Teeth found his arm, and Ikoma snarled, twisting to tear loose. Damn it, damn it, trying to fight when he knew there were outsiders watching-!
“Ikoma!” A shot rang out, picking off the Kabane most directly between him and the Koutetsujou. “Fight!”
And he wasn’t hearing the offworld weapons anymore.
Live now, Kurusu can threaten them all later–
It was such a terrifying relief, striking out with his full strength. Fangs shattered. Bones broke. At least one gray neck snapped.
…Not that that would kill a Kabane, but damn it, not having working eyes at least slowed it down.
He wasn’t up to Hozumi’s grasshopper leaps, but the Koutetsujou was so close. Two bounds and a dash, one-
The jarring must have knocked something loose. Hozumi coughed, warm water splashing over his shoulder. Wheezed, lungs heaving.
One bitten hand found the ladder-
Slipped, blood slick on his fingers, as howling bodies tried to tear him down.
Letting Hozumi’s gun drop and dangle, he pulled the piercing gun.