked even more imposing than he did fourteen years ago, but I could see a hint of old age in his posture. It seemed that queerats aged faster than humans, though not as quickly as naked mole rats.
Behind Kiroumaru came Yakomaru, also dressed in white. He was considerably shorter, but was in the prime of his life and looked dignified and full of energy. They stood apart from each other at the side of the meeting room, avoiding each other’s eyes.
“Well then, I shall address Kiroumaru of the Giant Hornet colony first,” Mr. Kaneko said in a stern voice. “The Spider Wasp colony is under the Giant Hornet faction, yes?”
“That is correct,” Kiroumaru answered a little hoarsely.
“One week ago, six soldiers of the Spider Wasp colony were attacked by an unknown party and two have since died. You are aware of this?”
“Do you hold anyone guilty?”
“Based on what the survivors have relayed to me, the party immediately responsible for the attack is the Goat Moth colony.”
“Immediately responsible? So it is your belief that they were acting upon orders?”
“Yes.” Kiroumaru stared directly at Yakomaru. “The Goat Moth colony is part of the Robber Fly faction. So I assume the Robber Fly colony gave the orders.”
Yakomaru looked like he was itching to speak, but after looking at the humans sitting around the room, fell still again.
“Now I will address Yakomaru of the Robber Fly colony. Did you order the Goat Moth colony to attack the Spider Wasp soldiers?”