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What a complex dilemma. I wonder if even Carlos's A+ boyfriending skills will be up to untangling it.

(...I miss the days when "Cecil has a life-threatening illness and Carlos spends the whole time at work rather than making any move to help" would have sounded like OOC darkfic.)



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A very scientific laboratory, in an otherworld desert.

Cecil (radio): I tell you now that I... did not prepare for the Sphere.

It’s not that I forgot, it is that I do not care, and I’m not afraid. I just wore the same thing I slept in last night. If I get ingested by a fashion-conscious Sphere for wearing comfy casual clothes, then that’ll just be what happened to me. So, while the Sphere does whatever it will do next, I take you all - well, all of you hip enough to still remain, to the weather.

Carlos (thinking): Okay, wow. My boyfriend is in serious danger. He's too deeply depressed to care whether he lives or dies! He could be dying, right now, because he doesn't have the will to protect himself! He knows he only has to fight for two more weeks, and then it's moving day -- but even knowing it's that close, he can't find the strength to want to live that long!

I could go visit him, using that round-trip route I found. Since I'm my own boss, there wouldn't be any waiting for vacation time to be approved. I could easily spend the next two weeks with Cecil in Night Vale, supporting him. Of course, there's no magic solution that makes depression disappear . . . But there are ways to make the burden easier. I could hug him. Hold his hand. Be a shoulder to cry on. Look him in the eye and remind him how much I love him -- and insist that he can be happy again, even if it's hard for him to imagine right now.

Also, it sounds like he might not be doing laundry? Or showering? If he can't find the energy to do chores when it's life-or-death, he probably isn't doing them, period. And I could certainly help with that! Clean up around the house. Cook three healthy meals a day, and make sure he eats them. Help him to, not just survive until the move, but pack for it!

. . . OR: I could stay right where I am, leave Cecil to survive (or not survive) the next two weeks on his own, and use all my time and energy to study this really interesting rock.
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KiraJacqueline's avatar
FOR REAL THOUGH.  >:(
ErinPtah's avatar
And then the next episode confirmed that there was nothing stopping him from coming back to visit any time he wanted, so...yeah.
KiraJacqueline's avatar
-_- SMH.  To be honest, I haven't felt The Same about Cecilos since that arc.  :(  
ErinPtah's avatar
I dropped the show altogether after that. It just hurt too much.
KiraJacqueline's avatar
I'm still listening.  :S  I dunno, I feel like Carlos is...different...since TDO.  :/  It kind of freaks me out to be honest.  I'm kind of hoping for a payoff, but... ;_;
ErinPtah's avatar
Well, if there's ever a payoff you can come back and tell me. But I won't hold my breath.
GuesssWho9's avatar
Stupid Smiling God
JustARandomKid's avatar
Kevinnnnnn stop being the most obvious reason for my otp to dieeee

Kevin pls kevin i love youuu
ErinPtah's avatar
Hey, don't blame Kevin! He isn't even in this strip =(
JustARandomKid's avatar
Yeah but like. Kevin's effect on carlos is the most obvious reasoning for carlos to ignore cecil like this.
ErinPtah's avatar
Could be. Or maybe it's the Smiling God's effect on both of them....
JustARandomKid's avatar
The smiling god would have changed cecil when he went, no?
ErinPtah's avatar
Maybe it did!

After all, he has sounded like Kevin a lot since he got back...

He wasn't there for nearly as long, though, so it would make sense if the effect wasn't as strong.
JustARandomKid's avatar
Nooo but cecil is my baby
Sherratari's avatar
And THIS is why even though I love Carlos, I think either A) He's not that good a boyfriend,  B) He was lying in Condos when he said he listened to the broadcast every time Cecil was on, or C) Something funky is preventing Carlos from hearing how bad it's getting for Cecil.
ErinPtah's avatar
Yeah...there are plenty of indications he doesn't retain much from the broadcasts, but you'd think he and Cecil would talk about the important things in person, right? I had a "Carlos can't talk about certain things over the phone because of the secret-police tap" theory going for a while, but now they've seen each other face-to-face recently, so that no longer explains anything.

Something interfering with Carlos's ability to recognize Bad Things would make sense. (Something causing a block inside his head, not just over the phone.) It would explain why he's so casual, almost flippant, when he talks about Cecil being unwillingly mind-controlled.

But maybe he really is just that unworried about his boyfriend getting abused =/

And if Cecil's severe, potentially-fatal depression in Faceless Old Woman doesn't give Carlos a clue, I don't know what will....
Sherratari's avatar
Yeah, it's just gotten progressively worse and worse for Cecil.  And it's heavily implied that he talked with Carlos in detail about how upset being controlled was making him.  So Carlos has to know at least a little.  And Carlos is the one who figured out and told Cecil ho to come and visit.  It's weird to me that Carlos only ever mentioned and pushed for Cecil to come and visit him, and not vic versa.

Although part of me wonders just how much the owner of lot 37 can control.  We know Cecil is going and protecting the mayor and having no memory of it after the incident, so it is possible that the lot owner can at least somewhat control Cecil's mental and emotional state.

In any case, something big is going to go down next episode, for sure.  I fear for Night Vale.  I fear for my honey voiced son.  :(
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