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    After it all came crashing down, Ernesto’s to-do list is short: stay hidden, and wait for the Final Death. Héctor’s is even shorter: enjoy being with his family again.
    But life - or rather, the living - get in the way even of the simplest plans.

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    “Hector allows it.” She tells him as his hands fiddle with his belt.

    “Oh?” Ernesto says, an audible click as he unbuckles himself. “You have your husband’s permission?”

    “Like I’ve ever needed Hector’s permission for anything.” Imelda says.

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    he still sang to himself, every night before he slept. he hummed the little melody and imagined coco doing the same, and sat there on his knees as if in prayer, listening as the tune faded into the bustle of shantytown after dark.

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    “You were so drunk that I had to carry you onto the train.” He says, raising an eyebrow. “You need to hold your alcohol better my friend.”

    “Ugh.” Hector says, and rubs his temples. “What happened last night?”

    “We did a lot of talking.” Ernesto replies.

    Hector frowns, and Ernesto quietly tugs down the collar of his shirt to reveal red and purple bruises.

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    Ernesto is all set to leave for his trip with Héctor to play for the world. Imelda says something before they leave that changes Ernesto's outlook entirely.

    Same continuity as "We Don't Want Your Body," though you don't need to read that first. Mature themes/language, tw for unhealthy relationships/manipulation. Imelda/Héctor/Ernesto. Not fluff.

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    Beyond the veil is a thriving, exciting, marvellous world. Of colour and music. But regrets will latch on and fester. And words left unspoken in life can return to haunt those in death.

     

    Sequel to Proud Corazón. Spoilers ahead. Relationship field left intentionally blank.

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    “You are so strong,” Héctor says, and she doesn’t need him to say it- she knows she’s strong, she had to be in order for her family to survive- but it’s nice. By Dios, it makes something in her chest ache to hear Héctor acknowledge everything she had to do for their familia. “You always have been. When you chased me away-” He swallows. “You've always had to be strong, and for that I am sorry. If only I hadn't left-" His voice cracks, and her chest bones ache.

    The thing is, Imelda has heard Héctor call her strong before, but it hasn’t meant as much as it does now, after a century of having to be too strong.

    She has always been the strong one, the stubborn one, the cold one when necessary. Héctor is the heart of the family, the kindness, the compassion. He has always bent over backward to make others happy, because that is what made him happy. It is what made him feel fulfilled, useful, far more than any machismo ever could. It is what made her fall in love with him.

    Imelda and Héctor are the exact opposite of what should have worked, and they never tried to change each other.

    “Then we both are at fault,” she says, and it feels like a weight has been released from her chest.

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    “Do you care about your familia... more than your music?”

    Héctor felt his every bone light on fire. As if there would ever, ever be doubt of that again, after all he’d gone through, the mistakes he’d made that led to a hundred years of misery, a hundred years of being unable to mend his wife’s broken heart, a hundred years of separation from his daughter. “Si, Ernesto. Especially more than my music.”

    A smile crossed Ernesto’s features. “Are you willing to put that to the test?”

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    At the beginning, there were only gods and alebrijes. Death existed, and so existed life. And with it, the Lands of the Living and the Dead came to be, so the souls that parted could find a place to rest.

    But there is no rest for Sartana or Ernesto. And two months before Héctor can cross the Marigold Bridge, family secrets a long time buried come back to claim a piece of the present. Can Miguel reveal the mystery of two guitars and save Mamá Coco in time?

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    I blame the Coco Discord Server for this

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    Ernesto De la Cruz forgets about Héctor.

    He stops thinking of Héctor, about a bitter familia in Santa Cecilia, as his thoughts become solely occupied by the adoring crowds, by movie deals and novias and commercials.

    Ernesto is famous, now. What need does he have for his old life, a world he no longer lives in?

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    When people hear Ernesto's name, they don't think murderer. There is only one person who knows what he is, and that person has almost forgotten that the crime existed.

    Up until his final moments, Héctor thought of Ernesto as his friend. Héctor, that fool, never would have suspected foul play.

    (There was never any blood on Ernesto's hands- Héctor died with a few gasping breaths and a soft thump as his body hit the street. There was no wound, no blood-stained weapon, no descent into madness.

    Ernesto's hands are clean.

    After all, if no witness remembers the murder, who's to say there was one?)

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    What would happen if a dead man had fallen in love with beautiful, strong, independent woman? You will find out.

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    Hector Rivera is a high school music teacher who is not ready to be a parent, but he has little choice when his primo Enrique is killed in a car accident with his wife, meaning Hector now has temporary custody of his godson, eight-year-old Miguel.

    His bachelor life is in for quite a bit of a change to accommodate his new charge, whether it means coping with the annoyance of his youtuber diva roommate Ernesto, allying his boss/estranged girlfriend Imelda's concern over him raising a child, or honestly just getting all his papers graded in time when he's got a little boy to comfort.

    At first Hector's terrified that he won't know the first thing about having a kid around, but once Miguel arrives he starts to worry about something else entirely: how on Earth is he going to cope when Miguel has to leave?

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    When Héctor has his first performance, Victoria of course brings Lefstebany with her. Lefstebany spends half her time at the Riveras anyway- what's so loco about coming to the first performance of the man who is basically her abuelo-in-law?

    When Héctor begins to play his guitar, Victoria sees the way his bony fingers shake. She sees how uncertain he is, how a century of being rejected for the thing he once loved has dampened his excitement for his art.

    Despite her usual disdain for such frivolous activities, she is all too happy to let Rosita pull her and Lefstebany into a dance. She understands how Héctor, this century-old skeleton trapped in the body of a twenty-one-year-old, feels. She understands being rejected for what and who she loves.

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    Victoria will not let Ernesto De la Cruz hurt anyone in her family again.

    Lefstebany, who has seen the hurt that the Riveras have suffered, will protect her adopted familia with everything she has.

    Ernesto De la Cruz is never seen in the Marketplace or near the Rivera casa again.

    Victoria is proud to give her novia credit for this.

    (Aka: Victoria and Lefstebany are the most badass lesbian aunts/granddaughters/skeletons EVER)

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    ernesto is shocked when he realizes the little skeleton he'd pulled from the pool still has flesh on his bones.

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    "what if when they traveled together they were kinda gay" "wow what a revolutionary idea better make a fic out of it."

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    He was the only one who would understand her, but little did she know that he thought the same way And now that she's finally with him he isn't about to let go of this opportunity, he will seize the moment that was taken from him many years ago.

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    For years, he tries and fails to reach the Land of the Living, growing weaker the entire time. His bones grow more and more fragile, leaving him with aches that don’t go away with time. It takes him longer to make it places, to move from Shantytown to the Marketplace. He can only dance with effort, and the only times when he isn’t in pain is when adrenaline- or the remains of it, at least- carries him through an activity.

    Everyone save Coco is dead now, and his daughter’s memories are the only thing keeping him from the Final Death.

    He worries that they may not be enough.

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    Later, in between visits from Frida and conversations with his family, the weight of the years, of Ernesto’s admissions, starts to sink in.
    Héctor could have returned to his familia, spent the years with Imelda and Coco. He could have grown old, died in Imelda’s arms, lived to meet Julio and Rosita and Victoria and Elena and every one of his descendants. He could have been Remembered, never lived in Shantytown, never broken bone after bone and withered away trying to return to Coco.

    He’d tried to return, and Ernesto had killed him for the crime of loving his familia too much to give them up.

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    The story of the stagehand who leaned on the wrong lever at the wrong time, the accidental murderer of Ernesto De la Cruz.

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    Héctor couldn't remember a time without Ernesto by his side. Ernesto could, but just barely; what he remembered well were the fireworks, the music, and a small hand tugging at his sleeve.
    [He'd only wanted to see the fireworks.]

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