For a heartbeat Dokugakuji almost squeaked himself. Finger off trigger secondary principal in the way what the hell is that-?
Slit violet eyes were angry; clawed hands trying – to pry the kid loose? “Lirin, get behind me!”
“No!” Lirin glared at the both of them. “Don’t you hurt Nii-san!”
“Kou?” Dokugakuji said in disbelief, as Yaone started breathing again. “Kou, is that you?”
His primary principal shuddered, stripes and all. “If Nii comes near you with a needle, kill him.” Violet narrowed. “Then again. Forget the needle. Do the universe a favor.”
That sounded like Kou. Even with the… tentacles. Good night.
“This is why Nii’s analyzing Personnel’s DNA records?” Yaone stood straighter than he’d ever seen her, eyes flashing. “We need to warn people!”
“Take Lirin,” Kou directed her; moving smooth and careful to pass the stubborn brat into Yaone’s arms, the most unthreatening body language Dokugakuji had ever seen him pull off. Might have even convinced him, without the claws. “You need to get her out of here. Nii, Koushu – someone left her in here with me, expecting I’d wake up and….” He shuddered again, I want to kill something written in every ripple of skin.
“Infect her,” Dokugakuji said flatly. Still having a hard time believing it. It sounded like something off the bad SF holo-channels.
But that’s Kou. I’d stake my life on it.
“Yes.” Violet found his gaze, grim. “Doku. Get her out of here.”
And leave you with Nii? I don’t think so. “We’re all getting out of here.”
“No!” Kou snapped. “I won’t risk it!”
“Nooo!” Lirin was fighting Yaone’s grasp, half a breath away from biting. “Lirin’s going to stay with Nii-san!”
“We’re all going with your Nii-san,” Yaone told her. “Kou, think! If this is a virus, we need to make a vaccine; and you’re sane. We need you!”
“And we do not have time to argue about this, sir,” Dokugakuji said bluntly. “If Nii and Lady Koushu are both mixed up in this, my hack on the security systems isn’t going to last-”