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Secret: Mary-Lucia Cress (Hollowed Be Thy Name)


What her teeth look like Alex ponders as he watches the girl who never smiles watching him from the top of the stairs.


When the doorbell rings Alex opens the door and Reuben snags a tray of deviled eggs from the man with spatula hands.


By the time the door is closed again the girl has vanished. Later, during prayer Alex will watch her watching him again. Never once does she close her eyes during the saying of prayer.


How could they possibly know the cousin who never talks to anybody at every family reunion lost her virginity to their favorite uncle Barry?


It was not consensual.





                   Swear never to tell




                   Make no promises

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