Photo Story: Marissa

Marissa and Carlos are in love. She told me. She told me she spends more nights at his place than at hers. “I started keeping a spare toothbrush there,” she said. She smiled a little smile that wasn’t meant for me. Swirled the melting ice in her glass at the restaurant table. We were outside, a gleam of sweat across our bodies. She brought the glass to her lips. Met my eyes.

Later, I told Michael I’d be keeping a toothbrush at his place. From the other room: a huff. I turned on the faucet. Cold, like lips on ice.


Mary Chandler Philpott is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia studying English and Italian studies. She has just returned from a year abroad.

Photo credit: Jeremy Gordon

4 Responses to “Photo Story: Marissa”

  1. Michael says:

    Wow !!!

  2. Trish says:

    This was fantastic. Loved it!

  3. Cameron Jones says:

    Quite enjoyed it. Very well done. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Joshua Owens says:

    Nice. have you thought about expanding this? Great insinuations.

Leave a Reply