Alcohol and rabbits do not mix well together.
That's not so much a well-thought conclusion as it is a casual observation of the current scene.
Somewhere deep in the bowels of the eternal manor, in one of the large and multipurpose rooms seemingly found behind every door, the rabbits feast. Food and drink is generously shared and excited little feet hop every which way. A massive host of rabbits frolic here and there, eating, chasing one another, and having fun. There's a sense of fun and excitement in the air that's infectious. You certainly feel like you've getting swept away by good times.
“Here, have another.” You're handed a cup full of hard liquor. You accept it with a smile, thanking the rabbit for his kindness. The rabbit nods shyly, blushing as well. He's not the first rabbit to act that way around you. It's weird coming from another guy, but you can sort of understand why.
You've had your suspicions for a while, but now you know for sure the truth about the bunnies at Eientei – namely, that they're carefree and lazy. There are more rabbits like Reisen or Tewi, most of them look like young girls or young boys, but they mostly keep to themselves. Tewi seems to be in charge of them. You've seen the way they all defer to her, she's their leader alright. If it weren't for her intervention, the rabbits would have not approached you, let alone have talked to you.
They're skittish around you, rather unlike the common rabbits. It may be due to your size, you think. You're not extremely tall or anything, but they're rather short. In fact. But then again, you're not really thinking too hard about them. You've had a couple of drinks; It feels like a few dozen to your head and stomach. You knew the moment they broke open the seal on some of the bottles and they hissed – not from the natural gas byproduct found in some kinds of alcohol but a real hiss, the kind an angry cougar would make before pouncing on unwary victims – that you were in for a ride. The drink has fought with your body from the moment it touched your lips. Its overbearing presence is unnatural. Hell, even in the cup you're holding right now, you feel the liquid sloshing slightly by itself.
“It'll be fine.” Tewi had said. She claimed that it was in a 'very auspicious place' and laughed away your theory of angry spirits being trapped in the bottles.
“So everything fine with you?” A surprisingly good hostess, Tewi has been checking up on you like clockwork. She told you about the last few days here, and how dead it seemed. With both you and Kaguya gone, the place had become something like a crypt you understand.
“Not sure,” It feels like you've had a few too many, “When I look at my drink, it kinda looks back at me. I dunno.”
“That bit again? There's an easy solution for that, you know. Drink it. And then there'll be nothing left to stare at you.
“...it'll still be staring at my soul,” You mutter under your breath.
“Socializing much? I've seen a couple of the guys come up and talk to you. Some of the girls too.” She tilted her head at the gaggle of floppy-eared bunny girls in the corner. They saw that you were looking and giggled, much to your consternation.
“Yeah, they've all been asking about... you know.”
“You can hardly blame them. This is the biggest thing to happen at Eientei since Reisen got roped into buying that automatic housework machine from the kappa And the fallout from that incident.. Besides this, unlike all of the other excitement here, had virtually no explosions.”
“I haven't said anything about it. It's rude to talk about that sort of thing, you understand. Kissing and telling isn't something I'm comfortable with.”
“But you are talking about it.” Tewi shoots a big ol' smile, “Even if didn't say a word, your grin is doing all the talking. I mean, even now, you're broadcasting that goofy-looking thing. People all the way in the village can see that thing clearly and know what it means.”
Tewi sits next to you, shooing away an amorous couple of regular rabbits who had lost all inhibition. She wraps an arm around your shoulder in a very 'guy talk' sort of way. It's like you're both salary men at a all-night beef bowl. You've both had a lot to drink and you're way past the whole tie-on-head stage.
“Take it from me, you're one lucky guy. And not just because you know me.” She pats your back with a grunt, “It's like you were born under a lucky sign, and I should know about those. I can't believe she likes you despite of everything.”
“My feelings for her are strong.”
“No doubt there's something there, though I'm not sure what. You both play cat and mouse so well.”
“I'm not sure myself... it's hard to tell but I think we're getting there.”
“We'll see. I've got a pool running. You're a great source of entertainment.”
Her statement is a little hard to believe given the staggering amounts of raw amusement that surrounds the rabbits. Taking a random sample from a group of rabbits to your left: Two are at their absolute limit and are trying to hold each other up in a futile and hilarious attempt to stay on their feet, one is trying to fit two glasses of alcohol in his mouth, so he can drink while he drinks, and yet another is wearing a shoe on her head as a hat – a horrible little number as well, it doesn't match her clothes nor white ears at all. The fact of the matter is that with all that amusement constantly coming from the rabbits, you would say that there's a lifetime of entertainment just waiting to be refined into little neat servings.
“Geez, it's nice to see that you really care about me.”
“Hey, if I didn't, there would be no pool.”
“That makes me feel so much better.” You sigh.
“Cheer up. Things will sort themselves out between her and you. I mean, things are going nicely with Kaguya as well. You dog, you.”
“Eh, I'm not sure I follow. Weren't we talking about-”
“Who did you think we were talking about?” She asks, smiling impishly. “Shouldn't it have been obvious.”
“Oh, forget you. I've had too much to drink. I'm not going to play this game right now.”
“Right, right. Make sure you finish that thing, ok? It was an agony to get.”
Tewi leaves you with a spring in her step, light giggling trailing behind her. She knows how to mess with you, and what's more, she takes delight in doing it. Bless her heart. You think it means that she really does care.
The ambient noise level is too much for you. Who would have thought that a room full of the fluffy bastards would be like an airplane at takeoff? You leave your drink half drunk, and you ignore it's taunting yells as you leave. As you stagger out a few of the bunny girls make eyes at you; You've no doubt that all of their inhibitions have been completely blown away. The party has expanded to the surrounding corridors now and you have to deftly navigate your way out of the catastrophe zone.
Alcohol and rabbits don't mix well at all.
“Have you been drinking?” Those are the first words that Eirin directs at you. She as eagle-eyed (or maybe just shark-nosed?) as always.
“...sorry.” You shake your head, “that sounded a whole world more amusing in my head.”
“Not surprising,” She sighs, “Here, have some water.” You're given a water-filled paper cup.
“Thank you. I think I need to sit for a bit too.” You groan, “And maybe an exorcist to help me along.” Evil spirits have been loosed inside of you, and they're looking for payback for being drunk.
Eirin indicates a chair near the wall. You collapse on the chair. She's behaving better than expected, you find. She looked busy as you came in, staggering slightly because your foot was numb, but still was nice enough to give you her undivided attention.
“I take it was one hell of a party?” She asks smugly.
“Like you wouldn't believe. I'm sorry, I didn't want to come like this; I wanted to have a talk with you and clear the air. Pushy rabbits got in the way of that.”
“Take your time. You're the star here.”
“Sorry. I don't mean to waste your time. I'll leave and come back tomorrow.”
“No, by all means stay. May as well get things over and done with.”
There's five minutes of silence before either of you speaks again. Your demons are clawing at your insides, trying to escape. The only thing you can do is try to drown them with more water.
“Given you actions am I to assume that you consider yourself to be an item, coupled with the princess?” She asks in a dry and inquisitive manner. Like she's filling out a form. It grates your nerves, it's like she's trying to quantify the parts of your person.
“I love her.” Your reply is simple and to the point.
“I bet.” She gets colder, her eyes looking all the more intense. “Tell me, and you think she loves you back?”
“Why don't you ask her?”
“Because the question isn't about whether or not she thinks she loves you back, but whether you think she does.”
“You know, I don't appreciate the way you're wording that.” You get up, head suddenly not whirling as much. “I came here to talk about what was going to happen now, since we left in the middle of some sort of plan. Not to figure what I think is or isn't true.”
“Sit back down please. The alcohol is making you excitable. I mean no harm with my queries.”
“I don't buy that.”
You walk over to her, she remains seated, looking at you with her fixed gaze. It seems to bore all the way to the back of your skull. It makes you angry.
“I don't need your approval. Kaguya and I are able to figure out things on our own.”
“And yet you're here.” She observes, her eyes meet your own for an instant. You avert your gaze.
“I told you why I'm here and it's not for that.”
“Deny it some more, it won't make it any less true.” She gets up, ignoring the fact that you're twenty centimeters from her and calmly walks over to her desk. She scans an open document without sitting back down.
You stand stupefied momentarily, considering what she's said.
“Let's not play head games here.” You rush in, grabbing her wrist. To your surprise she doesn't even flinch.
“You're the one that's making this into a game. I take things seriously.” She doesn't even look at you as she replies. She keeps her cool.
“I don't know what your exact problem is with me, but if you behave nice, I'll behave nicely.”
“Have you forgotten what I said? The princess' welfare is the most important thing to me. Getting along with you has little to do with that.”
“The way I see it, she'll be happy if we're happy together.”
Eirin laughs. It's the most human she's been all day. She turns towards you, not making an effort to get you to let go of her wrist.
“And what would you do to ensure that we're 'happy together'? Would you force yourself on me? It seems to be a preferred stratagem of yours as of late.”
“I suppose your baiting is to get me to do something stupid.” You steel your gaze and stare right into her sharp and intelligent eyes.
“Were I to bait you, nothing would come out of it. You're far too spineless to truly stand up to me or anyone else for that matter. Or to take proper responsibility for your actions. This is why Kaguya would be better off if you just continued to be, what was it? Oh yes, just 'buddies'.”
Her face gets close, close enough for you to feel her steady breath on your neck, “I'm positive that I would be able to persuade her to see that that's the best course of action. She freely shared her many doubts with me this evening as you drank the night away. It'd only take a bit of talking and a bit of time to sway her.”
“I think you're lying.”
“I ever so hate repeating myself, but I'll tell you to remember that what you believe has little impact on our reality. You're stubborn, I'll grant you that, but it's not the same as having the conviction and audacity to accomplish your goals. You're as likely to force yourself on me like you did with the princess as you are living happily ever after with her. Search your feelings, you know yourself to not have it in you to see it through.”
Her words sting in a way that the liquor demons could never hope to imitate. There's barely a few atoms between you and this is probably the most tense moment you've ever experienced.
“Well? What do you have to say for yourself? More pointless negations? I do suggest you let go and sit down, I'm sure you'll understand things if I talk enough. Hopefully anyways.”
 Back down and sit down
 Kiss her