The cowboy stood there with his hands on his hips. "Are we gonna do this thing or not? Because I have another wedding in fifteen minutes."
Niles held up his hand. "Just... hold on a second, okay?"
"All right but hurry up! The Saperstein's are mighty picky! They've been married six times before. To each other that is! Seems they just can't make up their minds!"
At the cowboy's obnoxious laughter, Niles could only stare in disbelief. "Right... I'll be back in a second. Hopefully with my..."
His voice trailed away and he swallowed hard, trying to forget about what had just happened. He walked through the foyer and was mere seconds from opening the door when he heard the soft sound of crying. Whirling around, he found himself face to face with his angel.
His hand reached to touch her but she moved away, causing him to suppress a sob.
"Daphne, whatever I've done I am deeply sorry and I'll do anything to make it up to you. Now... As selfish as it is, I want to marry you but if you've somehow..."
His voice broke and he paused, trying to regain his composure.
"If you've somehow changed your mind, I'll understand... or try to anyway. But please, just tell me what I've done to hurt you. And then if you never want... If you never want to see me again..."
"How can you stand there and say that to me?"
Daphne's words were barely a whisper.
"Niles Crane I adore you. And I want nothing more than to be your wife. But it's just wrong like this. In this horrific chapel with these awful decorations. I feel like I'm in a bad 80's movie!"
He tried to keep from laughing, but had to turn his head so she wouldn't see. He didn't want to upset her even more.
"Daphne, I told you..."
"I-I know you did and I should have listened to you. I want to marry you so badly, but it feels wrong this way... Without your father and your brother, Roz, Alice... and even Eddie! I want them all here with us when we become husband and wife... and when you make me even happier than I've ever dreamed!"
The tears were falling freely now and he enveloped her in his arms. "Oh Daphne..."
"I love you, Niles.. I love you so-."
Her words were stopped by his kisses, soft and tender, becoming urgent and needful."
"I love you, Daphne... I've always..."
"I'm so sorry I hurt you. I just..."
"Daphne, you mean the world to me and if you want to wait until we have everyone together, by all means we'll wait. I'll wait until the next eternity if I have to. As long as I know that you love Me."
"No, I want to marry you now..."
"Are you sure? Because we can find a more suitable place that isn't so..."
Niles looked around the chapel, cringing at the horrid pink and white décor.
"I'll be right back." Daphne said.
True to her word, she returned minutes later looking even more beautiful than before.
"All right, I'm ready now. Are you ready, Niles?"
He brought her hand to his lips for a kiss.
"Daphne, I've been ready to marry you since the moment I first saw you. But what about Frasier, and Dad and your family?"
"We'll just tell them the truth and if they're upset we'll work through it."
"Of course my love. We'll tell them that we love each other so much we couldn't wait
to become husband and wife and spend the rest of our lives together."
Her eyes filled with tears and she kissed him again.
Once more they stood in front of the justice of the peace, their hands joined and gazing into each other's eyes.
"All right. I'll just pick up from where I left off." The cowboy said. "Daphne Moon, do
you take Niles Crane to be your husband?"
Niles drew in a deep breath and squeezed Daphne's hands.
"I do." Daphne replied. "I do with all my heart."