It all happened so fast...

One minute she was arguing with Sherry and now... well, she still wasn't exactly sure what had happened.

She'd run out of Frasier's condo so quickly that she hadn't stopped to consider where she might end up.

But now, as she stood in the hallway, she wondered how she'd ended up here. It certainly hadn't been her

intention, inviting herself over like this; her bag thrown over her shoulder as though she were going to a

sleepover.

But she had nowhere else to go, except home.

And right now that was out of the question.

She wasn't even sure if she had a home anymore.

The thought caused the familiar ache to rise in her chest. She knew it was wrong to argue with Mr. Crane's

girlfriend, but the woman was simply infuriating.

Unfortunately, she'd gone too far...

She stood in front of the door, wondering if it wasn't better to just leave. Surely she could find a place to sleep.

But the thought of what could happen if she stayed here made her heart flutter.

Before she could stop herself, she was knocking on the door. Within seconds it was opened and she found

herself face to face with Niles...

"Daphne..." He said, looking as though he might faint.

"H-Hello, Dr. Crane." She said, her quivering voice revealing just how nervous she was.

He opened the door for her "Won't you..." he said, his voice trailing away.

"Thank you." She said, walking into the apartment. "I'm sorry to be stoppin' by unannounced. I-I just..."

"Yes, Daphne?"

She looked at him and sighed. "You know what? This isn't right; me botherin' you like this. I should just go-."

"No!" he yelled, startling her. "I-I mean... I don't want you to leave."

She smiled, despite the pain in her heart. "You don't?"

"Well... you're upset and... you shouldn't be alone. If you don't mind my asking, why are you here anyway? I

mean, it is rather late."

"Oh. Well..." She looked away, embarrassed as her eyes filled with tears. If she told him the real reason she'd

ended up at his apartment, he might not be so happy to see her. In fact, he'd probably throw her out.

Wouldn't be the first time that it's happened tonight.

Suddenly she felt his hand on her shoulder. "Daphne, what's wrong?"

Slowly she turned to him. "Oh, Dr. Crane... I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to cause any trouble, but she was just so

horrid!"

"Who?"

"Sherry. B-but it was me own fault. I just let the awful things she said get to me. I should have kept me mouth

shut but I couldn't help meself! She hates me!"

Niles sighed. "Sherry can be difficult, but I'm sure that whatever happened was because of her... opinionated

demeanor. I simply can't imagine anyone being anything but captivated by you."

Daphne's eyes filled with tears. "Oh Dr. Crane, that's the sweetest thing you've ever said to me." She took his

hand, smiling when he gasped at her touch.

"Daphne, why don't you sit down here and we can talk about this?" He asked, pointing to the fainting couch

that sat in the middle of the room.

"Oh, but Dr. Crane, I don't really think I should-."

"I'm sorry. You're right. I should never have interfered." Niles said. "You must be hungry. Why don't I make you

something to eat?"

"Please don't go to all that trouble, Dr. Crane. I... hardly think I'm worth it." Daphne said.

"Daphne... you're worth so much... well... ahem... It's no trouble at all. Just have a seat and I'll be right back."

Daphne smiled and squeezed his hand. "You're very kind."

She watched as Niles disappeared into the kitchen.

Alone in his living room, she rose and adjusted the oscillating fan, hoping to get some relief from the heat.

But she had far more on her mind than just the temperature.