The Duke of Birds
<as you see the green glowing bars on the walls fading and the lights returning to normal, over the sounds of metal bars retracting you hear the rabbits in the kitchen cheering, and grin as they come rushing out excitedly at the sound of your voice> HI, welcome back and thank you!!! Aurora just announced the lockdown is over! Some sort of dangerous creature was trying to hurt Aurora and everyone and she says you 2 are to thank for stopping it permanently!!! <the holobunny nods and smiles> The way she explained it to Pierre is that we kind of owe you not only our lives but Aurora's as well?
"Uh, Arizona, here, did all the hard parts."
<He wasn't particularly interested in the spotlight at the moment. He was a little too distracted as he scanned the room.>
Come on then, know that the bar is open and all yours, I'm certain Mambi wouldn't mind given the circumstances!!! <he bows melodramatically> Of course, we have several types available to you, varying from non-alcoholic to hyper-alcoholic in grains from ancient to modern times in both red purple and white and blue and...
<one of the other more dapper-dressed bunnies stops his friend politely, and takes over> Please, have a seat and I'll handle it from here, this is where I shine. Sweet or dry, and if your goal is celebration than lower alcohol grain is recommended. Aurora, no offense but as you do not drink liquids I only need to focus on these 2. You my avian friend have a soft spirit with the inner fires of love and desires so you look like a sweet blue would be your feel.
<Marius snapped back to attention and blushed even more at the rabbit's analysis. He glanced at Aurora to see her reaction before answering.>
"Uh, okay? Thank you."
<he looks to the hybrd and squints slightly> While you on the other hand are a mix of spirits, all in synergy and yet somehow in conflict and thus a bold dry wine would be a better match for you, perhaps a millennia or 2 of natural aging. I believe I have just the thing...I'll bring 2 bottles of blue and purple from the Neo-Assyrian empire immediately, I believe we still have several left we can chisel out of the sarcophagus. Please get comfortable and I'll be right back with them as soon as I can!
<he bows deeply and leaves to a small door leading to a set of stone stairs descending to a cellar. He enters with 3 other bunnies following suit, while others start to prepare your table as the holobunny stands watching it all stoically. As your chairs are pulled out, you see through the windows and down the hall that several dozen guests are randomly starting to fill the dining room area and dance floor again, as a hyena starts to sit near a DJ booth and arrange his material and equipment. The bunnies motion to you the the table is ready, and go into the kitchen to get some basics>
<Marius carefully watched the guests file in with nervous excitement that turned into frustration when he didn't see what he was looking for.>
Um, I-right away I am soooo sorry for that, I-I'm just not used to seeing...<sighs deeply> I promise, no hard feelings, really, please, I just...well...<he flashes his claws for a moment then retracts them> Well I guess you now know my little secret: even though I have these and have all my skills at fighting and the like...at heart I have to admit I'm just not a killer! <giggles a bit in spite of himself> Sheesh, I'm a cat who hates to hunt and kill...pretty silly I guess, eh? <he tries to smile a little as he looks up sheepishly> Most times I don't have to tell anyone but, well, Aurora knows and I suppose circumstances bring what they are, so do you. Can you maybe...not tell anyone please? <he bats his eyes and tries to shake off some of his continued embarrassment as he sinks in his chair a little...>
"Not a word. I'm not really a hunter either. Unless you count fish. Do fish count?"
<Finally finding a moment, Marius leaned over to Aurora and spoke quietly.>
"Hey, Aurora, where's Rora? I should go get her."