A/N: Well, here we are. The final chapter. Yeah, I know. It was a very short story, but to be honest, I didn't have much plans for it. The idea came to me after listening to a song, and I never thought it would come here. Thank you to those who viewed, and stuck around, even during hiatus.
Enough of me. Enjoy!
(I say "short story", but the waits for the chapters made it longer…I should just stop talking. :/)
Chapter 5: Love Game
"Oh, shut up and kiss me!"
That was exactly what he needed to hear. Without any hesitation at all, Nick closed his eyes, and moved his muzzle in for a kiss. Judy gladly accepted the kiss, and both mammals were blushing like mad.
Who cares? She loves me.
That sounds so cheesy.
…You can't let me enjoy this moment alone, can you?
The kiss only lasted fifteen seconds, but it felt like two minutes. Not that they were complaining. They wouldn't mind kissing for that long.
Eventually, they separated for air.
"Nick…was that your first kiss?"
"No. Though it's probably the best I've kissed someone." Judy's blush was very easy to see now.
"Well, now I can see why the vixens wanted you back in the day."
For a few seconds, all they did was just look at each other, waiting for the other to say something.
"How long have you had these…feelings?" Judy asked the fox. "You've obviously had them for a while now."
"I thought about them during the Night Howler case, but I didn't have them at the time. When I got out of the academy, they just grew. And when I started at the ZPD, there was just no denying them."
"So you waited a year to tell me this?" Judy started smiling, imitating the sly smirk that Nick would give her.
"Oh, leave me alone! You could've told me too, you felt the same!"
Judy opened her mouth to say something, but then quickly closed it.
"Yeah, that's what I thought." Nick immediately responded.
"Nick, I know it's a little too early to think about this-"
Judy sighed. She was getting serious now, even if it was only their first date, and they had already gotten together.
"Do you think that we can take this relationship farther?" She asked. "I mean, something like marriage? Kids?"
"Don't think about that now. It's way too early." Nick responded. "If we did get married, it would probably be a while from now. Like, maybe 6 months or so."
It has been three months since Nick and Judy became a couple.
Those three months were the best months that Nick had ever had.
It was like Judy was the hole in his life that he had been missing, and now that she was here, he was complete. I know, that sounds cliché, and you've probably heard it a million times, but Nick really couldn't find any other words to describe it. Probably because he was still trying to get over the fact that he had a girlfriend. (I say that like he's never had one.)
Eventually though, this had to get out to the public. To their surprise, the reaction wasn't as bad as they thought. The people that didn't approve of them were very vocal, despite being the minority. That's not really saying much, though. The division was about half and half.
They had planned to tell both their parents, but they never got around to it. They hated to hold it back, but like the media reaction, they didn't expect it to be too positive. Just remove the positive side from the media reaction, and you've got what they thought telling their parents would be like.
When their relationship got into the public (which was a few weeks after they started dating), they had expected people to stop talking about it in a month or so. It was the exact opposite. It had died down, but not by much. It had gotten a bit (okay, very) annoying, but they dealt with it.
It felt like his first date with her again.
It was about seven in the evening. There was that same need to tell her something that he was hiding. He just couldn't bring himself to tell her. Nice job getting yourself in the same position that you were almost a year ago.
Has it really been that long?
They were going on a date night, and Nick was planning to propose to Judy. It had now been nine months since they started dating, and Nick felt like now was the time. The fox looked at himself in the mirror for what seemed to be the millionth time, and looked back at the wedding ring that he had been trying to keep secret.
"Nick, are you ready?" Judy called out in the other room.
"Yeah, just a second!" Nick answered. He put the box in his pocket and walked out of the bathroom. They had gotten an apartment room to live together.
In short, he was a nervous wreck. He didn't know why he had this feeling. Judy said that he could be honest with him, so what's stopping him from doing this?
Do you think it would sound nice if you just walked up to her and said, "Judy, will you marry me?" That sounds awkward!
Can you not discourage me so much?
I'm sorry, but that's not really possible at the moment.
…Why did I not expect an answer like that?
"Nick, are you okay? You seem a bit nervous…" Judy asked. "What's wrong?"
"N-nothing…I'm not nervous, what are you talking about?" Nick answered almost immediately. He was making it obvious. Judy gave him a look that basically said 'I don't believe you for a second.'
"…Okay…" Judy drew out the word, which made it sound like she didn't believe the fox at all, but she was going to take his word for it. Just this once. She really shouldn't be, though.
That fox is planning something. Judy thought. Why have I caught onto that just now?
Everything had seemed to be going well. The couple really enjoyed talking to each other, no matter what the subject. They spent most of their time doing that, though they did run into those "awkward silence" situations. It was like Nick trying to confess his feelings.
They went to the same place as their first date. They came back regularly, and they enjoyed spending time there. Thankfully, there was no rain forecasted that day. Actually, it was sunny outside. So, no time for running inside because of rain.
Nick didn't know when he was going to propose. All he knew was that he had to wait for the right moment. He didn't plan this date out at all, but somehow, he would make it work.
"It's really nice outside.." Nick tried to start a conversation. That would give him a bit of traction.
"Yeah, especially at this time of day." Judy replied. She knew that he wanted to tell her something. It must have been really important, because he looked more nervous than ever. He was honest with a lot of things nowadays, but she wasn't surprised at all.
It was about eight o' clock, and the stars in the sky were beginning to appear. I guess it's now or never. He thought.
Nick grabbed Judy's paw. "Judy, I've been thinking about this for a while…" He saw her look at him in the corner of his eye. The fox just kept looking down at his pants.
"I know, you told me that I could've been honest with you, but I didn't know what to do with this one-"
"Other than telling me?" Judy was clearly playing around.
Nick smiled and sighed. That's my sly bunny. "Judy, you know I love you, right?" The fox was blushing at this point.
"Of course. Why would I be with you?"
"Well, I've been thinking of asking you this for a while. One might think you'd say "yes", but I'm still not sure."
"Nick, what is it you want to tell me?"
Just do it!, Nick!
Oh, you're encouraging me now? How surprising.
This is a one time thing, don't get used to it.
Nick's blush was very visible at this point. He got up, walked in front of Judy and kneeled down. He pulled the wedding ring out of his pocket. He could see Judy's jaw drop.
"Judy Hopps, will you marry me?"
She's going to say no. I don't even know why I did this-
"Wait, what!?" Nick exclaimed.
Suddenly, Judy pushed Nick down in a hug. He was lucky that the wedding ring was still in his hand. They were both rolling down the hill, still hugging each other. They finally reached the bottom.
"Carrots…did I hear that correctly? Did you say yes?"
The bunny sighed. "If that didn't get through your head, maybe this will.
As if the shock from her hug wasn't enough, she quickly moved her head towards his, and kissed him.
She definitely meant it, that's for sure.
Nick gladly accepted the kiss, essentially establishing the fact that they had tied the knot. The kiss lasted for about a few seconds. To them, it was like an eternity. Not that they were complaining.
They finally separated. "Wow, Carrots…" Nick sighed. "I still can't believe that you said yes."
"You're only saying that so you can get another kiss." Judy replied.
"Whatever, you enjoyed it too." Nick shot back. He looked back up at the sky. "It feels good to say that we're getting married."
"It does.." Judy said. "I'm already thinking about the wedding reception."
"Calm down, bunny. I've only just proposed to you, and there's a clear answer."
"Did you seriously not expect me to say yes?" Judy asked.
"I did, but I was doubting it as well." Nick answered.
The two just lied in the grass looking at the stars in the sky. Occasionally, they would look at each other. They knew that this was a night that they wouldn't forget.
"Nick?" Judy cooed from beside him. She seemed tired.
"Hmm?" Nick turned his head to face her.
"I love you." She said, falling asleep. Her face was in Nick's chest.
Nick smiled and sighed. "I love you too, Carrots."
A/N: You have no idea how relieved I am to get this done. I liked writing this story for the most part, but when I had no inspiration, it was just disheartening to write. I like this story, but not as much as I did when I first published it. When you read the previous chapters, it shows how badly they've aged. Compared to other stuff I've written, I can enjoy it fully, but with this, I can't help but go: "I think this needs a rewrite.
I probably won't write a full story for a while. I know I have some ideas (check my profile) but these may not happen.
When you review this, please be honest. Did you agree with what I said, or are you completely indifferent? I want to see what you think, because I don't know what to think of this.
Besides that rant, I have some good news. If you follow me, you'll know that "Experiments", a past story of mine, has been reposted :D I'll be working on past requests (at least the ones I can find), and maybe some of you here can give me some ideas you have.
Thanks for reading! Thank you for sticking with me after all this time. Thanks for over 10k views, and 180+ followers! That might not seem like much, but to me, it's a lot.