A fire in a small town is big news.
An incendiary blast of news and gossip. Who set it…an unattended fire…a gas leak…
It breaks the monotony of routine and shakes the town out of its slumber.
There has been so little to discuss, since the rape case ten years ago. The gossip had been unrelenting:
A young girl, wearing jeans, out alone at night without a male escort! She deserved it. Daughters like her taint the family name.
The newspapers would have a field day, she thought: Accused rapist burns to death. Police suspect arson.
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