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July 17th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 35. Posted on *date blocked (seventh post)

Posted on *date blocked (eighth post)

Naked in the cramped cottage bedroom, I sit up and take a deep breath of musky air. The bed is wrapped in flower-patterned sheets. The room is vaguely lit by my iPhone charging in the corner. Creeping out of bed, I hear Leah waking up. She turns over onto her back. I feel the floor's wooden grain on my bare feet as I lumber over to my pile of clothes.

0xB94F
July 16th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 34. Posted on *date blocked (sixth post)

Posted on *date blocked (seventh post)

As the sun creeps towards the horizon, a comforting glow illuminates the wooded landscape. A strong gust of wind rustles the leaves around us. Specks of sunlight shine through the canopy above like dancing stars. Twigs and branches break at our feet as we tread towards the clearing ahead. In the clearing hangs the decaying trunk of a dead birch tree hunching over a grass-less patch on the dirt ground.

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July 15th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 33. Posted on *date blocked (fifth post)

Posted on *date blocked (sixth post)

My throat is sore from the dozens of cigarettes I smoked on the four hour drive littered with stops at coffee shops and service stations. We are minutes away from the cottage, driving the used Civic up a dirt road through the forest. The road is much narrower than in my memory. A thick ceiling of tumbling clouds hovers above, and a cold chill blows in through the vents. The road winds and drops into a mud pool and I'm worried we might get stuck but we don't. The forest on either side of the road is thick and green. There are blackberries on the bushes that line the road and crows are gorging on them.

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July 14th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 32. Posted on *date blocked (fourth post)

Posted on *date blocked (fifth post)

My apartment seems smaller now—suffocating me. I open all the windows and cool air trudges in. On Craigslist, I search for a used car and find a champagne colored 2008 Civic for $1200.

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July 14th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 31. Posted on *date blocked (third post)

Posted on *date blocked (fourth post)

Leah holds the tote bag open as I dump my dirty clothes inside. I inhale the fresh laundry smell of the clothes I'm wearing, that Leah had brought me from home, and I'm glad to be checking out of the hospital. I say goodbye to the nurses and walk out into the busy streets of downtown.

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July 12th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 30. Posted on *date blocked (second post)

Posted on *date blocked (third post)

In the stale quietness of the hospital room, I wake up to the disappointment of not having died last night. Already in a room tight enough for a tomb, I lie there, craving for oblivion. But Leah has other plans for me. She is beside me, thumbing the space on my forehead between my eyebrows. I hear the beeping of a heart monitor. Every time I blink, Leah's face doubles, then slowly merges back into one face, then doubles again with another blink.

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July 11th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 29. Posted on *date blocked

Posted on *date blocked (second post)

I walk into fire, trees rumbling in flames surround me, but I feel no heat. I tread down a path, fire licking at my arms, ashes fluttering upwards into the night sky like millions of gray moths.

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July 10th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 28. Posted on May 12 (fourth post)

Posted on *date blocked

Leah peers into the darkness. She closes my front door behind her and turns the lock. Feeling her way up the wall, she finds the light switch and my apartment fills with whiteness.

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July 8th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 27. Posted on May 12 (third post)

Posted on May 12 (fourth post)

The valet guy at the Ritz-Carlton slept sitting up on his chair beside the revolving glass door. His mouth gaped open.

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July 6th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 26. Posted on May 12 (second post)

Posted on May 12 (third post)

Rising up out of the subway staircase and into the busy street, I pulled Leah closer to me. The pavement was still wet from rain, puddles gathered by the curb. We strolled arm in arm, listening to the sounds of downtown traffic, absorbing the odors of diesel from TTC buses and fried grease from Korean restaurants. A white van with Manitoba plates drove by.

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July 5th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 25. Posted on May 12

Posted on May 12 (second post)

A little boy stared up at me, faceless, bald, his skin marble black, marked with paint splatter and scattered text, white, yellow, green and purple. It was my Psychedelics Anonymous Genesis, but as a child. We both stood in a dark void, facing each other.

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July 4th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 24. Posted on May 11

Posted on May 12

Leah sat at the edge of her bed, stretching with a moan. I looked at the time—7:19pm.

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July 3rd, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 23. Posted on May 10 (second post)

Posted on May 11

I felt a drop of rain on my wrist and another on my lip. I walked faster down the row of townhouses heading to Leah's place. It was almost noon and the darkening clouds looked the way clouds look before it pours.

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July 2nd, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 22. Posted on May 10

Posted on May 10 (second post)

I stretched out on the sofa, the laptop resting on my stomach. I scrolled through William's final items. They were elaborate, once again describing the details of his abundant life. The items described the lemon smell of a motel room, roaming the city streets, stopping to admire the architecture of a church, smelling the strawberries in Kensington Market.

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July 1st, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 21. Posted on May 9

Posted on May 10

In the forest, wind sifted through the cedar and birch trees, and I struggled to adjust my eyes to the darkness. I could feel the presence of night owls with bloated chests and long-faced coyotes stalking the wooded hillside, reminding me that despite the deed of land my parents owned, the land was never quite ours.

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June 30th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 20. Posted on May 8 (fifth post)

Posted on May 9

The bar was so dark that I couldn't see the coffee in my own cup, which was a good thing, I thought. It smelled like shit, tasted like shit, and if I saw it in proper light, it would probably look like shit. Soft sounds of salsa music played in the background. There was a sticker of Rick and Morty on the cash register behind the bar, and the smell of fried onions hovered nose level throughout the place.

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June 29th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 19. Posted on May 8 (fourth post)

Posted on May 8 (fifth post)

We slept through the day—a deep long sleep that we both needed. It was nighttime again and she had not woken up. Her mouth hung slightly open and her eyes darted around under her eyelids. I tried to fall back to sleep, but wakefulness seeped into my mind, and with it, came thoughts of William.

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June 28th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 18. Posted on May 8 (third post)

Posted on May 8 (fourth post)

My footsteps echoed off the face of a building towering over me. It was three in the morning, the air was void of daytime noises. I pushed forward, fingering the Zippo lighter in my pocket, rushing to buy smokes so I could go back home—go back to William.

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June 27th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 17. Posted on May 8 (third post)

Posted on May 8 (third post)

I laid awake in my bed, the rhythm of passing cars outside on loop. I couldn't sleep without the pills. Leah was working night shift. I shifted around trying to find that comfortable spot on my bed where sleep would take over, but it was nowhere to be found. I threw the covers off myself and slipped on a pair of boxers.

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June 26th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 16. Posted on May 8

Posted on May 8 (second post)

The pub was practically empty. A candle burned on every table. David Bowie played in the background and the scent of air freshener crept from the washrooms near my booth where Leah found me.

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June 25th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 15. Posted on May 7

Posted on May 8

I woke up confused—the shattered remnants of a nightmare inside my head remained. Opening my eyes, I thought I'd see Leah's purple walls, but instead I squinted through the morning dimness and saw my bare, empty walls, eggshell white.

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June 24th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 14. Posted on May 6

Posted on May 7

Walking into my apartment, the smell seemed foreign to me, vaguely familiar. It was late at night. I didn't remember the last time I saw William. Days maybe? Weeks? I wondered if he was home, and then I heard his bed creak in his room. Sitting on the sofa, I burnt through two cigarettes thinking about how I would tell him.

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June 23rd, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 13. Posted on April 20

Posted on May 6

I woke up to Leah lying beside me, rubbing my arm. A mahogany dresser guarded the foot of the bed. In the dresser mirror, that was visible over our toes, I saw the reflection of a crucifix hanging on the wall above our heads.

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June 21st, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 11. Posted on March 21

Posted on April 8

For weeks, she made me feel like someone—validating me with every kiss, every cuddle, every sly look. We shared food together, and dreamed up plans for the future, from exploring the caves at Lake Simcoe to driving to the Maritimes.

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June 20th, 2022

The start - 0. Everyone and No One

The previous - 10. Posted on March 20

Posted on March 21

The semi-detached townhouses that lined the street were all the same brownish color. I surveyed the numbers on the mail boxes of each house; 245, 247, 249. My nervousness escalated with each increasing number.

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June 13th, 2022

0. Everyone and No One

1. Posted on March 13

Posted on March 14

The therapist checked his phone again.

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June 12th, 2022

0. Everyone and No One

Posted on March 13

For the last few weeks I was Michael Anderson. I stole all my pics from some guy in Australia named Aleksander Vukcevic. Posts filled my page like a list of attributes—my dirt bike, my cat, me on a boat. My bio read, “Eat well. Stay in shape. Die anyway.

I was in Rachel Darwish’s DMs. The top part of her face was cut off in her profile pic, showing just her toothy smile and dark hair falling onto her shoulders. Her posts were mostly food pics, inspirational quotes, concert pics of Prince, sunsets, and photos of her taken at angles that hide her face. I first slid into her DMs like this:

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June 7th, 2022

In the spring of 2022, the 44 Division of the Toronto Police Service discovered the burnt remains of Rachel Amina Darwish, Daniel Brewer, and Mitig Biskane, in southern Ontario, Canada. The only clues offering an explanation for the three deaths were found in an anonymous blog written by an unknown individual.

The following content was taken from the blog website, everyoneandnoone.org.

The blog posts begin on March 13.