[ ] A sea of rabbits.
[ ] The sight of Kaguya, Eirin and another girl with purple hair, chasing around an even smaller girl in a pink dress, screaming almost incomprehensible things about a chicken wing.
[ ] Kaguya looking at the duo’s antics amused.
You slowly open the sliding door, and are greeted with the sight of a sea of rabbits (rabbits? They look more like human to you) Kaguya, Eirin and another girl with purple hair, chasing an even smaller girl in pink dress, screaming almost incomprehensible things about a chicken wing. Kaguya, as you notice, is watching at the duo’s antic amused, with Eirin besides her telling the servants to get the meals ready.
“Tewi! Just you wait!!” The pink-dressed girl sticks her tongue as a response, which ticks the purple-haired girl to no end. “Jeez! You really don’t want to behave!” At this point you begin to wonder if this is how Kaguya’s daily life looks like, but you decide not to ask as you continue standing at the door.
Kaguya notices your presence. “Oh, hey! Over here, Mister Ivanov!” she waves from her place. You oblige and approach the table, paying no attention to the duos or even Eirin, though for a second you think she’s glancing at you. “I thought you wouldn’t come. What took you so long?”
“The bathroom was nice,” you answer. “Would have stayed there a bit longer if it wasn’t for the dinner.”
“But here you are,” Kaguya says with a giggle. “We were going to start without you, but since you’re here I guess we can begin the dinner right away.” You look at the meals. Your heart skips at the exquisite sight that stretches before you. You want to cry, and as a matter of fact you do, drenching the kimono with your tears. “I guess the luxury has left Mister Ivanov speechless.”
“Well, if that’s what you want to expect from an outsider, Princess,” Eirin giggles.
“I feel so unworthy of these foods…” you murmur.
Kaguya orders the two girls to sit down and asks the servants to sit as well. “Well, then,” she speaks after everyone gets seated. “Ittadakimasu!”
You have quality time enjoying the dinner. You lend Kaguya your ears as she actively tells you how she has to persuade the chefs to cook Russian dishes despite not in regular menu. You’re still unfamiliar with Eirin, though after a while the two of you start talking. You can’t pay enough attention to the two other girls who are in constant disagreement over the food, although it’s the purple-haired girl who argues a lot more.
“You know, all we’re talking of is food and food,” Kaguya speaks and laughs afterwards, “but we keep forgetting to introduce to each other. Isn’t that silly, Mister Ivanov?”
“Right. I guess I should start the introduction.” You cough a bit, correcting your pose as you do. “Captain Yuri Ivanov, Third Guards Rifle Division,” you begin. “I have fought in Moscow, Stalingrad, Kiev and Kurland as a part of the defenders. I have trained in the Siberian wilderness for the entire winter before posted to the Western Front.” You notice that, except for Kaguya and Eirin, the rest of the diners are staring at you in both amazement and surprise. You almost want to reveal Yukari as the culprit, but you decide against it and only tell them you stumbled across a mysterious cave that linked your world with Gensokyo. “So… I guess I am done with the introduction.”
Kaguya smiles and takes her turn. “I’m Kaguya Houraisan, as you may have known,” she speaks. “As the master of Eientei, I welcome you to this place.”
“Eirin Yagokoro,” Eirin says. “I’m sorry if I didn’t introduce to you earlier.”
“Tewi Inaba. Pleased to meet you!” the girl in pink salutes before she points to the purple-haired girl. “And this is Reisen. She’s a useless bunny only good for her sex appeal.” The said girl snaps and starts yelling at her yet it is promptly ignored as Tewi plays deaf.
“The residents are surely lively, aren’t they?” Kaguya laughs at the question, and you stare at her in confusion. “What? Did I say something wrong, Miss Kaguya?”
“I bet your crowd was even livelier,” she says.
“Ah… hah…” You force yourself to laugh over the matter.
The dining continues for another one hour. You fully use the given advantage to repeat the story of your struggle against the implacable Nazi war machine, how you lost your comrades holding out against the evil tide and your ambition of protecting the Motherland from the merciless invaders. You give out details of every skirmish you participated, every enemy convoy you and your comrades encountered, and every enemy you took down with your scoped Mossin-Nagant, doing various hand gestures and mimicking sound effects to enhance the narration. Not only Kaguya is interested in the story, but the rest of the residents also are, especially Tewi who can’t stop saying “that’s awesome, Captain!” at each story. (Captain, huh? You like the sound of it already.)
Then the conversation goes a bit serious. Eirin explains about the whereabouts of Gensokyo, its dwellers and places of interest. She also tells you that not many outsiders are lucky enough to find a way into Gensokyo, let alone stumbling across an access path, and although you find the information interesting, you can’t help wondering if she deliberately leaves out some details.
“Say, Mister Ivanov.”
“Are you really serious of having the rabbit as your emergency food?” You put the cutleries down and stare at Kaguya, who in turn stares back at you. “I mean, it’s grown attached to you and you don’t seem to mind petting it.”
“I thought I had agreed with you on not turning it to food,” you say.
“Well…” She’s a bit hesitant before she continues. “Just in case you suddenly change your mind. That’s why I’m asking.”
“You see, Miss Kaguya…” Before you can continue one of the servants suddenly jumps onto her feet and accuses you for animal abuse, and shortly afterwards the rest of the rabbits (with the exception of Reisen and Tewi) join in. although she doesn’t say anything, Eirin does eye at you, as if asking you to answer her curiosity as well.
Kaguya coughs. “Silence,” she tells the crowd in a strangely stern manner, a complete contrast from her usual cheeriness. One of the rabbits insists to keep voicing her opinion, yet Kaguya is adamant on letting you voice your opinion, even to the point of threatening to expel her from the mansion if she refuses.
Kaguya turns to you afterwards. “Please, Mister Ivanov. Tell us,” she says, her smile returning. “It wouldn’t hurt sharing your thoughts with us, would it?”
[ ] explaining on how snipers like you need every piece of luck they can.
[ ] telling them you aren’t going to let your first meal slip away.
[ ] asking the rabbits what the big deal of their unfounded worry instead.
I guess this should do for this morning. I'll keep the votes open for two to three days or until I get enough votes to continue writing. Ask away if you're curious about this CYOA in general.