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By Steven Sherrill

Benny Poteat is, between different issues, a tower jockey, his lifestyles outlined via up or down. Working hundreds and hundreds of toes within the air repairing rigidity traces and changing burned-out lightbulbs, he observes the area from above.

Benny has obvious loads of issues from this vantage aspect, yet not anything can evaluate to staring at a woman die. She methods the river that snakes some distance lower than him, units up a video digital camera, and walks purposefully into the speeding water, by no means to reappear. Startled at either what he’s witnessed and his lack of ability to avoid it, Benny hurries down the tower to the scene of her loss of life. What he does subsequent will eternally modify the process his existence: He does not anything. He gathers up the drowned girl’s assets and doesn’t inform a soul what he observed.

Instead, Benny visits the handle on a company card he unearths within the drowned girl’s bag and slowly insinuates himself into the existence she as soon as lived. yet at the same time he immerses himself in her global, he wonders: What does it suggest to monitor somebody die? And what can clarify his unusual appeal to the drowned woman?

Through a labyrinth of explanation and denial, Benny struggles to determine who to inform and what to do, till it turns into not just impractical yet actually most unlikely for him to ever exhibit his mystery, the weight of which quickly turns into unbearable.

Visits from the Drowned Girl is a story concerning the seductive yet finally pernicious nature of secrecy. we're all voyeurs, to 1 measure or one other. The query is, at what aspect will we develop into accountable for the issues we see?

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