The purpose of life is to help others… even if one happens to be dead.
Patty died of loneliness, so teenage younger sister Jenna ran out into a storm and … died too, hoping to meet Patty on the Other Side. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Jenna’s Time yet, so she has to hang around as a ghost.
The world-building of how ghosts gain enough Time to move on to the Other Side is very interesting.
The relationship between ghosts and witches – all the various sorts of witches – is also interesting. The ghost who keeps her rent-stabilized apartment, and the ghost who hangs out at the comics store, are fun.
The mysterious bad guy is a mystery, but the method was clearly set up and the evilness [tm] is really nasty.
The end of the story was completely expected and yet made me cry. But I’ve read Seanan McGuire’s shorter stories before, so I was sort of expecting that. The poem in the beginning, which holds the title, is lovely and creepy.