Heroic Life

“That was something to see!”

The stranger praised Ned.

“There ain’t many to disagree.”

The stranger added.

“But, I have news; it’s bad.”

Ned stared at the smoke and fire.

“Is this really the time?” he asked.

“The school is still on fire.”

“Yes. Now. You should be glad.”

“The fire is under control.

You have bigger issues.

A question you’ve yet to ask.”

“‘Want to know the bad news?”

The stranger asked. Then he said.

“You didn’t make it. You’re dead.”

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