No. 549

Tom Clark had a trustworthy face.

People told him things that they wouldn’t tell anybody else. And Tom Clark collected their secrets. He wrote them down on small pieces of paper and stored them in a jar beside his bed.

The secrets were safe. Tom would never share what he knew. Doing so would require removing the appropriate note from the jar, and Tom hated to let things go.

During his life, Tom accumulated many, many secrets, from many, many people. Some were very small, and some were very large.

None were revealed, until Tom died and the jar was discovered.