She looked up at him with tear-filled eyes.
He stared at the pages and smiled. "Actually now I'm sorry that I didn't use this proposal instead."
Daphne smiled and touched his cheek. "No, Niles... Your proposal was beautiful. Those beautiful words you said to me that night. And when I think about all that trouble you went to for me, hiring the choir and Wolfgang Puck and the doves. And what did I do? I went and ruined your plans by being sick!"
"Daphne, no... Please don't ever blame yourself. You deserved it all. I just got carried away. Not unlike this letter."
"So you're saying-."
"I meant every word from the depths of my heart, my love. And now I could add a hundred more pages declaring my love for you."
Her lip began to tremble. "Oh Niles... I love you so much."
"And I love you too, Daphne."
He kissed her deeply, his hands caressing her neck, her shoulders, her back... and at that moment she knew that there was no possible way that she could ever love him more.
"I finally got David back to sleep and... whoa... looks like I'm interrupting something."
They looked up to see Roz smiling awkwardly.
"Sorry." Niles said, quickly pulling out of Daphne's arms.
"It's all right." Daphne said. "I'm not embarrassed at all to kiss me husband in front of anyone."
Before Niles could reply, Daphne kissed him once more.
"I'll be right back." Roz said.
But Roz had already disappeared from the room.
Daphne and Niles locked eyes as a strange nervousness came over her.
"I guess we both got a bit carried away, didn't we?"
"Okay, I'll have him back tomorrow afternoon. Alice is going to love having him over to play with."
"Roz, what are you talking about?"
Daphne and Niles turned to find Roz holding David in her arms and his diaper bag on her shoulder.
"What's going on?"
"Well, I can tell that you two want to be alone, so I thought I'd take David home with me for the night."
"Roz, that's very sweet of you but you don't have to. Niles and I-."
"Daphne, I know that look. Believe me... I've given it to hundreds of men... I doubt you two will be getting much sleep tonight, if you know what I mean."
Daphne blushed deeply, afraid to look at her husband.
"All right, Roz. Just let me kiss my handsome son goodbye."
Roz smiled as Daphne took David from her arms and held him close. "You be a good boy for your Aunt Roz and have fun playing with Cousin Alice. Oh I love you, my sweet angel."
Reluctantly she handed David back to Roz, smiling when Niles kissed his son's forehead.
"All right. I guess we're ready." Roz said. "And don't worry. Alice and I will take good care of him."
"Thank you, Roz." Daphne said, hugging her friend. "I'll call you in the morning."
"Take your time." Roz said with a wink. "Have a nice night."
She closed the door behind her, leaving Niles and Daphne alone once more.
Minutes later they sat in the very spot where he'd first proposed; a blanket wrapped around them as they shared the comfortable plush chair.
Daphne smiled at Niles, feeling like a school girl. "So...what shall we do now?"
Niles grinned mischievously. "Well, I was thinking... Since I didn't get a chance to use the proposal to let you know how much I love you..."
Daphne swallowed hard, wondering why she was suddenly nervous. "Yes?"
He took her hand and kissed it, his lips lingering on her soft skin.
"Perhaps it's best if I take you upstairs so I can show you..."
Wordlessly Daphne kissed him deeper than she'd ever kissed him before, drawing back seconds later a bit dizzy.
"I take that as a 'yes?'" Niles said.
Daphne grinned. "On one condition..."
Niles smile faded. "Oh... of course. But what could you possibly-."
She laced his fingers through his and led him up the stairs, pausing at the doorway to kiss him once more.
"Read me that beautiful letter?"
"With pleasure." Niles said; eager to share a night with Daphne that neither of them would soon forget.