I’m in New York state as part of a secret government agency that has sent me to retrieve (extradite?) Omar Little (from The Wire). Â His van has been stolen and he needs some help getting out of the town but he’s also suspected of a series of crimes here. Â Naturally he maintains his non-involvement and stresses to local authorities that he is in fact working with us.
While in the town, I stop to get my hair cut. Â Outside of the barber shop, I see two women that look familiar (J.W.? from Flickr?) though I am positive that I have never met them. Â As I get closer, it appears that they are either doppelgÃ¤ngers of each other or else identical twins â€” they have the same face, hair, and body; only their clothes are different. Â The woman closer to the door smiles and asks me to come on inside, that she isn’t waiting on any clients. Â We go inside the barber shop and there is only one other stylist (an Italian woman that barely speaks any English).
Once seated in the chair, I decide to play dumb â€” that it would be creepy and weird if I gave any indication of recognition. Â On the other hand, she launches right into, giving no pretenses that she “thinks” or “believes” that she knows me from online â€” she just comes right out and says it and asks me to pick up a story wherever I’d left off. Â I start to talk about the writing projects I have in the works, she explains that the woman outside isn’t her twin but a sort of clone. Â She determines that I don’t actually need a haircut and offers me a close shave instead.