We know why Agni would try to save Soma; he’s what Sebastian calls the “epitome of a butler”. He would jump in front of Soma or push him out of the way out of his sense of duty (and worship).
But I just thought of a good reason why Agni might have taken that shot instead of Soma, *plot-wise*. Agni saw the torn up photo, but if he dies before he can tell anyone else about it, whatever he saw dies with him…. until either someone else finds the photo bits (or Mr. Pitt comes back)…. This allows the timeline to be drawn out even more before the earl’s secret is revealed.
Like I told @shinigami-mistress the next chapter could be the gunman on a rampage to “clean house” until the earl and Sebastian can be notified and return. They might come back to find the gunman gone, the death and destruction left in his wake, and the servants totally confused.
And she pointed out that’s a good reason for having Agni on the cover of this chapter.
Honestly, as soon as I noticed how Agni and Soma were reminiscing over their adventures with the earl and Sebastian (and the return of “Deer” on the mantelpiece to top it all off)… I seriously started to worry about them. (Just like seeing ch120 made me think about the impending end of the series.)
a fusion of my serpentine and @deer-head-xiris‘s black/red opal! i really just felt like drawing something, and fusions are my FAVORITE 8^y i’d like to think kambaba has an ABSURD ego and superiority complex. (sips voice) look out