“Not at all,” I answered shortly. I was about to thank him too, but something stopped me.
Then a messenger arrived and spoke in queerat language.
Kiroumaru nodded satisfactorily. “The nest has been found.”
“Huh? Th-that’s wonderful…” Squealer looked like he wanted to say something.
Kiroumaru ignored him and turned to us. “I have an errand I must attend to. What will you do?”
I was about to refuse, but Satoru, who had had his eyes closed this entire time, answered, “We’ll go too.”
“Shall we go then? I will lead the way.”
We followed Kiroumaru out of the camp as he strode calmly through the bowing soldiers.
“Why are we going with him?” I whispered to Satoru.
“We can’t show him any weakness.”
Satoru kept his eyes closed. Just staying conscious seemed to cost considerable effort.
“But the Giant Hornet is the most loyal colony. Why do we have to be so cautious?” I asked, even though I had some doubts about him myself.
“It’s because they’re the most loyal that it’s so important to be careful.”
“What do you mean?”
“It’s hard to explain right now…” Satoru furrowed his eyebrows. “Look, ever since last night, we’ve walking the line between life and death, right?”
“But I’d wager that this is actually the most dangerous situation we’ve been in so far.”
I had no idea what he was talking about. Bursting with questions, I turned back toward Kiroumaru.