Jeannie was very sad; this was her last day of being a genie before being transferred to a new boss. Her master genie told her that her time was up, there was nothing more left to her time with Major Nelson. It broke her heart because she couldn't' even say goodbye to him; that was one of the conditions of her staying with him for as long as she had. She'd been around the world, she'd seen many people and places, but only one person had a foothold on her heart, and that was Major Anthony Nelson.

She loved him, oh did she love him. When asked to justify her staying with him for so long all Jeannie could say was "He's wonderful! He's perfect. He's just…" and then tears would fill her eyes, tears of happiness at the thought of her master and yet longing for the day that he would say to her the three little words that she had longed for for so long. Major Nelson knew how she felt; he had to have. She thought she had made it perfectly clear her feelings for him from the beginning. At times, she thought that he shared those feelings too. In the evening, when he came home from work. After he came back from one of his missions. And she certainly could tell it by his kiss.

Oh, his kiss. Was there not a more heavenly time in her life than when he kissed her? Jeannie loved to live for those moments when he would catch her off guard and take her into his arms and show her what she meant to him. They were far and few between, but Jeannie could stay for eternity and never move from his arms. What arms he had as well! If attraction could be the gauge of her success here in town, than certainly she had completed her mission.

Or had she? If Major Nelson loved her, then why didn't he tell her so? From his lips to her ears should have come the sweetest words in any dictionary, any language. Why was he so scared to say it? Did he not love her? The thought of that last question was too hard for Jeannie to deal with, so she kept it to the back of her mind, banished with the rest of her insecurities. Tony Nelson would be hers, or so she had thought.

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"Jean-nie! I'm home. Come on out from wherever you are," Tony sang as he took off his jacket and hat.

Magically, Jeannie appeared, quite anxious to see him but yet dreading this moment. It had been so long since she had to change masters. Normally she was excited about the prospect but at the moment, her heart was too sick to experience anything other than sheer heartbreak.

"Master," she sniffed as she threw her arms around him. "You are home. I am so happy that you are home!"

"Jeannie," he gently pulled her away so that he could look into her eyes. "What in the world is the matter with you? You act like this is the last time you're going to see me!"

With that, Jeannie broke down, and even Tony could not resist comforting the….whatever she was…who was closer to him than anyone. "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie…why are you so sad? Have I upset you?"

"No, Master. You are wonderful. You are beautiful. You are everything that I have ever wanted. Do you not know that?"

Tony looked surprised. He knew the depths of her emotions ran deep but until this moment he realized that he had no clue how she really felt about him. "Come on now, dear. Dry your eyes. You act like someone's dying or something."

"Oh but something is dying!" she pouted before making herself disappear into the kitchen. Tony soon followed.

"Why do you insist on making such a big deal of things? You know the drill; I come home, we eat dinner, maybe we watch a little television. Is there something that you're not telling me?"

Jeannie nodded. "Yes but I cannot tell you. It would be wrong of me to force my will upon any mortal…oh I have said too much."

"Jeannie," he grabbed her by the arms. "Is your mother coming to town?"

She laughed. He always did know how to make her smile. "No, Master, my mother is not coming to town. It is just there is so little time and there were so many things that I wanted to say to you."

"What's wrong, honey? You're not leaving me are you?"

Both of their eyes filled with realization as he now understood why she was so upset. "You're leaving me? But why? I thought things were going swimmingly. Don't you…don't you like it here with me anymore?"

"Oh, yes Master. I love living with you and taking care of you. I love that more than you will ever know. That is just my problem to deal with, not yours. I am sorry for having worried you. Now you are upset with me."

He pulled her into his arms so closely that they could each feel the pounding of each other's hearts. "Oh, Jeannie. I'm not upset with you. On contrary, I…"

"You what?" She looked at him hopefully.

"I like having you around. You're like a pet…"

"A pet? That is all you think of me? I have given you the best years of my life and I mean no more to you than a dog or a cat would?"

"Now Jeannie, don't misunderstand me. Pets are special. You can play with them. You can pet them. You can even train them to do simple things. But there is one thing I know I can do with you that I could never do with a pet."

"What is that?"

With that, Tony pulled Jeannie in for a hug and kissed her like it was their first time. Once again, Jeannie found herself breathless.

"Oh Master…you do love me!"

Tony looked around nervously, not sure what he would say next. "Yes, Jeannie. I do love you. I love your passion , your enthusiasm, your sense of humor. Most of all I love what you have brought into my life. My life was kind of empty before you came into it, and if you go, I imagine it will be empty once again. Jeannie, I have something very important to ask you."

This was all happening so fast. Just as Jeannie tried to think of something to say, Tony dropped to his knee and held her hand in his. "Jeannie…I do love you and my life would not be the same without you in it. I know it's taken me a long time, but will you…will you marry me?"

She gasped as her wildest dream had come true. This was real. This was really happening. Major Nelson loved her and now he wanted to marry her!

"Oh, yes, master, I would love to marry you. I would be honored if I were to become your wife. Oh thank you, Master, thank you for giving me everything that I have ever wanted!"

"Is there something you have to do next?" Tony asked. Just then she dropped to the floor and began to plant his face with lots of kisses.

"No, no. It is all well. I was told that I would know my destiny tonight and now I can see it is with you. Do you not see…we are meant to be together! I am yours now, forever!"

"I don't know whether to be excited or a little worried."

"I beg your pardon?"

"Nothing, Jeannie. Now go get changed. I'm taking you out on the town to celebrate! Would you like that?"

"Oh yes, Master. More than anything in the world, I would love to go out on the town with you."

And so they left to celebrate the most incredible, wonderful day of Jeannie's life. She always knew that he loved her. And now they had forever to show it to each other.

The end