"Do you remember the bull-dancers of Minos?"
I explained my plan to Xavael, and the angel released me. We circled the monstrous wasp, wary of her six massive spiked legs and jagged mandibles as we threw the intermittent ball of fire or ray of holy light at her nigh-invulnerable carapace to distract her when there was a near-miss.
A tactical error! In weaving through the increasingly aggressive twitches of the colossal beast, we found ourselves both far too close her stinger! And sensing the blunder, her abdomen rose towards us at a blurring speed!
Half a wing's breath for each of us to sidestep her poison-drenched harpoon, flanking it on each side. I grabbed Vortex by his shoulder and his knee, and Xavael did the same.
Yes. We ripped my son in half...and seven red neko spread their red demon-wings and scattered in all directions.
I pointed them out for Xavael as we broke away from the range of the Queen's venom.
"They were a one-birth litter. Sekhmet insisted I pay support for nine kittens, but Hades decreed payment only for the one birth.
"They are daughters too?"
"Yes! Mosi, Aziza, Layla and Pila."
"And the one plummeting downwards without wings?"
I peered down. "Why isn't Koen..?"
I slapped my horns out of shock at my own stupidity.