In which nurse Ada Hayes overhears rumors that are whispered around Sergeant Stephens of the Union army. I recommend reading How I Got This Scar before this, for continuity reasons.

I made this little comic on a whim because I wanted to mess around with both bright colors and unusual comic layouts (because, if you can't tell, I'm usually pretty conservative with my comic layouts). Also, I know I shouldn't draw Ada with her hair down, but I forgot about that, haha. Maybe I'll fix it eventually.

(They may be rumors, but... who's to say they may not be too far off the mark...?)

Made in 2020 with Paint Tool SAI.

Image description: Clouds drift overhead. Ada Hayes, a nurse for the Union army with a scarred face and deep-set frown, walks up to a soldier.

Ada: Got a cig? One of my patients needs one.

Soldier: A cig? I don't have any.

Ada sweats a bit as she does a double take.

Ada: But you have a-

The soldier cuts her off with a languid smile and lets out a long puff of smoke. He imagines, for a moment, a strip of paper being rolled around tobacco.

Soldier: I got it from Sergeant Stephens. He never runs out, you know. Ever.

Ada sighs.

Ada: Well, that seems silly. She says this with a blank face.