And the final part. Oddly enough, this is only a little different than what I remembered of the original part three. It still carries the same basic concept so I feel a little better about not having the original story that I'd had when I posted part one.
Shizuru eyed the odd look on Natsuki's face as they walked through the park with Duran leading them. He was almost a year old now, and if it weren't for the leash law he would probably be walking a little farther ahead and with more child-like enthusiasm, especially since he tugged the leash a couple times when he saw children playing nearby. Duran loved children, Shizuru has discovered during the time she's been with Natsuki
Speaking of the blunette, she couldn't figure out what was distracting her.
"Na-tsu-ki…" she said softly and just loud enough to be heard, catching the blunette's attention and surprised when she smiled and didn't blush like she usually did when Shizuru called for her attention in such a way.
"What's up, Shizuru?"
"Hmm, I wonder?" Shizuru responded. "Natsuki seems a little distracted lately. Should I be concerned?"
This time she received the blush she had been expecting earlier. Shizuru was quite befuddled by her girlfriend's behavior.
"Ne, would it be too soon to ask you to marry me?" Natsuki asked shyly. Shizuru blinked, caught off-guard, and then smiled and stepped in closer to her.
"No, I don't think so. I think such a question's timing depends on the couple and their feelings for each other," Shizuru told her.
Natsuki thought that over. "You know I love you, don't you?"
"Yes," was the answer she was given. "Natsuki doesn't say it often, but I know she loves me very much. She shows me in many ways that are enough for me to know that she loves me as much as I love her."
Natsuki stopped their walk, making Duran look at them odd before sitting down and watching. Natsuki pulled her hand out of her pocket and offered the ring in her hand to Shizuru. "Then, would you marry me, Shizuru?"
Shizuru looked at Natsuki and smiled. "Yes, my love," she answered before leaning in to give her a kiss while Natsuki managed to put the ring on her finger without looking at it.