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Now The People Will Know We Were Here, or: Everything I Know, I Learned From Heritage Minutes (artemisiabrisol: "or: The Magical Glowing Inukshuk of Manly Emotions") | PG | ~20,500

For McShep Happyfest 2008. I had serious doubts about my ability to write a fic without torturing the characters for 20,000 words.

It was hard.

But I have prevailed! I hope. Beta thanks to artemisiabrisol, mik100 and calantha42, with honourable mention to daroos, who is trapped in our house for the next two days and may by now be regretting asking us to cut her in on the crack.

This began as a completely self-indulgent excuse to bring Team Sheppard to Vancouver. Then it became a group-indulgent excuse to bring Team Sheppard, plus Torren, plus the Millers, to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and go shopping at the HBC, and be adorable and dorky and wax poetic on how-pretty-is-my-city. (‘Cause it is.)

The title: Okay. If you grew up in Canada - or really, have watched cable in Canada for more than two hours since 1991 - you will be familiar with Heritage Minutes. If you’re not, go here, and read all about them. Heritage Minutes (officially: Historica Minutes, but nobody calls them that) are short films about Canadian history. Yeah, pretty straightforward. Some are serious, some funny, some clever, but all are a bit of a joke, because they were so very earnest. Heritage Minutes are the reason why if you yell "I smell burnt toast!" in a crowded room anywhere in the English-speaking world, any Canadians present will burst out laughing, or perhaps groan.

The logo for the 2010 Winter Olympics? Is an inukshuk. If you don’t know what an inukshuk is, I’m not going to tell you. Rather, I’ll point you here, so you can find out the same way I did. :)

(At YVR they discover the airline has lost their luggage, which sparks off a predictably venomous tirade on the subjects of corporate monopolies and nose-diving service standards and something about nostalgia for the noble red goose. John has no idea what Rodney's talking about, but he shares bemused glances with Ronon and Teyla, sticks his hands in his pockets, and watches with a little smile tugging at the corner of his mouth.)

ETA: Fanart! by artemisiabrisol of Ronon and... er. Well. *squee*

ETA2: artemisiabrisol has done it again, this time with curling.

No, that's really all I'm going to tell you.

Also, because I simply could not help myself, the Swedish Women's Hockey Team:



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Nov. 1st, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
YAY! It is magnificent! Even better than I could have hoped for.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
I loved this whole thing. Olympics FTW\o/
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
It's scary, now I'm excited for 2010, even though it's going to be horribly crowded and full of tourists and gah. artemisiabrisol and I spent fifteen minutes in the Olympic merchandise section of the Bay yesterday, just staring at things and beaming stupidly. ;)
Nov. 1st, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Very enjoyable read, just the right amount of crack! Thanks for writing :D
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
*salutes* That's what I'm here for. :)
Nov. 1st, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I've always kinda adored the inukshuks--there's something somewhat appealing about making a mark to say "we were here." (And also point out water or food, and practical things like that)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Also, they're pretty. :)
Nov. 1st, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, I just loved this -- fabulous characterization and a great story! Thank you so much!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Hee, thank you! :D
Nov. 1st, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
The team at the Olympics! Madison and Torren! Ronon dating the Swedish athletes! John and his unrelenting crush! This is made of WIN!

(Also, I was in the Ikea in Richmond, and so the thought of them dragging Ronon to it fills me with unreasoning GLEE.)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
I admit, half the reason for this story was so that I could write that joke. ;)
Nov. 1st, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, this made me cry in a good way and laugh until I sneezed. And then the Swedish Woman's team trampled her! Best villain disposal ever! *gathers blankets around self happily* This is definitely going into my re-read immediately pile.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Sneeze! Oh my! Are you allergic to the crack?

I'm glad you liked it, though. :)
Nov. 1st, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
:D Vancouver love! I really liked this story, the hockey, curling, Goa'uld, and all the character interactions, all of it!

On a side note, did you know that Don S. Davis played the American gambler in the Sam Steele commercial?
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I... did not. Huh!

I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
Nov. 2nd, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
The 2010 Winter Olympics logo is an inukshuk? Cool. I had wondered why everyone was talking about it all of a sudden.

Right. Anyways - awesome fic. *beams*
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D

Actually it's got a name of its very own, but I can't remember it - oh. Ilanaaq, apparently. All I can think of whenever I see it is the Heritage minute. :)
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I had a lot of fun reading this story.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
I'm so glad! :D
Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
That was great; just pure sweetness and resolution.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Just what I was going for! Thank you! :D
Nov. 2nd, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
Aww, so very sweet. The family feeling - both team + Torren, and the larger family of the Miller-McKays - is delightfully warm & fuzzy, and they all have such a good time together. Very cute, how Torren's quiet when Rodney holds him.

Also, heh, to Rodney's breaking up. I think it would go like that, yeah (I'm as biased as John!). And John's very special ways of dealing by not dealing, but they find their way eventually. Awww, boys!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I imagine that a Jennifer/Rodney relationship would end just like that, and I had this mental image of John feeling guilty and doing nothing and saying nothing and then-- *sigh* I'm so glad you enjoyed! :D
Nov. 2nd, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Oh, that was so so gorgeous! Loved it a lot:)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Nov. 2nd, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
A perfectly wonderful happyfic.

this made me laugh out loud:

And that’s when the Swedish women’s hockey team come surging up the corridor and bear the bitch to the ground.

Some of them are still in full gear except for their skates. It probably hurts a lot.

This is John’s favourite part, when he tells the story later.

Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Hee! That's one of my favourite parts, too. Thank you!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Wheee! That was oh so wonderfully happy-making! I so do love me a totally hopelessly in love!John, and I like the point of Rodney being able to be himself, happy, with John!

And all the team stuff, with Torren, oh so CUTE!

Awesome fic! *huggles*
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Poor, poor, hopelessly-in-love!John. You just want to ruffle his hair and give him cocoa until Rodney comes around to the blindingly obvious, don't you?

Thank you! *hugs back*
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