“Are you okay?”
A quiet “yeah,” was all I got from Satoru.
“I wonder how much the gas has dispersed.”
Even though I still couldn’t see him, I felt Satoru shake his head.
“But that’s impossible. It can’t stay in the tunnels forever, right?”
“That’s true, but it probably won’t disappear for a few days,” Satoru sighed heavily. “Before that, we’ll either run out of air, or the gas will make it up here.”
Bile rose in my mouth. Were we going to die where we stood?
“…then, what should we do?”
“No idea,” Satoru answered shortly.
“If the Robber Fly colony manages to win, they might dig us out. Even in that case, we still have to wait until the poison gas disperses.”
Despair drained us of all energy. We had been so desperate to find a safe place that it wasn’t until now that we noticed we had walked into our own graves.
Waiting helplessly for the end was tantamount to psychological torture. Compared to this, running from the poisonous gas could probably be considered fun.
“Hey. Even though we’re stuck in this situation…” the words came out naturally.
“I’m glad I’m not alone.”
“Are you happy you can drag me down too?”
I smiled slightly.
“If I were alone, I wouldn’t be able to stand it. And I definitely wouldn’t have made it this far.”
We had tried our best, even if the final result was to be stuck at a dead end with no escape.