I’m going to write this while I still have the energy to do so.

For two years, I have counted myself very fortunate to not have lost someone from my inner circle to COVID. Yes, I have known via association of people who died, but none were close to me.

Today, that has sadly ended.

I met this person through my books. He was a huge Loki fan. HUGE! We got connected because he messaged me on social media to find out when my next Loki book was coming out. After that, he was my first self-proclaimed “fan boy” and always called me his “fair bard.” We often messaged each other random things. One time when I was feeling incredibly down, he messaged me out of the blue as if the universe knew I needed a pick-me-up. It had been the first time that day I laughed.

Yep, I can’t write this anymore.

Darren Hardy has a measurement for the people who matter and it has to do if they will cry at your funeral or not. I always imagined that he’d cry at my funeral. Instead, today I am crying.

My heart goes out to his family, especially his boys. He loved them dearly.

Chris, my dear, sweet fan boy, I miss you already.