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FIC: "Permafrost Beach" (1/2)

  • Sep. 8th, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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Permafrost Beach
By Simarillion

Fandom: Supernatural RPS
Universe: Alternative Universe
Rating: PG
Beta: asm_z
Pairing: Jensen Ackles/Jared Padalecki, others
Warnings: slash, M/M
Word Count: 2,271
Summary: How it should be. (Of Happy Endings Hollywood Style)
Disclaimer: None of the herein presented happenings and events are true. Everything is 100% fiction and that includes the sexuality of the characters. I don’t claim to be in the know about their relations and private affairs, and I don’t make any money with the creation of this story.

Author’s Note: I changed the age of Jensen and Jared, they are the same age now. The plot wouldn’t really work otherwise.

This is part 7 of the Glaciology! ‘verse and its conclusion. Jensen is a scientist in the field of glaciology and he spends most of his time surrounded by ice, whereas Jared is a Hollywood movie star. Prequel to this story are Invisible Glaciers, Iceberg Anatomy, Avalanches Approaching, Crevasse Rescue, Shelf Ice Meander and Thawing Distance.



[Masterpost]




The Red Carpet

Compared to the movie premiere Jensen attended, the red carpet of the Academy Awards is by far more intimidating and crazy. Not only are there more celebrities strolling around, but there are about two or three times as many journalists and so many fans crowding in from every side. Jensen can’t help but feel panic well up in him.

In the last couple of months he’s been groomed and instructed by everyone about confidence and swagger, but right here and now, he has problems remembering any of the advice he’s been given. If it wasn’t for Jared who is skillfully and determinedly steering him through the obstacle course they find themselves on, he would get hopelessly lost.

“Allies ten o’clock.” The pseudo military speak makes Jensen grin even though his nerves are fraying more than a little.

Just like Jared said, there are Chad and Hayden chatting with a reporter. Hayden waves at them when she sees them approaching. The same time they are reaching their friends, a delicate arm goes around his waist and Jensen looks to his side to find Genevieve grinning up at him.

Since they met at Chad’s movie premiere, they have become great friends. Had anybody told him that he would come to value the Genevieve as an important person the same time last year, he would have told them to stop dreaming. But as it is, they meet up whenever Jensen is in LA or Genevieve is in San Francisco and she had also been the one to go shopping with him for the tuxedo he’s wearing now. His initial idea of renting a tux had been rebuffed and now he’s the proud owner of a tux that costs about three monthly salaries.

“Hey there.” Jensen wraps his around her shoulders and together they position themselves to Jared’s right. This gets them a surprised look from the reporter, but the man is too much of a professional to let this interfere with the interview he is currently conducting.

After a couple of questions about upcoming projects and Jared’s nomination, he gets around to Jensen though and with a wary glance at Jared, who presses himself to Jensen’s side, he holds the mike out to him. “So, Jensen, can I call you Jensen?”

“Sure.” He smiles at the reporter and forces himself to stay calm. With Jared and Genevieve on either side, it’s not a difficult thing to do.

“This is the second time we find you at a public event with Jared, so of course we want to take the chance to ask you about what you are thinking. Will Jared get the award?” The question is accompanied by a broad grin and he finds that he likes the guy. He’s not the shark the blonde waif at the premiere had been.

“He better win. I got this expensive suit and all. It better not be for nothing.” This has everyone laugh and Jared elbows him in his side. “No, honestly, I know that Jared will get the award. The movie was amazing and his portrayal was really outstanding.”

And Jensen means every word he’s saying. The Worst Journey is not one hundred percent accurate where history and Antarctic expeditions are concerned, but it gets pretty close. Jared’s portrayal of the character is so entrancing that Jensen was completely blown away when watching it for the first time. It was the first and only time he bought a collector’s edition of a DVD.

“You being an expert in Polar expeditions can surely give us some insight into the accuracy of Jared’s acting.” This has Jensen grin at Jared. This is a question that has been asked over and over by friends, family and reporters. Everyone wants him to critique Jared’s performance.

“Well, since I was the one responsible for teaching him everything he knows about surviving in the Polar regions, I can only say that Jared’s portrayal in the movie is spot on.” The reporter laughs at that. “Everything else would make me look bad.”

Next to be interviewed is Genevieve. He only listens half-heartedly to her answers, watching the spectacle that is the Red Carpet. He spots Zac a little further ahead talking to another reporter and there is Shia coming up right next to him, wrapping his arm around his waist. There had not been much of a public declaration with those two, but the frequency with which they had been showing up together at events had been continuously increasing and Jensen is sure that with today’s display any rumors will be confirmed.

These thoughts have him search the carpet for Vanessa Hudgens, but with all the people milling about it’s hard to actually pick a person out of the crowd.

“Thank you for your time.” The words have him tune back in to the happenings right in front of him. The reporter is moving on to the next cluster of celebrities and leaves their group to themselves.

“Dude, this is going to be epic!” Chad’s comment is emphasized by his beaming grin and his slightly sleazy leer that he sends one of the waiflike reporters. The brunette smiles back at him, but stays with the group of stars she’s currently interviewing.

Jared continues to steer Jensen through the crowd down the carpet, occasionally smiling or nodding at some actor or actress he knows. Chad, Hayden and Genevieve stay with them all the way to the end of the obstacle course and once they are inside the hubbub from outside dies almost completely down. There are still a lot of people everywhere but the volume is considerable lower than the shouting outside and it feels like everyone is calming down. The huge wet bar might be somewhat responsible for that.

As he looks around, rather intimidated by the opulence of the location and the clothes everyone wears, Jensen wonders what he must look like next to all these stars and celebrities.

“Jensen.” The gravely voice has him whip around and stare surprised at Jeff. Right behind him are Sam, Jim and Danneel. He can’t help himself. Almost jogging over to them, he hugs his former colleagues. He knows he’s grinning like he’s demented but it’s great to see them after such a long time.

“What are you doing here?” Jensen feels Jared stepping up behind him, a warm presence against his back.

“Well, we got some fancy invitation to this show and thought since we haven’t seen you for some time, this might just be the best chance to get a hold of you, Mr. Celebrity.” Danneel is smiling proudly, no doubt because she was able to keep all of this a secret from him in all the phone calls the had been having.

“I get it, you’re the man.” Jeff and Jim just grin raising their whiskeys at him. Sam is just sipping her champagne, looking all regal in her dark brown gown. Jensen doesn’t know much about fashion and designer clothes, but he knows that her dress and the one Danneel is wearing are nothing to sneeze at. It makes him wonder where they got them, but he doesn’t want to look like a heel.

“Jeff!” Hayden brushes past him and attaches herself to Jeff’s side, smiling up at him with dreamy eyes. Apparently her crush on the Captain has not diminished in all these years. Jensen is about to make a teasing comment when Jeff’s arm comes around Hayden’s shoulders and he pulls her even closer to his side.

It takes all his strength to keep form gawking like an idiot at what he sees. Never in a million years had he expected to see this. Sam just smirks and Jim grins amused. It almost seems like he’s the last one to know of this particular development.

Before he can comment on it, Jared tugs him over to a group of men that don’t look like movie stars, at all. They look like ordinary people, no Hollywood glam. They have to be either directors and producers or some execs. Jensen hopes he remembers everything his sister has taught him in the Hollywood crash course last weekend. According to Mac it is inexcusable to be at the Academy Awards without knowing who has been in what movie, is involved or together and who the big bosses are.

All that studying helps now. He recognizes the director of The Worst Journey and one of the other three is Ang Lee, or at least he looks very much like him.

“Rob!” Jared’s booming call has people all around them turn around and watch their procession through the crowd. The attention has Jensen’s heart beating faster and he wonders how Jared can ignore it the way he does. Hunching his shoulders and hurrying his steps he wishes he was still at the wet bar with their friends.

Rob Benedict returns Jared’s hug and pats him on the back. “Well, we’ll see who’ll go home with the Golden Boy.”

“There’s no question about that person being me.” The banter they have going on shows that they are more like friends than actor and director. The others just watch the going ons with amusement. After a minute or two Jared remembers to introduce Jensen: “Jensen, please meet Robert Benedict,” The formal introduction has the director snort.

“Hi, Rob, it’s nice to meet you.” Jensen takes the offered hand and shakes it. All the while grinning himself. He likes this guy already.

“Jensen.”

The others as it turns out are Ang Lee – just like he had suspected before – Ted Carson and Patrice Desilets. Jensen’s heard the names of most of them, but he only knows movies by two of them. Fortunately his lack of knowledge does not show since their talk returns to possible stories for future movies. Jensen knows a couple of games that are mentioned, but he doesn’t know any of the books that are discussed.

It’s about an hour later that their little group disperses as everyone heads out to catch up with other friends and colleagues. Jensen and Jared return to the wet bar but the others are long gone. After getting a drink – there’s no beer to be had, only champagne, wine and liquor – they wander around for a while before it’s time to go to their seats.

The auditorium is gigantic. When Jensen enters he stops in his tracks, staring at the room with wonder and awe. Even the biggest lecture room at the university is tiny compared to it. Everything is simple but elegantly decorated. Wordlessly he follows Jared down the stairs, over to other stairs, up again and then another turn to the left.

It’s there that they find Jeff, Jim, Chad, Hayden, Sam and Danneel. They are chatting and having fun. “This will be awesome.”

Jensen can only agree. Even if he feels overwhelmed and out of place sometimes, the amazing location and the great company makes this one of the best experiences in his life. Their arrival is greeted with cheers and hugs, as if they had been returning from a long journey. Chad goes even so far to kiss him on the cheek.

It is then that he realizes that most of them have had more than the one glass Jensen has been having. With an amused chuckle, he maneuvers Chad into his seat and one by one they are sitting down, ready for the show to start.

About thirty minutes later, people have finally settled down and the cameras are in place. The light dims and then the show starts with a deafening music introduction and loud clapping as the host of the evening walks down the stage.

Another thirty minutes later, Jensen thinks he is about to die. His knees are hurting and his back is aching. These seats are the most uncomfortable pieces of furniture he ever had the misfortune to sit on. Even a banana crate in the jungle or a block of ice in Alaska is ten times more comfortable than what they have here. From the corner of his eyes he watches people slip out of the room and he’s pretty sure he can see Angelina Jolie sitting on some kind of pillow.

“Dude these chairs are shitty.” He can’t help but comment on his predicament.

Jared just chuckles. “Welcome to the Academy Awards.”

About an hour later he follows Jeff, Sam and Danneel outside for a short reprieve from the torture instrument that is disguised as a chair. They get a drink, chat a little and head back to the auditorium. Their return is just in time for the introduction of the nominees in the category Best Actor in a Leading Role.

They show a short snippet of Jared’s movie and Jensen squeezes his knee as they announce the competitors for the title. There are butterflies in his stomach and he’s sure he’s going to start hyperventilating any second now when they open the envelope.

“And the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role goes to,” there is a dramatic pause before the actress continues, “Jared Padalecki for Worst Journey in the World.”

The cheer is deafening as Chad, Hayden, Danneel, Jeff, Sam and Jim jump up and clap Jared on the back. Jensen just stares at him, all dizzy from the noise. He’s pull up from his seat and Jared kisses him, right in front of all the cameras and all of Hollywood.

“I’m so proud.” He whispers the words hoarsely into Jared’s ear and then pushes him down the aisle towards the stage. With a pleased smile he watches Jared walk down to receive his award.



Epilogue

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