Niles was stunned beyond belief. It all made sense now... Daphne taking the file, pleading with him not to go meet his patient, Mrs. Thompkins' drastic mood swings...
He swallowed hard, suddenly aware of how dry his throat was. He could feel his entire body trembling as the realization set in. Daphne had been telling the truth. She
must have had a vision about the meeting; there was no other way she could have known about the warehouse.
He rose from the chair, his chest tight when suddenly it was impossible to breathe. He began to stagger around the hallway clutching his chest in pain.
"Niles! What's wrong?" Martin yelled.
"I... c...can't... b-breathe..." Niles said, gasping for air.
Niles, calm down!" Frasier said, rushing to his side. He sat Niles down in the chair and pushed him foreword. "Just relax..." he said.
After a few minutes, Niles began to breathe deeply; his bout of hyperventilation passed.
"I-I can't believe it..." He said when a long silence had passed.
"I... doubted the only woman I've ever truly loved. How could I have been so stupid? I left her. She was terrified and I left her alone. How can I... How can I even begin
to ask for her forgiveness? Not that she'd give it to me anyway, not after the way I treated her. I know I'll never be able to forgive myself!"
"Come on, Son. You know Daphne loves you. She's crazy about you." Martin said. "Why don't you go in there and talk to her? After all... she risked her life
"Thanks." Niles said, hugging his father and brother, before returning to Daphne. When he reached her room, he was heartbroken to find his beautiful
"Daphne..." He said rushing toward her. "Oh Sweetheart, please don't cry." He said gently. He climbed onto the bed next to her and took her in his arms.
"Why are you crying, my love?"
"Oh Niles... I'm so sorry." She sobbed against his chest. He sighed and leaned his cheek against hers. "Please don't blame yourself. You didn't do anything
wrong. If anyone should be sorry, it's me."
She pulled away and looked at him in confusion. "Why would you be appologizin' to me?"
"Because..." he said bringing her hand to his lips. "I've been horrible Daphne. I... accused you of lying; insulted your character and I left you alone. You have
no idea how frightened I was when I couldn't find you. I was beside myself with worry, afraid that I'd lost you forever. And then when we found you in
that warehouse... Why, I just..."
"But it was me own bloody fault! If I hadn't been so-."
"Brave." Niles finished.
But Daphne shook her head. "No, Definitely not brave. Stupid is more like it."
"You must have been terrified being all alone in Pioneer Square and I can't even imagine what those horrible people did to you-."
"I-I had to go... I couldn't let anything happen to you." Daphne said.
"I can't believe you risked your life to save me. No one has ever done that for me before and I certainly don't deserve it."
"Of course you do." She said kissing him tenderly. "You've saved me own life more times than you'll ever realize."
"I love you, Daphne." He said pulling her toward him for a passionate kiss.
Suddenly he moved away and gasped in horror.
"What's wrong? Why'd you stop?" she asked.
"I don't want to hurt you. I mean... your bruises..."
Daphne smiled and pulled him closer; her hand on his cheek. "What bruises?" She asked, kissing him until they were breathless.