pica_scribit: Pica Pica (magpie)
Title: Affection Falling Just Short of Love
Author: [personal profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~4300
Genre: Friendship, Drama
Rating: T
Warning: racism, transphobia
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Characters: Earl Harlan, Cecil Palmer, The Apache Tracker, Steve Carlsberg, Tak Wallaby, Kevin, Original Characters
Pairing: Earl/Cecil (unrequited)
Summary: 13-year-old Earl Harlan is nervous and excited about his Boy Scout troop's wilderness survival training campout, but not for the reasons one might think. Sometimes the skills one needs to survive are not what one might expect.
Disclaimer: Welcome to Night Vale characters and the world they inhabit are the sole property of Commonplace Books, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended.
Note: I know I am supposed to be working on ACOC. I just got a little distracted by baby boy scouts. The title comes from WTNV Ep. 28 "Summer Reading Program".

Both of his moms drove with him to drop him off at the middle school. "Mo-o-o-o-o-o-o-om," he groaned, embarrassed, as they hugged and kissed him and told him to be careful before letting him out of the car.

Shouldering his tent and sleeping bag, Earl hurried over to the group of boys clustered around Scout Master Marshak. Tak Wallaby was already there, as well as Steve Carlsberg, the new boy who had moved to Night Vale from the East Coast only a few months before. As usual, Dougie Marshak, the Scout Master's son, wore a ridiculous homemade feathered headdress. Earl ignored him, but greeted a few of the others while he waited for his best friend to arrive.

They were loading their equipment into the Marshaks' van when a voice called, "Hey, Earl!"

Earl turned around, grinning, to see Cecil Palmer and his brother Kevin hurrying toward him. "Hey, Cecil." He rubbed his suddenly-sweaty palms on his pant legs. Soon, he would know.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
My plan was to have this up much earlier in the weekend. Sorry. But here it is! So much dialogue, most of it written during bouts of exhaustion. Hope it's coherent.

"They're going to figure it out," insisted Remus. "They're too clever not to."

"They won't," Sirius soothed. "It'll be fine."

"They will." Remus was in no mood for baseless assurances.

"They might," said Peter.

"Shut it, Pete," snapped Sirius. "You're not helping."

Chapter 18: Dunheath
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
It's done!

Marcellus Lupin - April 1966

"I never asked for any of it to be real." Her voice was quiet. Toneless. "Wizards. Magic. Werewolves. I just wanted a normal life. To marry someone I loved. To have healthy children. To watch them grow. That was magic enough for me."
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Summary: Excuse me while I pour a bucket of subtext on a couple of unsuspecting 12-year-olds.

"D'you want to go outside, Moony?" Sirius asked.

Remus shook his head. He looked better than he had in Potions, but he still seemed exhausted and unwell. "I'm going to meditate for a bit," he said, voice barely above a whisper. "You can go. I'll be fine."

"It's too cold out for me," Sirius told James. "You go ahead; I'll see Moony back to the room."

~ Chapter 16 ~
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Summary: The November moon and Sirius's newly tainted blood combine to exacerbate his quarrel with James.

He felt restless, like he wanted to run and run and never stop. Taking the great staircase two steps at a time, Sirius almost flew to the third floor landing. He didn't want to go back to Gryffindor tower yet; all the rooms there were too small. Instead, he sprinted down an empty corridor, taking turns without paying any attention to where he was going. This part of the castle was cold and dark and silent, with only the faint glow of silver moonlight through the unglazed windows to light his way. Sirius yelled as he ran until his throat was raw, throwing inarticulate rage at the darkness.

~ Chapter 15 ~

August 2017



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