The day started out much different from her normal mornings. Kaori woke up laying down on the roof of the clan's castle, at the highest point to be exact. While this in and of itself was weird, she woke up being held in something's arms; which was weirder. "Good morning." the terrifyingly deep voice said, causing Kaori to shudder slightly. She looked up to see a pair of massive elephant like tusks, and looking up further saw a large man attached to them. "Why are you holding me?"
Kaori asked, honestly wanting to know the answer. "You were shivering. Charlotte wouldn't let me sleep until I agreed to keep you warm." he said calmly, his voice having no signs of it being a burden on him. "Oh... how... kind of her."
Kaori awkwardly said, trying to stay polite towards her new friends.
Kaori got off of Mammoth's arms and began stretching, working out the knots that sleeping in weird places sometimes created. "So where's Charlotte?"
Kaori inquired. It was rare to see the two separated. Mammoth was a very protective man, and wherever he was, Charlotte was normally not far behind. "She's waiting at home. Time works differently in our world, a few hours here is only a matter of minutes for us. So she didn't mind waiting." Mammoth replied. Kaori couldn't really understand how time could be different, she thought with a human outlook and Celestial Spirits didn't. So naturally, there were some things that Kaori could never truly understand and the concept of time dilation was one of them. Mammoth patted Kaori on the head before bursting into a series of shimmering lights that looked a lot like a bunch of stars floating away.
Looking around, Kaori spotted one of her most loyal companions. It was a massive hawk made entirely of lava, a bird that she'd befriended when she had just barely begun this blood filled journey of hers that never stopped lingering. Kaori knew the bird cared for her since there were times where the creature stayed near the ninja even when she had no food at all to give it. There were times where the hawk went out and brought her food, and times where it stayed in the pouring rain just to keep her warm. The bird landed near Kaori and lowered itself to let her on. It was a loving creature, on top of being as smart as any human, smarter sometimes. It lacked fear, and had an excess of passion; just like Kaori. Kaori got on and began heading over to the port where she was supposed to meet up with one of the other sailors who needed her help with something. He told her it was a three or four man job, which only meant to Kaori that it was a challenge, one that she accepted with gusto.
Upon arriving, she boarded the ship and asked about the target she would be fighting. The man told her it was a giant octopus accompanied by an army of small fish, and a pair of great white shark. The only thing Kaori could think of was what they all taste like as sashimi. The reason she was needed was a set of mages and a scientist had gone to grab a powerful artifact from the depths, but the artifact made the local wild life attack them. They're stuck in a massive air pocket without much food, and the fish are all trying to break into their hidey hole to kill them. There was two things Kaori did better than anyone else. The first was work well under pressure, and the second was kill. She was trained to kill. Her entire life was devoted to killing, and perfecting the art.
By the time they arrived at the spot, Kaori figured the guys down there had a few minutes at the most. She was impatient, telling the people to hurry up with the air breathing spell. They didn't argue with her, time was running short. "How big are the sharks?"
Kaori asked the captain while the spell was being cast on her. "Big enough to eat a man whole." the captain replied. "How big are the small fish?"
Kaori asked. "Those are more manageable. Bout as big as yer hand." he replied. "But they'll swarm ya and take a buncha small bites outta yer hide." He added on. "Got it." Kaori said just as the spell was on her.
For this one, Kaori didn't bring her sword or bow. Both were useless in this environment. Instead, she brought knives; things she could attack quickly with and not be slowed down by drag when she swung. There was no hesitance, or second thinking; Kaori jumped straight in and used her magic to get herself deeper in, continuously vanishing and reappearing further down. Like clock work, the army of tiny fish came after her. Kaori paused and took a quick look around. On the battlefield, you had only a split second to take everything in, learn your surroundings, find assets, mark targets, and decipher friend from foe. In that instant, Kaori spotting a thin area that she could funnel them through and she went for it.
Kaori's reason for funnelling the fish into such a small space wasn't to unleash a super powerful spell, but rather, make use of the shockwave bombs that her guild had stocked. While normally they didn't hurt to much to be near when the went off, fish were extremely susceptible to shockwaves in the water. It's why explosive fishing was so effective. As the fish were all collected behind Kaori, charging in to take their nibbles at her feet, Kaori dropped the small lacrima and vanished from the fish's sights. Watching from a small distance away, she saw the air bubble blast from the crevice, ejecting a slurry of blood and guts.
Upon chumming the water, Kaori spotted the target. It had begun creeping out from where it was trying to get at the trapped people and its two shark friends along with it. This was another one that Kaori had planned out. She reached into her toolbelt and pulled six lacrima out, pressing the small yellow buttons on them to switch them over to electrical explosions. They were explosive lacrima retrofitted with an elemental variable switch, individually they were strong; and Kaori didn't need to be accurate.
The sharks tried closing in on Kaori, but she kept vanishing and reappearing, getting closer to the octopus. When she'd gotten to its face, it tried to form a veil over her but only formed a veil over the six lightning explosives... and instantly regretted it. The explosives had nearly killed it, and all Kaori had to do was pull out the fusion reactor from her motorcycle and set it down on the floor where the scientist and mages were supposed to be. She wedged it in till it was snug and waited for her aggressors to get closer. 'My name's Kaori, I'm about to destroy the roof over your heads. Get ready for a very loud explosion followed by a massive headache.'
she said directly into the minds of the people trapped below. They didn't have any say in the matter, they had no ways to object.
Just as the octopus had recovered its strength and attacked, the sharks came in as well to surround Kaori. Naturally, she vanished and the nuclear fusion explosion went off; obliterating the marine predators and busting open the room to let her targets go free. Kaori waited to see them before appearing by their side and pointing up while the rubble slowly descended around them. They all swam to the surface, artifact in tow.