Ami twirled around, looking into a full length mirror, as a black dress flowed around her legs. She smiled and turned around to face her mother.
"What do you think?"
"I think it's a great improvement from two months ago." She smiled beautifully at her daughter, who had improved from her previous condition.
Ami blushed softly and tilted her head down a bit to hide it from her mother. "Do you think Mako-chan will like it?"
"I'm sure she'll love it."
Ami took a deep breath and let it out slowly. Just as she had calmed down, the door bell rang and she jumped almost five feet. Mizuno-san put her hands down on Ami's shoulders and pressed down softly.
"Calm down. It's only your girlfriend. I'll get the door for you. Stay here for now."
Mizuno-san went into the living room and opened the door. On the other side of the door stood Makoto, holding a large bouquet of lightly tinted blue roses, wearing a slightly tight fitting tuxedo shirt and pants, with a huge smile plastered on her face.
"Hello Mizuno-san. By any chance would Ami-chan be ready?
"Yes, she is." Mizuno-san's smile was beaming. "She's in her room if you'd like to go get her."
Mako nodded and her smile grew. "Arigatoo Mizuno-san." She turned and went directly for Ami's room. After knocking softly on the door which was open slightly, she poked her head in to see Ami sitting with her back turned to the door. "Can I come in my love?"
She turned her head and smiled at Mako. "Of course you may sweetheart."
Mako carefully moved into the room and handed the flowers to Ami, her jaw dropping softly.
"My gosh, they're gorgeous."
"Not half as gorgeous as you are right now love. Happy Anniversary." She gently kissed Ami's cheek. "And if you want to keep the color in them, you might want to put some blue food coloring in the water."
"Thank you." She leaned over and pressed her lips firmly against Mako's. "I love you."
"I love you too. Now if we're going to keep our reservations, we better get moving."
Ami nodded, then lead Mako out of the room, put the roses into water and went over to her mother. "We're heading out mom." She kissed her cheek. "I'll be home by 12:30. Is that alright?" Mizuno-san nodded. "And would you put some blue food coloring in that water please, then put them in my room?"
"Will do. Have a good night. Happy one year girls. You two really make a beautiful couple."
"Thank you again Mizuno-san. I'll take good care of her." She grinned softly.
"I know you will Mako-chan. Now get out of here. I don't want you two to be late."
They head out of the door and down the elevator. "You're going to love tonight darling." Mako smiled down at Ami. "I just know it."
The doors of the elevator opened and Mako lead Ami out the front door just as a chauffeur opened the back door of a limousine.
"Mako-chan," Ami stared in amazement. "How did you..." Her voice trailed off slowly.
"Don't worry about that dear. Just get in and enjoy yourself."
The chauffeur closed the door after them and it didn't take long for Ami to cuddle into Mako.
"So where are we going?"
"You'll see, but you'll like it." She kissed Ami softly on the top of her head. After a short ride, they pulled into Amoré Résal, an upscale Italian restaurant.
"My god Mako. You can't afford this."
She just smiled and lead her love in the front door. The lights in the restaurant were dimmed to the point that it was still possible to see, but enough to be highly romantic.
They were lead to a secluded table on a balcony that overlooked the park. Ami couldn't believe the extent that her girlfriend had gone to for their anniversary and still wondered how it was possible for her to be able to pay for it.
She was gently pulled out of her mind wanderings by Mako's hand being placed on her arm. "Are you alright my love?"
"Yes. Quite alright... Just greatly overwhelmed. Why such great lengths?"
"It's not really that much if you ask me. Not as much as I love you.. And besides, its not everyday that you get to have a year's anniversary." Ami blushed again as Mako took her hand and kissed the back of it. "And it feels so good to have my old Ami back." Mako let go of Ami's hand and reached under the table to pat a small bulge in her pocket.
They ate in relative silence between the two of them, there was soft music playing in the background and couples walking through the park, oblivious to the fact that they were being watched.
Just as they finished and the plates were being taken away, Mako took Ami's hand again, but this time, gently pulled her to her feet and pulled her close to her, wrapping her arms around Ami's waist.
"Do you have any idea how much I love you?"
"Well, you wouldn't go through all of this trouble if you didn't, so I guess you do love me and all of my quirks." She smiled softly. "And I love you very much too."
"In that case..." Mako pulled away from the embrace slightly and reached into her pocket, only to pull out a small, black, velvet covered box. Ami bit her lip as Mako dropped to one knee and looked up into her ice blue eyes which were already starting to tear up. "Ami Mizuno," she opened the box to reveal a gold ring with diamonds in the shape of a heart and accents of white gold, "will you marry me?"
A single tear slide down Ami's cheek. "Of course I will Mako." Mako stood up, pulling the ring out of the case and gently placed it on her finger. Ami wrapped her arms tightly around Mako's neck and kissed her quite firmly, then slowly pulled beck. "Nothing would make me happier darling."
After dinner, the limousine driver took them back to Mako's apartment. As they got out of the limousine, Mako informed the chauffeur that he was no longer needed for the night and Ami stared down at the ring on her finger, lightly turning it around, trying to get used to it being there.
Mako took Ami's arm and lead her up into her apartment. "Are you ready love?"
"I've got one more surprise for you, and you might want to call your mother and let her know that you're staying with me tonight." She opened the door to the apartment, lead Ami inside, then handed her the phone.
Ami hung up the phone from talking with her mother smiling. "She said for me to call in the morning... She says she doesn't mind me staying out as long as I'm with you. She trusts you."
Mako was gently untying her bow tie. "Good... come on." She walked toward her room, Ami following. As Ami walked into the room, her jaw dropping once more. The bed was covered in blue rose petals and on the pillows were a spiked collar, two bondage bracelets and a heavy duty rope.
She looked over at Mako who had a wide smirk on her face, an identical one growing on her own. "What do you think I am Mako.... a freak?"
AN: Heya guys... I do believe that this story is finally finished after quite a long time. If anyone feels that I should continue with another chapter, please leave me a review and state so, and give me some ideas of what you think should happen. As for myself, I believe that I have done sufficient justice to the ending of the original concept of the story. This is Moonshifter. Adieu.