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[c] Take your shower.
[c] Go see Eirin.
You had better wash your body before meeting Eirin, or even spending the rest of day. It might not be noticeable, but your body has started reeking the moment you stepped into Eientei. And regular shower will just do; the past incident at the hot spring serves as a reminder that you’re still in a battlefield. Better safe than sorry.
You head to your room to bring some spare clothes and make your way to the shower room afterwards. Immediately you enter the room, close the door shut, undress and turn the tap. You sigh in relief and let the warm water pour down your body, washing all stresses and dirt away in continuous flow.
You, then, examine your reflection in the mirror. The scar on your waist appears to have diminished, which is a good sign at the very least. The only concern is that the burn mark still exists, and you can’t remember how long it’s been sticking on your back. This has to be a premonition of things to come, and you can only hope you don’t have to face one of those days.
You don’t care. Right now, you’re being lulled by the pleasant touch of the warm shower. You let it be, even as your eyes start drifting shut. You begin to like this soothing feeling…
“Mister Ivanov? Mister Ivanov! Hello?”
You’re startled. You look around. You’re still inside the shower room, the water’s still running and more importantly, you’re still in one piece. You dry yourself, put on the spare clothes and step out of the bathroom, to be greeted by Marie. “What happened?” you ask.
“What really happened? You’ve been inside the shower room for an hour,” Marie says. “The princess got worried about you, so she asked me to take a look.” One hour? You swear you’ve only slept for five minutes - or at least that’s what you want to believe. “At least you look fine to me. Dinner will be ready in fifteen minutes, anyway so I recommend that you do something else to kill the time.”
“I was going to meet Eirin after this, actually,” you answer.
“Hmm. I’ll see you at the dinner, then.” Marie bows to you and returns to the kitchen, while you head back to your room. After a quick check on the inventory, you head to Eirin’s office, expecting the pharmacist to await you. You knock the door, and wait.
“Who is it?” That’s her, alright.
“Requesting permission of entry,” you shout through the door.
“Ah, it’s Yuri. Please come in, the door isn’t locked.” You step in, look around the office and see your hostess seated near her desk, reading a book of something. “Here you are. Please have a seat.” You just nod and sit on the nearest chair, watching as she puts down the book and takes the glasses off her face. She looks… elegant tonight. You don’t know exactly why, but there is something about Eirin that puts herself in your eyes.
You clear your throat. “So, what business you wish to make with me?”
“Nothing very important,” Eirin answers. “I was thinking you’d get stuck inside the shower room for the rest of the day. Has anything happened back there?”
“Well, if you could consider falling asleep under the shower as one,” you say. “I swear I just slept for five minutes.”
“Hmm, you really need to have your physiology examined, if you don’t mind,” Eirin suggests, a hint of mischief carved upon her smile. “But anyway, I received an invitation from the Moriya Shrine. It’s for you.”
You’re curious. “I’m invited?”
Eirin nods. “Sanae came by this evening and expressed the goddesses’ gratitude to have you present at their gathering tomorrow,” she speaks. “I was just surprised when she said the princess’s invited, too, but I suppose the goddesses want to see both of you.”
“Any details about the gathering?” you ask.
“Hmm, something about ‘drinking with the crows and technology showcase by the kappas’,” Eirin says. “And I’d really like it if you refrain yourself from over-drinking. It will be detrimental to your health in long term, especially if you plan to make your stay here permanent.”
“Yeah, that’s what worries me,” you reply sheepishly. “And I kind of broke the promise when we visited the underground. Sorry about that, but you can’t afford to upset the Oni once they’re in the mood.”
The pharmacist just smiles. “Don’t worry about it. So, Mister Ivanov, how was your trip?”
“Pretty much alright,” you shrug as you correct your seating posture. “We had fun with the people we met - Oni, mind readers, hell raven, drama boundary queen, ghosts. Oh, we even sealed a deal with Rinnosuke; he agrees to provide the weapons in return for Eientei’s medical supplies.”
“Sounds like you have struck a good bargain. I’m impressed,” Eirin says.
“Well, all credits go to Reisen. She took care of the rest,” you shrug.
“I see.” She turns around to face the desk, using the rotating chair as pivot, and faces you back with a smile. “You know, Inaba has told me a lot about you and the princess, and I begin to see why she has such an interest towards you.”
“You mean Kaguya?”
“Of course I’m talking about her, who else?” Eirin replies with a chuckle.
“But why are you telling me this here?” you ask.
“If we’re to discuss about this during the dinner, Mister Ivanov, I’m afraid the impact isn’t going to be beneficial to both of you,” Eirin speaks. “I wish to speak with you regarding this matter because it’s the first time in many years - perhaps a millennium - that the princess has found a reason to smile honestly. I… have never seen her so happy like this in her entire life.”
“That’s… good to hear, I think,” you say. “But what about-”
“You can worry about her immortality later,” she cuts you off, as if she knows what you’re going to say. “You may not know it, Yuri, but the princess definitely wants you to stay with her. She knows you won’t have anywhere to go if you’re forced to leave Eientei.”
“I know. She told me about it, but she never explicitly said why,” you reply. “I suppose she just needs some time before she’s ready to speak of it.” You bat an eyebrow. “Are you trying to say here everyone’s rooting for me and Kaguya?”
“Perhaps,” Eirin says with a smile. “But I cannot say the same about Mokou. For that, you have to see the immortal firebird yourself.” You sigh. There’s something suspicious about the direction of this conversation, and you don’t like it. Really, now, is there anything about you and Kaguya that the residents haven’t grasped yet?
“Oh, yes, I almost forgot something. Please wait here.” Eirin gets off the chair and approaches one of the shelves. “I have something that you might be interested with. Now where did I put it~” You just watch as she bends herself over the shelf, presenting her fine ass for you to see. You gulp; either she’s doing it on purpose, or she isn’t aware of it, but whatever it is you force yourself to suppress your raging blood from getting out of control.
“Ah, here it is.” She returns from the shelf and gives you a book. You examine the book; on its hard cover writes ‘The Ultimate Sniper’ but the rest of the words are blurred, giving you the impression that it’s an old copy. “I’m more of an archery person, so this book isn’t very useful to me. You may keep it.”
“Mister Ivanov, Mistress Eirin, dinner is ready,” Marie informs as she walks in.
“Well, looks like our session has to end here,” Eirin says.
You nod and put the book inside your coat. “Lead the way.”
You take a deep breath of satisfaction. As usual, you praise the Motherland for the night’s exquisite meat-based banquet. And so are Tewi and Tatyana, as they are lying on the floor, contently patting their belly. The atmosphere is surely with you tonight, and you care less of the rabbits that start cleaning the table and the dining room.
“Best dinner ever~!” Kaguya exclaims. “Too bad Eirin didn’t let us have alcohol afterwards. Just look at her; she’s using it as an excuse to enjoy herself!” You follow the direction of your finger, and you can see why: Eirin has gotten herself drunk and lunges at Reisen, pinning the moon rabbit on the floor in compromising position. It doesn’t help that Tewi and the rabbits are hollering at Eirin’s boldness, with Marie trying her best to cover Tatyana’s eyes, preventing her from watching the unrated show.
“I’m going out for a while,” Kaguya says. “Weather’s starting to look good tonight, and I want to do some stargazing. Want to join?”
“I’ll catch up with you later,” you tell her. “Got to let the food settle in first.”
“Okay. I’ll be near the pool if you want to find me,” Kaguya tells you and leaves you with the crowd that starts adding up. You remain at your place, letting the rabbits fill in the hole as they cramp in, wanting to see the
sexy time act up close; even the rabbits that are supposed to clean the room have abandoned their work for the show.
After a few minutes, however, this is becoming unsettling.
[ ] Go outside and see Kaguya.
[ ] Head to the kitchen and find some vodka.
[ ] Enjoy the show, captain.
[ ] Just sit down and take it easy.
+ Time: 1955 hours
+ Date: November 2nd
+ Location: Eientei
+ The Ultimate Sniper: an Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers (given by Eirin)