Author's Note: Once again, the dangers of rereading an old story crop up. But hey, being overrun with story ideas is a good thing, right? Anyway, reviews are always appreciated! And for once, I can post both chapters at once, so no evil cliffhangers here! ;)
When Daphne awoke, the first thing she noticed was a tightness in her chest. She tried to take a deep breath, hoping the feeling would go away. But it didn't. Before she could wonder what to do, her head began to spin. It seemed to be almost a repeat of what she'd experienced yesterday. And that meant there was only one thing she could do: get to a doctor as soon as possible.
Daphne quickly dressed and then left her room as quietly as she could. She was grateful when she realized that no one else seemed to be up yet. For once, Mr. Crane could sleep in, with no protests from his healthcare worker. She slipped out of the apartment and down to the lobby. From there, it was easy enough to get on to one of Seattle's many public buses for the trip to her doctor's office. After describing her symptoms to the receptionist, Daphne was told to wait until the doctor could see her. Luckily, not many people were ahead of her.
Daphne's doctor listened to her once again describe the strange tightness in her chest, as well as the intermittent dizziness she'd felt since she woke up. He checked her blood pressure and examined her thoroughly. But he saw nothing that would explain the symptoms she was experiencing. That meant that the cause was most likely not physical. "Well, Daphne, it looks like you're in good health."
She looked at her doctor in shock. "How can that be, when I can barely breathe? It's as if there's an elephant sitting right on me chest! Does that sound like good health to you?"
The doctor took note of the irritability in her tone, which only seemed to corroborate what he was thinking. "I don't mean to pry, but, is it possible there's something going on in your life that's making you feel anxious? Problems in a relationship, perhaps?"
The question took Daphne completely by surprise. But of course it brought to mind something else that had happened yesterday. Niles had rushed over to take care of her immediately after learning that she was ill. And when she seemed to have recovered, he'd given her the surprise of her life: he told her that he'd been in love with her from the moment they met. It had seemed like a dream come true. But now Daphne was left with a very unsettling thought: Was her heart telling her that it was actually too good to be true?