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Fanfiction: Two Moons in Toronto

Fandom: Stargate SG1
Series: Five Things
Prompt: Five Times Cassie Slipped Up About How Things Were in Toronto
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: Originally published on sg1-five-things
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended.  Written for entertainment purposes only.

 

Two Moons in Toronto

Prompt: Five Times Cassie Slipped Up About How Things Were in Toronto

1. Two Moons

The Art therapy class is Janet’s idea and Cassie just loves it. She enjoys painting with bright colours; vibrant greens, loud reds and splashy blues. Her pictures are often of Hanka; the open fields, the small village, her mother and father, brother and sister…the world she has lost. She paints without thinking which is how two moons appear in the night sky on her canvas. Her teacher questions it and Cassie hurriedly covers by stating; ‘We had two moons in Toronto.’ It’s only later when Sam picks her up from class and explains that the Earth only ever has one moon that Cassie understands she’s slipped up anyway.

2. Clowns

Cassie’s best friend Emma holds a birthday party six months after Cassie’s arrival on Earth. Music fills the air; shouting children; bustling adults. It’s a riot of sound and sights. It’s new and exciting and Cassie loves it. When the clown arrives she’s enthralled by his painted face, huge shoes and big red nose. Emma complains when Cassie follows him around and Cassie tries to explain that they didn’t have clowns in Toronto. Emma doesn’t believe her, calls her liar and runs away in tears. Cassie sobs on Janet’s shoulder all the way home and decides she really doesn’t like clowns.

3. Dating

Emma likes Matthew Keegan and Cassie’s got her eye on Matt’s best friend, Dominic; she thinks he’s cute. Emma suggests a double date. On Hanka there was a strict code about how a couple became paired and while Cassie knows it’s different on Earth, she remembers enough that she hesitates and before she can stop herself questions whether they should take a chaperone. Emma gives her the look; the one Cassie has come to interpret as meaning 'don’t make this a Toronto thing.' Cassie blushes and suggests they should ask their Moms if it's OK at least. Emma nods sagely but Cassie knows she knows. She wonders whether one day she’ll be able to tell Emma the truth.

4. Prayer for the Dead

Cassie doesn’t cry when Sam breaks the news of her mother’s death. She doesn’t cry at all and wonders if it’s truly the shock as Daniel assures her or whether she used up all her tears over Hanka. The day of Janet’s burial, she stands proudly in the small chapel and pays tribute to her mother with a dry-eyed stoicism a Jaffa warrior would envy.

There is a prayer she remembers from her childhood and she recites it in her eulogy ignoring Sam’s wince, Teal’c’s raised eyebrow, and the way Jack and Daniel exchange a worried look. Margaret Fraiser, Janet’s formidable mother, approaches her after and questions the origins of the unusual prayer. Cassie can’t lie to Grandma Maggie, not that day. She struggles and can feel SG1 about to step forward and rescue her when Maggie wraps her arms around her and tells her it really doesn’t matter; that she doesn’t care where Cassie comes from, the only truth is that Cassie is a Fraiser and family. And suddenly, Cassie finds she can cry after all.

5. Two Moons Revisited

She’s old and the exploits of SG1 and her mother are all but forgotten as Earth had closed its Stargate to the rest of the Universe without revealing the truth to the world some years before. Cassie doesn’t understand why; only that nobody could stop it. Jack and Sam had been lost in a battle with one alien, Teal’c in another, and Daniel simply lost in another galaxy or plane of existence – she forgets which.

Cassie doesn’t see the point of telling her children nor her grandchildren that she’s from another world. But she enjoys telling tales from her childhood; of her friends and how they ran over open fields and gazed up at the night sky with its blanket of stars and two moons. Her grand-daughter protests strongly and reminds Cassie that there’s only one moon. She sounds so like Sam. Cassie blinks hard for a moment before she smiles and murmurs softly that she’ll always believe that there are two moons in Toronto. 

fin.
 


Comments

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mrspollifax
Feb. 8th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
So I was reading along and thinking how nice this was, because I love Cassie fic and there really isn't enough of it, and the first three are so perfectly childlike without having Cassie being childish, and the fourth is really touching, and they are all lovely and just right - and then I got to the fifth and gah! *flails around* Wonderful. Understated but so heartwrenching in just a few words.

I just found your five things index, and I had no idea you'd written so many. I love five things because (among other reasons) I can actually finish reading one without getting interrupted. So I am a happy girl.

rachel500
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the comment!

I keep meaning to write more Cassie fic - maybe for this Women of the Gate.

I have written more five things than I originally anticipated I would but I love the format as I can usually write the first draft in an hour and they're really all about character studies in some way.

Glad you enjoyed this one. :)
draco_somnians
Feb. 9th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! This is beautiful! The first three are kind of funny and awkward, but those last two... wow. I love how Cassie has adjusted to being from another world and kind of doesn't worry about those little slip-ups anymore.

There was never enough Cassie in canon, so thank you for some wonderful Cassie fic. There's really not enough of that around either.

(Here via mrspollifax's rec.)
julimond1402
Feb. 10th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
This is beautiful! So you made me smile and then cry in the matter of like two minutes. You're good! Love Cassie fic, love this! Thanks!
rachel500
Feb. 10th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
I love when people say I made them cry/laugh. :) I don't think there's a greater compliment for an author!

Thank you for the comment.
rachel500
Feb. 10th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
Definitely not enough Cassie fic around.

Yeah, I kind of think as Cassie gets older, she understands what she can get away with and what she can't; what matters and what doesn't in the slip-ups - and they become less important to her whereas as a child/teenager I think she'd be more aware of what makes her different and how she does/doesn't fit in with her friends - as we all are.

Thank you so much for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed it. :)
sg_fignewton
Feb. 6th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
I just had the pleasure of reccing this. :)
rachel500
Feb. 7th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! (Love the icon!)
zinke
Feb. 6th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to have missed this one the first time around. Absolutely lovely!
rachel500
Feb. 7th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!
indigocat
Feb. 8th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
That's beautiful.
rachel500
Feb. 8th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
amilyn
Mar. 28th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh, this is LOVELY. I love the "two moons in Toronto" and how Cassie is fascinated by the clown and confused about mating/dating rituals, and how Janet's mother knows there's...SOMETHING...but tells her it doesn't matter what because she's FAMILY and that's the floodgate. I like that, unlike so MANY versions of these stories, you chose to have the Stargate never revealed; it adds a melancholy poignancy to this....and I like that, after all Daniel's deaths and ascensions, even Cassie can't remember which one was most recent. Really, really excellent.
rachel500
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely feedback! Glad you enjoyed it! :)
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