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Prompt 123.3 - Charity Set [May. 11th, 2011|10:14 pm]
The Pentangular Gate


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Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

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[User Picture]From: somehowunbroken
2011-05-13 03:44 am (UTC)

Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

1. "I did what?"

Teal'c managed to keep the smile from his face. "You expressed your love for General O'Neill over dinner one night," he repeated, watching as Samantha Carter's face turned red and she sputtered. "You might have been slightly inebriated."

2. "I actually did it," Cameron Mitchell repeated, delighted, as he clapped Teal'c on the back. "I learned to meditate with you!"

"Perhaps you can learn again," Teal'c replied, staring at him until Cameron settled back into place.

3. "Really, darling?" Vala Mal Doran pouted at him. "We were on that big old ship together for fifty years, and I took up knitting?" She sidled closer. "Come on, you can tell me - who did I hook up with?"

Teal'c merely inclined an eyebrow at her.

4. "I actually turned her away," Daniel Jackson repeated, sounding a bit lost. "She came to me and I turned her away."

"I believe that it hurt her a great deal," Teal'c continued. "But she hid it well."

Daniel continued to stare at him, a thoughtful look on his face. "Did she-"

"She did not ask you again," Teal'c replied before he could finish. "I believe that she thought you would reject her again, and did not want to risk losing your friendship entirely." He paused, waited, and landed the final strike. "She was as sincere as I have ever seen her, Daniel Jackson."

Teal'c left Daniel to wonder on his own.

5. General Landry stared at him for a moment before settling his hands in his lap. "I said what?"

"I cannot be certain," Teal'c said, and this, at least, is true. "Before you died, you called each of us in to speak with you. You thanked me for my service to the people of Earth and charged me with keeping the rest of the team safe while aboard the Odyssey." He paused, weighing his words. "I do not know the exact nature of your words to the others, but I do believe that they had a great impact on our remaining time aboard the ship."

Teal'c rose from his seat and walked to the door. "Knowing what you thought of them meant a great deal to us," he added, and then he left.

He might have twisted the truth, might have invented a few things outright, but Teal'c thought that something good might come of those fifty years after all, even if he was the only one who remembered them.

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[User Picture]From: tresa_cho
2011-05-25 02:09 am (UTC)

Re: Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

These are all brilliant.
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[User Picture]From: archersangel
2011-05-14 01:06 am (UTC)
that daniel and mitchell wrote the novels they had always wanted to write.

sam had become a very good cook.

vala told them about all of her "misadventures & misdemeanors" ("the felonies too" daniel had added.) because she was sure they would be stuck there beyond the statute of limitations.

that teal'c himself mastered the yo-yo. (he's pretty sure no one believes this one)

they all played pranks to ease the tension of being cooped up. teal'c thought one of the best was one of the ship's corridors filled with soap foam.
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[User Picture]From: fallon_ash
2011-05-25 01:07 pm (UTC)
Heee! Figures no-one believes Teal'c mastered the yo-yo...
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From: Paian [dreamwidth.org]
2011-05-22 06:29 pm (UTC)

Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

One of Landry's hybrid Solanum lycopersicum plants achieving sentience and attempting to take over the ship. Teal'c himself admitted that he might have watched a little too much B-movie science fiction the night before. The extended yarn he spun did, however, keep several visiting children entertained for the duration of an SGC lockdown.

A team-and-Landry orgy. It was what O'Neill in his vast lasciviousness wanted to hear, and Teal'c couldn't bring himself to disappoint his old friend. The details about the control crystals and the noisemakers he added purely for his own amusement.

Weekly polo tournaments in the holosuite they designed and installed. Teal'c dropped this tidbit in Jay Felger's hearing knowing full well how assiduously Doctor Felger would apply himself to developing actual working holoreality technology if he believed that it was an achievable goal.

Anyone pairing off romantically. During his psychological evaluation, he told the military doctor that two couples had formed -- himself and Samantha Carter, and Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran -- in order to spare present-day Colonels Carter and Mitchell the suspicion and scrutiny the military would bring to bear upon each of them should they discover who was in fact engaged in sexual activity with whom over that half-century. That the arrangements he had invented were the ones portrayed in the episode when the adventures of SG-1 were developed into a successful television series merely confirmed his suspicions about the Air Force psychiatrist. He was unperturbed; short-lived though it had been, he vastly preferred Wormhole X-Treme! anyway.

The death of hope. When confronted with despair in his personnel in the face of overwhelming odds, he will sometimes claim that after fifty years, his team had surrendered any expectation of escape, but had prevailed in what seemed their darkest hour. It was so long ago, now, that in truth he no longer remembers whether they gave up hope or not. He does not believe they would have, but he has no compunction about claiming they did, in the far-future-that-wasn't buried in his distant past, if it will help save lives in the present.
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[User Picture]From: tresa_cho
2011-05-25 02:11 am (UTC)

Re: Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

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[User Picture]From: green_grrl
2011-05-23 02:04 am (UTC)
1. "Daniel Jackson, you had fifty years with ample opportunity to practice. Naturally you were able to best me at sparring."

2. "Colonel Mitchell. At the end of our stay in the time dilation field, the running tally for our poker games indicated that you owed me six hundred seventeen doughnuts. You assured me that you would be 'good for it.'"

3. "Colonel Carter and Vala Mal Doran, you proved to be able competitors in the sport known as 'roller derby.' I hope you will continue to pursue this skill."

4. "It was none of you who was declared winner of the prank war. I believe that honor went to General Landry."

5. "I found participation in the Earth game 'Spin the Bottle' to be most enlightening. As did the rest of you."
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[User Picture]From: tresa_cho
2011-05-25 02:12 am (UTC)
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From: anotherdreamer5
2011-05-23 05:54 am (UTC)
1. “Decades with the Asgard knowledge, and there’s nothing else you can tell me?” Daniel Jackson asks.

"I have shared all that I know," Teal'c assures him.

“So there's nothing else interesting that we should know about?”

"You told Vala Mal Doran that you loved her, and she replied in kind," Teal'c says, knowing it will distract Daniel Jackson, and that it should have happened, but they had both been too afraid.

2. "There was a prank war," Teal'c tells Samantha Carter one day when she is stressed and locked in her lab working on computers.

Her eyes light up. "Oh?"

"You lost," he says, and her eyes narrow and she plots, putting down the technology that has been frustrating her. Before the Odyssey, he had known she was competitive. Now he knows that there are days she longs for her responsibility to lessen, so this is his gift.

She had won the prank war, forcing them to concede by reversing the gravity in every other room and dying all of their hair pink.

3. “Come on, Teal’c,” Cameron Mitchell says while the interest is still fresh, beer can in hand. “What was the craziest thing we did?”

Teal’c is contemplative for a long minute, and he knows that they do not expect him to answer this question any more than he has answered any of the others, but he takes and breath and says, "You had sex with General Landry.”

Cam spits out his beer and nearly drops the can. Vala’s grin is huge, and Samantha Carter is actually laughing. Daniel looks contemplative.

“Argh!” Cameron yells. “No. No, no, no. Why would you say that?”

“I’ll have to ask the General about his seduction techniques,” Vala says.


Teal’c feels that this is the moment he can claim victory in the prank war, even if they never know it.

4. "So, muscles, did you ever break down and call us just one name?" Vala asks a year afterward. She is the most interested in the details, the might-have-beens. Her life, she once told him, was a series of mostly wrongly chosen paths, and she spent a great deal of time wondering what would have happened if she had been different, better.

"I have always addressed you as I do now, Vala Mal Doran," Teal'c lies. Telling her that he learned to call them all by their shortened names would imply too much about their time there, about how much hope they had lost and how much he had changed. Having lived with her all these long years, Teal’c knows that she would be the one most willing to learn about his changes, and the most disappointed by their loss of faith.

5. "I'm sorry," Samantha Carter says to him one morning at breakfast as they sit on the Atlantis balcony where she now works.

Teal’c says nothing, raising an eyebrow and waiting for her details.

"About Odyssey," Samantha says, her hands wrapped around her mug of coffee. "Not fixing it fast enough."

She glances at the white patches of hair as she speaks.

"You learned the cello,” he says instead of answering, “and played a concert for us on the thirtieth anniversary of our stay.”

It had been at Landry’s funeral, but the music stayed with Teal’c forever, and it reminded him of peace and family. He had downloaded it as soon as they returned to Earth, and plays it some nights when he remembers the people his friends became and wishes he had someone to share those memories with.
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[User Picture]From: archersangel
2011-05-25 04:04 am (UTC)
i like 2 & 3, especially teal'c claiming ultimate victory.
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[User Picture]From: sidlj
2011-05-23 10:06 pm (UTC)

Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

General Landry did not get drunk one Christmas and make a merry pass at Vala, but Teal’c told Daniel he did. (It was really Cam. Vala returned the favor at New Year’s.)

Sam didn’t really steal General Landry’s underwear and decorate the mess hall with it, but Teal’c told Cam she did. (It was really Vala. Sam was the one who took it down and got caught red-handed doing it.)

Vala didn’t paint a nude life study of Cam, but Teal’c told Sam she did. (It was really Daniel. Cam hung it in his bathroom so he could compare it to what he saw in the mirror as the years went by. After thirty years, he took it down and stuck it in a closet.)

Daniel didn’t replicate little trinkets and toys he thought Sam would like, and leave them as anonymous tokens of appreciation for all her work, but Teal’c told Vala he did. (It was really General Landry. Sam cried over some of them.)

Cam didn’t hit Daniel too hard while they were sparring and knock him senseless for two hours, but Teal’c told General Landry he did. (It was really Sam, working off some major stress. That’s when the general started leaving the anonymous presents.)
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From: anotherdreamer5
2011-05-25 02:23 am (UTC)

Re: Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

There's a really great rhythm to this piece. I love the use of the parenthsis, and the way Teal'c twisted the stories that needed to be told into little lies just because. Well, well done.
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[User Picture]From: lilyleia78
2011-05-24 02:00 am (UTC)

Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

1 - The whole crew of them got a little tipsy one New Year's eve and spent the whole day naked.

That was more a dream he had - in his defense the dream was inspired by the time Vala spent Carter's entire birthday in the buff.

2 - Daniel and Cam shaved their heads.

That one was partially true. Teal'c actually shaved their heads himself when they made the critical error of falling asleep during a meditation session they'd begged to join.

3 - For Christmas one year they'd acted out all three Star wars movies for him.

He'd asked them to every year starting in year five, but they never did do it for him. He's hoping he can convince them to do it next year, now that they 'know' they've already done it once.

4 - Teal'c told them everything he and O'Neill did when they were trapped in that time loop.

Yeah, that was never going to happen. But he hoped Daniel and Sam would stop bugging him about it all these years later if he claimed he'd already done it once. He strongly suspected that was going to backfire.

5 - The whole team (plus Landry) declared Teal'c undisputed prank king.

Teal'c declared himself prank king, but there was lots of disputing about it.
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[User Picture]From: archersangel
2011-05-25 04:10 am (UTC)

Re: Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

lol at 2. and i like how pranks keep coming up in these, it's really "them" i think.
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[User Picture]From: skieswideopen
2011-05-24 10:11 pm (UTC)

Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

1. "Really?" Mitchell froze, beer hanging in mid-air. "I said that?"


The beer was returned to the table a little too carefully. "To everyone? I told all of you that I'm..." He let the sentence trail off.

"Not everyone. Colonel Carter and I were the only ones present. You asked us not to share that information."

Mitchell still looked skeptical. "Even if it's true, and I'm not saying it is, why would I admit it? That's the kind of secret that can end a man's--or woman's--career."

"We were discussing what each of us most missed from our previous lives. I believe at that point you were past hope that we would return to our old lives."

"Huh." Mitchell picked up his beer again and tilted the bottle to his lips.

"I understand that certain activities are officially still forbidden to you, but if you ever wish for some privacy the next time he's on Earth, I would be honoured to provide it for you."

"Still not admitting anything, but I'll keep that in mind."

2. "I said what?"

Vala stalked toward him angrily. A lesser man would have taken a step back, but Teal'c held firm.

"You seriously expect me to believe that I told you about Tal," she hissed.

"Your second husband. Yes. And Vala Mal Doran, having heard the story, I can tell you: what happened to him was not your fault."

He felt a twinge at seeing her tears, but he held firm there too. In the long run, it would be better for her to believe that someone had forgiven her. And one day she might actually tell him what had happened to Tal.

3. "I told you that," Carter said disbelievingly.

"You did."

"In fifty years, my biggest regret was not marrying Jack."

Teal'c inclined his head. "Indeed."

"We must have all changed over fifty years."

"We did. But we also had a great deal of time to reflect on our lives and our mistakes. I would not discount any insights you may have gained during that time."

4. Daniel shoved his glasses up. "I really told you about what I remember from being ascended?"

"Not in great detail," Teal'c said carefully. "But you implied...."

Daniel held up a hand. "Yeah, yeah. I get it. I guess maybe fifty years as long enough to let me talk about it."

"Should you ever wish to speak further...." Teal'c offered.

"Try me again in another fifty years."

Teal'c hid his smile until he was out of the room. He had the confirmation he wanted; Daniel hadn't forgotten everything.

5. Landry grimaced. "I did what?"

"Took up playing the violin," Teal'c said solemnly. "In time you became quite proficient."

Landry shook his head. "My mother forced me to play the piano when I was a kid. I hated every minute of it. You should have seen the way I fought when it was time to practice. Are you sure I didn't take up growing plants or something? I like plants. I could see growing things."

"I believe you wished to learn in order to be able to accompany Colonel Carter on the cello."

"Uh huh. And did anyone else join our little band?"

"No," Teal'c said. "You found other ways to bond with the other members of SG-1."

"Such as?"

"You and Colonel Mitchell spent a great deal of time playing chess."

Landry stood up. "Now I know you're lying. Mitchell hates chess. Good try, though. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a meeting to attend."

"Very well," Teal'c said, following Landry out of his office.

He shrugged mentally. Four out of five wasn't bad.

Edited at 2011-05-24 10:12 pm (UTC)
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From: anotherdreamer5
2011-05-25 02:27 am (UTC)

Re: Five things that didn't happen aboard the Odyssey in Unending (but Teal'c told someone they did)

Ah! I love this. That he used his "knowledge" of the future to confirm suspicions about the present. That Landry didn't believe him was perfect, and that Vala could find forgiveness was worth it. I loved Cam's because I'm the biggest Cam/John shipper ever (love your work!), and Daniel's because it shows the depth of their friendship.

Thanks for sharing!
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