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FIC: "Permafrost Beach" (2/2)

  • Sep. 8th, 2010 at 10:48 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: 2,343 (4,614 total)
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.


The Best Journey of this World

Jared Padalecki one of Hollywood’s most successful stars talks to us about Polar explorers, boot camps, Academy Awards and environmental issues.

By: Misha Collins

Only a month after the 84th Academy Awards and his winning the category of Best Male Actor in a Leading Role Jared Padalecki, Hollywood superstar and headliner of the next Christopher Nolan movie, takes the time to talk with us about his career and the most defining moments in his life. We met with the actor in San Francisco where he stays at his partner’s house and enjoys the days without stalkers and press.

There has been much talk about the influx of offers you will be getting now, but so far only one project has been confirmed that has you in it. Is an Academy Award winning actor too intimidating for some producers?

[laughs] No. I get scripts and offers all the time, but since I was rather well known and popular before the win there has not really been a dramatic increase in volume. What has changed though is that directors and producers are a lot friendlier when they approach me. Before they had the upper hand but now with this Award on my cupboard they are somehow more careful about how they try to convince me. You know as an actor, when you start out, there is a time when you are grateful for any role that you get and it sometimes gets to the point where you are begging the casting directors to take you, but now that I am where I find myself right now, it is the other way around.

In The Worst Journey of the World you play a character that is driven by his obsession and it costs him his life in the end. Can you identify with single-mindedness?

Well, of course there are aspects that I can identify with. Everyone of us has interests, hobbies, something they are passionate about. I believe that for people to be really great at something they need to be passionate about it. Just think about Marie Curie who died from radiation poisoning, or Galileo Galilee who was put under house arrest by the inquisition for believing and teaching about heliocentrism. Without sacrifice and determination it’s impossible to achieve extraordinary things.

The movie is loosely based on the life of Sir Francis Scott who also died on his expedition to the centre of the South Pole.

That is true. Scott was one of the leading Polar explorers of his time. He wanted to be the first to reach the magnetic South Pole. Amundsen who had the same goal in mind became his competitor in the race to the centre of Antarctica. Scott lost the race as we know and it was a real blow to him to have not accomplished what he set out to do. Cherry-Garrard, who was a survivor of this expedition, describes the circumstances under which they find their dead companions. They had been starving but in the snow storms they had been unable to find the provisions that had been hidden for them. Their tent was only feet away from the next food depot.

Does making a movie like The Worst Journey in the World that depicts tragedies that occurred in real life call for a different approach?

For sure. If the characters are invented by writers it’s of course a challenge to portray their feelings and their journey in a way that others can experience it with them. But of the characters are actual people the challenge is twofold. For one, you want the audience to come on a journey with you and to have them believe in what you are portraying, but you also are always aware that this person has lived for real and you want to do them justice as well.

It’s quite obvious that you are very knowledgeable on the topic of Arctic explorers. Did a lot of research go into the preparation for this role?

Research? [laughs] I think Jensen wouldn’t talk to me anymore if I was ignorant of all the history that the movie is based on. It was Rob’s (editor: Robert Benedict) idea that we needed to go on a Polar boot camp to be able to understand what living in the Polar regions is like. We were sent a research facility in Alaska where we spent a couple of weeks with the scientific staff, bothering them and keeping them from doing their work.

During your training there you also met Jensen Ackles?

Yeah. Met him again to be more precise. What I didn’t know in the beginning was that we went to the same high school. He was in the same year even, but since we were in two very different groups we never really got to know each other back then.

Many papers and magazines wrote about the relationship between you and him that it was the reason for the break up between you and Sandy McCoy. Is there any truth to this?”

Back then, at the beginning of our relationship and even before that, there quite a few people who said that but most of the talking has died down. The same goes with the ridiculous rumor about my and Genevieve’s involvement. Some papers make their living by spreading lies.

So Jensen was not a factor in the break up?

No. Sandy and I had already split by the time I met Jensen at the boot camp. We became friends and stayed in contact even after I left after the training. You know, there are a lot of people I know in the business but I lost contact with most of the buddies I had in high school. Some thought that my fame was an easy way for them to make money by telling things about me to the press and others just moved on and it was not really possible to combine my and their life. So, when I got to know Jensen and we had such a great time I wanted to stay in contact, to have a friend that couldn’t care less about what movie I last starred in or how much profit the last blockbuster made. Most of the movies I had been in, he didn’t even know.

But he did know that you were an actor? Right?

Yea, he knew but the only thing he had seen of my work was a billboard of Tall Tales. Jensen, he has so many amazing things going on. I always knew back in high school that I wanted to become and actor and make great movies, but he actually does things that are of importance. At the time when I was starring in my break-through movie (editor: The Christmas Cottage) he was actually on an expedition through Antarctica. He and David (editor: David de Rothschild) are good friends and they have been planning and going on a lot expeditions together. They are the heads of Adventure Ecology an scientific group that wants to make people aware of the ecological dangers and problems we have today.

So, how come the two of you became involved in more than friendship? There had been many stories and rumors in the time that is considered to be the one when you two actually got together.

That is a very long and very complicated story and The Advocate as well as After Elton have been both asking me to let them interview me about being famous and being gay. Honestly, I don’t want to talk about that. It just seems stupid to have to explain my relationship to some reporter just because Jensen happens to be a guy. People have been wondering if I would give some grand statement, but I don’t think that any of this will be happening. Jensen is a rather private guy and he really doesn’t like anything too public and I don’t remember Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt having to do an interview of how and why they got together. I don’t really see why I should either. Just because Jensen and I are both guys?

But there are a lot gay men and women who look up to people who are able to be out and be successful. Your relationship is for many the proof that both can be combined and the two of you are role models for many young people.

I know that there are people who feel better knowing that I was able to come out without any repercussions, but honestly it’s no-one’s business but mine and Jensen’s who I chose as my partner. I’m glad that my being gay is a confidence boost for some, but I really don’t want to become a spokes person for something that I don’t consider extra-ordinary.

Now that you have won an Academy Award for your work, what is the next big goal? Another award or something else?

Awards are, of course, always nice but, to be honest, I have been thinking of getting more involved in Adventure Ecology. Ever since Jensen told me about their work and I got to meet David, who is the mastermind behind all of it, I have been thinking about joining in and help with their work. True, I might not be too much of a help on an expedition and trekking through the Antarctica will not be on my to-do list anytime soon, but I want to spread the word and help with funding and promoting their cause. I believe that it is important to be interested in your planet. We only have the one. We should take good care of it.

What is the next project then?

Their last expedition was to the Ecuadorian jungle to make people aware of all the pollution, mercury and other toxic materials, of the environment there. The photos Jensen took are really frightening and I wish that people would stop what they are doing to others as well as to themselves. The mercury pollutes not only the water, but it seeps into the soil as well. Their next big mission is called Plastiki and they will be sailing the Pacific Ocean with a custom-made catamaran. The material the ship will be made from are recycled plastic bottles.

Why plastic bottles and why the Pacific Ocean?

What most people probably don’t know is that the oceans are polluted from all the garbage that is being dumped into them. There are large stretches of water where piles of plastic trash is swimming around, killing with their toxic materials or by entangling animals. I think that it’s issues like this that need addressing.

And what will be happening in the movie business?

Well, I’m doing the movie with Christopher Nolan and I’m talking with Ted Carson about a possible Western. Nothing like Brokeback Mountain but a really cool story that I’m not going to tell you about.

Not even a little hint?

[laughs] No.

What about the rumors that you are planning on trying out the directing chair?

They are just that, rumours. True, I might want to be on the other end of the camera sometime in the future but at the moment I enjoy acting too much to let someone else do in my place. Some directors are great and they let you add your voice to a character, you know, like giving you a little leeway in how you interpret your own facet of the person you are portraying. Others are rather strict. They have their own idea of what things are supposed to be like and they will let your do your lines again and again, until you do them just the way they want them to be.

Which type of director is easier to work with?

I can’t really say. In the end it depends on the individual director. Some don’t interfere at all and you are never sure if what you are doing is right, and some are so controlling that you feel stifled. I think both approaches are worthwhile and I’ve enjoyed working with both a lot.

Your fans have been asking why you are hiding away in San Francisco so often these days.

Hiding is a little over the top. I come here to spend time with Jensen when my schedule permits it. There are times when he visits me in L.A. as well but his days are far more occupied than mine when I’m not making a movie, so it’s easier for me to come here than for him to travel all the distance down south after work. Besides I love this house and the neighbors are all kinds of awesome.

No stalking fans or camping reporters?

In the beginning that was a legit fear of mine. That suddenly the whole street would be swamped with media and behind every bush a fan would be hiding to get a picture of me and Jensen, but it became clear quite soon that none of this would happen. This street, the whole neighbourhood, they are like a small community that protects itself. Unlike at home, where I need fences and guarded gates, neighbourhood watch and the local police make sure that no-one gets to crowd the street or the sidewalk. Reporters soon stopped camping out on the sidewalk after getting arrested a couple of times. And my fans have so far respected my wish for privacy.

One last question before we conclude this interview.


What are the most defining moments of your life? What made you’re the person you are today?

Getting the lead in A Christmas Cottage was definitely a defining moment in my life. But for my personal life, I would have to be sappy and say that meeting Jensen was the best that has happened to me so far.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us.

It was fun. Thank you.

And good luck with your next plans.

Thank you. I’m on the best journey of my life. I’ll enjoy doing whatever might come next.

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Author Notes 2: This is the end of our journey in the Glaciology! verse. I enjoyed writing this story even though there were two really long breaks in between writing. But RL is sometimes really demanding.

I hope you had fun reading the stories and I want to thank everyone who had the patience and the endurance to stay with me to the end. Thank you so much!

I have a vague idea of a sequel but please don't hold your breath. It might was well be that nothing comes of it. Once more thanks and please let me know how you enjoyed your journey through this universe.


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[personal profile] kristophorios wrote:
Sep. 8th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
The story was amazing...I am sorry to see it end...
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[personal profile] simarillion wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
Well, it had to end sometime. I'm glad that you enjoyed reading the universe and thank you for letting me know that you liked the stories.
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[personal profile] ysbail wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I settled down to make a pdf file of the whole verse so that I could read it on my ereader and the moment I got to the instalments I'd not read before the pdf stalled ... I couldn't wait, I had to read them straight away.

It's been a long ride - and I know I made a lot of impatient comments waiting for the end of this - but I am so happy right now. I stopped reading while the Jared/Genevieve stuff was in the press and though I had faith that you'd sort the problems with Jensen and Jared out I was soooooo happy to see you'd done it so very well.

Now I think I need to see what else you've created. I'm gonna stick my pdf onto my ereader and I don't doubt that I'll be moved to read the whole thing again soon.

Thanks for a very enjoyable read.
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[personal profile] simarillion wrote:
Sep. 21st, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
It's been a long journey. Storywise and writing-wise. There were ups and downs and even though I enjoyed writing the verse, I always knew that it would end here. I have been contemplating a sequel, but it would be something completely different to what we had until now, and there are about 10 other stories that I want to write before that. So, no holding your breath.

I'm still amazed by how well liked this story is. Some of you have been around since I posted the first chapter, and you've been more than patient with me. Don't worry about impatient comments. I need the push from time to time, reminding me that I should write some more.

There will be a pdf ebook of the universe once my beta has sent me the edited chapters of Thawing Distance and Permafrost Beach. I will feature a nifty cover and a stylish layout as well. ;P

Thank you for commenting and letting me know you enjoyed the journey.
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[personal profile] deannawesson wrote:
Sep. 15th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sad to see this finished but happy to see the boys get a happy ending. Very nicely done, I've really enjoyed the ups and downs of this story. I look forward to seeing what you do next! XD
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[personal profile] simarillion wrote:
Sep. 21st, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
I was both sad and relieved when I wrote the last words of this verse. It's been with me for a long time now but I also happy to have finished this one.

Thank you for reviewing!
(Anonymous) wrote:
Oct. 28th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness... I read the verse in one shot. Couldn't stop. I love the way the characters developed and their interactions with one another.

Thank you for this story.
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[personal profile] weimar27 wrote:
Feb. 24th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
I've read this verse a lot, but never commented.

I really love this story. Nicely done.
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[personal profile] chekiita wrote:
Apr. 17th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
I just spent my afternoon reading this verse and I have to congratulate you, it was amazing, well written,fun and sad at times. but I must say my favorite was dean. from time to time my own dog has been nosing around me and some of his actions are so much like dean's i couldn't help but laugh. I am a bit sad we never saw Sammy again. and I want to know more of zack and shya!

great job!
(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 9th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Amazing fic. This is completely different to any other J2 fic that I've ever read and I was hooked from start to finish.
I loved the characterizations of both Jared and Jensen and their character descriptions and histories were so detailed that they really felt like real people. I also loved the portrayal of the confusion in the relationship caused by the media and the effect that this had on lots of the characters.
I enjoyed this story so much I really can't adequately express it in words!
Brilliant fic
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(Anonymous) wrote:
May. 4th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Wow, that was an awesome verse to read!!


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