ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: A Story About Consequences
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, others
Rating: T
Disclaimer: This is a not-for-profit fanwork using characters belonging to Fink and Cranor.

The idea of complete freedom, the idea that there will be no consequences for any of this, is a relief at first, then a delight. But when your theory is thrown into doubt, you start testing it, pushing for limits, trying to find out if there's a breaking point. And if there isn't — if none of this ultimately matters — then does it matter what kind of person you turn into while finding that out?

(Carlos's character arc, up to Well of Night, recast through the lens of A Story About You.)

( There is no accountability. There are no limits. You look into whatever you feel like, drop it without finishing if you get bored. Sometimes you talk like a badly-written scientist character on a cheesy TV show, just for the hell of it. It's so much fun. )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Always Fine (parts 1-5)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil(/Carlos), Earl
Rating: G
Disclaimer/warnings: Not my characters, just borrowing. Severe depression in part 4.

A series of five vignettes, each titled to reflect the episode they go with.

Cecil deals with, and/or tries not to acknowledge, the Carlos-related stresses brought up in various episodes. Earl does his best to offer food, friendship, and words of support.

( "I was worried you might have forgotten that you used to have hobbies — you know, bowling, wood-carving, making fun of the moon, that kind of thing." )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: This Rabbit Hole Never Ends (1-2)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Steve, others
Rating: G
Disclaimer/warnings: Not my characters, just borrowing.

Cecil agrees to move to the otherworld desert to live with Carlos, and discovers that even when they're in a new and unfamiliar place, their relationship hasn't changed.

An anniversary, and a snapshot of what came after.

( Cecil shook himself. What was he doing, dwelling on past stresses? Tonight was supposed to be for celebrating. )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: When Can I Say That I Love You (and not have it be a lie?)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Subject: Cecil/Carlos
Rating: G

A mix for a relationship in trouble.

Carlos keeps shifting goalposts without being upfront about why. Cecil is pointedly in denial about the hints that something's wrong. They're stuck in a holding pattern of not saying what they mean, and having what they say ring increasingly hollow.

Title is from the lyrics of Episode 67's weather.



Thought this would turn out so well / But I'm beginning to see that instead it's trouble / Into a pattern we fell / Of prolonging the inevitable )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Gender Swap
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Tamika, Frances, TJ, Jackie
Rating: G
Disclaimer/warnings: Not my characters, just borrowing.

Cecil takes Carlos to a fun local Saturday-afternoon swap meet.

(Takes place at some vague, unspecified point in canon. *handwaves*)

( "I have some old genders in the back of my closet that I haven't touched in years; I keep meaning to trade them in. It's so much fun. Have you ever been?" )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: I Can't Control My Fingers, I Can't Control My Brain
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Strex operatives
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Not my characters, just borrowing. Features captivity, physical torture, drugging, and other exciting Strexcorp services.

There was a time when Carlos thought it was a stroke of luck, that he and Cecil had been moved into the same cell.

(AU, probably. Title is a lyric from the Ramones' I Wanna Be Sedated.)

( Cecil stretches out his legs, and Carlos curls up on his side with his head resting on Cecil's thigh. )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Ringtone
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil(/Carlos)
Rating: G
Disclaimer/warnings: Not my characters, just borrowing.

Double drabble (200 words). There's a song stuck in my head, okay, and I'm hoping that inflicting it on the rest of you will help get it out.

( Something's gotta give now / 'Cause I'm dying just to know your name )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: When The Sun Shines, We'll Shine Together
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Kevin
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: WtNV plot and characters aren't mine. References to character death.

The terrible light never retreated from the otherworld desert. The masked army moved on or were dissolved long ago. With Carlos stranded here, the only thing to keep him alive is his extremely scientific light-blocking invention.

And the only thing to keep Kevin alive is Carlos.

( For himself: strength, stamina, the ability not to lose all hope, and the ability to finally beat this one damn level of Angry Birds he's been stuck on for a solid month now. )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Vacation (Had To Get Away)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Rochelle, Girl Scouts, Faceless Old Woman, others
Rating: T
Disclaimer: Night Vale and everything related are mine. All mine. Because I am Joseph Fink, creator of Welcome to Night Vale. Yes indeed. The real Joseph Fink, that's me.

Post-episode for "Missing."

They're not fleeing town. Just...going on vacation. At the last minute. With people from all over Night Vale (not rebel sympathizers or anything! just friendly, helpful, ordinary small-town folks!) working together to speed their exit along.

( A trio of yellow helicopters are visible in the sky by the time they burst through the doors. )
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? )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Cecil On The N.T.A. (1/2)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale, His Dark Materials
Characters/Pairings: Cecil(/Carlos), Dana, ???/???
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: See the His Dark Materials AU masterpost.

"Subway" with daemons, in two parts. (It was originally supposed to be a one-shot, then it doubled. As these things do.)

Part one: Cecil wanders into the newly-formed Night Vale subway...and ends up trapped for several years, away from his boyfriend, his daemon, and his home. Being a radio professional, of course, he documents the whole experience on tape. These are those recordings.

This goes with the big long His Dark Materials AU, but you can probably read it as a standalone, too. Just know that Carlos studies Dust, Khoshekh is Cecil's daemon, and Cecil has weird vision, an alethiometer, and a witch's range.

Title is a play on the Kingston Trio's "M.T.A.", featuring the immortal lyrics "Did he ever return / No, he never returned / And his fate is still unlearned / He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Night Vale Boston / He's the man who never returned...."

( I have started marking off the days with tally marks carved into the wall at the back of my seat. The long-faced whistling passengers did not seem to approve of this public vandalism, but we are pulling away from another stop at which they got off, so I do not have to worry about their disapproval any longer. )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Child of Science (or, Scientifically Deduce Who's Coming To Dinner)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale, Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Science Beings, The Red Plains Rider
Rating: T
Disclaimer/warnings: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. The Thrilling Adventure Hour and everything related are the property of Nerdist Industries.

Carlos brings Cecil home to meet his family. It doesn't go so well. They end up hanging out with the Red Plains Rider for a while to recover.

No spoilers for the official WtNV/TAH crossover show, just a personal headcanon:

Carlos was raised by Science Aliens.

( 'Skepticism. He appears to be having difficulty comprehending our signifiers. I would expect a higher level of scientific deduction from anyone trying to date our brilliant Carlos.' )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Republic of Heaven Community Radio
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale, His Dark Materials
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Khoshekh, Carlos's family, a whole pack of scientists, Josie, angels, Steve and kid, Earl, Dana, the Man in the Tan Jacket, the Apache Tracker, the Faceless Old Woman, Pamela Winchell, Serafina Pekkala, Xaphania, past Lyra/Will, Tamika, Lord Asriel, Hiram McDaniels, Kevin, Lauren, and more
Rating: T
Contents: Re-education, non-con daemon-touching, daemon separation, physical violence, religious trauma, blood/injury, character death, mentions of suicide/suicide attempts, intercision. Basically, canon-typical violence/trauma, for both canons.
Disclaimer: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. His Dark Materials setting and ideas are all Phillip Pullman's.

A masterpost for the WtNV His Dark Materials AU. See also: the TVTropes Page.


Story, illustrations, guest art, vocabulary, and daemon guide )
ptahrrific: I want a girl with fingernails that shine like justice. (sailor moon)
Title: Dreams of perfection! The wonders of the computer age
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale, Sailor Moon
Characters/Pairings: Tiger's Eye, Hawk's Eye, Fisheye/Carlos, Cecil/Carlos, Computer, Megan Wallaby
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books. Sailor Moon and everything related are the shared property of several huge corporate empires.

When the Amazon Trio decides to modernize their operation, a computer informs them that the human with the world's most beautiful dream doesn't live in Japan at all, but in a little town called Night Vale. Could Megan Wallaby be the key to finding Pegasus? How will the town cope with so many strange events involving mirrors? Did Big Rico's always sell fish-food pizza?

(A fic based entirely on combining the way these two canons handle the phrase "a beautiful dream.")

( 'The two of you can figure out how to handle the Megan issue, and I will find out if Pegasus is hiding in this man's obviously perfect dreams.' )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Children of an Elder God (can make Excellent Trophy Boyfriends)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, assorted Night Valeans, Cecil's father
Rating: T
Disclaimer: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books.

For this Night Vale Community Kink prompt. "Cecil is over a hundred years old and looks like he's somewhere in his late thirties or early forties, so Carlos never even considered the possibility that his boyfriend might still be the Eldritch Abomination equivalent of jail-bait."

(Specific content warnings are in the endnotes, due to spoilers.)

( 'I've gotten about eight different calls or texts about you since your broadcast started. Some of them with pretty...colorful threats about what I can expect if I, ah, 'take advantage' of you. Should I be worried?' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Family Reunion (4/4)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale, fake news, The Magic School Bus
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Jon/"Stephen", Ms. Frizzle, other crossover cameos
Rating: T
Disclaimer: None of these series and/or people are mine.

Stephen takes Jon for a ride, while Carlos recovers his childhood memories in full.

( He didn't actually remember packing this particular navy-blue hoodie, but it was on the top of the pile, so (after the routine check for scorpions) he pulled it on. )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Good Morning, Night Vale
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Kevin/Carlos
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Night Vale and everything related are the property of Commonplace Books.

There's a new radio host in town.

( Everyone I've spoken to has been so kind and reassuring, and from the bottom of my heart I am grateful for your hospitality. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Family Reunion (2/4)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale, fake news, The Magic School Bus
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Jon/"Stephen", Ms. Frizzle, other crossover cameos
Rating: T
Disclaimer: None of these series and/or people are mine.

Jon bonds with Carlos as the only other normal person in a weird, weird group. Cecil wants to hear more about Carlos' childhood, and not just the magical adventures, either. And when Stephen gets picked on, the Friz decides to turn it into a learning opportunity.

( 'And two decades later you were doing seismology research that ended up leading you to Night Vale! I should really track down this Dorothy Ann person and send her a thank-you card.' )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: Family Reunion (1/4)
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale, fake news, The Magic School Bus
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Jon/"Stephen", Ms. Frizzle, other crossover cameos
Rating: T
Contents (across the whole story); moderate sexual situations, canon-typical character death
Disclaimer: None of these series and/or people are mine.

Cecil brings Carlos as his date to a family reunion. He can't wait to catch up with his journalist cousin Stephen, and he's sure Carlos will get along great with his scientist aunt Valerie.

( 'You have to not...freak out. Or scream. Or hide. Or run to the nearest phone and call up the SCP Foundation. In fact, you really shouldn't let on that you've ever heard of the SCP Foundation.' )
ptahrrific: Cecil and Carlos with science in the dark (night vale)
Title: He Blinded Me With Science
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Subject: Cecil/Carlos
Rating: G

An unrepentently fluffy, cheesy, shippy mix. Featuring radio, science, true love, and perfect hair.

(Animated version of the cover art.)



Invisible airwaves crackle with life / Bright antennae bristle with the energy )


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