Title: Best Kept Secret
Fandom: I Dream of Jeannie
Summary: Sequel to "She Just Wouldn’t Understand".
Archive: Yes to slashcom and TVslash
Disclaimer: I don’t own Major Nelson, Major Healey, or Jeannie.
No money is being made, and no NASA personnel were harmed in the
writing of this fanfic.
Best Kept Secret
Major Anthony Nelson gazed down affectionately at his sleeping
The night before, Tony had made sure to put the stopper in
Jeannie’s bottle -- a discreet and rather desperate attempt to
keep one secret from another, he knew, but it wouldn’t do for
her to blink in at an inopportune moment. He knew that Jeannie
wouldn’t understand about Roger and him; in truth, there were
times even he didn’t understand.
It wasn’t as if he didn’t know what had initially drawn him to
Roger Healey. That was something he was quite clear on. It was
his good humor, his easy self-acceptance, his lack of
self-consciousness. This, from the beginning of their work
together in the astronaut program, had been the basis of their
He wasn’t sure exactly how or when it had turned into something
In the past, keeping their relationship a secret had never been
much of a problem. No-one ever questioned why he and Roger
spent so much time together. They worked together, they went on
missions together. They were traditional comrades-in-arms.
This, plus Roger’s carefully-cultivated image of skirt chaser,
had always been the best way to throw others off the trail.
Nobody would wonder why Major Healey never got serious with any
one girl, if he was always on the lookout for another. And
Major Nelson himself was the upright, stalwart ‘family man’
type, turned off by the groupies and free-love hippie chicks who
were constantly throwing themselves at him...attracted by his
celebrity but not to his real self. Even Jeannie -- to her he
was the hero, her rescuer, someone larger than life. He was
very fond of her, but she had certainly complicated his life in
more ways than she could possibly know. And not just because of
Keeping the secret from everyone had been easy...at least until
Jeannie. Jeannie added a whole new level of difficulty. But
Tony had decided long ago that it was worth it.
Tony gazed down at his sleeping lover, stroking his hair gently.
If he kept this up, he would soon be rewarded by Roger’s sleepy
smile and opened eyes -- the bluest eyes he’d ever seen, on the
best-kept secret of his life.
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