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: Stephens is seen, hunched over in agony, as both flames and the golden ratio swirl around him.

Patient: Back in Chancellorsville in the wildfire... That he out-burned hell... That-

As the patient speaks, the panels zoom more and more in on Stephens's scarred eye. Closer and closer, one can see that his scar is like a canyon river, his hair like a forest, his eye bulging out of the deep canyon that cuts through the Earth.

Ada: Hey Junior!

Stephens jolts awake sleepily. He is reclining in the dirt, his uniform loose.

Stephens: Huh?

Ada holds out a pack of cigarettes and shakes it so that one pokes out of the pack. She smiles, and Stephens brightens.

Ada: Guess what I got for ya?