Prologue – Those Lined Up Before the Horizon
The people who had set something up were the close combat specialists who made up the vanguard.
The location was at Tama’s bow, on a roof in the business area, which was at a place slightly removed from one of the rows of houses in the residential area. To the left and right of the roof, tall buildings of major businesses lined up.
That was their aim. If the walls on the left and right were tall enough, then they would be able to restrict the space she had to dodge left and right.
While sprinting through the valley-like roof of one structure and passing the walls of buildings left and right, everyone thought this:
They had to hurry.
This was because they were just about to run through the second starboard ship – Tama.
If they exited the area they were running through now, the business area where the industries reside, they would be jumping off of the bow and towards the outside.
Outside the ship, on the other side of the bow would be the first starboard ship – Shinagawa’s stern. The upper section of Shinagawa is the cargo area, so all that was there were wooden large-scale cargo containers, all lined up. Their destination was the Yakuza office in a small residential area, which was situated at the deck by the bow. The road there was made up of the roof of the cargo containers. It was a completely flat area, with no hint of an obstacle.
If they entered Shinagawa, chasing her would become difficult.
What everybody thought after those words was the same.
“It’s about the time we bring the fight to her.”
And, the first to move was him.
“I will go…!”
In the midst of running, Tenzou shouted, issuing his challenge.
Oriotorai whistled shortly in response.
“I thought that it would be you to come first.”
Hearing her voice, Tenzou gave a short answer.