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: 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?