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    Chapter 49: Denied!

    Abukuma just flat out got called Kinu. I could feel her animosity shifting slightly away from me due to this ridiculous circumstance. By the time she was past the abyssal ships during her move to get into shooting range, she started replicating the mouth movements that generally boil down to...

    "Close your eyes."

    Isuzu followed, not sure if she's accepting our fate or if she's giving Abukuma one last chance to prove that she's on our side. Of course, I didn't take any chances. I kept a hold on both jet and gun triggers just in case this was some dirty trick influenced by Ooyodo's existence.

    My response wasn't something she's considering as Abukuma turned around to confront the abyssal admiral. "Hmm? That's wrong! You don't remember me at all! Geeez, y-you'd like burn through all possible choices before you even remember who I am!?"

    During this confrontation, some cylinders dropped from the rear end of her rigging and then searing light punctured my eyes. The pain prevented me from even trying to open them! Along with temporary blindness, a painful ringing prevented me from hearing anything. I pulled on the triggers while blind to the results. There might be a chance that Abukuma got hit by my barrage as this wasn't coordinated even at the least. Even when I felt a tackle dragging me against the wind, there was no assurance that the one doing this was an Abyssal or Abukuma.


    "Argh! After them! Don't let them get any closer to Tawi-Tawi!"

    Those were the words that greeted me when my hearing cleared. The whole blindness thing's taking quite a while, but at the very least I could see the blurred outline of something yellow to my left.

    Further right, I could hear Isuzu running her mouth at Abukuma. "Idiot! Don't think you've already regained my trust after this!"

    "Fuwaa... Be careful where you're hitting! Ahh! Try to avoid the hair please! It's hard enough carrying the both of you!"

    "Well it's going to be even harder since we've got company! Why didn't you wait for Hatsushimoneta to close her eyes in the first place!?"

    Wow, she didn't have any reply to that... though I guess I can understand why. Clearing my throat, I tried to negotiate for a temporary truce. "A-ah... If it's okay, can you just push me over towards where we are running? I can jet away until my vision's cleared up."

    Isuzu made her frustration blatantly obvious with a sigh, "I don't know what happened between the two of you but can you idiots just cooperate until we've reached somewhere safe!?"

    The splashing of water near us and the explosions that followed proved that the abyssals are slowly closing the gap. I had to help Isuzu convince Abukuma or else we'd be toast. "A-abukuma, I'll listen to anything to settle the problem later. Please, just cooperate with me for now!"

    Without any verbal reply, I was turned around and given a push forward. If she listened to my request, then this is where we're headed. Discreetly, I whispered to the fairies working my rig. "Fairies! 180 degree rotation, give me a warning sign when we've reached full turn!"



    "Idiot! I know I mentioned to work harder but that's overdoing it!"

    Regardless of what Isuzu had to say, I turned towards the abyssals. I appreciate Isuzu's concern but I know I'd be fine! So long as I follow what the Admiral taught me, I'd be unstoppable. Starting off with a kick to propel forward, I jet forward at the same time focusing all willpower to take the shape of a bubble. It served as an extension of my senses and the moment the enemy rounds entered its area I've got an idea of the speed, trajectory, and current location of those projectiles. Next thing I know, I was deflecting them with the broad side of my gun mounts. Swatting them away like flies the same way the Admiral did during our duel.

    I guess my presence was something our opponents didn't see coming based from the comment I've heard.

    "That one doesn't feel like one of that yank's handiwork. Ignore that Isuzu and Yura for now! Focus on that Hatsushimo!"

    Commands from the abyssal admiral also copies to our communication channels. I can't tell for sure... No, they surely can hear our communications too. It's practically the same channel if Abukuma's reply was an indicator.

    "Uwaa!? Excuse me!? Yura!?"

    "Who else among Nagara's sisters ain't black haired... Natori?"

    "Geez! I can't believe this. This is definitely not OK!"

    That's got to be some kind of heavy psychological damage. If they're planning on hurting us then I only have one reply.

    "I'll protect us! " I declared with total confidence over the communications channel. "There's no room for failure now!"

    Matching the intensity of my war cry, our opponent's admiral made his command. "Girls, I leave judgment to your discretion."


    Rumbling noises roared over the skies as the same seaplane from earlier passed overhead to tail the retreating Isuzu and Abukuma. I relented from shooting it down to spare the scarce ammunition reserves I have as the two abyssal ships began attacking me relentlessly. Refocusing willpower, I opted for a hardened layer to act as a shielding. It didn't look like how I expected it to be, a flaming aura, but I guess sparkling all over's the best I can get. Style's not important, it's the function!

    As the gap closed, I was simultaneously showered with multiple rounds aimed to cover a larger area. They weren't mindless like most of the ones we've fought up till now as that was likely their response to the round deflection. To prevent it, just shoot a number of rounds exceeding the target's number of limbs. Good thing I've opted for the shielding so I could dodge and get protection for whichever went through. Surely, there was one that managed to explode on contact, a delayed one, likely fired after the initial wave.

    They weren't changing course as we neared each other, so I braced myself to collide with one of them and hopefully run that one over with the jets. In this case it's the light cruiser as it seems less mobile and would be unable to dodge my attack. To my surprise, the destroyer didn't clear out and actually stuck closer to increase the weight I'd need to push through.

    Sounds of metal clashing together began this display of power. I've only got the thrust from the jets to go by so I'd surely lose once the charge runs out. Not only were there two of them, the one that's a taller and more adult-looking abyssal version of a Hatsushimo sports heavier equipment than what I have. The left arm alone had humongous armor, looks like a miniature I-class was bound to it and from that I-class' mouth was two twin-barrel 10cm mounts welded together. But, they didn't even need to wait for the jets to lose charge. Since the abyssal Hatsushimo was keeping me in place, the light cruiser was free to fire and unloaded all guns point blank.

    "Ahh! This doesn't look good."

    After the barrage, I was shoved to the side to give way for their pursuit. The strength difference was huge, so I ran after them while weaving side to side. They both look like they're on the heavier side so they're bound to be slower. If I can't overpower, then I'll outmaneuver them!



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    Again, poor squeak.


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    Chapter 50: Sending a message

    [Hatsushimoneta]

    "Idiot! Just let go and return without me!"

    Isuzu trashed around as she tried to weasel away from Abukuma's grip. Getting dragged around probably hurts her pride a lot and she'd rather be torn apart here than bring us with her. In my opinion that's quite amazing, the whole sacrificing one's self to save others... but I won't allow it. No. Not right now.

    Abyssal Hatsushimo's surprisingly fast even with her bulkier set of equipment. In a short amount of time since our initial clash, she's caught up to Abukuma and Isuzu. Just like that, she lifts the armored left hand and fired all four gun barrels. My comrades were still unaware of this so I had no choice but to yell out and warn them. "Incoming!"

    Just in time, Abukuma turned to raise the shield-like platform she had for landing craft deployment. Those welded together gun mounts were extremely accurate and packed quite the punch. I thought that such firepower would somewhat prove unwieldy but here I was being proven wrong as simultaneous explosions from all four rounds hitting managed to blow the platform out clean from the rigging. Witnessing this aggression, I can't just lounge around and not lay down a surprise of our own. Harnessing the jump jets, I charged forward and used the opportunity to strike from behind.

    The slower abyssal light cruiser lagged from the chase. It might've lacked speed but it wasn't lacking in awareness as it had its gun mounts tracking my zig-zagging movement before I charged in. Thanks to that, all the guns were turned to the far right and thus allowing for a small window before they could catch up and aim. In less than a second, I was in range to land a hit, both guns aimed and just about ready to pull the trigger... when a hostile shot invaded my right gun's barrel.



    "Eject!"

    Before it could penetrate the mechanism, I had the fairies dislodge that specific barrel. The chance now ruined, I immediately disengaged. Smoothly gliding in reverse, I had the right torpedo launcher lowered and released a single shot. Of course, due to the distance, it was an inefficient attack that was easily dodged. Pulling away, I glimpsed a sharp stare from the abyssal Hatsushimo... her right hand holding one of the pistol-like anti-air secondaries with its barrel still hot with smoke piping out. If she weren't the enemy, I would've been impressed with that feat of marksmanship.

    Dismissing my presence, she turns her back and continued to pursue Abukuma and Isuzu. Now that the advantage was foiled, the abyssal light cruiser got her bearing on me and began bombarding relentlessly. Explosions sprayed wide had me dodging and focusing the sparkling shield for extra defense. "A-aah, this makes me want to consider having my guns attached but at the same time hesitant about the idea. That barrel shot might do me in. Kinda makes how Mutsu feels about her turrets clearer."

    Sooner or later, the sparkle shield's slow dimming would only mean that my defenses were about to give way. I couldn't help but sigh all over the communications channel. "Aah, it'd be awesome if they'd be taken by surprise again!"



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    "Idiot! They can tap into our communications! Why did she mention that!?"

    Geez... Isuzu's so by the book, does she need to have everything explained ahead of time? And that Hatsushimoneta's been calling the shots ever since she's showed up... annoying. This is a good chance though; I've got to get back somehow anyway after they just blew up my landing craft. Well, I like that she's still working properly instead of just blindly charging... but I've yet to do anything unless they actually took the bait.

    I've lowered my stance, took up cruising speed and yelled back through communications. "It's time to act right? That's definitely OK for me!"

    Picking up speed, I holstered my gun to free up the hand I'm not using to drag Isuzu over and signaled that I'd like a signal in case our opponents became weary of any surprises from Hatsushimoneta. It didn't take long before I felt Radar's paws touching my nape. "My turn to shine!"

    With the left boot rigging in reverse for a hard turn, I flung Isuzu forward. As soon as I've turned around, I had both engines running in reverse at the fastest they can go. Sudden movement on my side alerted abyssal Hatsushimo but I'd wonder if she'd be able to defend against this! Both guns raised and readied, I launched all six torpedoes from both launchers at a 60 degree elevation. The moment they'd gone airborne, abyssal Hatsushimo fired all barrels and the rounds flew straight and pierced through the torpedoes.



    [Hatsushimoneta]

    A bunch of explosions and sounds of rapid secondary fire served as the perfect distraction. Without the abyssal Hatsushimo getting in my way, I charged against the waves the moment I'm no longer getting pelted down by gunfire. Getting closer, my target started paddling through the waters with those still human arms. Not the best method for a speed boost, but it lengthened the time before I was comfortable opening fire.

    During all of this, I figured the right gun's not in good shape so I stowed it away. The now freed up hand, I used to assist in my aim. My first concern was to take out those stacks of guns before they could reload and retaliate.

    "Fairies! Right barrel at 30 degrees elevation." Turning the gun sideways as the fairies complied; I made sure both shells aimed for a few meters on both sides of the target. "Taking the shot! Have a taste of our true power!"

    Hearing the sound of gunfire, that abyssal light cruiser just ahead of me swerved to the right. If I hadn't split the barrel's directions and aimed straight ahead she would've dodged. The shot to the right lined up exactly as planned and triggered a chain of explosions. A clean hit! As confirmation, when the tower of smoke thinned down and the flames roared higher, I could clearly see the abyssal light cruiser wading around trying to pry herself off the burning chunks of metal.

    "Five shots of oxygen torpedoes! Launching!"

    If we let them escape, they might come back later and terrorize other fleets. So I took no chances and emptied out all loaded torpedoes in my launcher.



    Leaving a huge fireball in my wake, I rushed towards my allies. Cutting through the waves, I circled around the burning wreckage of my opponent. I stumbled upon Isuzu getting carried away by the currents as she sat down on her damaged rigging. It didn't take her long to notice me too as her voice blared through the comms.

    "Idiot! Are you done with the small fry? Help Abukuma and do a pincer attack."

    All boilers and turbines running at max capacity, I cruised hurriedly to lend a hand against the abyssal Hatsushimo. While on my way, I thought I might reply to calm Isuzu down and remind her of the current problem. "That was reckless! They can listen in on our communications channel. They might find out that some reinforcements are on the way."

    Static filled the channel right after that and the man who greeted us inside the fog stopped his silence, "Hahaha, I guess this other Hatsushimo's been with my girls for quite some time now."

    Abukuma's getting her butt kicked from the sheer accuracy of her opponent. Their close proximity to each other might've escalated the problem more. Sweeping in, I pitched in on the shots, now sandwiching our opponent. With this comfortable setup, I can now correct the abyssal admiral's comment about me. "That's right. I've been with them since the Commander arrived at Tawi-Tawi. Also, it's Hatsushimoneta."

    "Oh? I'm guessing you didn't come up with that name on your own." Another minute of static followed that amused remark of his before he continued, "If everyone's already dyed in their colors then I guess I won't be doing this like any normal sane person would. Knowing my girls, they should be doing something either crazy or stupid. I'd also like to know the tale as to why you're called Hatsushimoneta, but let's reserve that for another time... we have some meddlers entering the area."

    After this declaration through our own communications channel, the Abyssal Hatsushimo bowed down before heading off at full speed towards the foggy islets we just escaped from. On the way there, the abyssal Admiral's voice let one last notice, "Also, Natori. Call those midget subs you've left in ambush earlier after shooting down one of my patrol boats. You're acting like that pretentious little sister of yours... forgot the name."

    That's just about everyone and none of the calls hit its mark, I could see the annoyance as she aimed at the sky and emptied out her guns. I thought she was just venting out her frustration but when I looked up to the sky... she was actually taking down the seaplane that led us here. The shot pierced from underneath the cockpit and killed whatever was inside, keeping most of the plane intact as it dived down to the ocean with a splash.

    "Geez... I'm definitely OK with taking all of them down! Everyone let's go back to the Anchorage and report this to the Commander!"

    I caught up and together we picked Isuzu from the waves tossing her all over the place. On our way out the area after retrieving the seaplane, the meddlers that were mentioned earlier came into view.


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    @ElleRosewood The change to notify who's the speaker between segments is a welcome change indeed.


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