Fanfiction Fridays: know and be known by raven_aorla

Intern Vithya ascending to heaven via goddess-in-green

Intern Vithya ascending to heaven by goddess-in-green

The being was ten feet tall, radiant, so bright against the sunrise that she couldn’t look directly at it at first. When she did she could see that some of its eyes were solid white and others more humanoid. In two of its hands it held – her old backpack, the one she wore to class at the community college, until she was chosen in the Intern Lottery and took a leave of indefinite absence, the one she lent her girlfriend when her girlfriend’s got covered in ectoplasm and needed dry cleaning just before Poetry Week.

“Vithya?”

The angel knelt so that it could gently place the backpack in front of her. Its face, or what was the best approximation of its face, tilted down so it could meet Dana’s eye level. In a voice that sounded like the most grief-filled rejoicing, or the most joyful of all grieving, it said to her, I was. I’m sorry.

Welcome to Night Vale is definitely one of my favorite fandoms, especially when it comes to fanfiction. This is because while Night Vale already has a diverse cast of characters, fanfiction writers make things even more diverse and intersectional. The above excerpt is from known and be known by raven_aorla, which focuses on interns Dana and Vithya.

Intern Dana via palaceofposey

Intern Dana by palaceofposey

I found this fic while searching for femslash featuring Dana and was pleasantly surprised to find a fanfic that paired her up with another intern, Vithya, who was canonically pulled up body and soul into heaven by the angels. Being a theology buff, that makes her one of my favorite short-lived interns.

The story takes place after Episode 32 of Welcome to Night Vale. Dana is trapped in the desert, having previously escaped the dog park after being trapped there during Poetry Week, and Vithya has already been taken by the angels. The fic assumes a relationship between the two prior to Dana’s disappearance. Dana is currently trying to survive in the desert on her own when an angel appears. The angel, Dana quickly discovers, is her old girlfriend Vithya, who has been sent to help her.

The fic is short at only 708 words, but makes up for its brevity with some great insight into the characters and some beautifully emotional moments between Vithya and Dana. One of the reasons I love this story is the inclusion of religion. The author writes a Buddhist Vithya and Muslim Dana, and while the story doesn’t explore these religions in depth, the writing indicates a knowledge of these religions that really has an impact on the characters.

So, if you are interested in some bittersweet femslash, I suggest you check out know and be known by raven_aorla!