A/N: For anon, who wanted dancing Cecilos! This was so cute thank you so much 💙
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Carlos unlocked the door to his and Cecil’s house and heaved a heavy sigh. It had been a long day at the lab, since two of his fellow scientists had been at home with severe chemical burns, and another had mysteriously disappeared after mentioning something about some kind of chimpanzee masterrace that was emerging out of the void to destroy them all.
Still, at least he could come home to his husband, who didn’t have to be late at the station, who had promised to make dinner for the two of them.
He hung his jacket up and set his keys on the table, calling into the house “Cecil honey, I’m home!”
Opening with a historical prologue where Shade witnesses Robert Oppenheimer’s first atomic test, Shade the Changing Girl #10 continues this second story arc’s road trip feel as our protagonist looks for the house of Honey Rich from her favorite Cold War era Earth sitcom Life with Honey. Cecil Castellucci’s plot continues to flit from location to location while Marley Zarcone gets to apply her…
Carlos wakes up right after taking his GOAT assessment only to find that his beloved scientist-father has escaped the vault.
Upon entering the wasteland, his pip-boy picks up a radio signal belonging to the honey-voiced Cecil Palmer; a wastelander who has holed up in an old radio station, which also happens to be heavily irradiated. Oddly enough, the radiation hasn’t killed Cecil, but perhaps it has contributed to his odd mannerisms?
~2.8k words, Cecil/Carlos, content warning for death and perilous situations. set immediately after (and sort of in-between) Episode 88: Things Fall Apart, so spoiler warning for that ep! also: Phoebe is my hc of Cecil and Carlos’ secret terrier. and it goes without saying that I did not write the portion of Cecil’s dialogue that comes from the episode!
“I love you.”
The sentiment goes unreciprocated before the call ends with a tidy beep. The scientist exhales, imagining that his unsteady breath is the only exchange of air in the house. It isn’t - hasn’t been for at least an hour. Whatever is breathing is currently standing in the kitchen. Two sets of functioning lungs separated by only layers: flaking drywall and kitschy paper and starched cotton and worn flannel and skin.
Ok, so what I’m hearing here is Carlos calling Cecil a name he’s not sure how he’ll react to. Throughout the episode, Carlos has half a dozen nicknames for Cecil, sweetie, babe, honey-voiced honey, my sweet Cecil. What I hear is Carlos giving Cecil a new nickname, and wondering if Cecil will take it as such.
Now let’s look at the second part of the line. The tone is lost in text, but he sounds thoughtful, reflective almost. Think about how these two got to know one another: Cecil gushed about him on the radio.
THINK ABOUT IT. Put yourself in Carlos’s shoes for once.
You come into a strange town and some guy won’t shut up about you on public radio, that’s gotta upset you a little. What stunt is this guy pulling? Is it some elaborate prank? Is he messing with you?
No. He just… does that. Tells the world how he’s feeling. And you realize that he’s not a bad person, he just has a few quirks. To ask him to stop would be to ask him to change who he is as a person.
Carlos loves Cecil, and accepts him as an imperfect person. He calls him a blabbermouth, which in meaning does apply to Cecil, but it has negative connotations. But he’s not patiently choosing his words, he mispronounced “scientific” as “scientifric” for crying out loud! I doubt the negative implication occurred to him until after he said it. So he assures Cecil, “It’s who you are, and I accept you.” He tries to take it back as best he can in case Cecil is offended.
So, people who think Carlos is abusive, curl up your overlong arms, because you are reaching.