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* BiTheWay: Ernesto at one point casually admits to having had sexual encounters with men as well as women. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance Griselda is not happy to learn this]], though she's much more upset about the whole murderer thing.


* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Griselda the nurse. She finds out early in the story that Ernesto murdered Héctor in the past, but chooses to continue to care for him, as he genuinely wants to atone for his actions.

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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Griselda the nurse. She nurse finds out early in the story that Ernesto murdered Héctor in the past, Héctor, and is appropriately horrified and disgusted, but takes her job very seriously and chooses to continue to care for him, as he genuinely wants to atone for while also encouraging his actions.attempts at atonement in the hopes of saving his soul before he dies.


** Played slightly more straight regarding [[spoiler: Ernesto needing Coco's blessing in order to pass on. He ''probably'' would have still died around when he did with or without it, but his belief that he needed it was so strong that it seemed to be keeping him clinging to life even while clearly on his deathbed, and it's only after Coco does end up giving him her blessing that he finally passes.]]

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** Played slightly more straight regarding [[spoiler: Ernesto needing Coco's blessing in order to pass on. He ''probably'' would have still died around when he did with or without it, but his belief that he needed it was so strong that it seemed to be keeping keep him clinging to life even while clearly on his deathbed, and it's only after Coco does end up giving him her blessing that he finally passes.]]


* DeathbedConfession: Once she learns of Ernesto's crime, Griselda, a devout Catholic, urges Ernesto to do this with a priest before it is too late. While he does speak to the priest Griselda calls to give him last rites, she (and the reader) is not privy to their talk, and WordOfGod confirmed that he did not confess Héctor's murder.

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* DeathbedConfession: Once she learns of Ernesto's crime, Griselda, a devout Catholic, urges Ernesto to do this with a priest before it is too late. While he does speak to the priest Griselda calls to give him last rites, she (and the reader) is not privy to their talk, and WordOfGod confirmed that he did not confess to Héctor's murder.

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* DeathbedConfession: Once she learns of Ernesto's crime, Griselda, a devout Catholic, urges Ernesto to do this with a priest before it is too late. While he does speak to the priest Griselda calls to give him last rites, she (and the reader) is not privy to their talk, and WordOfGod confirmed that he did not confess Héctor's murder.


* BiTheWay: Ernesto at one point casually admits to having had sexual encounters with men as well as women. [[ValuesDissonance Griselda is not happy to learn this]], though she's much more upset about the whole murderer thing.

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* BiTheWay: Ernesto at one point casually admits to having had sexual encounters with men as well as women. [[ValuesDissonance [[DeliberateValuesDissonance Griselda is not happy to learn this]], though she's much more upset about the whole murderer thing.

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* BiTheWay: Ernesto at one point casually admits to having had sexual encounters with men as well as women. [[ValuesDissonance Griselda is not happy to learn this]], though she's much more upset about the whole murderer thing.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Rivera family know the truth about Héctor's dissappearance and they get closure by finding his corpse and retrieving his songbook and guitar. Héctor is not being forgotten anymore and can now visit his family every Dia de Muertos, but he's devastated after finding out his best friend murdered him. And Ernesto is now alone and under a fake identity, but at least he isn't plagued by guilt anymore.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Rivera family know the truth about Héctor's dissappearance and they get closure by finding his corpse and retrieving his songbook and guitar. Héctor is not being forgotten anymore and can now visit his family every Dia de Muertos, but he's devastated after finding out his best friend murdered him. And Ernesto is now alone and under a fake identity, but he is at least he isn't no longer paralyzed or plagued by guilt anymore.his guilt-fueled delusions.]]


* EntitledToHaveYou / DisproportionateRetribution: The reason why Ernesto murdered Héctor: Because Héctor decided to stand up to Ernesto and put his own wishes (to return with Imelda and Coco) instead of what Ernesto wanted for him (to continuing being a musical duo). Ernesto considered this a horribly cruel act of betrayal that Héctor had to be killed for. [[NeverMyFault And he insists it was Héctor fault for leaving him.]]

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* EntitledToHaveYou / DisproportionateRetribution: The reason why Ernesto murdered Héctor: Because Héctor decided to stand up to Ernesto and put his own wishes (to return with Imelda and Coco) instead of what Ernesto wanted for him (to continuing being a musical duo). Ernesto considered this a horribly cruel act of betrayal that Héctor had to be killed for. [[NeverMyFault And he insists it was Héctor Héctor's fault for leaving him.]]



** Played slightly more straight regarding [[spoiler: Ernesto needing Coco's blessing in order to pass on. He ''probably'' would have still died around when he did with or without it, but his belief that he needed it was so strong that it seemed to be keeping him clinging to life even while clearly on his deathbed, and it's only after Coco does end up giving him her blessing that he finally passes.]]



* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Griselda the nurse. She finds out early in the story that Ernesto murdered Héctor in the past, but chooses to overlook it, as he genuinely wants to atone for his actions.

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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Griselda the nurse. She finds out early in the story that Ernesto murdered Héctor in the past, but chooses to overlook it, continue to care for him, as he genuinely wants to atone for his actions.


* AlternateUniverse: Ernesto was crippled instead of being killed by the bell, like in canon. And since Ernesto reveals the truth about Héctor's death much sooner, [[spoiler:the music ban is lifted around the time Elena is born and Héctor isn't being forgotten.]]



* CanonDiscontinuity: Ernesto was crippled instead of being killed by the bell, like in canon. And since Ernesto reveals the truth about Héctor's death much sooner, [[spoiler:the music ban is lifted around the time Elena is born and Héctor isn't being forgotten.]]


* VengefulGhost: Ernesto keeps seeing Héctor in various levels, and he doesn't exactly look happy to be there, frequently switching moods between nice, mean or vengeful. Of course, the Ghost!Héctor seen throughout the story is a delusion. The real Héctor is actually nicer and blissfully oblivious about his best friend’s betrayal.

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* VengefulGhost: Ernesto keeps seeing Héctor in various levels, and he doesn't exactly look happy to be there, frequently switching moods between nice, mean or vengeful. Of course, the Ghost!Héctor seen throughout the story is a delusion. The [[spoiler:The real Héctor is actually nicer and blissfully oblivious about his best friend’s betrayal. betrayal.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: For Ernesto, being bedridden and unable to play music. Even Imelda acknowledges it.


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* MoodSwinger: Ghost!Héctor frequently switches moods between his childhood's friendly, meek and playful persona, and then hysterically, resentful and angry when in his adult form.


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* VengefulGhost: Ernesto keeps seeing Héctor in various levels, and he doesn't exactly look happy to be there, frequently switching moods between nice, mean or vengeful. Of course, the Ghost!Héctor seen throughout the story is a delusion. The real Héctor is actually nicer and blissfully oblivious about his best friend’s betrayal.


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Averted. It's established since the first chapter that the "ghost of Héctor" is not real and is just a product of Ernesto's guilt and delusions.



* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: [[spoiler: When Ernesto reunites with Héctor at the land of the dead, Héctor does this by talking about how much he missed Ernesto and how a good friend he is, while Ernesto is uncomfortable by it, as he killed him in the past.]]

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* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: [[spoiler: When Ernesto reunites with Héctor at the land of the dead, Héctor does this by talking about how much he missed Ernesto and how a good friend he is, while Ernesto is uncomfortable by it, as after how much he killed him in was berated and insulted by the past."ghost".]]


* TheAtoner: Ernesto wants to give closure to Imelda and Coco about Héctor's death. However, his reasons are selfish, as he wants the "ghost of Héctor" to stop pestering him.

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* TheAtoner: Ernesto wants to give closure to Imelda and Coco about Héctor's death. However, his reasons are selfish, as he wants the "ghost of Héctor" to stop pestering him. [[spoiler: Coco finds out in Chapter 9 and rightfully calls him out about it.]]



* ContinuityNod: To the author's prequel fic, ''"Fanfic/TheHeavenAndEarthSeries"'' and the alternate continuity .

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* CanonDiscontinuity: Ernesto was crippled instead of being killed by the bell, like in canon. And since Ernesto reveals the truth about Héctor's death much sooner, [[spoiler:the music ban is lifted around the time Elena is born and Héctor isn't being forgotten.]]
* ContinuityNod: To the author's prequel fic, ''"Fanfic/TheHeavenAndEarthSeries"'' and the alternate continuity .continuity ''Fanfic/DownToDust''.



* DeathSeeker: Ernesto wants to die, having been crippled by the bell and unable to play music, but believes the "ghost of Héctor" won't let him die. So he decides to give closure to the Rivera family about Héctor's death so he'll be allowed to die in peace.
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: When Ernesto tells the real Héctor that he poisoned him. Poor Héctor goes from laughing it off in disbelief to denial to breaking down in anger and grief before screaming at Ernesto that he never wants to see him again.]]



* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: [[spoiler: When Ernesto reunites with Héctor at the land of the dead, Héctor does this by talking about how much he missed Ernesto and how a good friend he is, while Ernesto is uncomfortable by it, as he killed him in the past.]]

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* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: [[spoiler: When Ernesto reunites with Héctor at the land of the dead, Héctor does this by talking about how much he missed Ernesto and how a good friend he is, while Ernesto is uncomfortable by it, as he killed him in the past.]]]]
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Since Ernesto was crippled and can't play music anymore, he has realized that murdering Héctor and stealing his songs wasn't really worth it, as he has lost his fame and his friend.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Coco finds out that Ernesto wanted to give the Riveras closure about Héctor's death so that "his ghost would stop pestering him", moments after finding out he murdered him, she calls him out on his selfish reasons.
-->[[spoiler:''"After you said he’d died in 1921 and you never told us, I thought...I thought you had written because you wanted to set things right before you died [...] But that wasn’t it, was it? It wasn’t because you regretted what you had done. It was just what your delusions told you you had to do. It was never to help me have closure, it was all about getting your own. You murdered my papá, took his songs - our song - and let us believe he’d abandoned us. And now....And now you expect me to give you my blessing, of all things?"'']]


* TheAtoner: Ernesto wants to give closure to Imelda and Coco about Héctor's death. However, his reasons are selfish, as he wants the "ghost of Héctor" to stop pestering him.



* EntitledToHaveYou / DisproportionateRetribution: The reason why Ernesto murdered Héctor: Because Héctor decided to stand up to Ernesto and put his own wishes (to return with Imelda and Coco) instead of what Ernesto wanted for him (to continuing being a musical duo). Ernesto considered this a horribly cruel act of betrayal that Héctor had to be killed for. [[NeverMyFault And he insists it was Héctor fault for leaving him.]]
* HonoraryUncle: Despite his protests about the position, Ernesto was this for Coco when she was a little girl.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When Imelda finds out about Héctor's murder at Ernesto's hands, she snaps and beats the crap out of him, not caring that he's weakened and in the verge of death. She would have killed him if Griselda hadn't stopped her.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: When Imelda finds out about Héctor's murder at Ernesto's hands, she snaps and beats the crap out of him, not caring that he's weakened and in the verge of death. She would have killed him if Griselda hadn't stopped her.]]

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