This is yet another sequel/continuation of SamandDianefan10 (Melinda)'s wonderful Ipod Challenge and my thanks to her for allowing me to add to it! As with "My Heart Will Go On", the first paragraph is in italics b/c it's taken directly from her story.
Daphne couldn't believe what she was feeling. All she knew was that she hated seeing Dr. Crane with Mel and that it was bothering her. She felt sick and she hated herself for thinking this, but she knew they didn't belong together. There was someone far better suited for him than that... that witch. That wasn't very nice, but she wasn't feeling very friendly. This was going to be the worst party she had ever attended.
With a sigh, Daphne smoothed her dress with her hands and gulped down her glass of champagne. And when a pair of strong arms wrapped around her from behind, she cringed with embarrassment.
"Hey, you'd better slow down, Honey! Can't have both of us being too drunk to drive!"
"Donny, please... What would Dr. Crane think?"
"Aw, come on Honey. You mean Frasier? Well we are engaged, Daphne. It's not like we need permission."
As he proceeded to kiss Daphne's cheek, her mind wasn't on his uncharacteristic gesture, but on Mel and Dr. Crane. Unable to tear her gaze away from the way they were holding onto each other, the heaviness in her chest returned, and she knew that it had nothing to do with the hors d'oeuvres.
She pulled out of Donny's arms in an attempt to escape, but he took hold of her hand and laughed.
"Just where do you think you're going? You're not getting away that easily!"
His sudden display of affection bothered her and she suspected that it was all for show. He always liked to feel important; especially when he was surrounded by colleagues.
But she stared transfixed at the scene before her. They looked so happy; Niles and Mel. And for the millionth time she couldn't understand what he saw in her.
Now he held her hand and she laughed at something he was saying; most likely something witty. He had the most wonderful sense of humor, even if Frasier thought otherwise.
Daphne could see how nervous he seemed as his smile faded a bit. But the smile returned when he handed Mel a small box wrapped in brightly colored paper. Mel kissed him and tore the wrapping off of the box as though she were some sort of child on Christmas morning, eager to get to what was inside.
Another horrid thought but Daphne couldn't help herself. She should have looked away; after all this was a private moment between Mel and Niles. But her gaze remained transfixed.
Mel removed a lovely pair of earrings and kissed Niles passionately. And the feeling of jealousy returned even stronger than before.
If only Frasier hadn't hurt his back, he would have never taken those bloody pills. He would have never blurted out Niles' well-kept secret...
And Daphne wouldn't be feeling so alone and confused.