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A Final Goodbye

Dreamed summer 2001 by Justin Hall
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Black and white comic of a dream. Juicy finds himself meeting an ex-lover, Kevin, in Amsterdam. He looks fine, but J vaguely recalls he was ill.
Black and white comic of a dream. J notices an impossibly intricate Moorish tower and realizes he's dreaming. And Kevin is dead. He didn't even say goodbye, really, since no one dies of simple pneumonia in a modern country like the Netherlands.
Black and white comic of a dream. J realizes this dream is his chance to say goodbye properly. He flashes back to leaving to go on a trip with his dad, expecting Kevin to be well when he returned.
Black and white comic of a dream. J tells Kevin farewell. 'It's been a blessing to have you in my life.'
Black and white comic of a dream. Kevin's ghost smiles, turns, and walks into the beautiful tower. And J wakes up crying.

2008 NOTE

This comic was first published two years after the dream, in TRUE TRAVEL TALES, #2, by Xeric Award-winning cartoonist Justin Hall.
Justin wrote me:

"I had wanted to do it for a while, but it was too painful and I didn't know how to approach it. In 2003, I was on a train in Peru talking to a traveler when I unburdened the whole story to him (in Spanish, which I think helped as it distanced it from me just enough), and by the end of it he was staring at me and telling me to write the story down, and I knew then that I was ready. Poor guy didn't expect his train trip would be waylaid by a gringo with a death dream who felt the uncontrollable urge to share."
small image of Justin Hall and his ex-lover Kevin saying goodbye in a dream.

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