It's alright, 'cause you're saved by the... No? Wrong tone for the situation?
Anyway, when people keep coming back, one tends to assume they're doing something right. The first conclusion probably isn't going to be "there are persistent rumors that nobody's willing to dispute because they think it'll make them look bad".
I mean, I might worry about something like that, but that's how I roll.
We're not done with flashbacks, but after I wrote the previous page, some things were moved around and changed, and I felt we needed to go back... To the PRESENT! Before more flashbackery.