In which nurse Ada Hayes overhears rumors that are whispered around Sergeant Stephens of the Union army. A part of the little Sergeant Stephens sequence of side content, in the same universe as the little town just in a different time.

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...?)

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.