My Children Swarm the Cosmos – Chapter 38.3

𝐎𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐭 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐞 (3)

“Of course I don’t think Kreion should be punished. It’s just that Kreion came to hate us so much. . . Because that dangerous race came to hate humans so much. . .”

“Yes. We formed the pursuit fleet to deal with Kreion and the chimeraz before they evolved further.”

“That’s right. . . That’s right. How much I cherished Kreion. . . Because it was so much, I was so scared and needlessly hated him because things turned out that way because of our mistake. . .”

At that moment, Brinicle narrowed his eyes.

“What do you think of Kreion, chief?”

“I feel sorry for him. Because our mistake is obvious. . . I think we paid the price for making such a ridiculous mistake after teaching him that way. We did terrible things to each other. To each other. . . I wonder how nice it would be if we could go back to that time. . .”

“Chief. I was born as a bioweapon, but I’m not a monster.”

“. . . What did you just say. . .”

𝘛𝘩𝘶𝘥!

𝘡𝘪𝘻𝘪 𝘡𝘪𝘻𝘪!!!

Brinicle’s face skin distorted strangely. His skin, body, and height made strange tearing sounds, and a dull sound echoed from his body as if broken bones were being forcibly attached.

Perhaps if he had a weak heart, he might have fainted at the sight of Brinicle mutating.

“W-What the. . . ?!”

Brinicle’s military uniform turned a dark color and changed into a form that could no longer be called clothing. Black bio-tissue, something that seemed to be composed of cells, became neither armor nor clothing, but something worn on the body, and the mutation stopped.

“I surrender.”

It wasn’t Brinicle, it was Kreion.

“How did you. . . ?”

At that moment, Darwin froze, and the door behind Kreion opened noisily.

𝘛𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘬!

Armed privates rushed in.

“Chief!!!”

“Don’t move! I’ll shoot you if you move even a little!!”

The privates took their positions with trained movements and aimed their energy rifles.

If they pull the trigger, Kreion wouldn’t be able to avoid it at such a distance.

In the meantime, Darwin and Kreion didn’t move a muscle.

“I wanted to have a conversation. Chief.”

“K-Kreion. . . You. . .”

“It’s a simple disguise. There was no other way to meet the chief right away.”

Those who are looking at Kreion, including Darwin now, felt it.

Kreion looks unarmed.

However, he will never be unarmed.

He couldn’t have come here alone without any insurance.

That’s why they can’t help but be silent in the gap between putting their finger on the trigger and screaming in their heart to not shoot.

Darwin asks in a trembling voice.

“What are you going to do to me. . . ?”

Kreion has a strangely kind impression when he is expressionless.

“Didn’t I just tell you?”

So, strangely enough.

For some reason, there was an atmosphere of hope or delusion that this was not a dangerous situation.

“I came here to talk.”

“What kind of conversation?”

“A conversation to find a way to reconcile, to forgive, to stop fighting.”

At that surprising statement, Darwin and the privates were dumbfounded as if they had been hit in the back of the head.

So much so that you wondered if it was really Kreion, the ruler of the chimera race and the commander of the Medusa-class bioweapon.

Even,

Even Kreion bowed his head.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for destroying the utopia that the chief spent his life creating and indiscriminately hurting so many people. I was too young and immature. I didn’t consider the possibility of a misunderstanding at all, and I went on a rampage, caught up in the anger and betrayal I had been holding onto for 18 years.”

“I sinned. I’m sorry.”

Kreion’s sincerity,

“Suddenly. . . Oh, no, if you come out like that. . .”

Darwin’s eyes turned red.

“No! We were the devils! I did more wrong! I gave you an incurable wound and made your hands bloody. . .! To do that, I designed you. . . By creating and treating a life like you, who speaks and thinks like us. . .”

“I have caused too many unnecessary deaths. Many humans and chimeraz died because of my childish choices. I’m sure there was a better way at the time.”

“It’s because I didn’t manage my subordinates properly. . .! I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been for you. . . It must have been because you weren’t human. If the situation had been reversed, I would have. . .”

“I understand. I understand myself, the situation, and the chief’s position. I won’t forget it, but I can understand it all.”

“I’m sorry. . . I think my sin is much greater. . . I’m really sorry. . . I had no right to do that to you. . . I was so stupid in many ways. . .”

Darwin took Kreion’s hand very slowly.

“. . . Kreion. I never thought I’d see you again like this. This way too. . . I’m really grateful and sorry. . .”

“. . . Thank you. Chief.”

Human. chimera.

The sincerity of the two beings slowly melted their hearts.

“Actually, I came here expecting the worst, so I’m glad you reacted this way.”

“Let’s say we’ve both been through the worst once. You and I won’t go through anything like that again. I’ll really do my best. Because I really only need you. . .”

“Yes. So if it’s possible for our races to start over as equals with the Darwin Foundation, I would like to do so.”

“Yeah, I’ll help you as much as I can! You can rebuild what’s been destroyed! Let’s clear up the misunderstandings that have built up over time and move in a more constructive direction!”

“Is there a specific way?”

“First, let’s start by letting the world know that there are chimeraz. You’re the ruler of the chimeraz. . . No, you’re the leader. And the chimeraz are friends of humanity. We’re strong allies! Equally!”

“I want to speak up.”

“A voice?”

“I want to let the humans of the UNF know the will and intentions of the chimeraz, so I need the help of the chief, who has a high position in human society.”

“Of course! I’ll get in touch with people here and there and do my best. It’s not just empty words, I really have the ability to do that. I’ll do that.”

“Good.”

The privates released the strength of their fingers on the trigger.

Darwin regained a new hope in his expression,

Kreion smiled whitely and kindly, as someone had shown him.

“Darwin-nim.”

At that moment, a small humanoid who always followed Darwin came in.

With the red warning light on.

And the humanoid’s voice was different from usual. The voice familiar to Darwin, the voice that only Francis Darwin knew in the Darwin Foundation.

“Darwin-nim. Order the fire.”

“Ark. . . ?”

Kreion stared at the small humanoid.

‘𝘐𝘧 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘈𝘳𝘬. . . 𝘋𝘪𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘈𝘳𝘬 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘥?’

“Kill Kreion, who has deviated from the group. This is a perfect opportunity that will never come again.”

At that moment, Darwin snaps.

“What are you talking about?! I finally reconciled and it’s time to clear up the misunderstanding, but you can’t kill him! No matter how much you are Ark, that’s unacceptable!”

“Then I will hold Darwin-nim responsible for his actions of not eliminating the Medusa-class hostile lifeform that is a potential threat to humanity.”

“What?!”

Kreion guessed from that unnatural tone of voice and mechanical voice.

‘𝘐𝘴 𝘈𝘳𝘬 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦?’

And Darwin shook his head and denied it, but he kept asking with his mouth.

“No, no. Ark! What are you going to do if you give such an order out of the blue? In this good situation, you should first explain it so that you can understand. . . !”

𝘗𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘱𝘢!

At that moment, the energy rifles of the privates who were aiming at Kreion fired on their own.


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