Decades ago, a young kid we’ll call Justin (he’s the Redditor I mentioned) lost his older brother — let’s say his name was Mark. They had a strong bond, but Mark just vanished once day, and Justin couldn’t understand why. Their parents went to the police and the story of the older boy’s disappearance was on the local news, but the investigation was soon abandoned for reasons that Justin didn’t quite grasp.
Many years later, when Justin was playing the last days with Mark through his mind, he developed a hunch. Mark, he suddenly remembered, had been hanging out with a man much their senior. Justin had even seen them kissing and hugging one day, but, being a kid, he hadn’t thought much of it. Maybe, he thought, Mark’s fate, whatever it was, had something to do with that mystery man. He tried to put it out of his mind.
It didn’t stay that way for long.