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estivates ([personal profile] estivates) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2013-12-08 11:17 pm

( can't sleep. )

the i n s o m n i a meme

It happens to everyone - sometimes, you have nights where you just can't fall asleep, no matter what you do. It could be for a number of reasons, or no reason at all. And this is what's happened now: you've been laying in bed for what feels like hours, just tossing and turning, and nothing seems to help. So what's left to do? Get out of bed and go wake someone else up, of course. If you're not getting any sleep, then why should they?


i n s t r u c t i o n s

• Post with your character (note the name and fandom in the subject).
• Other people reply to you by generating a number from 1 to 10.
• Have fun!


o p t i o n s

01 • FEAR. Maybe you're hearing strange, indeterminable noises; maybe there's a severe storm happening outside; maybe you watched a scary movie before bed? Whatever the reason, you're terrified and it's keeping you awake. You just want to wake someone else up so they can protect you from the monster in your closet.
02 • HUNGER. Your stomach is growling and it just won't stop. Or perhaps your throat is so dry you could cough up a tumbleweed? Well, you've gone to the kitchen to remedy this and hey, that was a pan that just dropped on the floor. It was loud enough to wake the dead! Oops.
03 • PAIN. Your body is completely worn out, be it from exercise, battle, sickness, or what have you. Either way you're in enough pain to keep you from sleeping, so maybe someone else has a home remedy or something, or can at least help you take your mind off of it.
04 • SOLITUDE. For some reason, your bed just feels so empty at the moment. You're feeling terribly lonely and really just want someone to keep you company for a while. Maybe it'd be easier to fall asleep if you're with them...
05 • DISCOMFORT. Your room is an oven. Either that or a freezer. Or maybe this bed is just really uncomfortable? Who knows why you can't get to sleep, it feels like it could be anything. Why even bother trying? Maybe someone else can preoccupy you until you feel tired enough to ignore your discomfort.
06 • PENSIVE. Something's on your mind, and no matter how hard you try to focus elsewhere, it's just not going to work. Your body may be tired, but your mind is incredibly busy and it's virtually impossible to get to sleep. Surely, talking it out with someone else will help?
07 • SADNESS. Something terrible has happened that day, perhaps; or you could just be severely depressed. Either way you're trying your hardest not to cry yourself to sleep, and it's not working at all. Better find a way to get it out of your system somehow; you need a shoulder to cry on.
08 • ANGER. You are just... fuming. Who knows why - that annoying dog is barking again, or maybe the people next door are getting busy and keeping you awake. Whatever the reason for your ire is, you'd better put an end to it so you can get some damn rest already! Go wake up a friend so you can complain to them.
09 • RESTLESS. You're far too energetic to sleep right now. Maybe you're just trying to do so out of necessity - you have to be up early tomorrow! But you just don't think you'll be able to fall asleep for a while now, so why waste the time trying to sleep when you could be doing something else? Namely bothering someone else - you're totally jealous because they're getting more sleep than you.
10 • WILDCARD. Choose one of the options above, or make up your own scenario.

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Cecil Palmer • Welcome to Night Vale

[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-08 06:09 pm (UTC)(link)
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

Got a #6! - Carlos can be from any time before "Condos!"

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-08 10:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[Carlos jerks awake to the sound of his phone buzzing. Literally buzzing. Looks like it's still got that bee infestation.]

Mmmph... whatizzit... [He blearily shoos the insects away. The caller ID doesn't show a name, just glowing purple symbols that keep changing.]

Cecil?
dulcetvoice: (pic#)

how about post-cassette?

[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-09 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
[ This was stupid. Really, really stupid. Cecil had called because he'd been feeling a little anxious, couldn't get himself to stop thinking over recent events, and who better to call when you're feeling anxious than your boyfriend, right? But that was a dumb idea. Carlos goes to work earlier than Cecil does and doesn't need to be disturbed so late at night.

He's about ready to hang up, but then it's too late and he needs to say something. So Cecil will try to force himself to sound relaxed and to push down the thoughts that won't go away. Maybe he can end this call relatively quickly without worrying Carlos. ]


Carlos? Hi! Sorry if I woke you...
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

Sounds good!

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-09 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
Mpph... no it's - It's okay. I was actually just, um, going over some notes...

[Technically, he'd fallen asleep on them. He really has to stop reading in bed... oh, he's at his desk. That would explain the screaming neck cramps. Briefly he wonders what time it is, then decides the fact would be incredibly unhelpful.]

[Maybe it's good the clocks don't work.]

What's going on? You okay?
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-09 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
[ The fact that Carlos was going over notes is probably worse than if he had been asleep. The last thing Cecil would ever want to do is disturb him while he's doing important sciencey things. Mostly. If they had plans to go on a date Cecil wouldn't mind interrupting science, but that's not the case now. ]

Oh, yeah. [ It's not the most convincing "yeah" ever. ] I was just thinking about some things and thought I'd call you. It can wait until tomorrow if your busy now, though!

[ Except he kind of really does want to talk now. ]
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-09 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
You know you can always call! [Carlos shakes off a yawn - he doesn't want Cecil to feel bad about waking him up! It's definitely better to pretend he was awake anyway!]

[Something in his boyfriend's voice is off. But what... Tonight's broadcast. Oh.]

[Carlos's knuckles tighten on the phone.]

Is this... Cecil, is this about the cassette?
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-09 02:55 am (UTC)(link)
[ Cecil can take this in many different directions. He can continue insisting that this wait until it's a better time for Carlos, he can talk about how flattered he is that Carlos was listening to his show, or he can tell the truth.

There's a large part of his brain screaming for him to do that latter two, to just forget about everything and pretend that nothing happened. He sighs. ]


I don't remember ever making those tapes. I don't remember anything [ And he pauses here because is "I" really the right way to refer to the kid on those tapes? ] I talked about on those tapes. I don't remember having a brother or interning at the station. I don't remember [ Whatever the hell that was at the end. He certainly doesn't remember that. ] anything. Is that normal?

[ Maybe that's a question science can answer. Maybe Carlos can run some tests on him, see if something's wrong with him. ]
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-09 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
I'm - I'm not -

[Listening to those cassettes on the radio had been disturbing. At the beginning, Carlos had even been laughing a little, looking forward to teasing Cecil about his teenage voice. Imagine the smooth "Voice of Night Vale" starting out like that!]

[It had stopped being funny quickly. Those noises... And Cecil had almost sounded scared at the end of the show. Shaken. Like he sounds now.]

Look, I'm coming over. And don't say "Don't," I've already got my shoes on. [ONE good thing about falling asleep in your clothes!]
Edited 2013-12-09 03:09 (UTC)
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-09 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
[ Protests rise in his throat despite Carlos's apparent determination to make his way over here, but they never leave the tip of his tongue. He wants to protest, wants to say it's okay, Carlos doesn't need to come here, but even Cecil doesn't believe the words as he thinks them. He doesn't want to be alone and more than anyone else, he wants to be with Carlos.

So he just nods until he remembers that Carlos can't see him. ]


Okay.

[ The one word comes out sounding... odd, to say the least. Not really sad and less shaken now that he knows Carlos is coming. It's more resigned than anything. Cecil doesn't say anything more, but he doesn't hang up either. He just keeps the phone pressed to his ear, waiting to see if Carlos says anything else while Cecil sits on his couch to wait.

It's weird feeling like this, but then again, this whole situation is weird. ]
Edited 2013-12-09 07:21 (UTC)
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-09 02:10 pm (UTC)(link)
[When Cecil speaks, it's in colors. Carlos really has no other way to describe it. His speech is vivid, bright or jittering and glowing red, gold, purple. That small "Okay" is completely bleached out. Somehow that's the scariest thing so far.]

I'm not hanging up - hold on -

[He stops to quickly fill out the "Emergency Insomnia Curfew Exception" a nearby bush totally not the Sheriff's Secret Police shoves at him. Of COURSE there's a form for that.] - But please talk to me?
...Cecil?
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-09 05:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[ It takes Cecil a moment before he's really able to say anything. For once in his life, talking feels like it takes effort. Too much effort. But for Carlos Cecil can manage to push past all of the strangeness of today to find some words if it'll make him feel better. ]

Oh, Carlos! Beautiful, caring Carlos. You're so sweet for worrying about me like this. I'm so lucky to have you to take care of me when I'm not feeling well!

[ The words are genuine, but the tone is forced. He's trying to hide that, really. He wants to sound happy, especially when he's talking about how lucky he is to have someone like Carlos always there for him when he really needs it, but the tapes won't leave his thoughts. It's hard to focus on the now when the past is suddenly so unclear. ]
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-09 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[It sounds like he's reading a script, but at least he's talking. That will have to do. Carlos even manages to stifle his usual eye roll at "beautiful." If it provides comfort, Cecil can have all the flowery adjectives he wants.]

Right - Shoot, sorry, are red lights optional or mandatory on Mondays?

[Hopefully traffic law is a neutral enough topic?]
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-10 01:01 am (UTC)(link)
[ Thankfully traffic is a neutral enough topic. Unless he considers the fact that traffic lights are electronic and tape recorders are electronic too and those tapes were made on a tape recorder and he still can't remember anything...

He doesn't let himself think like that. ]


Optional, obviously. [ His voice isn't forced now, ten times more natural sounding than he'd previously sounded. There's a hint of "oh Carlos, you're so silly" mixed with "oh Carlos, you're so cute". For a scientist Carlos can be really clueless sometimes. ] Mondays are already awful enough on their own. Can you imagine what they'd be like if we had to stop for every red light
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-10 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
[That... actually makes a weird sort of sense. Carlos gets the feeling he's being slightly patronized, but hey, if playing 'clueless foreigner' gets Cecil to stay alert, so be it. Still, can't resist fighting back a little.]

Believe it or not Cecil, there are some places where you have to obey ALL the lights all the time.

[He tears through the next three, all crimson.]
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-10 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
[ Cecil snorts, disbelieving. That's about as believable as the existence of mountains. And thankfully, to go along with that disbelief, Cecil is definitely distracted from certain other thoughts for now. ]

Yeah, right. Governments aren't always as efficient as they should be but it would take a seriously awful one to make it mandatory to obey traffic lights at all times. I mean, just think of much slower everyone's day would be if they stopped every time they hit a red light! It's bad enough that it's only optional three days of the week, but to never have the option to skip a red light? Ugh!

[ He shifts slightly in his seat, making the mistake of looking around the room, and gripping the phone a little tighter. Did the curtain over that mirror slip off a little or is he just imagining things? He hopes Carlos gets here soon. ]
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-10 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
(OOC: Would Carlos have a key to Cecil's place?)

You're telling me! [Carlos grins - may as well have a little fun.]

Oh and it gets worse - I've got a theory that the lights only turn red if you're in a hurry, and you HAVE to stop. And then they take twice as long! Haven't gotten final results yet, but the anecdotal evidence is pretty striking!

[He knows he's slipping into jargon, but can't help it. He needs something to keep alert - and somehow the radio seems like a bad idea right now.]
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-10 03:27 am (UTC)(link)
((OOC: Yeah, I think Cecil would have given him one!))

[ Okay, now Carlos has to be kidding. Any place that has lights like that has to be the literal worst place ever. ]


Who let Steve Carlsberg have his own country? I mean, really, only a place run by that jerk could possibly have something has horrible as that! Tell me you're joking. You know, like you joke about mountains and stuff. There's no way that could be real. Actually, it would make sense if Steve ran a country like that! Maybe that's why he's always criticizing our government! He's so ashamed about his failure of a country that he has to nitpick every little thing about ours!

[ It doesn't matter now if that curtain has moved. He's too disgusted by the idea of a country run by Steve Carlsberg to care. Never mind the fact that it wouldn't actually make any sense for Steve to run his own country considering he lives in Night Vale and all. ]
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-10 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
[Good old Steve Carlsberg. Shaking his head, Carlos kills the engine. He lets the rant roll on as he walks up to Cecil's door. Raises a hand to knock - Wait. Key. Right, he has a key now. He has a key and can just... walk into Cecil's life whenever he wants. How is that now the strangest part of being in Night Vale?]

[But maybe this time a knock would be good? Considering the current mood?]

[Carlos settles for rapping on the jam as he steps in.]

I'm here.
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-10 06:11 am (UTC)(link)
[ Rage over Steve Carlsberg forgotten, Cecil wastes no time in slamming his finger down on the end call button as soon as he hears the knock at his door. All of his uneasy feelings are coming back now that Carlos is here, but it's okay. It's okay. Carlos is here and he doesn't have to think about any of it while Carlos is here.

"None of us have to think about this ever again," he'd said on the air. He's a hypocrite for that. Without a distraction, it's all he can think about.

He opens the door and wastes no time in enveloping Carlos in a tight hug, pressing his nose into the crook, and taking in the scent of warmth and lavender chewing gum. ]


Hi.

[ The word comes out in a breathy sigh, a small smile forming on his lips as he pulls away from the hug. ] Come in. Do you want anything to drink?
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[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-10 02:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi. Yes. Coffee. Come here first, though.

[He pulls Cecil in and plants a quick kiss. He can feel the other man shaking slightly.]

Let's establish - Yes, I want to be here. No, I don't mind you called at this hour. Anything else I need to cover? Because I really want coffee.

[As they make their way into the kitchen, Carlos keeps an arm wrapped around Cecil's waist.]
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-11 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
[ Cecil is already feeling better now that Carlos is here. His smile isn't as bright and cheerful as it might usually be, but it's there and happy , even if it is smaller and more subdued.

The walk to the kitchen is a little awkward. Cecil's got his head rested on Carlos's shoulder and his arms wrapped around Carlos's torso and it'd probably be better if he let go or at least lifted his head, but honestly he has no desire to do that. ]


Decaf or regular?

[ When they get to the kitchen Cecil takes the time to press a lingering kiss to Carlos's cheek before he separates himself from the other man to get out the coffee maker. ]
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-11 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
[Stifling a yawn, Carlos leans against the counter.] Regular. And, um, no bat wings this time, please.

[As the coffee maker begins spinning in a circle and shrieking (a process Carlos has been assured is Perfectly Normal) he winds his fingers around Cecil's. He notices the little smile, and hates to see it go. But they should probably get started.]

So...?




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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-11 05:22 am (UTC)(link)
[ The smile strains a little at that half-subject change, but it doesn't go away. Carlos hasn't asked anything, not really, so Cecil doesn't have to answer. He keeps his eyes trained on their interlocked fingers, voice steadier than he's feeling. ]

Are you sure you don't want any bat wings? I just picked up this great creamer that really compliments them!

[ He squeezes Carlos's fingers just a little, looks up at him again, still with that small smile, though it's sadder now. It's a silent plea to wait a little while before making him talk about it. He'll open up, he will, but first he just wants a few minutes to take comfort in his boyfriend's presence. ]
mapsincolor: (Carlos default)

[personal profile] mapsincolor 2013-12-11 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
[Returning the squeeze, Carlos takes the hint. He can feel the words roiling, pressing in the air. Heavy as a thunderstorm. They'll break when they have to.]

Very sure. Afraid that's just one of my faults - No appreciation for fine coffee.

[He smiles, nudging his shoulder against Cecil's.] Sorry to shatter your illusion of "Perfect Carlos," but there it is.

(OOC: What's your headcanon for Cecil's tattoos? Moving or not?)
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[personal profile] dulcetvoice 2013-12-11 03:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Sometimes Cecil is overwhelmed by how much he truly loves the man in front of him. He loves him for how dedicated he is to science, loves how he can read Cecil in a way no one else has really ever tried to read him before. His smile isn't strained anymore and has all the love he can possibly put into a smile in it. ]

Oh, Carlos. [ There's nothing but adoration in his voice now. He scoots a little closer to rest his head on Carlos's shoulder again. ] You may not have good taste in coffee, but you are still as close to perfect as anyone can possibly be.

[ He brings their still intertwined hands up to his lips to press soft kisses against Carlos's knuckles. ] Beautiful Carlos. Charming Carlos. Intelligent Carlos. My Carlos. [ He loves saying that name. ]

((OOC: Whoops, forgot to answer your question. Yes, my headcanon Cecil has moving tattoos all over his arms and torso, some creeping up to his neck!))
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(D'awww at the icon. ^_^)

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