What if they come from above? I look up at the soot-blackened ceiling. It glistens in the lamplight, like some netherworld turned on its head. I can neither climb up to it nor descend down from it. I decide they can't possibly drop down from such lofty heights, and I dismiss it from consideration. Even still, there remain three avenues of potential attack. I can thwart a single-point incursion with one eye shut. If they assail me via two paths, I'm confident I'll somehow prevail. However, when it comes to a three-pronged attack, even instinctive mousing skills, which I presume to possess in good measure, will not suffice. That being said, to run to the likes of Kurumaya no Kuro for backup would compromise my dignity. What can I do? When wondering what to do, and when no insight arises, the simplest course of action is to simply rule out the situation of concern. What can't be dealt with, one is happy enough to believe, won't happen. Look at the world around us. Yesterday's bride may perish today, yet the bridegroom, showing no signs of concern, happily lauds eternal love. It's not that there's no reason to worry. It's rather the case that worry is waste. I've no proper grounds for ruling out a three-pronged attack, but I chose to do so for the sake of quietude. In preparation for any and all endeavors, quietude is essential. It's something I require. Hence I decide that there won't be a three-front attack.
Even at that, I'm still feeling ill at ease, and it takes some thinking to understand why. I've outlined three courses of action, but what's troubling me is the problem of which one to choose. I rack my brain, but to no avail. If they come from the cupboard, I know what to do. If they emerge from the bathing room, I'm ready with a plan. If they crawl from the sink, I'm ready for them. But how is one to know whence they come? They say that Admiral Tōgō agonized over the potential approaches of Russia's Baltic Fleet. Would they come through the Tsushima Strait, the Tsugaru Strait, or the distant Sōya Strait? Given my present situation, I appreciate in full the gravity of his dilemma. Not only do I face a similar predicament as His Excellency, I agonize over it in a like manner.