The first thing Niles was aware of when he awoke was a sharp pain in his chest. At first he thought it was a symptom of the heart problems he'd had as a child. But the memories of last night came flashing back, and he knew immediately that the cause wasn't physical. No, this was the pain of his heart actually breaking. He found it difficult to breathe. No wonder, when the woman he'd been in love with for six years had just accepted someone else's proposal. He laid there for a moment, wondering what to do. But it seemed there was only one way to end his suffering. He managed to reach for the phone, and he quickly dialed his brother's number.
"Niles?" Frasier said when he answered the phone. "Are you all right?"
"Of course I'm not all right," Niles managed to reply. "After what happened last night, how can you expect me to be all right? I'm in pain."
Frasier rolled his eyes. "Yes, well, the sooner you get on with your life, the sooner the pain will go away."
"No," Niles said emphatically. "I'm in physical pain, Frasier!" He groaned as he felt a wave of discomfort. "Please, I need Daphne."
Frasier sighed in frustration. "Niles, you can not interfere in her relationship! You need to get over her!"
Niles knew he could never get over Daphne. He'd barely gotten over Maris. "I'm sick. Daphne is a healthcare worker. Why must you assume that I have an ulterior motive in wanting her here?"
Because I know you, Frasier thought to himself. Where Daphne was concerned, there was no talking to Niles. He didn't have the energy to argue with his younger brother. "All right, I'll ask her to check on you. But remember, you can not say anything to her about her relationship with Donny."
"Thank you," was all Niles could say. He hung up before he could make any promises that he knew he would never be able to keep. He rested his head on the pillow, hoping to lessen his heartache by sleeping.