Layne hummed along to the sea shanties that their... Escort? Ride? Had started to sing with a little smile on his face, leaning over the edge of the boat to watch the ocean as they drifted out to sea. The calmness of it had surprised him a little bit, he had been expecting something a little more... Bombastic with the concern and the occasional rumors he had heard, but this? This just seemed like a pleasant cruise to their destination, nothing to worry about.
So, with a lighthearted whistle, he kept watching the skyline as Susanoo kept singing his own songs, trying to pick up the words to his memory so he could join along with the next bout, only to catch sight of something that was actually... Mildly concerning. The shark creatures on the water definitely seemed to have seen better days, judging by how their skin was practically rotting and falling off, at least... It looked like it was. It was hard to get a good judge of if it was actually rotting or if it just looked like that from atop the ship, but Layne certainly didn't have any plans to jump down to get a better look...
And then, on the horizon, those strange vulture like birds appeared. The slightly uncanny appearance of those birds The sight of the almost skeleton birds caused Layne to flinch as the others talked, a little mumble escaping him as he did, "Just... How dangerous are those?"
Judging by the way that Susanoo immediately ditched the helm of the ship to fire a cannon at one... And how Rona took off into the air, Layne took that as a good indication that he shouldn't just... Sit around. He grabbed onto his staff as he glanced over at the opposite side of the ship, calling out to the three over there, "If any of you get hurt, move towards the middle so I can get to you faster! I'm gonna learn to use a cannon."
If any of them could have actually seen his face as he turned away and quickly dashed towards the cannon, they would've seen a wide grin on it. Even with the life and death situation they've found themselves in, here was something new, something novel for him to do! Who knew when the next chance he would get to fire a cannon towards something would be? And with Rona charging off to fight with these strange birds, he knew she was going to get into some trouble... So the best thing to do?
"Rona! I'm taking out the one on your right, keep an eye on the other two!"
Layne rushed to the cannon and began to mimic what he saw Susanoo doing with the other cannon, setting his staff down against the side of the ship as he did. He scooped up the iron ball, though slower than the pirate had, and loaded the cannon, before setting it off. With another loud BOOM, the hunk of iron was sent soaring through the air, towards one of the Carrion. Though this, only one thought had run through Layne's head as adrenaline rushed through him.
I might never be able to hear again.