They sat alone in the front pew, Niles arm around her. "Now, let's see your cheek."
Dutifully she turned her face toward him, painfully aware of his sympathetic wince.
He said the words so softly, that she barely heard them. But she knew exactly what she meant.
"Thank you." She whispered, touching his face.
She smiled, not sure how to answer.
The coldness hit her cheek and she jerked back in surprise.
"I-I'm sorry. I don't want to hurt you." He said, removing the ice pack and then placing it more gently against her swollen cheek.
"I love you, Daphne. I think I always have."
Before she could respond, he kissed her once more.
She sighed, wondering if the relief she felt was from the coldness against her cheek or because of the fact that he loved her.
Either way, she found that she didn't care.
"I think I'm feeling a bit better now. Maybe we should go home."
"All right. I'll be right back."
He returned moments later dressed in causal clothing and offered her his arm.
As they walked out of the church they were stopped by a woman that Daphne had never seen before. And Niles didn't seem to know her either.
The woman smiled and reached for their hands.
"Congratulations to both of you."
Daphne and Niles looked at each other in confusion as the woman
"I hope you'll both be very happy together."
Daphne laughed nervously as she realized what the woman had assumed.
"That's very kind of you, but we're not-."
"Um, she means we're not trying to be rude but we have a plane to catch. You know... the honeymoon and all." Niles said.
Daphne's mouth dropped open and she was aware of Niles grinning at her.
The woman smiled even brighter; a sight Daphne couldn't imagine was possible.
"It was very nice of you to wish us well but if you'll excuse us, I'd like to be alone with the woman I plan on spending the rest of my life with." Niles said.
When the woman was gone, Daphne laced her fingers through Niles' and led him out of the church...
Ready to share the rest of her days with the man she loved.