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Today's Story by Stuart Hopen

Be careful, Phoenix. I’m not just saying this because I’m jealous. Watch yourself around this Holmes guy.

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Letter XXI

November 9, 1990

Dear Phoenix,

Something happened to me.  Took me by surprise.  I’m getting jealous of this Holmes guy.  Me, who can calmly watch his chick of the moment make it with other guys.  I thought I was over being jealous of you, but I’m not.  Maybe I brought this on myself.

This Holmes guy gets in your head the way Jay used to.  He gives off the same aura of threat.  Maybe because you plugged him into your tale and gave him a role?

It shouldn’t be surprising to find pieces of Jay cropping up.  Viral like.  Thrusting himself into our business.

Jay was always quite the control freak.

Phoenix, I can’t tell you exactly what’s going on.  I’m not even sure myself.  Be careful, Phoenix.  I’m not just saying this because I’m jealous.  Watch yourself around this Holmes guy.

Love, Die.


Stuart Hopen’s writing has been published by various comic book companies, including D.C., Marvel, Eclipse, Amazing, and Fantagraphics. His science fiction novel, Warp Angel, originally published by Tor Books, will soon be reissued by the Misenchanted Press in a newly revised edition.  Cannibals, a series of six interrelated novellas, will be available online in 2014.   


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