Cecil Baldwin talks openly about HIV for the first time. I love him, and I’m so incredibly proud of him. Honored to call him a friend, my fictional podcast boyfriend, and a stigma-ending badass.

  • Cecil:My Boyfriend, Carlos t. Scientist!
  • Carlos:Sweetie, I DO have a real last name, you know.
  • Cecil:I acknowledge that you have a last name, but it's an ill-fitting last name and I have elected to ignore it. You should really change it.
  • Carlos:Oh yeah? What to?
  • Cecil:*sly smirk* Palmer. *walks away*
  • Carlos:
  • Carlos:
  • Carlos:
  • Carlos:WAIT
  • Carlos:WAIT!!
  • Carlos:W A I T A M I N U T E!!!

Let me throw an idea to you. Welcome to Night Vale: The Musical.

Carlos and Cecil singing sappy love songs.

Steve Carlsberg has a random “I’m just trying my hardest” number.

Kevin and Cecil furiously having a tap dance competition.


Night Vale has proven that you can have a dramatic romance story without having the characters go through break-ups, affairs, love triangles, and other typical TV drama we’re so use to. The sources of drama in the relationship are also very relatable; Cecil having to realize that Carlos isn’t perfect, Carlos being a workaholic, etc. However, despite these challenges it always remains clear that the two still love each other and are happier together than apart. The story isn’t centered on the obstacles their relationship face, but on the love they have for each other that sees them through those obstacles. That is how you write a romance my friends!

I like to think that Carlos wasn’t turning Cecil down before they got together, so much as he just was so absorbed with science that he didn’t realize what was happening. 

For example: 

Carlos: Cecil, you need to tell everyone that the trees will eat people!

Cecil: Neat! I’ll broadcast it. Also, wanna get dinner/coffee/go make out?

Carlos: *looks at science notes confused* No, no, I can’t. I need to figure this out.

Then hours later, he lays down in bed and closes his eyes and replays the day’s events in his head and comes to the horrible realization that he accidentally turned down the guy he liked and just goes “…fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck”.

  • Carlos:Did I ever tell you about that one time when I broke my mother's favorite lamp when I was a kid?
  • Cecil:No, but do tell me.
  • Carlos:It's hilarious. When she heard the crash she was all like, "CARLOS FERNANDO, SO HELP ME GOD."
  • Cecil:Fernando?
  • Carlos:It's my middle name.
  • Cecil:....
  • Cecil:I thought your middle name was "the".

Okay so I know that the Night Vale secret police members are supposed to be dangerous and feared but I just can’t stop thinking about how after having to watch people for so long, they get attached
Just imagine the secret police members consider these people to be a second family
Secret police members leaving gifts inside other peoples houses on birthdays or holidays because the family can’t afford them
Imagine the officer who has you under surveillance leaves a happy birthday card on your night stand every year
Imagine having no money and coming home to a fully stocked fridge
Imagine exchanging notes with them by leaving them on the window and waking up to a response letter
Imagine how surprised the secret police member would be when someone is brave enough to invite their invisible hero to have dinner because they want to return the favor

I dunno guys i think the Sheriffs Secret Police have more to them and they should be appreciated more

Okay but like please imagine Carlos taking Cecil to see the ocean for the first time. Cecil is just like “!!! So this is where the sky gods have been hiding our water!” And he runs in screaming “salvation!” and Carlos is just laughing at how adorable his bf is but as Cecil is splashing around he tastes some and he doesn’t know what saltwater is (why would he) so he starts yelling “Oh my god Carlos, it’s poisoned!! We’ve been tricked!!1! Don’t trust it!” and desperately tries to protect him from the tainted water