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It's during a lull in the conversation that you bring up an issue with Tewi.
“Say, looks like placing bets just now was profitable.” You probe with a smile.
“That's right – made a regular killing.” She smirks and shakes the front of her dress, making coins jingle.
“Oh? Is that so?” There's a smile on your face as you ask the specifics. “What were the odds?”
“I won't say. Don't want any of the participants to get upset on me now.”
“Fair enough.” Her reply makes you wonder just how well she expected you to do. Kaguya's listening in on to the conversation. She looks a bit amused, but you wonder if she's not really just still sore about losing. “Where's my cut then?”
“Your cut?” She keeps a straight face, but her eyes are laughing. “Watch your words there. The judge is right here! I can't have her, much less the people who placed bets, think I rigged the contest now.”
“I'm not claiming that.” You shrug, making sure Reisen sees that. “Just being a contestant entitles me to some of the earnings, no?”
“I don't know what kind of bookies you've dealt with in the past,” She's absolutely unflappable, “but you have to place a bet to potentially see any earnings.” And then with a business face, “If you have the receipt from your bet I'd be more than happy to oblige you and hand out your payout.” For added effect, she stretches out an open palm.
“Alright, alright. I get it.” You laugh it off as a big joke. “There's no negotiating with you, is there?”
“Rules are rules.” She too laughs it off as a joke, but you can tell there's some truth to her words, “Maybe next time you'll want to sign a contract with me if you want to earn money.”
“That'll be the day!”
The other two, who have just been politely smiling, add their own thoughts.
“I only wish that I could find this sort of attitude acceptable.” Reisen states with an over-embellished sigh. “Really now, there's no real point in placing bets now is there? It's not like you actually need money.”
“True.” Tewi replies. “But then again not all bets were money. Some were food and responsibilities. Some rabbits just earned themselves cleaning duty for the next month.”
“So it's all just a power game to you, is it?” You observe.
“Close enough. It's also a nice way to spend my time. Just eating and sleeping all day gets old after a while.”
“If it's eating and sleeping that's got you bored, why not try giving me a hand sometime. I'm always busy doing something.” Reisen smiles bitterly. She knows full well the reply that's coming.
“If I'm ever desperate from doing nothing at all, I'll give it a thought.” She shrugs which causes you to shake your head. She's really a free spirit, isn't she? Well, that might just be a nice way of putting it.
“Aren't yo u forgetting something though?” Kaguya speaks up. The three of you turn and look at her. “This is my house. Which means that you owe me a share. For conducting business on my property. Think of it as a license.”
“Woah, woah ,woah! Let's not get carried away here! I was just placing friendly bets with the other rabbits and most definitely was doing it for the fun.” Tewi backpedals.
“Lady Kaguya is right Tewi.” Reisen agrees. It's obvious to you that it's payback for her earlier statements. So you join in on the lynching.
“It's only fair after all. The even was both organized and hosted by her. So any profit-making enterprises ought to pay a tax.”
“That about sums it up.” The princess stretches out her hand, making a sign that you equate to 'gimme gimme' in your mind.
“Eh, well...” She's mentally cornered. Tewi knows she's got no where to run. “Can we at least discuss it in private afterwards? This is a festival after all! No place to talk about money!”
The three of you burst out in a synchronized laugh, spurred on by Tewi's desperate attempts to save face. It causes the other two elements of your group to join the conversation. The excitement dies down somewhat after a while and you're offered yet another rice cake.
“I don't think I want to eat another ball of mochi again.” You add after declining the current round. “It's nice, but this is a bit too much for a single person.” Mokou shoots you a sympathetic gaze. “And you people do this every month?”
“That's correct.” Eirin replies.
“Well, we don't always come outside and sit like this though.” Kaguya recalls previous times. “Nor do we eat the mochi either. It's usually just the rabbits.”
“We just thought that it'd be nice for you to experience this this time. Next month we might just moon gaze a bit and keep ourselves inside.”
“Thank you then.” You nod to the others. “This is a pretty enjoyable way to spend an evening though, so I don't think I'd mind doing this every month.”
“This is alright, I suppose.” Mokou passes her own judgment. “I don't think I would come here month though.”
“The more the merrier.” Reisen affirms. “It's been a while since things were so lively.”
“Indeed.” Kaguya agrees. “It's also so rare to spend time with you, my dear Fujiwara. So do appear more often for social calls. Maybe if you're lucky Shirou will invite you again.”
“I'll think about it. It certainly doesn't sound like a bad idea.” Mokou transforms the beginning of a pout to a broad grin. Kaguya matches the expression. You think you're missing something here.
You notice that your cup is empty and get a refill.
“Eirin?” You take a gulp. “Just exactly do you need me to do? I hope it isn't too cerebral since I've been drinking. I don't think I'd be much use to you with a hangover or if I oversleep.”
“It's nothing like that.” She answers, taking a drink herself. She makes it seem like it's the most trivial task in the world. “I just need an assistant. And I fear that Undonge here just won't do for this one.”
“Oh, you're helping Eirin, Shirou? Isn't that nice?” Kaguya smiles approvingly. “I fear that she overworks herself for no good reason.”
“Even wit h what little I do, there's too many things to do at the clinic.” Reisen confesses. “It is nice that you are helping out.”
“Ah...” You scratch your head, embarrassed. There's no way you're telling them that you're only doing this as your end of the bargain for the competition. You get the feeling that Tewi knows what's going on, given the way she winks at you silently.
“So, do you help out often?” Mokou asks dryly.
“No, not really. I suppose this would be my first time.”
“If you wanted to, you could help as well.” Eirin extends an offer.
“I'll pass, thank you.” She replies flatly. Furthermore when her eyes meet yours, you feel like she's trying to tell you not to do it either.
“That's a shame. But It's not the end of the world. It's an open offer though, if you ever feel like changing your mind.”
“I don't think I will.” Mokou shrugs.
You take things from then off slowly. It's hard to emphasize just how serene this whole thing is. It feels like the radiant moonlight is gently covering everything in a soothing blanket of light. The rabbits finish their work and, to no surprise to you, start to slack off and play. In a space of a little more of an hour things die down a bit and the group separates a bit. Eirin goes to the clinic, inviting you to come if you want now or leave it until later. Kaguya spends time talking to Tewi for a while, presumably about money, but the fact that they're laughing makes you doubt that. That only lasts for a while before Tewi goes off towards where the rabbits are. Both Mokou and Reisen step out and lie on different patches of grass, and they both gaze at the full moon.
 Sit by Kaguya
 Moon gaze with Mokou
 Moon gaze with Reisen
 Go after Tewi
 Go to the clinic now