Synopsis: Selena, a beautiful woman and a master manipulator, has a car accident in some lost town of North Carolina. An odd young man magically fixes it.
Review: I loved the relation between the manipulative city bitch and those three cool gas station men facing her down. The story isn’t one of Ellison’s best, including some unneccessary excursions, speculative elements like Selena’s powers which added nearly nothing to the story, and a unclear exposition hinting at some mysterious government papers. The exposition’s narrative technique is great from a literary point of view. The story in three acts (backstory, accident, enter Ernest) has vivid imagery, standout characters with Selena and Ernest, and the climax was great. It fits perfectly to the topic of the collection.