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1: Part 2 (1-(2), Ichi (2)) is the 258th chapter of the Hunter × Hunter manga, written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi.

Synopsis

The King clenches his fists and begins to laugh, proudly saying that he extinguished a life for no reason and that it's a sign of just how powerful he is. He continues to revel in his power to crush the fragile "strengths" of others, proclaiming that violence is the ultimate force in the world. He leaves the Royal Guards, and a crying Pouf says that he has failed in his duty. Pitou asks him what he means, and he says that he wrongly assumed that the King was repenting and he almost insulted him for it. Youpi playfully says that Pouf thinks too much, and Pitou brings up the fact that the King has changed since meeting the girl. Youpi simply tells Pouf to kill her if she's becoming a problem for the King, and with tears still running down his face, Pouf can't believe that he was thinking the same thing as Youpi.

Walking alone through the palace, the King continues to assure himself that his power is the greatest in the world and that all others pale in comparison. Komugi suddenly comes to mind, and he declares that she's the same as the others, and only strong at a simple game. He stresses how easily he could kill her and wonders what's stopping him, remembering that he was only playing games to keep him occupied until the sorting tomorrow. Approaching Komugi's room, he realizes that he has had his fun and has no need for her anymore.

Chap 258 - Meruem saving Komugi

Meruem saving Komugi

As he bursts open the doors, Komugi is seen huddled up as she's viciously attacked by an eagle. The King instantly kills it with a swipe of his tail, and Komugi thanks him. Distraught, he asks her why she didn't call out for help, kneeling down beside her and holding her hand. He examines the numerous wounds and realizes how fragile she is. Komugi answers that she didn't want to bother anyone since it was so early in the morning. He assures her that she's not a nuisance but an important guest, suddenly remembering that he came here to kill her. Komugi begins to sob and apologize, crying out that no one has ever been so nice to her. The King doesn't understand the reason for her tears and asks himself why he didn't kill her, unsure of what kind of creature she is, and of what he wants to do with her.

Inside an abandoned cabin in the woods, Gon, Ikalgo, and Killua go over their plan one last time. Killua checks his phone and says there are 19 hours left until midnight, explaining that he and Gon will take the central staircase up to the throne room, while Ikalgo will take the elevator down to the basement to look for Palm. He tells Ikalgo to escape without them if he finds her. As Killua brings up the possibility of the King and the Royal Guards not being in the throne room, both Gon and Ikalgo wonder why keeps mentioning it. Killua says that it's very unlikely to be the case, but that exceptions do happen, with Ikalgo left confused by what he means. Killua uses the example of tailing a target and observing his daily routine, but says that on a specific day, things can completely change from that usual pattern. But unlike those jobs, Killua explains, they can't abort this mission and all their lives are on the line, stressing that they have to consider every possible scenario.

Chap 258 - Colt telling the group about Pitou's abilities

Colt telling the group about Pitou's abilities

Killua mentions Pitou's En and says that if they feel the sinister aura, they can be sure that the Chimera Ants are at least inside the palace. But he considers the possibility that they don't feel the aura when they enter, or that Pitou isn't using En even when inside the palace. Ikalgo quickly interjects and wonders why Pitou wouldn't be using En to protect the King. Gon reminds him that it happened on the day Knov infiltrated, and Killua is still intrigued as to why saying that Colt told them that Knov must have seen Pouf's aura. He guesses that Pitou ceasing their use of En must have something to do with their ability. Gon says they should call Colt, and Killua agrees. As a small child plays with toys in the background, Colt answers the phone and says that Pitou was probably giving medical care to someone, reminding them that Pitou was the one who "repaired" Kite. He thinks that Pitou wasn't using En then either, and guesses that when they're using that ability, they can't use En or their puppets.

Killua now thinks he knows what happened, guessing that the King or one of the Royal Guards was injured, which forced Pitou to cease using En and their puppets to heal them. As Ikalgo wonders who would even be capable of hurting them, Gon posits that the King could have attacked one of them, but Ikalgo is very confident that Pitou would never expose the King to danger by healing someone else. Gon and Killua both realize that the King himself must have been hurt in that case. Gon calls Morel in Peijin to tell him about their theory, but Morel is left unsure about who could have hurt him, saying that it wouldn't have been any of the Royal Guards. Gon says they concluded that the King must have hurt himself, leaving Morel stunned at first, but he realizes that their theory may just be right. Morel gazes toward the palace far off in the distance and says that something must be amiss there, now worrying that something will go wrong during the infiltration.

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