Utterly lost in thought, McCrane was too distracted to notice the approach
of the ninja policeman. Kagerou was good at staying silent, even in the
When he did finally break out of his reverie at Kagerou's arrival, it was
with no small amount of shock, his hand moving for his rifle on his
back...and then stopping, half way, as he processed who it was.
"...I..." he started to speak, ready with what might have been an excuse
for staying away for so long...but he could not finish it.
"I am late, aren't I."