Cambria is a teen-aged babysitter watching over five year old Missy as this tale opens. Missy doesn’t want to go to sleep – at least that’s what we’re led to believe – and plagues Cambria with her pretend game of being like the invisible lady. But the lady is only invisible to Cambria. And by the time the babysitter figures out just who the invisible lady is, it’s too late. She has fallen under the spell of the song the ghostly woman sings and within moments seems to lose her mind. What happens next is a conclusion so chilling that it may have been told by the master of horror himself, Stephen King. To reveal any more would be to reveal the ending of this wonderfully gripping short story.
This story gripped me from the opening lines and didn’t let go until the final word. That’s when I realized I’d been holding my breath the entire time!
I found The Braid by Angela Youriko Smith a compelling, concise, and almost perfect short horror story. The writing is superb, the characters are complex, and plot is singularly straightforward. Short enough to read over a cup of coffee. If you like the genre, don’t miss this one.
Rating: 5 Stars