Chapter 51: Mother and Daughter

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The team of Kokuyo, Sasori, and Tiger advanced through the corridors of the Shadow Ninja Order building and soon arrived at the top floor, at a big red door. Kokuyo cut it up with his Black Zen-infused sword and they rushed in. There was a middle-aged, forty-year-old redhead woman sitting in the large hall. Her blue-to-green eyes shimmered with female charm. An arrogant smile ran through her lips once she saw the 'guests' entered.

"Oh, infiltrators? To be honest, I did await you since your failed reconnaissance mission in our base

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"Oh, infiltrators? To be honest, I did await you since your failed reconnaissance mission in our base..." she smiled ironically once caught a glimpse of Tiger: "Ah, who would've thought? So you finally bothered to show up, kid?"

"I am not a kid!" Tiger took her battle pose: "Boys, leave this woman to me! I've got personal things to settle with her..." her eyes sparkled with rage she kept deep within for all these years, and all of her three pets greatly felt it, so they all took their battle positions too, snarling.

"Eh? She's too strong for you alone_" Sasori wanted to argue, but Kokuyo raised his hand and stopped him, shaking his head. Sasori frowned and crossed arms: "Fine..."

At such a decision of her daughter, Kassandra Braun, who was that exact redhead woman, chuckled and stood from her chair. Black Zen leaked out of her body as her eyes flashed:

"Fine, kid, let's see what you've learned since you left my house!"

 "I will not lose! Not this time. Not anymore!" Tiger shouted back and wove signs: "Virgo Style, Tamer Art, Animal Mode - Fusion!" all of her three pets - Christo, Blizzard, and Astra - turned into Green Zen energy and fused with her, letting her eyes shine green. She then cried out another incantation: "Virgo Style, Ox spirit, Ring Seven - Green Nature Ox!" her giant Green Ox spirit emerged, embracing her and placing her in its core. She let out a savage battle cry and so did the Green Ox growl at full force, deafening the hall. "Virgo Style, Tamer Art, Animal Mode - Green Ray of Nature!" the Ox spirit blew out a powerful green ray, directed towards astonished Kassandra, but the woman frowned and wove signs herself:

"Capricorn Style, Battler Art, Queen Mode; Snake Spirit, Ring Eleven - Black Sand Demon Serpent!" she got engulfed in an enormous, beastly Black Snake spirit, whose red eyes shimmered like lava

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"Capricorn Style, Battler Art, Queen Mode; Snake Spirit, Ring Eleven - Black Sand Demon Serpent!" she got engulfed in an enormous, beastly Black Snake spirit, whose red eyes shimmered like lava. It hissed furiously and built up a Black Zen shield, completely consuming Tiger's green ray blow.

"No..." Kokuyo widened eyes while contemplating the battle from behind Sasori's water shield, "Tiger's mother is a Capricorn Snake?!" He had never seen Kassandra Braun up close before, so he had only heard she was a Snake spirit, but to be a Capricorn like him, thus a Black Sand Snake just like him, and on a Queen rank?! She won't make it... he worriedly watched Tiger who was all pumped up and wasn't about to give up anytime soon. 

"Hmm, quite an interesting attack... but now it's my turn!" Kassandra grinned from inside the Black Snake's core and yelled: "Capricorn Style, Battler Art, Queen Mode - Royal Black Sand Ray!" the Black Snake blew out a massive black sand ray which sent negative vibes all around the hall.

Kokuyo gasped - Royal Ray was a powerful attack of the Battler Class Zodiac Masters who had achieved the King rank (for women it was the Queen rank), and to fuse it with Capricorn's main Earth branch - the Sand element, and furthermore, with Capricorn's Black Zen?! This woman was a beast!

She uses the same style as me... 

Tiger, on only the Animal rank, had no chance of even dodging such a powerful attack! Furthermore, she was a Virgo, and Virgo's main Earth element was Nature - the living world, while the Sand could nullify it and turn it into a Desert in an instant. Capricorn... was the strongest of all Earth Zodiac signs!

Indeed, as Tiger saw the attack coming, she widened eyes and instantly raised a Green Liana Shield, but once the Black Sand Ray hit it, it killed all the lianas and blasted her. She yelled from inside her spirit, and the Green Ox painfully mooed, vanishing. She fell to the ground and even got separated from her three pets who had suffered the same damage as her.

"No!" Kokuyo yelled, but the worse was still forward...

"Hmph, you're still such a weak brat!" Kassandra puckered, "Such a disgrace to your mother! You should be punished, Marienne!" 

The Black Snake spat out another Black Sand Ray, which directly hit Tiger before the two Matsumoto brothers could even react. Tiger yelled in pain and collapsed, unconscious, her body full of wounds. Kokuyo's eyes widened and his clenched fists trembled as he watched this atrocity...

"To do this... to your own daughter..." his blood boiled up with rage as he gnashed his teeth. "Sasori, go and beat the Shadow Ninja Order members together with our Blade Warriors. Leave this fight to me".

"But_"

"Go!"

Sasori sneered, but then obeyed and ran out of the room. Kassandra chuckled:

"Oh? Want to protect your little brother?"

"No. I am willing to teach you a lesson on my own, as a person linked to Tiger's heart by the rules of Kokoro!" Kokuyo drew out his black-handled katana.

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