CAST: Aradia & Damara; Dave, Rose
WORD COUNT: more than 5000
ADDITIONAL TAGS: currently updating, urban fantasy AU, mentions of suicide, unwilling resurrection, hosted on the kink meme
SUMMARY: Aradia is told that there’s a way to bring her sister Damara, who had killed herself a few months prior, back to life. Aradia immediately accepts, and the procedure/spell/whatever goes off without a hitch. And Damara is not happy to be back.
EXCERPT: And then a spell title jumps out at you: For the Restoration of Life After Untimely Death.
In any other book, you’d skip the page and shove the words toward that hole in your mind, hating the involuntary leap of your heart and the bitter tang of false hope. But this one seems so practical, so reasonable, so… so real. Like magic is just an everyday thing, a cheat code anyone can apply to the universe if they know the secret.
You mark the page.
The next day, instead of reading the terrible spy thriller, you take Damara’s keys down from the hook beside the back door. Her car — a maroon Camry she bought pre-owned the summer before her senior year, and drove halfway across the country to college just because she could — is still in the driveway. It’s not insured anymore, but you don’t care. You set the book and a gallon of distilled water in the passenger seat and drive to Damara’s grave.
Your big sister’s death wasn’t natural. There’s nothing natural about suicide. Nothing timely, either. She should have lived another sixty years. Seventy years. Eighty. Lived until you and she were wrinkled old ladies together, with cats and kids and grandkids and anything else you could dream of wanting. She should still be here. If she hurt that much, why didn’t she ask for help? Why did she give up? Why did she run away and leave you behind?
You want your sister back. You want your life back. You want to make everything better.
So you do.
rec’d by asukaskerian