Author's Note: Hello, hello! Welcome to another adventure in Ali-writes-a-chapter-fic! This one... well, this is a something. And I'll admit now, it's going to be a painful something. Not reichenbach is the good news. Not any nicer is the bad. But, the other good news is that it'll be short. So the pain won't drag on for too long? Heh. I feel like I've given the whole thing away.

Welp, here, have a prologue and I hope you continue reading.


According to Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, humanity partakes of five different emotional stages when grieving—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The assumption of the "Five Stages of Grief" is that one must participate in them in the order given: the being will first feel denial, than anger, and so on until each stage has come, settled, and passed onto the next. People assume that each and every stage must be eventually felt, and that it will happen in order, and that is the status quo of each human being.

Most people do not understand that this is not what Elizabeth Kübler-Ross stated.

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross stated that it varies, from person to person. One may go through each step in accordance, one may skip some steps altogether. Others may never experience bargaining. Others still may hold at the bargaining stage for much longer. One might find themselves experiencing depression before anger, denial after that. Human reaction to grief, she felt, was as unique as each person who came to feel it.

But some do.

Some go right in order, the order of grief. Some sit in their rooms and question the entire situation, how it happened, assume that it didn't, not really. They tire of questions and grasp at emotion, throw vases and hit things with bats, or scream at the top of their lungs until they're hoarse. Some people then try to make deals, tell the other "No, anything to take it back." and fall into a depression when it doesn't work. And eventually, they get over it. They accept what they cannot change, and do not attempt to change the accepted.

Most people don't follow this.

But some? Yes, well... Some people do.