This au is so good!! How do Wash/Somebody discover that Donuts father is abusive?
A bunch of people already know or have a feeling. It’s not like it’s hard to tell or fill in the blanks. Maybe you don’t know the specifics, but you know in that same way you just KNOW someone’s been crying or you just KNOW someone wants to say something. But they don’t really do anything about it, when they realize they have no real power in the situation and that Donut isn’t exactly cooperative. And that’s kind of not their fault- no one knows what to do in that situation. People have immense difficulty being the first to raise their voice, being the first to make a fuss about something, being the first to be ‘that guy’ (even if years later everyone wishes they’d been ‘that guy’). As soon as one person shushes them and says it’s not their business, the shushed becomes the one who shushes, and so the topic is mostly forgotten. It’s not because people are mean or bad, just confused and helpless in the face of uncertainty, because that’s what people are.