The words that poured from her heart lodged in her throat; leaving her unable to speak and she began to cry once more.
"I just-Oh God, I'm so confused! I don't know what to do! Dr. Crane I need you to tell me what to do."
"Daphne, you know I can't."
"But you're a psychiatrist! You tell people what to do every day!"
He smiled and touched her cheek.
"That's true... but Daphne only you can know what's in here." He said pointing to his heart.
She hugged her robe to her body and stared out the window.
"When Donny proposed, I really thought I loved him. I wanted to marry him so badly and I was so grateful to you for helping me make the decision to accept his proposal."
His sad smile nearly tore her heart in two. "It was my pleasure. I'll always be here for you, Daphne."
She hugged him once more, and raised her head; their lips just inches apart.
"Thank you, Dr. Crane."
Slowly she moved toward him and soon they were kissing; gentle passionate kisses that she'd dreamed of all her life; kisses that Donny could only aspire to. She never dreamed that she could be this happy with someone that she'd known for so long.
When the kisses ended, she drew back and stared into his beautiful blue eyes, running her hand through his hair.
"I think I have an answer to your question."
"W-what question is that?"
The shy way he asked made her smile.
"You wanted to know how I felt about you." She said quietly.
He seemed to be bracing himself for an answer that he didn't want to hear.
She took his hands in hers, squeezing them gently.
"Dr. Crane... I've known you for a long time and... I've never met anyone as kind, considerate and sweet as you. You're always complimenting me clothes, or me hair or me perfume and I've never thanked you for bringing Donny into me life. He's a wonderful person and I just..."
He looked away, unsuccessfully trying to hide the tears in his eyes.
"Oh God, I've upset you haven't I? Dr. Crane, I didn't mean-"
"It's all right, Daphne. You were just speaking from your heart. I'm glad that I helped you find someone to love."
"I wasn't quite finished."
"I'm sorry Daphne. Please go on with what you were saying."
"Donny is a wonderful person but he made me realize something."
"He's not the man I want to spend the rest of me life with."
He looked up sharply. "What are you saying?"
"I love you, Dr. Crane."
"Oh Daphne... I love you too."
They held each other close, swaying back and forth to a song that only existed in their hearts, stopping only to share another kiss.
"I can't tell you how happy you've made me." Niles said into her hair. "But will you do me one other favor?"
She kissed him again. "Anything."
"Call me Niles?"
Daphne smiled. "All right... Niles."
He held her closer and she sighed at the warmth of his body against hers.
"I guess I'll have a lot to deal with when I get back to Seattle, what with your father and brother... and Donny."
"You won't have to go through it alone... or anything ever again. I'll be right by your side." Niles said, prompting her to kiss him once more.
"Oh, God!" Daphne said suddenly pulling out of Niles arms.
"I forgot to call your father! And your brother's liable to kill me!"
"I'll call them. Don't worry about a thing."
"No, I need to do it."
With trembling fingers she dialed the number on her cell phone.
"Mr. Crane? It's Daphne."
"Hey Daph, how's it going? Find that cereal yet?"
"Um... No actually I haven't. I can't believe it's so hard to find. I'm sure Dr. Crane is furious with me!
"Nah, Frasier will be just fine. But Daphne, you take care of yourself, okay?"
"I will Mr. Crane."
"Oh and one more thing, Daphne?"
"Certainly. What is it?"
"Tell Niles I'm happy for him... and for you. I wish you both all the happiness in the world."
Daphne's mouth dropped in surprise and she stared at Niles in disbelief.
"See you later Daphne. And take your time with that cereal. Just come home when you're ready."
Still staring at Niles, she closed her cell phone, sitting it blindly on the dresser next to the television set.
"Something wrong my angel?" Niles asked.
She smiled, noticing for the first time the overnight bag he'd sat on the floor and kissed him again.
"Nothing's wrong, Niles. In fact, it couldn't be more right."