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I have commited Five Things again.

Title: Five Movies Janet and Cassie Watch Together
Season: Seasons 1-7
Spoilers: Well, if you don't know what movies Jack and Teal'c have mentioned or how Janet's character left the show...
Warnings: *sniff*
Synopsis: Uhhh... So, didja read the title in passing?
Disclaimer: The standard, as read. Profit? I laugh at your profit. Prophets, on the other hand, deserve respect.

The fic can be found

Five Movies Janet and Cassie Watch Together



The Wizard of Oz Cassie watches this one with her Uncle Jack too, but it's different. Uncle Jack likes to watch people watch the movie. He seldom actually pays the movie itself much attention. This might be because he has already memorized it, but Cassie doesn't think so. She thinks it's some kind of litmus test for him, to see how others react. She wonders what he sees when she watches.

With her mom it's the other way around. She watches her mom. Janet looks a little like Dorothy to begin with, and when she watches she gets totally drawn in to the story. At the end, when Dorothy leaves Oz, after expressing her delight in her friends' new gifts, Janet always gets a bit teary.

One night Cassie asks her why.

"I just wish they could be together," her mom says.

"But they are!" says Cassie. "Each of the companions is a person from the farm!"

"No. This is not about the movie. It's about something the movie reminds me of. I'll explain when you're older."

Cassie is very surprised to learn that the person her mom most identifies with in the movie is Glinda the Good Witch. She says it's because she waves her medical wand and fixes things for the travelers who get into trouble.

Labyrinth Cassie loves the fantasy aspects of the movie, but the anxiety she feels over the lost baby brother is terrifying. She doesn't like to watch this particular movie alone, but with popcorn, and cocoa, and her mom by her side, it is suddenly safe enough to watch.

Anything with Cary Grant He's Janet's favorite eye candy, and she has every movie she can find of his on DVD, and a few more taped off the TV on VHS. Cassie delights in pointing out the delights of all the other good looking guys that aren't Cary Grant, and teasing her mom about her obsession with him. Janet acts flustered and bothered, but takes great delight in pointing out all his good points.

It's given Cassie a real appreciation for old black and white film, and as a result she delights Daniel and Jack one night when she too is scandalized when Sam and Teal'c say that they often prefer colorized versions of older films.

Gone With the Wind Janet's roots are in the South, and she shows this film to her daughter to share some of that heritage with her. After the first time, Janet has Uncle Daniel come over and explain to her the ways in which the movie romanticizes the social dynamic of the Old South, and how Margaret Mitchell's work could also be used to fan the ugly flames of the KKK, but Janet wants her to understand the dream that was her birthright first, before cold reality can sully it.

Star Wars When Uncle Teal'c proposes watching it, Cassie will only agree if her mom is there. Her mom knows to put an arm around her in time for the scene when Luke discovers the burnt skeletons of his aunt and uncle. Uncle Jack usually manages to sit nearby and squeeze her knee with one of his large hands too. Without her mom right there, warm and encompassing, that scene is too much to bear.

After the funeral, Cassie and Sam sublimate their grief by busying themselves packing and sorting Janet's house. Cassie has long been accustomed to sleeping in the house alone when Janet is working nights, but the idea of staying in that house, forever listening for a key in the lock that will never turn is unsupportable. She will move in with Sam, and the house will be sold to provide for her support and her college and graduate educations. When Sam asks her "Keep or Goodwill?" and holds up the Star Wars trilogy boxed set, Cassie pales, seizes it from Sam's startled hands, and carries it out to the stone and concrete grill in the back yard. There she gives it a funeral pyre send off reminiscent of Darth Vader's.

She never watches Star Wars again.

Or here at The Pentangular Gate.

Comments

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ansostuff
Nov. 23rd, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Oh, nice! I loved this. So intence and emotional and true to the characters. :) I should do some five things writing. I've not done that. It'd be fun. Now I wish i had a Cassie icon but at least there's Janet in this one. :)
thothmes
Nov. 23rd, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Thank you. That's high praise.

I find that with five things it's either feast or famine for me. Some prompts I look at and the response leaps full-blown into my head like the birth of Athena from the head of Zeus. These are the ones I post. Other times I will look at a nice, juicy prompt that I would think would be right up my alley, and nothing comes. I sit. I stare. Nothing.

So I find that when it works it is a great deal of fun, and when it doesn't it is really quite frustrating!
bluewillowtree
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
This is lovely, and the ending gave me chills.

I especially like the observation about Jack watching people watch movies, rather than the movies themselves.
thothmes
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeah. Jack likes to think that inside the curmudgeonly colonel is a world-weary hermit, but he may be the only person that he fools with that. Really he's a people person.

Poor Cassie got a very raw deal, but I think she's the type to confront her problems head on rather than run from them, and ultimately she'll be just fine. I like to think that the ending of this piece shows her taking up arms against the pain, and is a first step learning to tame it.

All the same, I think it makes sense that Sam would want to take some time to be earthbound at Area 51 until Cassie comes to grips with the fact that her third mom has a very hazardous job!

This is (sigh!) my only icon with Cassie in it.
draco_somnians
Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh this is gooooood! I have such a weakness for Cassie fic, I think because the show gave us so little of her.

I love how Janet is trying to teach her something with the movies, and also that she knows which parts are going to be difficult for Cassie.



I don't have a Cassie icon or a Janet icon. That sucks.
thothmes
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
I have one Janet lol icon on dw, and plain headshot of Janet on lj, but no Cassie icon unless you count the one that has Cassie, Jack, and the dog that I used here. Not suitable for a wide range of non-doggy situations.

I think Janet must have been a great mother. It's hard enough making ones way through the Valley of the Shadow of the Teen Years when one started the relationship with a traumatized one year old. It must be so much harder starting with a traumatized eleven year old.

Cassie is a fascinating character to me because when we first see her she is such a sweet, winsome character, and then at 16 she is so feisty and a bit mouthy. I like both versions, but I'd love to see the dots connected to get from one to the other.

Time and attention from Janet and SG-1 on a safe and secure world allowing her natural temperament to resurface? Sudden freedom from the societal constraints of traditional male-dominated Hankan society combined with a few too many sitcoms featuring mouthy kids? Over-exposure to Uncle Jack in wiseass mode?

Choice D, all of the above?

Enquiring minds want to know.
not_a_zatarc
Nov. 25th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, sad and sweet at the same time. I love stuff with Cassie, Janet, and SG-1. All of them together. To me, Cassie and Janet ARE part of SG-1. :)
thothmes
Nov. 26th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Janet and Cassie are absolutely part of SG-1! So is Hammond, although he is aware of the constraints that the presence of an officer of his rank puts on the proceedings, so he doesn't stay long, but pleads grandfatherly necessity to leave early.

I've always thought that the reason that Jack looked so world weary in season 8 had to do with confronting this barrier himself (and nothing to do with RDA's weird schedule, flying in to tape like mad, and flying out again to return to Wylie!). He is intuitive enough to have felt the necessity for that distance, and it would have made him rather solitary.
not_a_zatarc
Nov. 26th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I know! I felt so bad for Jack in season 8. :( He was so apart from the team. i really wish he never had to get promoted.

(and dammit, yours is one of the journals LJ does not let me change my icon for! GRR!) ....(added: oh wait, nevermind. lol. )

Edited at 2010-11-26 05:50 am (UTC)
thothmes
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
I still feel sorry for Jack. He doesn't look any to thrilled to be in Washington, and Carter's off in Atlantis or commanding the Hammond.

But realistically (and NO WAY is it realistic for a team like SG-1 to be kept together as a unit for that many years) I believe Jack would have been booted out for staying too long in grade and not making the jump to Brigadier sooner. Officers are like sharks in that they need to move forward or die (at least as far as their career is concerned). And he didn't have nearly enough time in grade to make the jumps he did to Major and Lieutenant General.

But all that realism would have just ruined it for us and taken RDA out of the picture years ago, so we don't want that!

So "Bah!" to realism I say. Sam and Jack totally married while she was at Area 51 before he left for D.C., and - thanks to Jack's SuperspermTM - Carter will have no trouble whatsoever conceiving on the wrong side of fourty, and they will have themselves a kid or two, and drop them off at daycare before gating off to the crab nebula and using the communication stones to visit Destiny. And they will both totally live to be over one hundred to see the kids well grown and the grandchildren into at least their teens...

I think I need Jack to say something sarcastic right about now.

I'm glad my lj has stopped trying to beat up on you. "Down, LJ! Down girl!"
not_a_zatarc
Nov. 26th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
LOL. YES. I like to pretend Jack and Sam got married before he left for DC too. :) This is why I love fanfiction. hehe. XD We can make them happy together forever and ever!

(and stupid LJ is still messing with my icons on a few other journals. D'oh!)
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