“I’d love to show you that I can control each one individually, but with so many of them, it’s a pain in the ass. Plus I’m kinda drunk…”
The queerats continued attacking without pause even as Koufuu Hino rambled on incoherently.
“Uheeheehee. Even if they want to run, my queerats won’t spare them. But even with me controlling them, victory isn’t guaranteed. I’ll be pissed if people think this is all I, Koufuu, am capable of. So let’s kick it up a notch!”
The controlled queerats began to attack with such speed that their wild, flailing movements ripped their own joints from their sockets.
Koufuu Hino’s high, hysterical laughter rose above the stinking mist of blood spreading throughout the square.
We were so spellbound by the sight of the bloody massacre that we completely let our guard down. The combination of intense anger and hatred toward the queerats, and exaltation of being freed from our fear, was undoubtedly one of the reasons for our abnormal state of mind.
It might sound ridiculous, but it’s possible that even this was part of Yakomaru’s plan. If it wasn’t, then what happened next would have to be the result of unbelievably good timing.
With only a third of the two thousand queerat soldiers left, it seemed victory was at hand. Then came a sudden, deafening blast.
Ten more blasts followed. Then one final explosion so powerful it made the ground shake.
I couldn’t understand what was going on. Neither could anyone else, I suspect.
Later, testimonies by survivors painted a hazy picture of what had happened.
As we had been busy watching the slaughter, a couple of queerats that had been waiting for just this moment let off a volley of shots simultaneously. They had two targets. Koufuu Hino and Shisei Kaburagi.
We had all vaguely assumed that the queerats wanted to kill as many humans as possible. We thought their attacks were nothing more than the desperate struggles of a cornered animal hoping to wound its predator even as it died. But Yakomaru had plotted for victory from the very beginning. And the crux of his strategy was to take the lives of Koufuu Hino and Shisei Kaburagi.
Three of the shots had hit Koufuu Hino. One had gone straight through his thick chest. He slowly sank to the ground.