"Niles, wait!" Frasier said as he ran across the parking lot to catch up with his brother. When they reached Niles' BMW, Frasier was gasping for air.
When Niles turned around, the sad expression he wore broke Frasier's heart.
"Look, there has to be some... reasonable explanation for this! Why don't you just go talk to her and find out what this is all about?"
"I don't have to ask, Frasier! I know what's going on! I saw it with my own eyes! I hurt her deeply and now she's fallen in love with him!"
"Good God, Niles! Don't be ridiculous! She can't possibly be in love with... Bulldog! I can't even believe you would think such a thing!"
"Well, what am I supposed to think, Frasier? They were kissing! That's a sure sign that she has feelings for him!"
"But what if you're wrong? Daphne saw you kissing Amy. And that didn't mean anything, did it?"
Niles slumped against the car and put his hand on his forehead. "You're right, Frasier. God, what am I going to do?"
Frasier put his hands on his little brother's shoulders. "If Daphne really loves you-and if last night was any indication, there is no doubt in my mind that she does-then
everything will work out just fine. Now go in there and tell her how much you love her."
Niles smiled. "Thanks, Frasier. It was all a big misunderstanding anyway, right?"
"Exactly." Frasier said.
Niles turned and sprinted toward the studio, praying that he wasn't too late. However, when he reached the building, a heavy sense of nervousness came over him.
What in the world was he going to say? She'd obviously been hurt enough to go running to... Bulldog of all people!
The mere thought made his skin crawl.
Look Niles, all you have to do is tell her the truth. Explain that it was all a misunderstanding. Surely she'll understand...
But what if she didn't?
Sadly, it was a consequence he'd just have to face.
He walked down the hallway and turned the corner; the anxiety building with every step. When he reached the studio, he peered into the window where Bulldog was
still doing his show.
"I think the Redskins have a good chance of making the Super bowl this year, as long as they can hold their own against the Seahawks." A caller was saying.
"You do, huh?" Bulldog answered.
"Well, yeah. They have good defense, good offense and a great quarterback."
"You live here in Seattle?" Bulldog asked.
"Yeah. My whole life."
"Let me get this straight. You live in Seattle but yet you don't think the Seahawks can win enough games to go to the Super bowl?" Bulldog asked.
"Frankly, no and let me tell you why-."
"You know what I think? I think you're an idiot, so shut up!" Bulldog yelled, promptly hanging up on the caller.
Niles' insides burned, wondering how in the world Bulldog could still be on the airwaves. And worse... how his own father could find Bulldog's terrible relations with his
listeners amusing. He'd have to remember to have a talk with his dad later.
"All right. We'll be back after this commercial and I'll take more of your calls. But don't say anything stupid if you know what's good for you!" Bulldog said with a laugh.
Boldly, Niles forced the door open and glared at Bulldog.
"Hey! What's up, Doc?" Bulldog asked, laughing at his over-used greeting. When he noticed Niles' expression, his grin disappeared.
"Whoa, Doc! You look pretty mad! What happened? Did one of your patients go off the deep end?"
A surge of anger flew through Niles; anger he hadn't felt in a very long time.
"The only one who's going off the deep end may very well be you, Bulldog...right into Puget Sound!"
"That's pretty funny, Doc!" Bulldog said. "I had no idea you had a sense of humor!"
"You won't be laughing for long!" Niles yelled, grabbing Bulldog by his shirt collar.
The door opened suddenly. "Holy crap, Niles! What are you doing?"
"Leave me alone, Roz! This is between me and Bulldog!" Niles said, tightening his grip on Bulldog, who struggled to break free.
"You've got fifteen seconds, Bulldog." His producer said from the booth.
"Keep... running...commercials!" Bulldog stammered as he gasped for air.
Roz rushed over to Niles and separated the two men. "What's this all about?"
"It's about him... and Daphne." Niles said, trying to calm himself down.
"Bulldog and Daphne? God what a horrible thought! And that kiss! I thought I was going to be sick!" Roz said. "Good thing it wasn't-."
Niles sighed and sunk into a nearby chair and covered his face with his hands."Frasier was right. It was stupid of me to string Amy along. She's just a patient who's in
dire need of affection-no matter how insincere But that's no excuse for my behavior. I was merely trying to keep her from making a scene at Café Nervosa. I had no
idea that Daphne would be there to witness it. This whole thing was my fault. I hurt her, deeply and for that I'll never forgive myself. I should have told her how I felt a
long time ago instead of keeping my feelings inside. But now I guess it doesn't matter. I can accept the fact that you and Daphne are... together now... God knows
how much it pains me to say that. You're just going to make her miserable and she deserves so much more than that. I love her. More than words can say, but if she
makes you happy than so be it. Just promise me one thing?"
"Um... sure Doc." Bulldog said.
"Treat her like an angel, because there's no one on Earth or in heaven as wonderful as she is."
"Whatever you say, Doc." Bulldog said. To Niles' surprise, he picked up the microphone. "All right. Who's our next caller?"
"We have Stan from Mountlake Terrace on three with the pick for the World Series."
Niles was appalled. He was practically giving away the love of his life and all Bulldog cared about was the Seahawks going to the World Series!
He stepped out into the hallway, amazed to see that Roz was crying. "Roz what's wrong?"
She sniffled. "That was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard; the way you professed your love for Daphne like that. I wish I could find a man who was that sincere."
Niles smiled and patted Roz's hand. "Well... thank you Roz. That means a lot, coming from you. I meant every word but now I guess it's too late."
"No it isn't." Said a voice from behind him.
Roz smiled. "I'll leave you two alone, okay?"
Niles turned to find Daphne walking toward him, her face streaked with tears. "Daphne, I-."
Before he could finish, she threw her arms around him and kissed him passionately. When the kiss ended, she held him closer than he dreamed was possible.
"I'm so sorry, Dr. Crane." She cried into his shirt.
"Oh Daphne..." He said, inhaling the intoxicating scent of her hair. "I'm the one who's sorry. I should have never..."
She lifted her head and kissed him again. "Can I please say something first?"
Niles smiled. "Of course."
"When I saw you kiss that woman at Nervosa, I should have never assumed that-."
"I wish I would have known you were there. I missed you terribly, even though we'd just seen each other that morning."
Daphne's jaw dropped in amazement. "You mean... you were thinking about me too?"
"Daphne, I haven't stopped thinking about you since the moment I first laid eyes on you." Niles said. "But now I guess I have to be the mature, supportive type and
give you my blessing. As much as it hurts me to do so."
"Your blessing? For what?" Daphne asked.
"You and Bulldog. I hope you're very happy together."
To his utter amazement, his anticipated nosebleed didn't happen.
"You can't be serious." Daphne said.
"I am. I can see how much he cares for you, and...Well... I love you so much that I'd do anything for you. And if that means letting you be with the man you really love,
then so be it." Niles said.
Daphne smiled through her tears. "Dr. Crane... Niles... I'm not in love with Bulldog. The truth is I don't really even like him anymore. The only person I love-or will ever
love is you."
Niles sighed with relief. "Really?"
Daphne grinned "Does this answer your question?" She took him in her arms and gave him a kiss unlike anything he'd ever known before; a kiss that would surely
make the angels in heaven green with envy.
"I love you, Niles."
"I love you too, Daphne. But can I ask you one thing?"
"Of course." She said, unable to stop smiling.
"How did you know...? I mean, the only ones who heard me were Roz and Bulldog."
"And everyone in Seattle." Frasier said patting Niles on the shoulder.
"Hello, Dr. Crane." Daphne said.
"I'm happy to see that everything's okay now. I was worried about you both." Frasier said.
"Wait... what do you mean everyone in Seattle?" Niles asked.
"Well, it seems that Bulldog's new producer isn't very... proficient... in the workings of a radio station, so instead of running commercials, he left the microphone on."
"Dear God!" Niles said, putting his hands on his head in disbelief. "Frasier, I can't have all of Seattle knowing about Amy! I mentioned that in the strictest confidence!
I'll lose my license over this!"
"Actually Niles, I think everything will be just fine. I can grantee you that if Amy was listening, she won't be asking you to pretend that you love her anymore." Frasier
"But how do you know that?" Niles asked.
Frasier smiled. "Because when you told Daphne how much you loved her, you were speaking from the heart. And the heart never lies."
When they were alone in the hallway, Niles took Daphne in his arms and kissed her again, unaware of a smiling Bulldog and Roz watching them through the window.