This is the final chapter. I hate to end this story; I have had so much fun writing it. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your feedback on this story. It definitely motivated me to write which made me able to finish the story. This is the first fan fiction story I have written from beginning to end and that's all because of you. Also, my love for Niles and Daphne helped me finish as well; they were definitely an inspiration to me. In writing this story, I am happy to say that I have made some new friends and fellow N/D fans, now I have somewhere to go to talk about N/D or when I need my N/D fix. I just want to say thank you again to all of you for taking your time to read my story, and leaving your comments and feedback. It really meant a lot to me. I hope you enjoy this last chapter, and that we can stay in touch. Here goes!
1 week later…
Niles and Daphne as well as David and Emily were finally getting settled in at home with the baby. It took some getting used to, having a baby in the house again that wakes up in the middle of the night, crying but they are getting used to it. David is finally warming up to having a baby sister. He actually enjoys spending time with her, except when it's time to change her diaper or when she's crying. Emily has been helping her mother with baby Ashling. She helps give her a bath, and helps dress her, sometimes Daphne lets Emily feed Ashling a bottle after she has pumped. Emily just loves her baby sister; she treats her like she's one of her "dollies".
Niles is just in love with his new baby daughter. He can't get enough of her. She knows how much Niles loves being a father. He never thought he would be a father, after being married to Maris all those years. Daphne was glad she was the one to make Niles' dreams come true.
Frasier and Charlotte made it up, so they could see Ashling. Frasier kept his promise to come see the baby after she was born; he wasn't going to miss seeing his baby niece. He fell in love with her instantly.
Everyone is gathered at Niles and Daphne's apartment. They all decided to get together and celebrate Niles and Daphne's new life. Of course everyone has to take turns with the baby, picking her up, talking to her, playing with her and just loving her. Since Ashling has to be nursed, Daphne has to take her away from all excitement. Emily wants to help.
"Mummy, I wanna feed baby."
"Not this time, sweetie. But you can help change her nappy when she's done eating, okay?"
Daphne takes Ashling into the bedroom to nurse her as Emily runs back to join everyone else. Alice is there to help keep her company. Niles notices Daphne is missing and he goes to look for her.
"Emily, do you know where mommy went?" Niles asks his daughter.
"She feed Ashie."
Ashie is Emily's pronunciation of Ashling.
"Okay thanks, sweetie."
Niles heads to the bedroom to see Daphne. He knocks on the door.
"Who is it?" Daphne asks.
"It's me, darling."
"Come in, Niles."
Niles enters, closing the door behind him. He smiles at his wife and baby daughter. He has never seen anything more beautiful in his life.
"I guess we have us a hungry girl." Niles says as he approaches them.
"Yes we do. She loves to eat." Daphne says as she caresses her daughter's face while she eats.
"Oh Daphne, I still can't believe it."
"Can't believe what?"
"That we are sitting here with our baby daughter. I sometimes pinch myself to see if it's really real, to make sure I'm not dreaming, that I'm alive and after I pinch myself I know it's real."
"I feel that way sometimes, too. I have never been happier in my whole life. We have your brother to thank, you know. If it wasn't for him, we never would have gotten together."
"I know, we still haven't thanked him properly for that."
"We should do that before he leaves."
"You're right; we will do that as soon as I am done here."
"Good idea, darling. I will see you in a few minutes."
"Okay." Daphne says as she gives her husband a kiss.
Niles leaves the room, closing the door behind him.
Daphne finishes nursing Ashling and then gives her a good burp. Once she is done, she goes back out to join everyone else. As soon as she is spotted, everyone goes straight for the baby again. As soon as the baby is spotted, it's like Daphne doesn't exist.
"Before anyone takes me baby away, I promised Emily she could help me change her nappy. Emily come with me."
Emily follows her mother to the nursery. Once there, Daphne lays Ashling on the changing table.
"Hand me a nappy from underneath, Emily." Daphne tells her daughter as she points.
Emily grabs a diaper and hands it to her mother.
Daphne unbuttons Ashling's jumper and pushes it up. Emily just watches. Daphne takes Ashling's diaper off, and luckily she is just wet and not soiled. Once she has the diaper off, she rolls it up and hands it to Emily.
"Throw it away in that trash can over there."
Emily nods and does as she is told. She is back by her mother's side in a flash as she watches her put the new diaper on.
Once the diaper is on, Daphne buttons Ashling back up.
"That's all it takes, Emily."
"That easy mummy, I do that."
"Next time I change Ashling's nappy, you can do it yourself okay?"
Emily nods and grins.
Daphne and Emily finish up as Daphne grabs the baby. They join everyone else in the living room. Niles spots his wife and daughter and joins them.
"Hello darling." Niles says as he kisses Daphne's cheek.
Daphne hands Niles his daughter.
"Go to daddy, baby girl."
Niles takes his daughter and shows her off. He is so proud.
Eventually Frasier makes his way to Niles and Daphne, who are sitting on the couch together, with their daughter. He joins them.
"Hello, you two. "
They both look at Frasier.
"Hi Frasier." Niles says.
"Let me see that girl."
Daphne hands Ashling to Frasier.
Frasier admires her.
"Hey there, I'm your Uncle Frasier. You are going to grow up to be as pretty as your mommy."
Niles and Daphne grab hands and look at each other.
"Niles, Daphne you have got a beautiful girl here. You lucked out, she is an angel."
"Yes she is. She is a good baby." Daphne agrees.
Niles speaks up.
"Frasier, there is something that Daphne and I need to tell you."
Frasier looks over at Niles and Daphne.
"What is it?"
"Daphne and I feel we never properly thanked you for helping to bring us together."
"You two have thanked me enough, besides seeing you two together and happy with your three beautiful children, is thanks enough for me."
"It never would have happened if it hadn't been for you." Daphne adds.
"Daphne, you two were meant to be together. I just helped it along. You really don't need to thank me. I love you guys."
"We love you too, Frasier."
Daphne gives Frasier a hug as Niles shakes his hand with tears in his eyes.
Frasier hands Ashling back to Daphne. He gets up to join Charlotte. Niles and Daphne watch Frasier and Charlotte together and smile. Frasier finally found the happiness he has needed and wanted all these years. They are so happy for him. Then they look over and see Martin and Ronee steal a kiss. Emily and David are with them. David interrupts them and no doubt starts talking baseball with his grandpa, while Emily is laughing as Ronee talks to her. Daphne can't keep the tears at bay, watching her family together. It doesn't get any better than this. Life is sweet and love is sweeter, she has both. She squeezes Niles hand as she holds their baby daughter. He looks at their baby daughter and then at her as he takes her hand to his lips and kisses her fingers. She looks at him with pure love in her eyes.
"I love you, Niles Crane."
"Daphne, I adore you."
Heart and soul, I fell in love with you
Heart and soul, the way a fool would do,
Because you held me tight
And stole a kiss in the night…