‘The Weave’ by Charles Johnson

The Weave by Charles Johnson, 2015

The magic trick:

Appealing to a very specific demographic

We’re off to the state of Washington this week.

First stop: Seattle, for an excellent short story by Charles Johnson.

This is the rather surprising story of a couple that decides to rob a beauty shop for some bags of hair. It’s also an excellent example of sticking the landing. I won’t ruin the ending with specifics, but it’s a nearly perfect conclusion.

And that’s quite a trick on Johnson’s part.

The selection:

The storage room containing the unusual treasure she seeks is now just a few feet away, but Ieesha stops at the station where she worked just two days ago, her red eyes glazing over with tears caused not by ragweed pollen but by a memory suspended in the darkness.

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