The Visible Filth
Nathan Ballingrud
Contributed by Shemika Thormahlen
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Chapter 1

It is a Tuesday night, and Will is the bartender at Rosie’s bar, working the 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift. He is transfixed on some roaches caught in l...

Chapter 2

Will comes home in the wee hours of the night. Carrie always leaves the light over the oven on for him. Once settled, he takes a beer from the frid...

Chapter 3

Carrie is already awake when Will finally gets up, and is in the kitchen making breakfast, humming something quietly to herself. He thinks about Er...

Chapter 4

Will keeps on worrying about Steve, Carrie’s professor. Unlike him, Carrie is ambitious — and considering that he dropped out of college and ha...

Chapter 5

Will goes back home and plays video games as he waits for Carrie. He receives a text message on the yellow phone he picked up at the bar from someo...

Chapter 6

It is the usual slow Wednesday as at the bar. Will is scared, and the crippling feeling creeps him out every time the door swings open. Derek and h...

Chapter 7

Will arrives home just before sunrise, parks the car behind Carrie’s, and leans back on his seat with eyes closed. He feels an intense sadness wi...

Chapter 8

Will and Carrie wake up in the early afternoon, feeling tired and irritable. He steps into the bathroom to take a shower, but emerges still feeling...

Chapter 9

The night is busy at Rosie’s, and most of the regular customers are present. Even Derek and his partner show up; as per usual, they start playing...

Chapter 10

Everything at home seems to look normal. Carrie’s car is parked outside, and the apartment is quiet. Will quietly approaches the entrance and tri...

Chapter 11

Will could not engage with Carrie until he shut down her computer. Her eyes are bloodshot and dry. He brings her into the bedroom and places her on...

Chapter 12

Will goes back to the computer while Carrie is asleep. After it connects to the Internet, the tunnel image — which had frozen — starts moving. ...

Chapter 13

Will decides to break up with Carrie. In his mind, he believes it is an honorable thing to do — that is, sacrificing their relationship to protec...

Chapter 14

Will decides to go to Eric’s apartment. It seems like no one has been around to visit since the last time he was here. Knocking on the door yield...

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