2 Works in Proof of Concept (The Magicians)
"It had been a month.
A month since Quentin officially got rid of the monster. A month since Eliot finally was Eliot again. A month since Q had spoken a single word to Eliot."
After the monster(s) are defeated and Eliot has had time to heal and think, Q goes through his own thinking process. He can't stop blaming himself for everything that happened to Eliot, and spirals back into a depressive state. So when he shows up at the physical kids cottage after a month of no contact, Q is left to either face his thoughts or keep running.
But Eliot won't let him keep running.
On the tablet Eliot saw a webpage from the New York Daily News, and at the top was a picture of an old woman, holding her own death certificate and smiling. The headline said, "DEAD RISE AGAIN IN QUEENS, BROOKLYN."
Margo said, "You bitches better sober up, because this is a massive goddamn problem, and it just might get us our friend back."
Even in the middle of tragedy, sometimes you can have a cosmically lucky accident.