Updated: Aug 12, 2021
In small communities secrets aren't usually very secret. What people try to hide soon becomes well known by everyone, but not talked about. Though they must have been whispered around at some point or else how did the knowledge spread? What young person hasn't overheard an adult conversation discussing someone's unfortunate event or another? After all, it was never good things that were secrets, or they would be shouted instead of whispered. Scandalous at the time, but eventually hidden away and only brought out years later to maybe help explain, or blame, a subsequent event. You have to love small town dynamics!
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