WHEN TONY MET ADAM
Available in all e-formats: June 6, 2011
An original Troubleshooters short story,
celebrating the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell
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The short story start with a brief scene from ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, where Tony actually does
Friday, December 14, 2007
Adam stood in the foyer of this beautiful house that Robin shared with Jules. He couldn't stop himself from
gazing up the stairs. Neither of them had come down since he'd been up there with Sam, over an hour ago.
"I'll tell 'em you said good-bye," Sam said now, still following him around.
"Thanks. I wrote that note," Adam said. "You can read it first if you want."
And still he hesitated.
"He's really happy with Jules," Sam reminded him.
"Yeah," Adam said. "I know."
"Sure you don't want a ride to Logan?" Sam asked.
"No," Adam said. "You should be here in case Jules needs you. Best man."
"Stay away from them," Sam said, not unkindly, "or I will fuck you up."
"Yikes," Adam said. "You almost gave me a heart attack-until you added that last up."
Sam exhaled his disgusted exasperation. "Good-bye, Adam." He opened the door and pushed him out onto
The door closed tightly behind him, and Adam jammed his hands into his pockets and went down the stairs.
There was a group of SEALs standing on the sidewalk out front, and as he went past them, one of them
said, "Hey, you're that actor, right? Shoot, I'm blanking on your name, but I loved you in American Hero."
"Thanks," Adam said, but he didn't stop walking, because Christ, all he needed to make the day perfect was
to get hassled for being gay by some crew-cut sporting no-necks.
But the movie-literate SEAL disengaged himself from the others, trotting slightly to catch up, and then
matched his stride to Adam's. "You were amazing in Memphis Moon, too."
"Thanks." Adam increased his pace, but the SEAL was taller than he was, and he easily kept up.
So Adam stopped at the corner, beneath the streetlight. "Look, if you're going to-"
"I also loved Snow Day. I mean, yeah, it was light, but you were incredible." He was really just a kid, early
twenties, nice smile, good-looking in a born-and-raised-in-Kansas kind of way.
Adam looked at him, and the kid held his gaze. And held his gaze. He had blue eyes. Very, very blue eyes.
But, shit, he was young.
"I'm Tony," he said.
"Yeah, well, I'm trouble," Adam told him.
Tony laughed at that. He actually had dimples. "I'm a SEAL," he said to Adam with a shrug. "I like trouble."
Hey now, as Robin would've said.
"It's Adam, right?" Tony remembered his name. "Wyndham."
Adam nodded. "I'm kind of...nursing a broken heart," he admitted.
Tony nodded. But he took a pen out of his pocket, took Adam's hand, and actually wrote his phone
number on it, right on the palm. "Give me a call if it mends." He pocketed his pen, flashing another of those
killer smiles. "And in case you had any doubt just how much I like trouble, I'm pretty sure I just came out to
He walked backwards, moving toward those very teammates, facing Adam and smiling all the while.
It was hard not to smile back, and as Adam finally headed for the T station, he even managed to laugh.
What was it Cowboy Sam had said? Time to move on.
Yeah. If he put his mind to it, he could maybe imagine doing just that.
All Through the Night
© 2007 by Suzanne Brockmann
New York Times Bestselling Author
About the short story:
Tony Vlachic, a ruggedly handsome Navy SEAL, has kept his sexuality a secret for years
under the threat of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." That is, until he meets Adam Wyndham, a
charismatic yet troubled film star. Tony knows that he's risking his military career to
approach Adam in front of his teammates. But Adam, nursing a broken heart, has no
interest in a relationship. Still, neither man can deny their instant attraction.
Tony didn't become a SEAL by accepting rejection, and his pursuit of Adam leads to one
unforgettable night. But the next morning, Tony is ordered to ship out to Afghanistan, and
he's forced to leave Adam with too much unsaid. As Tony enters a dangerous war zone,
Adam is back in Los Angeles struggling with the demons of his past, while dealing with the
very real possibility that Tony could be killed in action. A half a world apart, both men must
face their feelings for each other -- and decide if what they've found is worth the ultimate
risk, in the name of love.