Hello. Would you please tell me what "fit a secret" and "keep her secret warm" means in the context below?
Does it mean "You can't hide a secret in a backpack?"
And one more. Please tell me what "keep her secret warm" means.
Does it mean 'not to say her secret to her mother?'
--------from a children's novel, Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
The counselor would probably try and talk to her. The counselor always tried to talk to her.
But there was only ever one person she really wanted to talk to.
She was afraid that somehow they would all know. She could hide it from just her momís eyes,
or just his parentsí eyes, or the police. But there would be so many eyes on her, all the time.
You canít fit a secret in a backpack.
"Why do you think he ran away? Seems like a terrible thing to do to his parents, after everything they've been through."
Without thinking, Jessie blurted out her answer. Maybe it was because she was tired.
Maybe it was because she didn't want her mom saying bad things about her friend, not then.
Or maybe it was because her heart couldn't hold on to the weight of two terrible secrets.
"Because he's dying," she said, her voice flat.
"What do you mean?" her mom asked through a mouthful of food.
Jessie felt her eyes fill with tears but she blinked them back, pushed them back down inside her to keep her secret warm.
"I mean the cancer's back. They found out last week, after the tests."