They belonged to Ella. Nobody else could see them. Her bag of secrets; her buttons.
All she wanted was a friend. Someone she could trust, talk to and play with. She found Peter. And eventually he would ask about her buttons too. They all wanted to see them, her little secrets.
They will all disappear in the end.
Bag of Buttons by Mark Lumby is a short story about a disturbing young girl with serious psychological issues and then some. As sick as her fascination with the other children is, her interactions with Tom are somehow far more sinister. With each reveal of Ella's secrets, I became more fearful for anyone around her. I can't help but wonder what her parents are like. The ending left some loose ends, but when you travel into darkness, you can only see so far, for so long.