This Time It Will Work [April Contest]
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"It'll work this time; I know it--" my mother is trying to tie my sister's wrists to the crude cross she's made out of two-by-fours, struggling with my sister's limp, slightly slick-with-decay flesh.....
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This Time It Will Work [April Contest]

by Queenofscots

"It'll work this time; I know it--" my mother is trying to tie my sister's wrists to the crude cross she's made out of two-by-fours, struggling with my sister's limp,

slightly slick-with-decay flesh.....

My little brother and sister died three days ago, swept off by the plague that is ravaging the country.

"Mom, please, just stop...?"

But she is manic in her attempts to revive them.

No, *resurrect* them.....

Mom is fascinated by mythology and ancient religions. They're a look into the minds of our great-great-a-thousand- times-great grandparents, she says.

She was especially taken with an ancient text unearthed ten years ago, its title simply translating to 'The Book', and focusing largely on a demi-god named Jesus...

Who could perform miracles....

Who could heal the sick, and even raise the dead....

And who died, and was resurrected himself.....

Now, she is utterly *possessed* by it, certain that she can bring my brother and sister back, if only she can find the right combination of rituals and words.

"OK, help me raise them upright.... now we need crowns---Jinna, help me find *something* with thorns..."

"Mom, *please* don't--"

"Lamb's blood, though, we can't get that....."

Sheep have been extinct for centuries.

"Mom, don't..."

"And bread, and this *wine*--I wish...."

"Mom, that plant wine was made from died out over a thousand years ago..... besides, you can't just combine random elements from some old myth and bring them back---" I protest.

This is the fourth time she has tied their bodies to these crosses.....

"JINNA, JUST SHUT UP AND HELP ME! This time it will work, I know it...."

I can only hope it doesn't.

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