“Yakomaru, was it? I have a few questions.” Tomiko leaned forward. “You said the Goat Moth queen is in good health, but leaves affairs of the government to a regent. Is that correct?”
“Yes, that is correct.” Yakomaru said smugly. If he had had the faintest idea who Tomiko was, he would have flung himself at her feet.
“Hmm. But if you are that familiar with their colony’s inner workings, doesn’t it imply that your own colony has a more intimate relationship with them than Kiroumaru’s does?”
“Ah…uh..well, as I mentioned earlier, we put considerable effort into building a relationship with them…so naturally, I have some knowledge of their inner workings.” Having been caught in a lie, Yakomaru began to sweat. “B-but, however close we may be, it is unthinkable that we would order them to defy the will of the gods. If we did, divine punishment would be brought upon us. Why would we take such a suicidal action?”
“So you’re suggesting the Goat Moth colony acted on its own? That does not make much sense to me either.”
“Yes, I have my own theories regarding that. May I explain?” Yakomaru quickly regained his composure.
“Certainly. Go on.”
“For the sake of argument, let’s assume that we gave the order to attack, or that the Goat Moths acted on their own. Either way, to attack another colony without permission from the gods is pure insanity. But what if this was all orchestrated by the Spider Wasp colony?”
Kiroumaru glared with such intensity that it seemed sparks were flying from his eyes. Yakomaru gave no notice.
“It wouldn’t be impossible to obtain the weapons and armor used by the Goat Moths. Perhaps they split into two groups, staged an attack, and played the victim. Both Kiroumaru and my faction are equally matched in power, so if we were to meet in direct combat, both sides would suffer considerable losses. I hesitate to say this, but perhaps the Giant Hornets wanted to rely upon divine assistance to destroy us without putting themselves in danger…”