AN: Another new story! This is inspired by a request that I had on twitter. All I can say is that once I remembered that I had gotten this request , I had this amazing idea to go with it and have been basically writing non-stop the past couple of days. The chapters that are finished are kind of short like this one but there is a reason for that. Just as a heads up this chapter takes place in season five but the rest of the chapters will build up to this. Happy Reading!
With a Little Bit of Grace
"Niles!" Maxwell bellows from the office. CC is spending the day at the theater so this is the perfect time for this specific conversation.
"Sit down, Old Man."
Niles took a seat on the sofa. He looked nervous as he waited for Maxwell to start speaking.
"What is this about, Sir?"
"You have known me for a long time, Niles. You have done more for me than anyone else which is why I had no problems helping you. But is this really a good idea anymore? I understand why it had to be like it was at first but she is growing up. She is practically a teenager. Do you really think that lying to her is best option anymore?"
"But sir, she doesn't remember. How can I break it to someone else when the person that needs to know the most has no clue of the life she used to live? I can't tell Grace. It would be too hard, too destructive not only for her but also-"
"I know Niles, I know. But Fran and I are getting married soon. What is going to happen when she starts wanting to adopt the children? You know she is going to want to. I can't keep this secret from her forever. At least Sara understood, hell this was practically her idea to begin with but Fran, she is going to start asking questions and it won't be a secret anymore."
"Please, sir. I just need more time. Just a little bit more time. I have to make her remember. I have to make her see who she really is. If Grace is going to know, then she is going to have to know the whole truth and I can't do that to her unless her mother knows the truth too. And right now, I think that telling her is going to do more harm than good for her. You might not be able to tell this but she is becoming anxious about your wedding. I think she is starting to realize how close she was with Sara. We may be making progress but I can't have her taking more steps back."
Niles started to get teary eyed. This was a bad subject for him. Most days he couldn't think about all the secrets and the back story without getting emotional. If he couldn't even handle it then how could everyone else.
"Niles, I understand. I do. At some point though, it needs to be done. You need to tell them. You have my full support. Please know that when you do tell them that I will be here for you. Perhaps, you could build up to it. Take things slow. I suggest maybe telling them after the wedding while Fran and I are on our honeymoon. That way Fran will not be able to get involved."
"I will have to think it over, sir. I only want what is best for them and I don't think that rushing things is going to help them."
"Why don't you take the rest of the day off? It will do you some good to get some fresh air and have some time to yourself."
"Thank you, sir."
"And Niles, any time that you need to talk, I will be here for you."
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