they will know our names

For I had believed what I was sold, I did all the things that I was told
But all that has changed, and now I'm bold.

This was the weirdest day of Aura’s death. And that was including the time she was accidentally turned into the Grim Reaper.

Poppy’s face cracked into one of her classic grins and she leapt to her feet with the same energy Aura remembered her always having. This was still Poppy, alright, and Aura had just offered her a job as an aide to the dead and dying. What just happened?

Without really thinking about what she was doing, Aura automatically held her hand out when Poppy offered her own. Her daughter’s grip was firm and she pumped her arm up and down with more power than Aura was used to. Apart from to take the hand of the dying and pull them into death, Aura didn’t really… touch people. She wasn’t much of a toucher. Neither was Brock. She hadn’t really been touched like this since she was alive.

“Er, okay.” At least… at least Poppy seemed happy? At least Aura had finally done something for her daughter – something right? I really hope I don’t regret this. “Great.”

She hesitated at the question, not least because she had no clue how to answer it. She and Brock had been wanting – needing – to find recruits to be Lieutenants ever since Aura had become the Guide of the Dead and now here one was, waiting and willing. She wasn’t prepared for this.

“I… don’t know.” She admitted, unfolding her legs and sliding off the bed onto her feet. “I suppose you can team up with Harmony – that’s our first Lieutenant on the other side – and, um… if we can work out how you can get corpses to her, she can take them across Death.” Aura scratched her head. “I’ll speak to Brock and get back to you. In the meantime, I guess…” She glanced around her at the hospital room. “Get to know the dying. Even if you can just keep them calm before I get here… that’d be a help.”

A u r a
They thought I was weak, but I am strong; they sold me the world but they were wrong
And now that I'm back, I still belong.

image by ankur sharma at flickr.com

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