Chapter Nine: Hunt Night:
The hunters could smell her just outside the city. Six months, and now they had a break. A teenage hunter turned to his father.
ï¿½Is it time?ï¿½ he asked. His father listened to the sky.
ï¿½Yes,ï¿½ he answered. ï¿½I can feel traces of her.ï¿½ He turned to his son. ï¿½Go alarm the camp.ï¿½
ï¿½Yes, father,ï¿½ the boy said. He dashed towards the tents. He picked up a big soup spoon and beat it against the big pot.
ï¿½Get up!ï¿½ the boy yelled. ï¿½We found her! We found her!ï¿½ Heads poked out from their tents half-asleep.
ï¿½Is it true?ï¿½ an old hunter with glasses asked.
ï¿½Yes!ï¿½ the boy exclaimed. ï¿½Everyone, gather ï¿½round for a strategy meeting!ï¿½ The hunters dragged their tired feet to the campfire. The leader in camo stepped forward.
ï¿½Alright, men!ï¿½ he addressed his team. ï¿½We start our attack today!ï¿½ Whispers ripped through the men at the fire. The old man with glasses raised his hand.
ï¿½You sure this time?ï¿½ he asked. The leader pushed up his own brown framed glasses.
ï¿½Yes,ï¿½ he answered.
ï¿½So, what do we do now?ï¿½ a hunter with red hair asked. The leader grabbed his gun.
ï¿½We storm the gate at 0300 hours!ï¿½ he answered. He looked among his fellow hunters.
ï¿½Hiroji,ï¿½ he commanded. ï¿½You and Takeru here will hack in and let us through.ï¿½ The leader patted his son on the shoulder as he spoke. Takeru winced at how this would play out. Please donï¿½t make me do this again, he pleaded in his head. His father shot him an icy glance. ï¿½Is there a problem?ï¿½ his gaze asked. Takeru looked down at his feet. A boy with dyed blonde hair in the crowd stood up.
ï¿½Yes sir!ï¿½ he said aloud. The leader looked down at his son. Takeru pressed his lips together.
ï¿½Yes, sir,ï¿½ he mumbled.
ï¿½Good!ï¿½ his father shouted.
ï¿½Once you are in, search the whole city for other entrances!ï¿½
ï¿½Yes!ï¿½ the boys answered.
ï¿½Hiroji,ï¿½ the leader ordered. ï¿½Fire off the signal! We will storm the city from all angles.ï¿½
The leader handed his son a mini radio. ï¿½Use this to report your findings,ï¿½ he said.
ï¿½Yes sir,ï¿½ the black-haired boy said with a salute. The leader shifted his focus to the other hunters.
ï¿½Meh, brace yourself!ï¿½ he ordered. ï¿½We will catch her this time!ï¿½ As the men cheered, water sprites watched them from above.
ï¿½Oh no, theyï¿½re at it again!ï¿½ they sang. ï¿½We canï¿½t have that! No, no! We must tell Bunny-tan straight away!ï¿½ The sprites vanished within the early morning darkness to sound the alarm.