I already know that I'm not going to get a discrete answer to this question because there isn't one, but I feel like complaining anyway. Basically I'm trying to foreshadow some massively earth-shattering secret regarding one of the MCs, but it's difficult to do so without making it seem to obvious to MYSELF. I mean, seeing as I already know I look at just one of these and I'm like "Well that just gives it away completely" But at the same time, it probably doesn't. I could load up the story with tonnes of these things and people would still be like "What?" when I lift the final curtain. It just feels like Darth Vader calling Luke Skywalker and asking him how his grades in school are - profoundly unsubtle. So anyway, here's a basic exercise to see if my audience can guess at what the biiiiiig secret is based on the hints that I've planted so far. Basic Premise Hint #1 Spoiler Jack hears a rumour that if Jim dies, the world will end. When Jack tells Jim this, Jim reacts oddly at first, then laughs it off. Hint #2 Spoiler Five completely different cities are so close that as they expand, they kind of melt into each other, forming a hodge-podge mess of cultures and races. Jim says "Damnit, you put five cities within walking distance of each other for convenience and THIS is what happens." Hint #3 Spoiler Jim's letterbox has been set on fire and all of his letters have been reduced to ash, save for a single red envelope. The letter is from someone Jim has been avoiding throughout the entire story, but upon reading it he runs out the door without saying anything. Jack picks up the letter and it says "Further the narrative: The MacGuffin is within reach." I'll post the answer once I've heard a few guesses.