I barely knew him - I guess the word is acquaintance, though I usually just say friend. When I saw the chatterbox topic read "Please see the Front Page for some sad news. E2 is wearing black today" I immediately knew someone had died. When I saw the name I gasped and clapped my hand over my mouth. It's not supposed to be someone I know. That kind of thing doesn't happen to people like me. I was in a chat room when I read the page and immediately said a friend had died - everyone shared their condolences. I quickly sent a note to ophie, too.

Hermetic was patient with me when we spoke, and helpful when I had questions about noding. The reality is still settling in. I'll miss him.