102 - Love Is a Shambling Thing
City Council has a renewed interest in love.
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March half of bag or computer or sibling but you want to put a sticker on now you have stickers go to Welcome to my fil dot com and click on Store I love you Hey look at it from the raindrops point of view welcome to the the the the the uh the yesterday of course was Valentine's Day our first in four years after that last Valentine's Day which destroyed much of Night Vale and left many innocent victims buried under piles of rubble and candy hearts the city government built a large concrete dome over the Hallmark store in the mini mall downtown thus keeping its dangerous sentiment from leaking into the outside world for employees of the store were unfortunately sealed inside but there's just no time to remove them during the seven month construction of the dome it would have thrown everything off schedule however City Council has a renewed interest in love since starting their on again off again romance with the station management here at night fail community radio currently their status is on although they find a lot and their fights of cause considerable structural damage to the Arby's in his place the number of town citizens through time so the council wants to create a controlled safe Valentine's celebration in order to impress station management despite strong protests from the night Bill citizens who do not believe there is any way to safely handle Valentine's materials City Council announced yesterday that Valentines was a celebration of love and deemed that the official slogan of the day was love here's more on that in a moment but first some listeners I am and I'm sorry to have to report what I next have to report old woman Jo see your friend and mine but more my friend and yours had begun Carlo she is who I am closest with in this strange and friendly town of ours and she is well she is under hospice care at her home there is no upside to this story other than on the broadest most distant view of time this is not a surprise but even with a long time to prepare for the worst we are still in shock as though he stepped out onto a sunny street and found ourselves falling into a lake just on the liquid side of frozen and that is maybe the best way of describing it to feel cold barely able to act my words feel slow my hands tremble only Joe C seems not upset about her own condition she lies on her bed surrounded by the beings who describe themselves as angels and the woman while on drugs who describes herself as doc's daughter Jessie smiled and said What a joy that I have gotten to live so long what a relief that I don't have to live forever anyone wanting to visit OC and say their goodbyes please dig a hole in your backyard or in the Public Garden whisper your wishes for Joe C into it and the Angels will hear you know it's illegal to acknowledge the existence of angels but right now I don't care these understand that Josie has limited strength and even more limited time and she may not be able to see you at all I of course I will keep you updated but the trajectory is certain only that I mind isn't don't suppose the same is true for every person but we are always surprised at the literal truth of it everytime over and over and now listeners the classified section last moths all of them reward if found contact us by dialing numbers and your phone at random if you were meant to reach us you will notice that veiled woman who sits motionless in the shadows of unlit parks at three AM gives really great relationship advice bring raw meat and never look directly at her schedule events at the public library is up it's just your name listed as an event once an hour with the word cancelled next to each found something that you will never notice is gone and that we will never return you don't even remember having it but you did have it once not anymore than I tell psychic and medium society would like to let you know the answers to all your future questions these answers in order The porch Light eight because we could a distant star green also green we're sorry but we have to if you have any follow up questions then we won't have done our job correctly this has been classified the the the City Council made careful preparations for eight days of the put up streamers around City Hall and reserved a table at Turn a kit for a fancy dinner date with station management the rest of us also made preparations for Valentines by stocking up on bottled water and canned goods and discussing with loved ones where we would meet if we needed to evacuate several volunteer firefighters kept the crave watch for candy hearts or teddy bears with anatomically correct listening hearts stitched onto their bellies the City Council revised their earlier slogans saying they had misspoke their slogan was not love is but love is a sham belief they nodded vehemently with whatever head like Patricia and the multi body into the uses to nod and repeated love is days in a whisper before dissipating into the air like evaporating liquid apparent leader of the five headed dragons Dawson McDaniels has responded to the fatal shooting of one of her brother's five heads with an understandable mix of grief and rage and fire breath she staged a several week long protest outside of City Hall in which she peacefully held up signs and peacefully eight bald or burned anyone attempting to enter or exit the building there has still been no sighting or word of Hyrum since the shooting we reached out to the Five Dragons to see if they had me updates on that front but they took our microphone from us and devoured the quick twirling series of bites like it was a cob of corn not kidding the fall of two that since I fled screaming before they could put me through the same treatment but I will take this response is a sign that they also do not have news about Iraq but also has said that she seeks justice the justice she seeks is pain inflicted upon Night Vale equal to or greater than the pain inflicted upon her own soul she said You don't understand the true nature of your splintered world there are terrible forces surrounding you held together in a fragile truce that truce will and with it then she saw Jerry Godfrey hall fashionable sweaters and she said his hair on and now word from our sponsor is today's show has been brought to you by Sears Sears would like you to know that they offer quality products at low prices and also that there was a miscommunication and they thought this was a TV station they prepared a TV ad and aren't sure what to do now um I guess will just describe what you would have seen had you seen this commercial on TV this is not the level of quality we want you to think of when you think of Sears but here goes exterior house snow drifts down on tweed yarn already piled with snow a warm glow on the snow reflected light the panoply is the light from the House's windows so cozy so warm why would anyone ever want to leave and go to Sears kind of commercial Estates stick with us the interior living room a woman looks out the window lights or bad whether she thinks I'm not going outside we don't hear this as narration the performer expresses this with her face she's a great actor wish you could've seen her she doesn't even talk in this commercial all visual performance it's what a waste to bad weather doesn't want to go outside she goes to the computer loads of Amazon it's not Amazon because we don't want to advertise another company but it's like clearly Amazon you know we see her clicking on stuff stuff she could be buying its ears but is instead buying on Amazon flash forward a day the she got next day shipping I guess same house exterior it's still snowy the snow was high the pavement is I see a mail truck pulls up a mail carrier gets out he has her package we see her in the window so happy about her decision to buy from Amazon he starts to drive to her he slips on the ice package was flying it's as fragile on the package so that's probably true and he falls badly fractured his leg in three places we don't know this just by looking at it but the filming of the stunt didn't go like it was supposed to so I can tell you fractured in three places or on her face she does a great job acting the scene in Michigan to see the are now in a courtroom she's being sued the cherry look stern she's going to loose all of her savings will go to the mail carrier but he isn't happy either he is in incredible daily pain and what is money going to do to fix that no one is happy we fade out on the two of them at their separate tables in court both facing a future that is diminished that is diminishing the next time get in your car towed to Sears this has been a message from your sponsor back to our Valentines report how was it honestly uneventful casualties were limited to a few neighborhoods and only two out of three gas main exploded most of the town isn't completely for ang only a little scorched as far as Valentine's goes it was a huge success to date between City Council and station management also went well as far as we can help turn a kid's entire building was enveloped in a thick fog that pulsed a strange glue And there was to reverberate harmony of the children's choir and the fog lifted every human customer and the restaurant had vanished and were replaced by figures shrouded in white cloth slowly twirling plates City Council and station management were the intertwining their torso appendages and cooing now it does seem I got the slogan before yesterday wrong yet it was actually love is a sham bling thing grey faced and gasping it's a pretty good branding very romantic with those I know I'm being told that that's still wrong okay hold on let me figure this out and in the meantime let's get to that whether the the always be your so you have the net but the love is a sham bling thing grey faced and gasping it moves in from the west the setting sun behind it those who see it avert their eyes love stumbles and shutters love grasps but does not grasp it sees a man and the man does not look away love reaches out a grey hand touches the hand just slightly on the and the man inside of him his heart on fire this is not a metaphor his heart is on fire and so soon skin his hair his teeth become visible as his base shrinks and melts away love watches love does not love what it does LOVE he love does not have and neither now does that man love is a sham bling it climbs into an infant's bedroom when one of the mothers in to check son there create curled him and the baby spits restlessly the baby does not burn the baby will eventually burn but by that he will not be a baby the woman looks down at the ghastly form of love curled up beside her son and she thinks what have I done cries not because she is happy or sad that is what her body needs to do next love rises from the Korea and passes her without a glance love is bowling thing shambles out of her whole love with skin that peels and pops and that moan snap climbs to the top of that old building and surveys its surroundings so who people it opens its mouth its teeth are the only part of its body that looked new and healthy it has settled many LPs and howls and inarticulate sermon of loss and loss and everyone hears it they hear it as a shudder in their stomach and hitch in their step love does not eat or drink love separates its many peaks and consumes love is a sham believe the great face gasping it moves out to the east the night drawing close to behind it those who seek to avert their eyes so that's the final version of the City Council slogan or Valentine's Day it's um it's catchy they also sent over their current draft for a night failed Valentine's Day logo design it's not really a logo for say its an actual physical rusty bear trap hidden in a set position below a pile of loose tissue paper in an undisclosed truck stop restroom on I like to get great bread it's very eye catching look we seem to have all made it through this Valentine's Day except those of us who didn't but any given day there are those of us who did not make it three days a new opportunity for danger every day is another day survived survival Another for Love the One who loves to all of you out there who love good nite nite fail good night the Welcome to Night Vale is a production of Night Vale presents it is written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey trainer and produced by Joseph and the voice of Night Vale is Cecil Baldwin original music by desperation although they can be found at disposition dot info practice for ish and got band camp dot com This episodes weather was listening to TPM by Brooke pride or find out more at group cried more at band camp dot com comments questions email us at info at Welcome to Night Vale dot com or follow us on Twitter at night no radio or punch a Nazi real good in the face that welcomes Mattel dot com for more information on this show as well as our live shows which we are out in the world doing right now come see us and while you're 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