307. In the bowels of the Deep Web

In the bowels of the Deep Web, Paisley Jones was lost, with no place to crawl but deeper into its dark secrets. She was sure no-one else would be as thorough to find out the truth about her, but she was taking no chances, so further she crawled into murky digital waters, fishing for the information that could bury her and her career.

She had ventured further from the surface than she had originally intended, collecting along the way every piece of information that could be harmful, then destroying it. There were more of them than she had envisioned and the deeper she swam, the more snippets she encountered.

Her safety line had been cut long ago. Chances were she herself would not be returning to the calm surface. That she would be lost down here forever, along with her secrets. Most likely someone would come looking for her. Perhaps parts of her and her history would eventually float up to the surface and get caught in one of the millions of nets that littered the digital sea. Perhaps they finally would unravel her secret.

The snippets of truth flew by so amply and damning now that they clung to her, weighing her down and impeding her ability to annihilate them. They dragged her deeper and deeper until she was powerless to fight them.

***

He googled her name. There were no matches.

He tried again. And again.

But to the internet she was a ghost.

From experience he knew this was not a good sign. If an applicant was willing to erase every bit of information about her, it mostly meant she had something to hide.

He crossed out her name.

Soon Paisley Jones would be forgotten altogether.

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4 thoughts on “307. In the bowels of the Deep Web

  1. Late Summer says:

    It’s interesting just how much people hide about themselves on the internet. Some people you can google and find every last thing they’ve posted online. But some just draw blanks even though you know they shouldn’t.

  2. Excellently written with a disturbing undercurrent – just how technology reliant are we becoming?

  3. littlemissw says:

    I thought it was quite sad. She wanted the job (if that’s what it was) so much she was willing to erase every part of herself – and in the end it lost her what she most wanted. Very good. I’m so glad you’re still writing these.

  4. Good stuff. And yes, if you can’t find anything about someone online at all, I’d take that as a bit of a red flag.

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