Okay here it is, the last chapter. I really hate to see this story end, I had a lot of fun writing it but as they say all good things must come to an end. I want to give thanks to Andrea (iloveromance), Leigh Ann, and Kristen for everything. I don't know what I would do without you guys. If I forgot anyone, I'm sorry. Thank you as well. I also have to give credit to Niles and Daphne because without them, this story wouldn't exist. I hope you all enjoy this last chapter.*hugs*
Niles and Daphne spent a blissful day together, exploring Manchester. Niles realized how wrong he was about the city, it is actually a good sized city. Daphne lived in the lower class area of Manchester so it looks much different than the rest. They walked by the amusement park, the Manchester United soccer stadium, and a few other places. Daphne showed him all the important landmarks and historical sites. Once they were done, they stopped to get ice cream at a little ice cream parlor not far from Daphne's flat. Since Niles had seen what Manchester had to offer, he actually wanted to stay. Not just to be close to Daphne but for other reasons as well.
Once they got back to Daphne's flat, two of Daphne's brothers were there, her favorite brothers, Stephen and Michael. She introduced them to Niles. Her mother was at work and her father was sleeping off his bender from earlier in the day. Niles and Daphne just watched some movies together and fell asleep in each others' arms.
After three blissful days together it was time for Niles to head back to the states to go back to Yale. He had his things all packed waiting for Frasier to pick him up. They didn't want to say goodbye to each other as they sat on the steps of Daphne's flat holding each other as they waited for Frasier. Daphne couldn't stop crying and Niles had tears in his eyes. The good news was that Niles would be coming back to England soon to attend Cambridge. That helped ease the pain some, knowing they would see each other again. They promised to keep in touch like they had been all these years.
Before long, they see Frasier's cab coming down the street, honking. Niles and Daphne stand up as they hug each other tightly. This will be the last time they will see each other for awhile and they don't want to let go.
"I'm going to miss you so much, Daphne."
"I'm going to miss you more, Niles. These few days have gone by way too fast."
"I agree and once I leave the days are going to drag on because you aren't with me. You make my days brighter and give me something to look forward to."
They pull out of the hug and smile at one another. Niles puts his hands on Daphne's face and looks deep into her chocolate brown eyes.
"Niles, what are you doing?"
"I am locking your face in my memory, so it will always be there."
Daphne takes this opportunity to steal a kiss as she places her lips on Niles' and gives him a kiss that he won't soon forget.
Frasier has already grabbed Niles' things and is waiting impatiently for him.
"Niles, are you and Daphne going to stand around kissing all day? We have to catch a flight!"
They pull out of the kiss and give Frasier a look of annoyance.
They turn and face each other again.
"That kiss is my way of keeping you in me memory until I see you again." Daphne explains.
"You will always be with me Daphne."
"And you will always be with me, Niles. We made love, you were me first and you will be me last."
"It's the same for me, Daphne."
Frasier has the cab driver honk the horn.
"Well I better go before Frasier decides to drag me into the car himself."
Daphne nods as she and Niles share one more kiss.
Niles gets in the cab and rolls down the window as they start to pull away. He and Daphne wave at one another.
"I love you, Daphne!" Niles yells out the window.
"I love you, Niles!" Daphne yells as she continues waving until she can no longer see him.
Niles and Frasier sit in silence for awhile on their way to the airport until Frasier breaks the silence.
"Did you have a good time with Daphne?"
Niles looks at his brother and smiles.
"Yes I did, we have a blissful time together. We did everything."
Frasier gives Niles a questioning look.
Niles gives his brother a serious look.
Frasier gets a look of shock on his face.
"You and Daphne slept together?"
"We made love, Frasier. More than once. It was everything I thought it would be and more."
Frasier gives Niles a sly look.
"I thought there was something different about you."
They continue their conversation all the way to the airport. Once, they get there Frasier helps Niles with his luggage and then they say their goodbyes.
Three years later...
Niles graduates from Yale and gets his doctorate in psychology. He decides to study in Cambridge for a year but it's really an excuse to see Daphne again. When he and Daphne see each other again, it was like they had never parted. They made love, they talked, they laughed, and Niles proposed. Daphne accepted and they planned on marrying as soon as Niles finished up at Cambridge.
They move in together as Daphne takes a few classes to become a home health care worker and by the time Niles graduates, Daphne is a full fledged physical therapist. Niles is so proud to be engaged to someone in the medical field, just like him. They end up moving back to America. Niles finds them a beautiful but modest house to live in as they prepare to get married. Before the wedding is to happen Niles finds out that his mother, Hester has died of cancer. He didn't know anything about it, Hester kept it a secret from everyone, including Martin. Martin was devastated when Hester passed, she was his life and once she was gone he felt he had nothing to live for. Daphne was saddened by the loss of Hester for so many different reasons.
After a period of mourning, Martin goes back to work and ends up getting shot in the hip. Daphne is the one who ends up bringing him life again after the loss of Hester and his hip by being his physical therapist. Martin truly sees why Niles loves Daphne so much, she cares about people and loves taking care of people.
Niles and Daphne finally get married in a beautiful ceremony, they go on a blissful honeymoon and come back more in love than ever. They are all truly a family now and within the year Niles and Daphne find out they are having a baby. All their dreams are coming true.
Nine months later...
Niles is sitting in his office at home going over some patient files. Since it's getting so close to Daphne's due date, Niles wants to stay close so he can take her to the hospital when it's time. Niles is so absorbed in what he is doing he almost doesn't hear Daphne knocking. He looks up and replies.
"Come in, darling."
Daphne opens the door and waddles in holding her belly. Niles has never seen anything more beautiful in his life.
"Niles dear, it's time. The baby is coming."
At first, Niles is in shock and doesn't respond but then he comes to his senses and realizes they need to get to the hospital. He grabs Daphne's bag and puts it in the car and then he helps Daphne get in the car. Before long they are on their way to the hospital.
A few hours later...
Daphne lies in bed, looking exhausted but happy as she holds she and Niles' baby daughter as Niles holds their son. They had twins, it was a total surprise because only one baby showed up on the sonogram. Niles and Daphne couldn't be happier to have two babies. One of each and they are the most beautiful babies you have ever seen.
Niles and Daphne look the happiest they have ever been as they look at each other. They take each others' hands. Niles kisses Daphne's fingers.
"I love you Daphne Crane. Thank you for making me a daddy."
"I love you, Niles Crane. Thank you for making me a mummy."
The tears fall unchecked down Daphne's cheeks as Niles has tears in his eyes. Niles kisses his sons forehead as Daphne kisses her daughter's forehead. They just cherish this moment with their babies and each other. They have come full circle. This moment never would have been possible if Niles and Daphne hadn't met in the hallway at school all those years ago. It was destiny, it was fate, it was meant to be, it was when boy meets girl.