A/N: And here it is... the last chapter of FANG. Lol, I have to admit it's very bitter sweet for me to see this story end. I feel oddly emotional writing this, :D I'm torn between jumping up and down with excitement for my next story and bursting into tears. :D I did have a blast writing this, and I really hope you all enjoyed reading it!!!
That being said, I can't wait to start my new story... which you have voted will be Back to Back. I apologize to everyone who voted for Heaven on Earth. I really will try to write it eventually. I really hope you'll try reading Back to Back anyway. ...Please? :D
Alright... *clears throat and unfolds a piece of paper* … I would like to formally thank my non-existent agent, Sunrise for giving me ...ahem...permission to write this, Shizuru's parents (we all know how supportive they can be) ... lol, okay seriously though...
I'd really like to thank everyone who read my story. Bonus points to whoever made it up to this point without bashing their head against a wall, lol. Huge thanks goes out to everyone who reviewed as well- you guys were definitely the main reason I kept writing. :D
...Speaking of reviews, I was happy so many of you like the snow scene at the end of chapter 20. However, I completely cannot take all the credit for it, lol. My extreme thanks goes out to WouldBeSenpai who gave me the idea! :D (...You can try to refuse credit once again... but now I have witnesses!!! *evil laugh*) :D
Oh, and this is in response to a question from Evrae: Lol, it did occur to me that Natsuki could be able to control water inside of the human body, but I decided to rule it out. The only reason I did so was... well... you can just picture Natsuki and Shizuru making out and then Natsuki accidently blocking off blood flow to both of thier brains when things get too hot. Lol, yeah... so, I hope that helps. :D Very good question though!
So, before I babble so incessantly this speech reaches the length I could use for my English class next year... I hope you like the last chapter/epilogue!
Thanks so much for reading!!! Please review!!! :D
Chapter # 21: Epilogue
Mashiro laughed, watching the display from her window. They certainly were... enthusiastic. Even Fumi couldn't suppress a smile when she saw them start to make a run for it.
"And what about them?" Mashiro asked thoughtfully, turning to Fumi.
"Those two?" The pink haired woman asked, her glimpse into the future still fresh in her mind.
Mashiro nodded, waiting for an answer.
Fumi met her gaze, smiling in recollection. "...They will be one of the best pairings FANG will ever see."
Six Years Later...
Natsuki and Shizuru sprinted into the room, glancing around quickly. Without missing a beat Natsuki grabbed the closest man, shoving him into the wall and delivering a strong kick to his chest. The man's eyes widened in shock before he collapsed, slumped onto the ground.
He didn't get up.
Shizuru glanced quickly around at the four remaining criminals, choosing to ignore the cries for help from the woman tied to a chair in the middle of the room. Pivoting, she executed a perfect kick towards of the criminal's heads. She then spun, blocking a punch she knew was coming from the woman behind her.
Natsuki turned, coating her fist in ice before delivering a swift blow to the back of the woman's head. The woman toppled to the ground at their feet. Shizuru and Natsuki's eyes met, small smiles on their faces before they turned to face the three remaining threats. They turned so they were standing back to back, knees bent into their perfected stances.
"Shizuru?" Natsuki smirked, tilting her head slightly towards Shizuru.
"Natsuki." Shizuru smiled, raising an eyebrow.
In perfect synchronization they pivoted, taking out the two closest men with one well placed kick.
The remaining man gulped over dramatically, baking away slowly. Shizuru calmly pushing him gently back into the wall. Natsuki followed the brown haired woman, a satisfied smirk on her face as the ice around her fist disappeared with an impressive wave of steam.
"Stay where you are." Shizuru ordered, tilting the man's face so he would meet her eyes. The man's eyes widened as he made a show of trying to move. Natsuki stopped herself from rolling her eyes.
"W..what are you? Police?" The man stuttered, looking absolutely terrified.
"Police?" Natsuki raised an eyebrow. She turned, raising her fist next to her face so the FANG patch on the side of her arm clearly stood out. "...You wish."
The man's eyes widened in horror as he looked down at the patch. Natsuki smirked before turning to Shizuru. She met her eyes briefly before glancing back nervously at the criminal.
"Don't worry Natsuki," Shizuru smiled, stepping dangerously close to the blue haired woman. "He's not going anywhere."
Natsuki nodded, jogging quickly over to the woman in the middle of the room. Shizuru followed behind quickly, untying the woman's hands with unusual speed.
"Are you alright ma'am?" Shizuru asked, helping the woman get up.
The woman nodded quickly, a look of relief on her face. "You're from the FANG unit?" She asked excitedly, a large smile now on her face. "I knew you would come! How can I ever repay you?"
Natsuki mentally bashed her head against the wall. Even Shizuru was having a little trouble maintaining her composure.
"I..It's alright ma'am." Natsuki replied, forcing the words out. "We're just..." She took a deep breath, unable to suppress the annoyed look on her face any longer. "We're just doing our..." She stopped, sighing as she crossed her arms and turned around.
"Job?" Shizuru prompted, a small smile on her face.
"Cut!" The director furiously yelled. Shizuru and Natsuki turned to face him quickly. "What happened to you!? Things were going so well!" He glared at Natsuki as one of the camera man stepped back to give him some space.
"Ow." The man slumped against the ground got up slowly. "You didn't have to actually kick me you know," he grumbled to Natsuki. The other four 'criminals' got up, walking over to the center.
Natsuki grinned. "I thought we wanted this to look realistic?"
"Natsuki," Shizuru scolded, laughing.
Natsuki turned to look at the brown haired woman, smirking. "Well... realistic besides the fact that Shizuru and I sprint into the room full of bad guys completely unarmed," Natsuki added as an afterthought.
Shizuru couldn't help but nod.
"I already told you." The director sighed. "Guns bring up the rating and then we couldn't put the commercial on the lowest rated channels."
"Okay, okay," Natsuki sighed.
"Back to the point, why did you stop? You were on the second last line." The director demanded, glancing to the line prompter standing behind him as if it was her fault.
Natsuki raised her eyebrows. Shizuru laughed.
"Um... because this commercial is probably the worst thing that will ever air?" Natsuki offered.
The director scowled, taking personal offense.
"Don't worry ma'am, were just doing our job?" Natsuki continued, trying to prove her point. "Do you really think we say that to people?"
"There you go." The director replied, ignoring the comment. "You've finally got it. Now," He motioned for the camera man to switch angles. "We'll take it from when the victim gets untied."
Natsuki groaned, turning to Shizuru for help.
"I'm sorry Natsuki, it seems we have no choice," Shizuru smiled. Natsuki sighed, allowing Shizuru to pull her closer. She bridged the gap, pulling Shizuru's back in so they were touching tightly.
"You know it's a good thing they don't make us wear these all the time," Natsuki started, glancing down at Shizuru's outfit with a grin on her face. The black skin tight uniforms they were wearing were their press outfits, mock uniforms they would never wear on real missions. That being said, they certainly did a good job emphasizing certain physical attributes.
"Ara," Shizuru replied, raising her eyebrows as her face flushed lightly.
"It would be like high school all over again," Natsuki finished, smirking.
Shizuru laughed, glancing down at Natsuki's outfit and nodding in agreement. Regardless of how many people were shooting at her, if Natsuki walked in wearing that, there was no way she could get her power to work casually slid her hands over Natsuki's stomach, curving them around her waist.
"Hello? You might vaguely remember the commercial we're trying to shoot," the director interrupted, scowling.
Shizuru and Natsuki pulled away. The annoyed look on Natsuki's face compensated for Shizuru's neutral smile and then some. The director was getting on both of their nerves.
"Why am I doing this?" Natsuki turned back to Shizuru.
"So we can keep the house we just bought." Shizuru laughed.
Natsuki sighed. It was a very nice house. "Fine," she grumbled before turning back to the director. "But honestly, what's with the police line? Don't you think that's a little harsh to the police?"
The director glanced up, looking genuinely confused. "Look Kuga-san. Where do you think FANG's funding comes from? From the same place as the police department's. Commercials like these are important if you want to continue getting paid the ridiculously high salary that you do."
Shizuru looked a little taken back, thought she quickly covered the expression with one of mild amusement.
"They don't even pay us that much!" Natsuki exclaimed. "Do you know this stupid commercial pays three times what we make in one month?" And it wasn't like doing a commercial was exactly life-threatening. Natsuki glanced back at the director. For her and Shizuru anyway.
"Then I don't see why you're complaining." The director replied smugly, tilting the camera so it was just right. "Now, shall we?"
Natsuki's eyes widened as she turned back to Shizuru to complain. Shizuru laughed, giving her a brief kiss.
"Please Natsuki?" Shizuru asked, locking eyes playfully with the younger woman.
Natsuki scowled, but walked into position nevertheless. The 'victim' sat back down in the chair so her hands could be tied, and criminal's one through four slumped down onto the floor. Criminal number five backed against the wall once more.
"Now, Fujino-san rushes in to untie the woman. Kuga-san, try to say all of you lines this time?"
Natsuki glared but the director didn't even look up. His eyes were fixed on the preview screen. Shizuru pulled Natsuki out of frame so they could run in.
"And... action." The director made a frantic motion with his hand.
Shizuru ran over to the woman, untying her quickly. She turned so she was angled towards the camera. "Are you alright ma'am?" The concern in her voice came out perfectly. Even the director was impressed.
The woman nodded violently. "You're from the FANG unit?! I knew you would come! How can I ever repay you?"
Natsuki repressed a sigh. "It's alright ma'am," she said confidently. "We're just doing our job." She stopped, quite pleased with herself for getting the line out.
The director and Shizuru waited for Natsuki to say her last line. Natsuki looked at Shizuru. Weren't they supposed to stop now? Shizuru casually nudged Natsuki's foot with her own, the movement so low it was out of the shot.
Natsuki's eyes widened slightly as she remembered. "A..and the FANG unit takes their job very seriously."
The director nodded, gesturing to the camera man to zoom in on Natsuki and Shizuru's faces. Natsuki turned back to Shizuru. That was definitely all she had to say...right? They still hadn't stopped filming. She kept the expression on her face neutral just in case, locking eyes with Shizuru. They waited ten seconds. The camera was now moving around them in a circular pattern.
Shizuru took a deep breath, trying desperately to stop the small smile forming on her face as the camera slid past Natsuki's head.. The corners of Natsuki's mouth slowly turned up in an irrepressible smile.
"And cut." The director said firmly, giving the two women a disapproving look. At least they'd held out long enough for him to get what he needed.
There were clapping sounds from the side of the room not done up like a movie set.
Natsuki and Shizuru turned, horrified looks crossing their faces when they saw Chie and Aoi waving at them.
"Please tell me you just got here," Natsuki said, walking over with Shizuru to meet them.
"Oh, no." Chie grinned. "We saw everything, didn't we Aoi?"
Aoi laughed, nodding sheepishly.
Chie turned to Natsuki once more, imitating her voice. "Police? You wish."
Natsuki groaned. Shizuru couldn't help but laugh. "Our commercial is worse then my parents' isn't it?" Natsuki turned to Shizuru.
"Quite possibly." Shizuru nodded, an amused look on her face.
"Hey, just be glad they want you to do a commercial," Chie replied. "I wouldn't mind getting paid that much to spew out a few corny lines." Chie sighed. "But no, we didn't get voted in the top five favorite pairings."
"Um... what?" Natsuki asked, turning to Shizuru. "There was a vote?"
Shizuru raised her eyebrows. She hadn't known either.
Chie gasped. "You don't know about the vote?! What do you live under a rock?"
"What are you talking about?" Natsuki asked. "And you were at our housewarming party last week."
Chie laughed taking a step back. "True," She replied, making a gesture with both her hands. Two small chairs appeared out of nowhere, one next to each hand.
"Very nice." Natsuki grinned. "I remember when the only thing you could teleport was your cellphone."
Chie scowled, teleporting two more chairs for herself and Aoi. "Sit down." She instructed, taking a seat. She lifted her hands up to her lap, a laptop appearing by the time they got there.
Natsuki and Shizuru exchanged weary looks before taking their seats. Aoi sat down beside Chie, shooting Natsuki and Shizuru an apologetic look.
Chie typed quickly for a moment, then paused. A few clicks later she grinned, turning the screen around so Natsuki and Shizuru could see.
Natsuki leaned in, reading the banner at the top of the website. FANG Unit official site – FANG member information center. Her eyes scrolled down to poll in the middle of the page with the title: Vote for your favorite FANG pair now!
Chie gave them a moment to read before turning the laptop back to herself. "Now, let's say just for fun we vote for me and Aoi..." She clicked on the title, scrolled down through the 278 listed pairs worldwide and chose the option for herself. It was close to the top since they were considered one of the newer pairs, having only been deployed four years ago.
Natsuki and Shizuru exchanged amused smiles. Naturally she'd vote for herself.
"There," Chie said, leaning back in her chair. "Now you can see the results from the poll." She spun the laptop once more.
Natsuki and Shizuru glanced at the screen. Their names showed up as number three.
"Ara." Shizuru smiled, quite pleased.
Natsuki blinked a few times. "Out of 278 pairs we were voted number three?"
Chie nodded. "Aoi and I were voted twenty-third." She grinned to herself. "We beat Nao and Jiro. They were thirty-eight." Her smile faded a little as she narrowed her eyes. "Unfortunately Mai and Reito came in seventh. That guy is too photogenic."
Natsuki laughed. She didn't mind... as long as she and Shizuru beat them of course. The two pairs that did beat them had gathered so many fans because they'd both been deployed for over 13 years.
"But, really, what did you expect?" Chie continued. "You guys have always been really popular. And that mob bust last year bumped you up to number two in the FANG performance charts. Basically the combination of your incredible good looks, Shizuru's political skills, and the vote from every gay woman who owns a computer, you guys were pretty much a shoe in."
Shizuru beamed, turning to Natsuki. Natsuki raised her eyebrows. "You know I never really thought being gay would help us in the popularity section."
Chie grinned. "You'd be surprised." She popped an envelope out of thin air. "Sumiko, the top PR woman asked me to give you this on the way over. Aoi and I got one too. So did Den and Goro, you know the guys who came out a few months ago?"
Shizuru nodded, smiling. She'd always known there was something more serious than friendship between the two new FANG members. She took the envelope after a moment, glancing at Aoi questioningly.
"Anyway, FANG is thrilled about what's in that envelope. Free publicity for them, plus they get to play the diversity card." Chie informed them.
"We've been asked to attend a gay rights convention in the fall." Aoi explained, smiling at the look on Natsuki's face.
"What?!" Natsuki replied, looking down at the envelops in Shizuru's hand. "Why?"
Chie, Aoi and Shizuru all turned to look at her. Chie raise her eyebrows. "If you really need me to answer that you have more problems then the guy you bought in Saturday night."
Shizuru stifled a laugh.
Natsuki glared at Chie. "Well I get why, it's just... why do they want us to come?"
"Because," Chie said definitively. "You're both gay rights activists."
Shizuru and Natsuki exchanged confused looks. "No were not!" Natsuki replied defensively. There was a small pause as she glanced back over at Shizuru. "...right?"
Shizuru laughed. "I don't think so Natsuki."
"Well, that's not what it says in your biographies." Chie grinned, patting her laptop. "Besides you're actively gay, what more do want?"
"Is this from that interview we did last year?" Natsuki asked, sounding quite horrified. "They got enough information from that to do biographies?"
"I wish they would have informed us." Shizuru added, suddenly weary. Who knew what it said about them. "How long have they been available for public viewing?"
"They just went up," Chie answered. "I don't know why it took them so long, but I'm sure you can make them change it if you want." She grinned slyly. "Especially if they believe what they said about your fighting abilities."
Natsuki smirked, turning to Shizuru proudly.
"Alright, we're ready for you!" The director called, making the four woman glance over.
"Shizuru?" Natsuki asked, the horror coming across distinctly in her voice.
"Natsuki?" Shizuru replied, her eyes never leaving the director. It seemed he was looking at them after all.
"What's he talking about? I thought we got to leave now." Natsuki gulped, staring down at the camera pointed menacingly in their direction.
"We're doing the ending shots!" The director yelled, his annoyance once again evident. "Snap out of it people. I only have until six to get the footage I need."
Natsuki's fists came dangerously close to clenching. Shizuru sighed softly, getting up off her chair. Together they walked over to the director, waiting for instructions.
"Alright. This is how things are going to play out," the director started. "Kuga-san says her last line, then I'm thinking there's going to be a bright flash of light leading into a shot of Fujino-san." He turned to Shizuru. "We need to show off your power, so you'll be grabbing someone, meeting their eyes. The voice actor will say your name. Then... cross dissolve..." He waved his hands in the air as if to demonstrate. "...and boom, we're onto Kuga-san. She coats her fist with ice, knocking someone out. The voice actor says her name. Then, she turns to the camera, holding out her hand..." He reached out towards the camera lens. "...the lens coats with ice so thick you can't see anything. Then, whoosh, the ice evaporates into steam, and the shot has both of you standing back to back with your weapons drawn." He stared out into space for a moment before lowering his hand and turning back to Natsuki and Shizuru.
Shizuru stopped herself from gaping. Natsuki blinked a few times. "Whoosh?" She clarified, giving the director a look.
"It's perfect," The director announced. "Now, get criminal number two back in here for Fujino-san." He turned to one of the men standing behind him. The man nodded quickly, jogging over to the door.
It took half an hour to get the two single shots done to the director's satisfaction. Natsuki glanced impatiently at the clock as they were handed their guns. It was 5:45 already, and this was supposed to be her and Shizuru's day off.
Natsuki slid the first pistol she was handed into her ankle holster, hesitating before taking the second one she was handed. "Wait, I thought guns weren't allowed."
The director sighed impatiently. "It's fine as long as you're not pointing them at anyone or using them. Can we please just wrap this up?"
Natsuki gaped, turning to Shizuru angrily. Shizuru couldn't repress a smile as she rubbed the younger woman's arm reassuringly. Natsuki took a deep slow breath as she allowed herself to be positioned in front of the camera.
The director spun her around, pushing her back against Shizuru's. Natsuki leaned back on the older woman, making her laugh when she almost fell over.
"Hmm..." the director trailed off as he took a step back. "You know what?" He asked, walking over and spinning Natsuki around again so the two women were facing. "How about like... that?" He shoved her closely to Shizuru so they were almost touching fronts, the camera picking up their side profiles.
Natsuki met Shizuru's eyes, grinning slightly. Both women struggled not to close the distance between them quickly.
"I like it." The director decided. "We can't have you any closer than that, but we can certainly imply it. The public certainly seems to like the idea." He walked back over, forcing Natsuki to hold the unloaded gun with the hand furthest from the camera.. He positioned her arm, bending it around Shizuru's neck.
Shizuru blushed faintly at the possessive stance Natsuki was now in.
"Good, now point the gun at the camera," The director told Natsuki. Natsuki rolled her eyes, trying to get her arm to bend around Shizuru's neck without stepping any closer. Shizuru smiled, leaning in a little to help the younger woman out.
"Okay... and you, Fujino-san..." The director walked over to the other side, picking up Shizuru's left arm. He placed it carefully beside Natsuki's bent arm and onto her shoulder. He handed Shizuru her gun, positioning Shizuru's hand to point it at the wall behind Natsuki.
"Now... Fujino-san, put your other hand on Kuga-san's stomach."
Shizuru raised an eyebrow. The director gave her a look. Shizuru turned back to Natsuki, meeting her eyes playfully as she slid her left hand up Natsuki's leg, curving it partly around her stomach. The director nodded approvingly. "Kuga-san, put your other hand on you hip."
Natsuki did so, her eyes never leaving Shizuru's as her face flushed lightly. She couldn't wait for them to get home.
"Both of you turn your heads slightly towards the camera, eyes on me." The director continued, walking behind the camera.
Shizuru and Natsuki did so, and the director nodded. "Kuga-san, you'll have a light smirk on your face. No, don't glare. You want people to buy the poster, not run from it," the director scolded.
"Another poster?" Natsuki asked, struggling to hold still. She hated publicity stunts. The last poster she and Shizuru had to do had her parents behind them in the background. She was fine with it until she saw the finished product... a large poster with the words: Kuga Tag Team... The next Generation, printed in huge letters underneath.
Chie grinned to Aoi, glancing over at the intimate way her two friends were positioned.
You're not buying that poster. Aoi mentally informed her.
Chie gaped. Why not?
Aoi gave her a look that Chie didn't want to question.
"Fujino-san, give us one of those trademark smiles you're so good at," the director instructed.
Shizuru exhaled slowly, struggling to keep the calm look on her face as she did as she was asked.
"Perfect. And..." The director checked the screen once more. "Action."
Shizuru and Natsuki held their positions dutifully. After thirty seconds the director finally yelled cut.
"Alright, that should be okay," the director finally said. "We can pull one of the frames for the poster, so you're free to go."
"Thank God." Natsuki replied, removing her arm from around Shizuru's neck. Shizuru smiled at her mischievously, applying just a little too much pressure as she slid her hand away from Natsuki's stomach.
Natsuki's face flushed slightly as she smiled. "We're going home now, right?" She asked Shizuru.
Shizuru's smile widened slightly as she nodded.
Natsuki grinned, snapping her gun back into it's place before walking towards the exit. "Are you on duty tommorow?" She asked Chie and Aoi.
"Yep," Chie sighed. "Technically we're on duty now too, but we heard you guys were in the shooting in one of the PR rooms and decided to stop by."
"Arigato," Shizuru replied a faint smile on her face. "That was very thoughtful of you."
Chie smirked. "We thought so too." She turned to Aoi, blushing slightly. "...And we were hoping we could use your expertise for a moment Fujino-san."
Natsuki groaned. She didn't like where this was headed.
Shizuru raised an eyebrow. "What seems to be that matter?" She asked.
"Nao and Jiro got assigned to the same case as us." Chie began, taking a deep breath. "They brought in the main suspect from that murder case we were working on a day ago. The woman ran from them on sight. Not a smart move when the woman chasing you has claws."
"You have her in holding?" Natsuki clarified.
"No, she's in interrogation, but she's not saying a word." Chie replied, a worried look on her face. "We've been working on this case for two weeks now. I really just want it solved, you know?"
Shizuru nodded. "I wish I could assist you Harada-san, but without a court order you know I can't do anything."
Chie nodded, an envelope appearing in her hands. "Because she ran we got the order, though I have to admit it was a close call. Anyway, all the telepaths are on missions. We were really hoping you could give us a hand."
Shizuru nodded. "Of course."
"Arigato." Chie smiled, leading them down the hallway.
"As soon as this is finished we're leaving." Natsuki said quietly to Shizuru as they walked.
"Are you tired?" Shizuru asked, giving the navy haired woman a curious look.
Natsuki grinned. "Something like that."
"Ara," Shizuru nodded, her face flushing slightly. "Let's wrap this up quickly."
Natsuki laughed, ignoring the embarrassed look on Aoi's face.
They turned the corner quickly. Natsuki bumped into someone going the other way, startling both of them.
"Oh, sorr...." The woman started, stopping sharply when she glanced up at Natsuki. Natsuki smirked, raising her eyebrows.
"Oh, it's just you. Never mind then." Tomoe grinned, rolling her eyes as she walked down the hallway. Natsuki laughed, catching up to Chie quickly. Shizuru smiled slightly as she did the same.
"Here it is." Chie said, opening the door for them. Shizuru walked in first, waiting for everyone else to join her.
"Finally." Nao yawned, picking her head up from the desk. Why did she and Jiro always get stuck with double shifts?
Jiro glanced up, smiling. "Arigato for coming."
Shizuru nodded. "It's my pleasure." She glanced down at the cuts on the green haired man's arms, quickly looking away so she wouldn't stare.
"What the hell happened to you?" Natsuki asked, not sharing the same appreciation for tact. Shizuru hid an amused smile. "Are those claw marks?" She turned to Nao accusingly.
Nao smirked. Jiro blushed faintly.
"They're nail marks actually." He said quietly, shooting Nao a sideways glance. Nao grinned, licking her lips at him.
"On second thought, forget I asked." Natsuki said quickly, making Nao laugh. There was a long pause. Natsuki shuddered a little. She had no idea how two people as different as Nao and Jiro managed to get along. And they seemed to get along quite well. It figured Nao would fall for the first guy she tried to hit on that didn't have a cell phone.
Shizuru coughed quietly, looking through the two way mirror. "I'll just be a moment." She said quickly, opening the door into the room. She paused at the doorway, closing the door quietly behind her.
The black haired woman looked up, her eyes widening when she saw Shizuru. "F..Fujino-san?" She stuttered, recognizing the well known FANG member.
"You recognize me. I'm flattered," Shizuru said calmly, walking over to the table. "I assume you know of my power." She studied the woman's face, her chest tightening when she saw the look of fear. This was why she hated interrogations.
The woman nodded wordlessly.
"I'm going to have maintain eye contact." Shizuru said quietly walking over. The woman didn't struggle when Shizuru tilted her head up slightly. "You will feel no discomfort." She told the woman, trying to make the panicked look in her eyes die down. She breathed out softly, concentrating. "You will answer all questions from Harada-san truthfully."
The woman swallowed hard, nodding slightly.
"Arigato for your cooperation," Shizuru said softly, walking back over to the door. She walked back into the conjoined room, nodding to Chie. "You will have to ask all the questions Harada-san."
"Got it." Chie replied, grabbing a folder from off of the table.
"Arigato." Aoi smiled. Shizuru nodded, glancing over at Natsuki.
Natsuki took her hand, meeting her eyes. "See you tommorow." She turned back to the other occupants in the room.
Nao smirked. "No way Kuga. We have the day off."
"This was supposed to be our day off." Natsuki replied dryly. "Just wait until they make you do a photo shoot."
With that she guided Shizuru out the door and down the hallway. They walked in silence for a few moments. "Are you okay?" Natsuki asked Shizuru quietly. "...I know that was hard for you."
"I will be." Shizuru smiled, wrapping her arm around the younger woman's waist. "I just can't wait to get home." Her smile widened when the words left her mouth.
"What?" Natsuki grinned, seeing the change.
"It sounds so nice to say, don't you think?" Shizuru replied. "Now that we have something that qualifies as a home."
"Our apartment qualified." Natsuki laughed.
Shizuru raised her eyebrows, a small smile on her face.
"Okay," Natsuki smirked. "It kind of qualified."
Shizuru smiled, her thoughts drifting the dinner they'd had last night. It was nice to be able to fit a dining table that wasn't two feet wide. Suddenly her smiled faded as she remembered the phone call she'd received. Why hadn't she remembered before? "I..I almost forgot to tell you Natsuki. I confess today was a little distracting." She hesitated slightly. "...My parents called last night. ...You were asleep," she explained, seeing the look of confusion on Natsuki's face.
"Oh," Natsuki replied, smiling sheepishly. "What did they say?"
Shizuru let out a small sigh. "They have invited us to a dinner they're hosting next Saturday. It would seem my father is serious about the upcoming elections."
"And they want us there?" Natsuki clarified, a little shocked.
Shizuru smiled faintly, before she spoke. "It seems our status as FANG members is quite valued politically, despite our sexuality."
"They said that?" Natsuki frowned. Usually they at least tried to come up with a better excuse.
Shizuru laughed lightly. "Of course not." Her smile faded a little as she recalled the conversation. "My parents... t..they say they miss us."
Natsuki could tell from Shizuru's tone she didn't quite believe it. Her stomach tightened a little. "Do you want to go?" She asked quietly.
Shizuru's grip on Natsuki's waist tightened slightly. "That's a very complicated question."
Natsuki nodded, kissing the side of her head gently. "I know," she replied quietly.
Shizuru rubbed her head against Natsuki's gently as they walked. They got into the elevator, Natsuki hitting the button for the ground floor.
"I suppose I would like to," Shizuru said after a moment. She started to walk out when the doors opened, her voice lowered almost to a whisper. "You know I almost wish I didn't."
Natsuki turned to meet her eyes as she stepped out of the elevator. "I understand," She replied.
Shizuru nodded, smiling as she wrapped her arm around Natsuki's waist once more. "You always understand."
Natsuki grinned. One of the doors in front of them opened suddenly. There was a flash of black as someone ran out with incredible speed.
"You two." Daigo scowled, pointing his finger accusingly at the two women. Saeko smiled, stepping out behind her husband.
Natsuki and Shizuru exchanged looks. "Did you want something dad?" Natsuki asked wearily before pausing. "Wait... how did you know it was us?"
"Cameras." Daigo shrugged. "Long story. Anyway, back to the point here my child."
Natsuki raised her eyebrows, a smirk forming on her face.
"You outranked us in popularity for third year in a row!" Daigo glared, his eyes narrowing.
Saeko grinned, nodding as she tried to scowl. "Clearly you two have cheated some how."
"Ara," Shizuru laughed. "And what place did you come in?"
"Twenty-fourth," Daigo replied, not looking in the least bit amused.
"Well, dad," Natsuki's grin widened. "It's understandable that you two loose your touch in your old age."
Shizuru laughed, wise enough not to agree.
"My own daughter." Saeko gasped in shock. "My own daughter and her future fiancée team up against their poor aging parents? What kind of a world do we live in Daigo?"
"Mom!" Natsuki laughed, rolling her eyes at the use of the word fiancée.
"Don't scoff Natsuki." Saeko scolded. "They will change the marriage laws eventually. And when they do, I expect to be picking out dresses."
Shizuru smiled, kissing Natsuki on the cheek. "Ara, was that I proposal I heard Natsuki?"
Natsuki blushed, pulling Shizuru down the hallway. "Goodbye mom." She said firmly, spinning around so she could scowl at her mother once more.
"Actually your mother and I saw a very nice dress yesterday, didn't we Saeko?" Daigo grinned. "It matches Shizuru's eyes quite nicely."
Natsuki laughed, rolling her eyes as she turned around. "Sorry, didn't you guys have to go retire or something?"
"We still have two years thank you very much." Daigo replied, pretending to be offended.
Shizuru smiled, holding open the FANG center doors for Natsuki. She was suddenly in a much lighter mood.
"Bye dad." Natsuki laughed, walking through the doors. The cool breeze was refreshing. "Do you want to drive?" She asked as they walked over to their car.
Shizuru's eyes trailed down Natsuki's form. "Ara, I don't think it would be wise." Shizuru replied, a small smile on her face.
"Why, is something wrong?" Natsuki asked. She unzipped the pocket on her suit and took out her keys.
"It's against regulations to drive while intoxicated." Shizuru informed the younger woman. "Is it not?"
Natsuki paused, stopping two feet away from the car. "Shizuru, I was with you all day. All you drank was water," Natsuki replied, a suspicious look on her face.
Shizuru grinned, nodding as she stepped closer. "That's quite true Natsuki." She stopped when they were almost touching, meeting Natsuki's eyes with her own. "However, seeing you in that suit has quite the same effect."
Natsuki grinned, wrapping her arms around the brown haired woman's neck. She traced her fingers lightly down her bare skin, ice forming on her fingertips. She slid her fingers down slowly as their eyes met, leaving a trail of water glistening on Shizuru's warm skin.
Shizuru stifled a gasp, her eyes fluttering closed. Natsuki smiled, her face flushing as tried to maintain concentration. The ice on her fingertips turned to steam, the sudden warmth making Shizuru inhale sharply.
"Natsuki?" Shizuru said quietly, her cheeks heating up uncontrollably.
"Yes?" Natsuki replied.
"You're going to have to speed."
Natsuki laughed, giving Shizuru a quick kiss on the lips before getting into the car. Shizuru did the same, her lips curved up in a slight smile.
Their day off was suddenly improving.
A/N: Lol, in the interest of keeping this T rated, you can all use your imaginations for when they get home. :D
...Well, I hope the epilogue gave an interesting peek into their future. I didn't want to put them in a life or death situation for the one glimpse you guys get for now. It would kind of be a bad omen for them, lol, so I kept it light-hearted.
Oh, and I don't know if you guys will shoot me for the Nao/Jiro thing or not... Lol, it just sort of occurred to me, and I don't know... I kind of like it. :D
Oops, almost forgot... I'll probably be going back to re-edit this some time soon. A couple people have pointed out some mistakes that really need fixing lol (thanks though, I really do appreciate it). :D
Thanks once again for all of your support!!! Please review!!! :D