Poor little rabbit.
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You're all terrible people.
[X] IKU WAIT FOR MEEEEEEEEE
You don't even say anything to Sakuya: you know she'll recognize your voice. She wouldn't be the type to throw her friends out of a party they're crashing, so you've got the advantage here. The main thing you want to avoid is witnesses. Up here you've got the possibility of anyone at the party. Downstairs? Iku. Maybe someone else, you doubt it. And it shouldn't be too hard to ditch Iku.
You dive through the door, roll to your feet, and spring over the bannister's rail. The fact that you've been able to do this at all is a testament to the fact that Sakuya's not taking this too seriously: she's not even bothered to stop time. Well, that's good. You hit the stairs a couple feet below the bannister, pivot 180, and see... nothing but a slightly boring stockroom. There's a door in the back, and there's plenty of sacks of stuff, flour, brooms, really, nothing interesting. Iku's got the door in the back open, and she's frantically gesturing for you to follow her.
Considering you hear Sakuya's steps following you down the stairs, you dash after Iku. Halfway across the room, you hear an odd rumbling and thrumming from up above you: it's coming from the atrium. Odd. You'll worry about that later.
“Come out, kiddies, the basement is no place for you.” You can hear Sakuya trying not to giggle as she comes down. She's having fun.
Well, time to make it a game for her. You get through the door, and grab Iku by the hand. “Come on. We've got to lose her.” You know you're not going to lose her. If anyone knows the layout of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, it'll be Sakuya.
You and Iku run and run through the mansion's basement, taking random doors, going past pipes and lots of nondescript rooms, finding nothing that is either:
A: a secret alcohol storage facility (you've already passed a few dusty wine bottles on shelves, cheap vintages all,)
B: a human breeding facility
or C: a high-security holding cell.
C seems to be the one least likely: after all, Flandre routinely attends the martial arts classes Meiling holds, and she's been to Eientei a few times. Honestly, how the rumor that 'she's a monster that needs to be locked up in the basement' got around is beyond you.
Sakuya's footsteps disappeared a long time ago, and Iku's out of breath. You slow to a stop for her: you're in pretty damn good shape if you say so yourself, and a crazed flight like that is nothing new to you. You've had your fair share of operations blown in the past. And this one's hardly blown.
The thumping and the rumbling sound has since disappeared: that had to have been the musicians playing. A shame you missed it. But that also means that you're nowhere near the atrium. This is odd. Is the mansion's basement that large, really? You take a look around the room you're in. Again, boring. Boring, boring, boring. Cut stone walls, shelves with what look like old, rusted gardening implements. How much of this place is storage. “I guess when you're 500 years old, you acquire a bunch of stuff.”
Iku's bent over and winded. “Do you... do you think... we lost her?”
You not. Of course not.
“Yeah. She probably has no idea where we are. We should probably split up, though. Give her two trails to follow.”
Iku nods. “Yeah. Yeah, that's a good idea. I still need to find that wine cellar. Look, if I can't find it, I'll be back at the party upstairs in an hour. Then we'll meet up and share information about its whereabouts, okay?”
“Yeah. We can split up and search. Hopefully Sakuya doesn't catch us.”
Iku's mouth is a grim line. “If I don't make it back alive... it's been an honor, Hakurei.” She holds out a fist. You bump her outstretched fist with your own. She walks over to the door, opens it, and continues on with her quest.
You salute her, and flop onto a burlap sack of seeds, and look at the signs scrawled on the wall. You didn't bother to point these out to Iku, and it doesn't seem like she noticed.
→ To Lake
← To Conservatory
↑ To Tunnels
↓ To Phlebotentory
You're pretty sure that Phlebotentory isn't actually a word. It makes sense, though, being that Remilia and Flandre are vampires. The blood's got to come from somewhere, and it's not your job to deal with that anyway. You're no vampire hunter.
The Lake seems like a possibly very good thing- maybe a camouflaged exit that you can use? You file that away for future reference.
The Conservatory and Tunnels, however, don't seem to mean anything to you. Nothing that you can think of offhand, anyway. But all this was just killing time, anyway. Suddenly, Sakuya's leaning against the wall opposite you, putting away a pocket watch. She waves to you, and smiles. “Sup, Reisen. Crashing our party? How horrible of you.”
You chuckle. “Miss a bash like this? Nah.”
Sakuya feigns astonishment. “And to think that some people snuck in. I could just die of embarrassment.” She smiles again. “So how'd you get in?”
You lift your mask up onto your head. “Swam in. Snuck in through the miniature harbor.”
“That's pretty hardcore, Reisen. Though I'd imagine that would've ruined your dress.”
“Stole one when I got here. Used your guys' showers too.”
“A scandal.” Sakuya digs around in her pockets and pulls out a pack of cigarettes. “Want one?”
You wave it off. “Nah.”
“Suit yourself.” She shrugs. “I'm just glad for this opportunity to take a break; Remilia won't begrudge me the time spent 'chasing down party-crashers.'” She punctuates this last bit with air quotes, and then lights a cigarette and takes a long drag. “And I can't even smoke up there. Remilia complains about the smell.” She exhales, trying to make a smoke ring. And fails pretty badly. “So what were you and Iku doing down here?”
You shrug nonchalantly. “Oh, nothing much, just searching for the lost wine cellar of El Dorado.”
Sakuya cocks an eyebrow. “You guys were looking for the good stuff? You're in the wrong place, then. Patchy keeps it all in the library for herself. I nick some from time to time for Meiling and me. Not much down here, really. Just a bunch of really old storage, and I guess the phlebot- phle- blood room thing. God, I hate the pretentious name. I think Remilia made it up, to be honest.”
You point at the signs. “What about the other things?”
Sakuya turns to look at them. “The lake? Oh, that's just where the mansion takes on water, and it has a small sewage treatment plant. I'm rather proud of that, got Nitori to hook it up and everything. The Conservatory is pretty much just the basement addition to the library: not enough room for all the books Patchy has up above anymore. That, and she grows some plants there. Not my thing. I've never had much luck with plants. The tunnels... well.” She turns back towards you. “Legend has it that there's a tunnel network running all over Gensokyo, with the hub being here. Honestly, I doubt they're still in decent repair. The door to the tunnels just opens to a bunch of fallen rock. If there was a tunnel system, I doubt there is anymore.” She tosses her spent cigarette down, and grinds it out. “So, what do you want to do?”
[ ] Go back up to the party with Sakuya.
[ ] Ask her to show you the...
– [ ] Conservatory.
– [ ] Phlebotentory.
– [ ] Tunnels.
– [ ] Sewage Treatment plant
[ ] Just chill with Sakuya here for a little while.
[ ] Write-in.
[ ] Attempt to take Sakuya out.
– [ ] Just shoot her.
– [ ] Try to shock her first.
– [ ] Make a grab for the watch.
– [ ] Use the eyes first.
– [ ] A bit of danmaku spam to begin with, eh?
[ ]Prime the C4 and toss it at her.
Do you want to blow yourself up, idiot?
– [ ] Write-in.