FIC: Five movies Teal'c showed Vala when she joined the SGC
1. Star Wars. "I see why you like this one so much," Vala says as Teal'c removes the DVD from the player and inserts "Empire." "A band of rebels against the evil overlords, a man joining forces with unlikely allies to overcome great odds…"
Teal'c knows her childish antics hide a calculating mind, but he still does not expect her to see through him quite so easily. "I enjoy the space battles."
"They are exciting," she agrees, and he pushes the loaded tray into the DVD player, not sure if he is relieved or annoyed at the indulgence in her tone at his change of subject. "You know what else would be exciting? Popcorn. Isn't it traditional to have popcorn with a movie?"
"I believe Colonel Carter used to keep some in her lab. I will see if it is still there."
Vala smiles, and says, "You are my hero."
2. Casablanca. "You said it was romantic." Teal'c ignored the accusation in Vala's voice, but it was followed up with a handful of popcorn. He brushed salt and butter from his skin as she flopped back onto his bed, scattering more popcorn across his blankets. "That wasn't romantic. It was pathetic. No one gets what they want in the end."
That was telling, Teal'c thought, if that were her true take on romance – nothing more than self-serving acquisition. "Such is the nature of war," he said. "And often of love."
Vala only rolled her eyes and propped her feet on his pillow. "You, Teal'c, are a pessimist. Let's watch something happy next time."
3. The Sound of Music. "Am I sensing a theme with war and oppression in your entertainment choices?" Vala tossed a Snowcap up and caught it on her tongue. She wiggled it against the roof of her mouth and hmmed happily at the sweet taste.
Teal'c had outlawed popcorn in his room during their movie watching, and so Vala had asked Airman Martinez, who'd been assigned to watch her early in her stay, what other food was traditional to the film viewing experience. He'd shown up the next day with an assortment of boxed candy.
"It fits your request. Now be silent," Teal'c said, "or I will consume all the JujuBees myself."
Grumpy, Vala accused, but silently, because she was quite fond of the Jujubees. And the movie, but she wasn't about to admit that, either.
4. Howard the Duck. "This film is almost universally reviled," Teal'c said as the credits rolled, "but I feel it has unrecognized thematic merit."
"They just don't get it, do they? What it's like, to be a duck out of water." Vala patted him on the shoulder, and gave him a brilliant smile when he handed her the last box of Jujubees.
5. The Mummy. "Daniel Jackson," Teal'c tells Vala as Evie crows her triumph over the Bainbridge scholars, "has great antipathy toward this film."
"Oh, does he?" Vala smiles, bright enough to light the room and make a smart man's blood run cold. "Mind if I borrow it?"