As the warm water flowed around them, Daphne sighed and leaned against Niles' bare chest. "So this is my punishment?"

He looked at her in confusion. "Punishment?"

"For stealing your Segway when I told you that I was going to take a bath. I'm sorry I lied to you, Niles. I just wanted to ride it so badly."

"Daphne, I told you-."

"I know, Raul told you not to lend it to anyone because of that bloody university experiment. But it was so much fun riding it, don't you agree?"

"Daphne I-."

She turned in his arms, the water swishing around them and slowly kissed his cheek, moving her lips to his neck, his collarbone and then his chest.

"I really am sorry Niles. But if I knew that this was the type of punishment you were going to give me-."

"Well, you know I can't stay mad at you for long." Niles said, kissing her lips. "And when you said you were going to take a bath, I couldn't help but feel a twinge of jealously."

Daphne was amused. "Jealous, of me? Why?"

"Because I couldn't join you, of course."

"And now here we are, taking a bath together."

"Yes, we are. Why didn't we think of this sooner?"

She rested her head against his chest, sighing contentedly as he massaged her shoulders. "How do you do that?"

"Do what?"

"Make me feel so wonderful?"

"Because I love you so much and I can't wait to marry you."

Her eyes filled with tears that melted into the soapy water but Niles brushed them away just the same. "Don't cry, Sweetheart. It's all right."

"Niles, how did you know I was crying?"

"Because I know you, better than anyone else. And I've loved you for so long. And I can't believe you're mine."

She grinned. "So if you love me so much, why did you insist on punishing me?"

"To hold you to your word. Since you said you were going to take a bath, I wanted to make sure that it happened. Although this bathtub of yours leaves a lot to be desired."

"She tried to maneuver herself into a different position, causing water to slosh around yet again. "It is rather small isn't it?"

"Yes, but as you know our bathroom at the Montana is much bigger. So I propose that when we get home, we try this again. But with a slight difference."

She kissed him deeply, submerging them both into the warm, soapy water. "Niles Crane you are anything but slight. You're absolutely wonderful. And I love you so much."

Now it was he who found himself blinking back tears. "I love you too, Daphne."

"You know, I was just thinking…"

"What about?"

"Well, you. But it was something you said earlier. About how being on the Segway gives you more energy for other things."

"Oh right, like lovemaking."

"Yes. Shall we try it out when we finish here?"

Niles kissed her passionately, giving her a preview of what was to come. And when it was over, they could take another bath. She could hardly wait.

THE END