“Sorry, I shouldn’t have brought it up.”
“It’s fine. …we’re just doing what we have to do. Don’t think any more than that.”
I had to tell him about it now. I felt that if I didn’t say it now, it would be too late.
“Is Maria and Mamoru’s child really a fiend?”
“We’re going back to this topic again?” Satoru said, sounding impatient. “You’ve seen what it did. It killed people indiscriminately. Isn’t that what fiends do?”
“I know that. But it just seems fundamentally different from all the fiends that have appeared before.”
“…well they’re probably all different to some degree. There are a couple of types of fiends, right? But who cares if it’s different? We’ll…stop it first, then figure it out.”
“I simply don’t think it’s a fiend.”
Satoru stood up and ran his hand through his hair.
“Cut it out! Why do you keep saying things that make me doubt myself?”
“Sorry! But listen. I can’t help wondering whether the child knows what it is.”
“So what if it doesn’t? We have to stop it either way. If we don’t, the town will be destroyed and all of Japan will fall under Yakomaru’s control. The number of fiends will grow and eventually queerats will take over the world.”
“I know. I know we have to stop it at all costs. But it’s Maria’s child. I want to give it a chance. Just one.”
“A chance? I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“If we can somehow make it recognize…!”