Love's attempt at intimidation was unsuccessful, admittedly not surprising since she was too cute to be scary. Unfortunately, due to a bit of Ariana and Kasumi's intervention, shit hit the fan. The flying dutchman attacked, assisted by a giant kraken. Yu faced their big leader herself, Ariana fought the messenger and Elyssa went after the overgrown squid. Her gem shone and a red barrier surrounded her and a second later, Garnet Rainbow appeared in her place.
"Alright, I'm gonna help..." She looked at the kraken and had another flashback.
A shining slash.
"I'm gonna... I'm gonna help Ariana!" She proclaimed and turned to the clash. "Pattern 42: Shower Magnolia! Triple!" Loveline shouted and fired three sparkling bullet from the top of her scythe, aiming at the bird creature thing. If they missed, each would explode into 12 yellow bullets which flew back towards their target and a white bullet which tracked Love's target.
Eloise grinned when her axe lodged itself in Ariana’s forearm. Not where she wanted, but it was still damage. Before she could pull it back though…the girl gripped her axe with tremendous force. Bullets rained down upon Eloise in her moment of distraction, making just enough of a window for Ariana’s dropkick to connect, sending the soldier sailing out into the maelstrom, a sharp scream disappearing as she flew farther away.
The man cocked his strangely thin head when Kasumi taunted him. The cape flung back toward his body, wrapping it up with the thousands of spikes pointed outward. Kasumi’s sword clashed against the cape, coming to a dead stop. “...weak, hm?” He asked, the cape fluttering to life once more, the outer parts fluttering out to wrap Kasumi up like an iron maiden.
However, Kasumi would feel herself getting pulled back, Elyssa giving a smirk. “Whew, saved ya there! Freaking hell, this Kracken is rough. If only we h-”
Suddenly, a massive flash of red engulfed the area. A cannon ball the size of several houses smashed into the Kracken’s head, causing it to wail in pain as it sunk below the surface. Elyssa looked over to see a ship the size of their own…but constructed of shimmering steel that looked more akin to a modern ship than anything they were used to. It had an oversized cannon that sat high up on a deck above, and various sailors neatly dressed in white uniforms ran across the main deck below.
A titan of a man stood at the front of the ship, his white sailor uniform ripped to reveal the cannon he had in place of his left arm, resting upon the railing. He held a smoking cigar in his right hand.
“GOOD DAY, PIRATES!” The booming voice echoed across the maelstrom. “THIS IS ADMIRAL LAWRENCE SPEAKING! YOU ARE ALL HEREBY ORDERED TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! FAILURE TO DO SO…” A wide grin spread across his face as he pointed his cannon arm at the ocean, firing it.
A cannon ball shot out at incredible speed, disappearing into the storm. There was a familiar female scream in the distance, then silence as the cannonball splashed into the water. “...WILL RESULT IN EVERY ONE OF YOU GOING STRAIGHT TO HELL!”
The giant squid immediately turned its attention to Lawrence’s ship, which responded in kind. Elyssa grinned widely. “There’s Admiral Lawrence! Ehehehe, come on Kasumi, let’s beat this guy!” Elyssa took off to the strange man with the spiked cape, drawing her short sword and stabbing at him, but quickly met the cape. She was hoping Kasumi would take the hint and strike while he was paying attention to her.
Stheno’s strike came first, but Jones deftly ducked to the right with surprising speed. “Oh, but I will, gorgon. Go ahead, TRY to turn me into stone!” He laughed, thrusting his sword at the gorgon, but his aim was knocked off by Euryale’s arrow striking through it. He looked at the damage with curiosity.
“Ah…the little sister also wants to play. From far away, while the true captain fights me face to face. You COWARD!” Jones taunted. Euryale was taken aback. “H-hey! We’re both captai-”“NO YE BE NOT!” Jones boomed back, nearly throwing Euryale off balance. “You two have already been disgraced by those outsiders. They are the captain now. Speaking of which…” Jones saw Yui winding up a strike. Strangely…he didn’t move.
When Yui’s strike hit…her hand would meet little resistance. However, she would feel the sharp pain of a maw closing in upon her arm. From up close, Yui could see that the entire front of his body was composed of a vertical maw that glowed on the inside, as if it led into a blast furnace. If her hand got caught, Yui would need to escape before the fire inside rose up and blasted her point blank.
Ariana knew the hit was good. The impact thumped up through her feet all the way up her body and her enemy went sailing away out of sight. That was one down. “Awesome team up, Love!” She called up to her girlfriend, waving the arm an axe was embedded in. “Let’s help the admiral and the squid keep each other busy!” She didn’t even take the time to remove the axe, simply diving with both feet at the ironclad’s mighty cannon. She wanted to slam it hard enough to damage it or even push the ship, anything to keep the weapon’s full brunt off of the kraken so it could keep kicking just a little while longer. It was also, of course, the coolest possible place to be right now. Up close view of the big shiny ship and the wrathful sea monster!
“Uh… sorry?” Kasumi tried to apologize when she realized she had underestimated her opponent. Thankfully, she avoided paying more seriously for her words when Elyssa yanked her away. “Woah, thanks! Let’s handle this guy before we start getting cannoned at! Me low, you high?” She suggested, rushing before she got a response. She fired off a ray of frost in front of her feet and fell to her knees, sliding on the ice to take a swing at the monstrous man’s knees in turn, hopefully lower than he could guard with his cape.
Love gave Ariana a slightly more restrained wave. "Yeah, we did it!" Does she not notice the axe in her arm!?, she thought. I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised. Then she foolhardily flew toward the admiral's cannon!
"Ah, Riri!" Love didn't want to have the giant cannon guy pissed off at their crew! So what she did quickly was illusion up a vision of the bird person springing out of the sea and attacking the cannon while Ariana flew toward the Kraken. Hopefully, he wouldn't think too hard about how quickly the bird recovered and would accept it as a fact that Ariana was helping fight the Kraken.