As we stood in the hallway outside of Frasier's door, I couldn't help but smile at my date. He was so handsome in his tuxedo; his blonde hair shinin' beneath the ceiling lights.

"I had a lovely time, Dr. Crane... I mean Niles."

The sound of his name on my lips made me laugh. All evening I'd been calling him Niles at his request, but hours later I still couldn't get used to it.

"Thank you for coming with me, Daphne." Niles said.

"I was glad to do it and I got to wear me new dress."

He looked me up and down; a tiny smile appearin' on his face. But as soon as the smile came, it disappeared, and I couldn't help but notice that he was awfully quiet.

"Dr. Crane, are you all right?"

He blinked as though he'd been caught starin' at me and his cheeks turned an adorable shade of pink.

"I'm sorry, Daphne. I was just... I mean... You look..."

"Like a vision? A goddess? Oh Niles, you've been fussin over me all night! Complimenting me dress, me hair, my perfume, telling me how nice I look. If you keep this up, my head's going to swell up like a balloon!" I said, laughing at the image it conjured up.

He looked away, as though I had hurt his feelings and I quickly made amends.

"You know I'm nothing but flattered when you compliment me Niles, but it's only fair that I return the favor."

This seemed to surprise him. "What do you mean?"
"You look extremely handsome tonight. In fact you were the most handsome man at the Snow Ball."

He blushed deeply at the compliment as though he hadn't gotten many of them; a fact that I found quite disturbing.

"Thank you, Daphne."
"You're welcome...Niles."
"I had a wonderful evening." Niles said.

"Oh, so did I." I said, unable to contain my excitement. "We sure had a time tonight, didn't we? And we really showed those snobby friends of yours, didn't we?"

He laughed nervously. "We sure did."

I sensed that his excitement wasn't half as mine, but maybe that was my crazy imagination.

Wanting to make the evening last a bit longer, I took his hand. "Would you like to come in for a cup of coffee?"

But he shook his head. "Oh no, I should probably be getting home. It's late and-."

I glanced at my watch. It was early by my standards-and certainly early by Niles' standards. I'd seen him and his brother come home from an evening out much later than this.

"Now, don't you worry about what your brother will think. I'll explain everything. Are you sure you don't want to come inside? It's your home too and you're welcome to-."

"No, I really should be going. Goodnight Daphne."

Feelin' a bit disappointed, my heart sank. "Well, all right. Goodnight Niles, and thank you again for one of the best evenings I've had in my life."

He blushed again, causing me to smile. "You're welcome Dap-."

My kiss on his cheek caused him to stare at me in surprise.

It was definitely the best date I'd had in a long time.