ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act II)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, ensemble
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

When the curtain last fell on our heroes, they had just finished an ensemble song about how they weren't going to pay Strexcorp's rent...and Strex came down hard, fast, and armed with internationally-banned chemicals. Now the rebellion has to regroup, injuries have to be treated, distant armies have to be gathered, and, amidst all this, our flagship couple has to try openly communicating with each other.

It's the second half of the musical AU. Well, sort of. Hopefully it's enough of a close to give readers closure.

( Go go go Dana, you know what they say / Go go go Dana, you'll make it someday / Sha-la-la Dana, fight till you drop / We've heard the podcast -- you come out on top...!)
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 60-61)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, The Woman from Italy, Tamika, Lauren, Hannah/Lucy, Steve/Cecil's sister, Janice, ensemble
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

With Lauren in charge of NightVale operations, Strex starts playing hardball. The town reacts with a showstopper.

Chapter contains police/authoritarian violence, and (canonical) character death.

A couple of recordings I've neglected to link: Good Morning Night Vale and Do You Want To Get A Condo? by anotherdearlistener! Also, sketchy scene from the Christmas chapter: Fancy Dress Lab Coat.

( How do you share the news / When there's so much to lose / If you don't stick to the company line? )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 57-59)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Hannah/Lucy, Lauren, Strex agents
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

In the wake of the Orange Grove debacle, Night Vale may be waking up to Strexcorp's dangers...and generalizing that to all outsiders, to Hannah and Lucy's dismay. Lauren, meanwhile, encourages her company to double down on its discipline. And in the middle of all this, Cecil and Carlos — at long last! — get their big duet.

( "Let's order, not request, to get perfection and get discipline, rejecting this direction where the skeptics and objectors win: use all the weapons in our deck, neglected though the bulk have been, till we correct the local lack of discipline!" )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 53-56)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Janice, Steve/Cecil's Sister, scientists, Night Vale parents
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Even Night Vale has its own holiday breaks. Christmas-special music and all.

(I realize it has been forever since this updated, but I did want to hold off some Christmas-themed fic updates until it was at least November.)

( Trim every spied-through window and trim every bloodstone door / Hang lights with spider silk / What else are our spiders for? / Soft meat crowns for every forehead, glowing pillars on the floor! )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 47-52)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil, Chad, Faceless Old Woman, Hiram, Marcus, Erika, Kevin, Pamela/Trish
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

It's the mayoral debate! Candidates sing their own praises, some Erikas pop in to do recruitment, and Kevin apologizes for the whole time-traveling-deer incident. Outside the studio, Pamela Winchell is falling back into her impending-retirement depression...until Trish Hidge offers her another encouraging Disney tune.

More recordings: Do You Want To Get A Condo, sung by businesscasuallabcoat!

( "We need one more angel in heaven! Need one more hand in the fight. Marcus, we have a need for you. It's tough but you're gonna get by." )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 44-46)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, scientists, Tamika, Book Club, librarians
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Cecil finally gets back to work, where Intern Maureen is still alive and ready to tango. Marcus Vansten invites local toddlers to become chimney sweeps. Tamika and company go on a haunted library run. And in the middle of a big auction-house dance number, nobody notices who walks off with ownership of Lot 37.

Elsewhere: a solo a-capella recording of Defying Management, by gwen-chan!

( "It's the library, it's the library: children scream, vanished in the stacks. It's the library — grim and deadly as can be — want to live? Then your friends had better watch your backs!" )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 41-43)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, scientists, Tamika and colleagues, Lucy/Hannah, Kevin, Carlo
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Tamika Flynn and Lucy Gutierrez come up with an innovative partnership to keep up business at the Strex-beleagured White Sand Ice Cream Shop. Meanwhile, the science team does research on Kevin, leading Carlos to visit the station and get his own pseudo-soothing Strexy musical number.

Heads-up, this one has comedy cannibalism (we're doing a Sweeney Todd song, okay), as well as more Desert Bluffs-style "was that much blood really necessary."

( "For the Smiling God loves you tonight...your reflection in its smile is bright. For a while, try to smile and forget all your problems tonight...." )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 38-40)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Kevin, Carlo, scientists, the Man in the Tan Jacket
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Cecil's suspension is getting him down (and Carlos isn't always as supportive as he might be). Kevin's new role is just making him even more gosh-darn happy than ever. Maybe Kevin and his friends can cheer Cecil up with the power of song?

Heads-up for typical Desert Bluffs gore.

( Throw it out! Get an upgrade, with one click. It's a cool little Strexcorp trick! )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 34-37)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Leann, Lauren, Daniel, Kevin, Vithya, Dana, the Man in the Tan Jacket, Masked Army
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Kevin gets his big intro song to Night Vale (too bad he doesn't get any lines in it). The Man in the Tan Jacket gets a solo about what an awesome spy he is. And out in the otherworldly desert, Dana makes friends...and backup singers.

( For he's a fine, hard-working, patriotic, healthy, normal Strexcorp employee! )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 30-33)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Lauren, Daniel, Kevin, Carlo (DB!Carlos)
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Lauren gets the vengeance-taking villain song she's been dreaming of since the day she and Cecil met. At least Carlos is waiting with a comforting little ditty when Cecil gets home. Meanwhile, in Desert Bluffs, Kevin visits his own favorite scientist to share his excitement over his upcoming Night Vale debut.

Warning for canon-typical gore in the section where Kevin appears.

Elsewhere, there's a new cover of Do You Want To Get A Condo? by Gwen-chan!

( Poor dear Lauren, forced to abide / Co-workers with no company pride / We all just want to tell you, we're all on your side )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 27-29)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Hannah/Lucy, Steve, Janice, Cecil, Tamika, Maureen, others
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Thanksgiving comes and goes, with the traditional songs of praise to the Brownstone Spire. Tamika rallies her troops. And Cecil launches into a showstopper about supporting Night Vale's heroes. (He may have bitten off more than he can chew.)

Now with illustrations! Backless Red Chiffon, and Bloodstone Accessories.

( I'm through accepting limits 'cause Strexcorp says they're so / The people need a Voice that tells them what they need to know! )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
vTitle: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 20-22)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Tamika, Janice, Renée, Steve, Strex official
Rating: T
Disclaimer: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Tamika is an awesome revolutionary, Janice is not allowed to join the revolution, and Steve is a pretty great revolutionary dad. A chapter of stirring battle marches and heartwarming family ballads, in which the local Strexcorp security director has had it up to here with little girls.

(Content note: Desert-Bluffs-style violence in the last song.)

( Do you hear the Girl Scouts sing? Singing a song of citizens! It is the music of a Night Vale that its people will defend! )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 17-19)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Steve, Tamika, PTA members, Strex officials
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Strexcorp has taken over the Antiques Mall and the local bloodstone factory. Tamika breaks into the latter, then has to flee in a hurry. And Cecil and Carlos get a duet...but singing about real estate (especially evil real estate) isn't exactly the romantic couple's moment Cecil had been hoping for.

( Oh my unsmiling god you guys! Our Cecil's gonna win the prize! If there ever was a perfect couple, this one qualifies — )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 12-16)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Shawns, Lauren, Megan and the Wallabys, Glow Cloud, Secret Police officers
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

The Shawns sing an encouraging ditty to cheer Cecil up. A worshipful hymn to the Glow Cloud finally gets Megan Wallaby that computer she needs. The Secret Police speculate on how long Cecil's relationship is going to last...and, after Cecil falls asleep, so does Carlos.

( Achieve your potential / What a wonderful phrase / Achieve your potential / Ain't no passing craze! )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 8-11)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Janice, other kids, Steve, Dana, Hannah, Leann, Diane
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

While Janice and some of her friends have an enthusiastic singsong-y game at the park, Steve and our other heroes commiserate about what Strex's plans are. Elsewhere, Dana walks through a desert, and hopes she can at least get a solo.

There's now a recorded version of Good Morning Night Vale, by Oppopanax! And I love it to bits =3

( What can't we face if we're together? / What's in this town that we can't weather? / Apocalypse? We've all been there! )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 4-8)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Laren, Lucy Gutierrez, mystery voice
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

Strexcorp has taken over the station, and quickly starts remodeling, forcing all the old employees to march to their new beat. Carlos and Cecil continue getting solos in each other's presences, but they still haven't hit that much-anticipated romantic duet. In the meantime, Carlos harmonizes with his team, and Cecil shares a few notes with a voice he doesn't even remember.

( I am the very model of a serious modern scientist / I study radiation leaks and houses that do not exist )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Night Vale: The Musical (Act I, tracks 1-3)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, scientists, Vithya, Lauren, others
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. None of the music is mine, either. (Full songbook.)

One morning, Carlos spontaneously bursts into song on his way to work. Then the people around him start singing backup. Turns out everyone in the greater Night Vale & Desert Bluffs area has started breaking into random musical numbers...just in time to hold the world's most well-choreographed corporate invasion.

Canon-divergent starting from Yellow Helicopters, although in the beginning the main difference is that more of it is set to music. Song links can be found at the end of every chapter.

( Oh, oh, oh, look at my hair / What 'do can compare with mine today? )

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