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OK, so I’ve been sitting on some feels and headcanons about this episode, so even though I have to steal my mom’s laptop to do it, I am writing a thing. I am not sure if this really constitutes a fanfiction or not, but if it does, it will be the first I have ever written, so, here goes -
Many people in Night Vale think that Cecil is all-seeing or all-knowing, that he has some psychic powers or supernatural insights into what is going on in the town. How else could he report so instantaneously on things that he could not possibly see and hear from within the radio studio? But they are - for the most part - wrong. Most of Cecil’s information does come from outside sources: from the intrepid journalism of his team of qualified yet sadly perishable interns, or called-in reports from friends of the show like Larry Leroy out on the edge of town and, before her disappearance, Old Woman Josie. Much of the rest of it, Cecil merely extrapolates from the details that they provide.
But there are times, when he’s broadcasting, when he suddenly does know something without knowing how he knows, times when he sees in his mind something he is sure is real and is happening somewhere, without knowing how those visions entered his head. When the woman from Italy briefly visited Night Vale, he knew what she was doing and knew that he should be reporting on it, without knowing why or how. (Carlos later told him about the disturbing statements he had made about her while he sounded as though he were in a trance-like state similar to that brought on by the Glow Cloud; he has no memory of these.) However, he is certain - or nearly certain - that he is not the one doing it. No flashes of insight of any kind, except what could easily be explained by the processes of his own thoughts, have ever come from him when he is outside the studio, and whenever he has tried to control whatever power it is that comes to him while he is broadcasting, he has failed. He sees and knows things he does not want to see and know, and he has never managed to procure information on anything he wished to know through other than mundane channels. The many times that Carlos has been in danger, for instance, whatever mysterious force supplies him with information remained cruelly, stubbornly silent.
Very, very cool! I go back and forth about how oblivious or naive Cecil is — but he’s definitely more aware of Strexcorp’s intentions in the last few eps, especially since Khoshekh’s injuries. So I can definitely buy this (especially Cecil saying, “He is innocent, and kind,” lol), and it fits with the episode!
i just need some hardcore hurt!sam fic right now
I’ve read this whole thing (in a week), and just finished listening the podfic of Part 1. This story is so incredible, so gut-wrenching and heartbreaking, and there just aren’t words. The podfic is amazing, the voices are so perfect. I make little gasps and whimpers when I’m listening, my husband probably thinks I’m nuts, haha. AhHH I need more! :-)
Waaaaaah, thank you!!! I’m so, so, so glad you love our story that much, and especially Alice’s podfic work on it. She is amazing, isn’t she? We’re very lucky that she committed so much time and talent to it!
If you haven’t seen them yet, our timestamp masterlist is here. We’re working on the next chapters!