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04 December 2007 @ 08:20 pm
[ficlet] Shehecheyanu (gen, Matt/Molly, G)  
Title: Shehecheyanu
Author: tiptoe39
Rating: G
Summary: Matt and Molly celebrate the first night of Chanukah.

"Do you know the story of Chanukah?" Matt asked Molly as she wrested the menorah from the bottom of the box. His things had come a week ago, but Matt was still under no-heavy-lifting no-bending-over rules, so when he panicked and realized the holiday started tonight, it was Molly's job to scavenge through the boxes like a packrat until she found the necessities.

"Um, isn't it something like they lit a candle and it burned for eight nights?"

"Well, that's the story they tell the kids," Matt said in his best I-know-more-than-you-do voice. Molly rolled her eyes. She knew the tone very well.

"Oh, I see," she sneered. "And you're going to tell me what they tell the grown-ups, because you're just that kind of nice guy."

"Well, if you don't want to hear it--"

"No, no, go on," she lilted with a grin. Matt had almost never seen her grin. She'd always been crying or screaming when he'd met her before, both in L.A. and here in New York. Had he known what a spitfire she was, he probably-- well, in truth, he probably would have moved in even faster. She was beyond adorable, and he swore his whole body ached less when she was happy.

"Well," he said, "back in the day, the Greeks had taken control of the land of Israel. And they had a king who told all the Jews they couldn't use their temples or do anything Jewish. So a bunch of guys got together and made up a little army, and they overthrew the king and took their temple back."

Molly was surprised when the silence returned. "And?"

"And?" Matt echoed stupidly back at her. "And, that was the real miracle of Chanukah."

"That's not a miracle, that's a war," Molly said, setting the menorah up on the windowsill.

Matt knit his brow. "But they were just a couple of farmers, and they went up against the whole Greek army. Sort of like you and me, and how we went up against the boogeyman and won. And how you fought against that virus and got better."

This gave her pause. "Well, I guess so. When you put it that way, it is a little bit lame to just have a candle burning for eight days." She turned to him and nodded. "Yeah, I like your story better."

"I knew you would." Matt leaned forward to kiss her forehead. "Now, let's get these candles in here."

"So you put in just one the first night?"

"One, plus the shammas," Matt said. "You use that one to light the others."

"And what, you just light them?"

"You say a prayer. Well, two prayers. Well, three."


He pulled his tattered kipah from the pile of assorted Judaica and put it on. Molly giggled at it. "Yeah. One is thanking God for letting you light the candles. The second is thanking God for giving us a miracle. And the third one--" his eyes softened. "The third one you only say on the first two nights. But it's my favorite."

She contemplated the sudden change in his expression. "What is it about?"

He smiled down at her. Such a small, ever-burning miracle that she was. "The third one says, 'We thank you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, for keeping us alive, for sustaining us, for allowing us to reach this day.' In other words," he said, touching her face gently, "it's 'Thank God I'm still alive and with the people I love.' "

Molly had tears in her eyes. Her little hands came up to rest on the big one that caressed her. "Can we say that one first?" she asked.

It wasn't until he had to sniffle that Matt realized he was teary-eyed too. He struck the match. "Sure, sweetheart. We sure can."

Baruch atah adonai, elohenu melech ha'olam, shehecheyanu v'kiyemanu v'hikiyanu lazman hazeh.

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ilsaluvsrickilsaluvsrick on December 5th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Aw, you do observant Matt so very, very well.

Most likely because you actually know what you're talking about and all I know is gleaned from my religious studies minor and wikipedia.

Tiptoe39: lovetiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Also because the shehecheyanu is my favorite prayer and because I said it at my wedding ^_^
carma_babycarma_baby on December 5th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Love you, indeed! This is delightful and made me make a bizarre happy/pouting face that I don't quite get but that is a good thing. You have such an amazingly to the point but simple and beautiful way of stating things. {Realizes she's gushing, pauses, then shrugs and continues.} So please keep up the wonderful fics and filling life with joy.
Tiptoe39: idealistictiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
yay, i just like the idea of post-S1 matt/molly thanking god that they're still alive and have each other. I keep meaning to write a molly talks about her parents fic... i need that to happen sometime soon...
The Teasemaster: heroes - text- matt to my mohindertinylegacies on December 5th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
Awwwww this is adorable!
Tiptoe39: pridetiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
thank you! :D
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Tiptoe39: magictiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Chag sameach!!! :D
saavikam77: M3saavikam77 on December 5th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Wow. Gorgeous!

I know this is gonna sound stupid, but I just think it's cool to be able to learn more about other religions/cultures/what-have-you through fiction. I feel... a little more enlightened. And I got to experience that tiny enlightenment with Matt and Molly, so it's a win/win! ^_^

*hugs you*
saavikam77: M3saavikam77 on December 5th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Oh, and Happy Chanukah!! :)

*Edited because I apparently fail at spelling. *is embarrassed*

Edited at 2007-12-05 03:17 am (UTC)
The Soul says: - cinderlily on December 5th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
The Soul says: - tiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
The Soul says: - saavikam77 on December 5th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Artsy: Heroes: MattMolly!Iloveyoubwhiddenfantasy on December 5th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Beautiful. Especially the last little interaction between Matt and Molly.
Tiptoe39: cmere youtiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
:smile: i heart your icon
crystal_mkcrystal_mk on December 5th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
That was so beautiful. I absolutely love Matt and Molly's father-daughter relationship.

I love this line:
"She was beyond adorable, and he swore his whole body ached less when she was happy"
He is so a daddy right here!
Tiptoe39: cmere youtiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
He is totally a daddy. He's a great daddy type and they are letting the daddy type be a daddy. it's awesome.
An Island to Discover: a real jewcinderlily on December 5th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Okay. The Shehecheyanu? My favorite prayer of all time. And this? I might have teared up a little. (I am a little emotionally messed right now. ;)) But awww... With... the... Jewish! I ship a pairing with someone who is JEWISH! It makes me so happy. :D (Though, Sports Night has the honor of being my first fandom with Judaism in it.)

Beautiful. : D
Tiptoe39: cmere youtiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
It is my favorite prayer too. I made the rabbi say it at my wedding.
The Soul says: - cinderlily on December 5th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
The Soul says: - tiptoe39 on December 5th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Trixxannatrixxanna on December 5th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
*pats away tears*
Could you, Matt, and Molly(the powerful) give me back my heart now?
This was love, true meaning of love and why we give thanks for what we've walked through and pray that we may walk through another year, month, week, day, second with those we love.
Tiptoe39: epiphanytiptoe39 on December 6th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: *pats away tears*
Yay, thank you so much, I'm sorry, here's your heart, thank you for sharing it with us....
:just lit her own candles:
JLB: tim & mikebaehj2915 on December 5th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
ooh, sad molly is sad

that almost made me cry with sad/joyness. Firstly, that's a beautiful prayer. (That one that ilsaluvsrick included in her 5x fic was awesome too. The ex-parochial school attendee in me is super happy you two are kicking the shit out of Christianity in 'which religion is better' contest, but the reasonable adult in me is just plain happy.)

Second, Molly's so great I'm happy that there's so much happy M3 family stuff, because she deserves happy family stuff.

Very nice

~love from WI
Tiptoe39: happytiptoe39 on December 6th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Isn't it? It's my favorite prayer. And I have always thought Judaism kicks the shit out of Christianity, but I am biased. I'm not even that observant, really, so I shouldn't talk, but still.
triedunture on December 5th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
Yay! Happy Hanukkah to you.
Tiptoe39: saitiptoe39 on December 6th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Back atcha~!
Danisummerkins on December 5th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
shdajfsdl Oh my gosh, this totally makes up for me missing Channakuh with my family! I miss it, we don't do much, besides Mum saying the prayers, and lighting the candles, but still. At least I'll be home for the last few days.

Amazing. I loved this. :D
Tiptoe39: happytiptoe39 on December 6th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
HUGS! If you were here I'd make you latkes. It's the first snowfall and Hannukah and ahhhh I'm happy today...
The Soul says: - summerkins on December 6th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Άγαπε δέ μή έχω: Heroes - Matt Badgemosaic on December 5th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
Very lovely. I love Matt sharing his traditions and beliefs with Molly, just as you are sharing (what I assume is) yours with us. Thank you. Happy Chanukah.
Tiptoe39: saitiptoe39 on December 6th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I am, and back atcha!

:drools @ your icon: can he get any hotter? (0.o)
Angie: Happy Closeupmiriampenguin on December 5th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
It's great to see someone doing a fic about Matt's Jewishness. Thank you for this.
Tiptoe39: matt mind meldtiptoe39 on December 6th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
There's sooo much to work from there, what with our guilt issues and our weird holidays and whatnot... :-) You are welcome :)
Galenn Shadowslayer (Penemuel): Heroes - M3g_shadowslayer on December 5th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
This was lovely and sweet -- thank you!
Tiptoe39: pridetiptoe39 on December 6th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
you're welcome!! :)