Writers of the Future XXIII
When Michelle's drug-paraphernalia-dealing bosses get jailed, along with her glass-blowing supplies, she's caught between a rock and a hard place. Many of the Oregon glass businesses were hit, leaving a lot of employees seeking jobs. A friend, Susan, reluctantly recommends Harrington's, which has the most exquisite jewelry that Michelle has seen. Although the owner is a bit odd--he spins a bowl which gives him mysterious symbols that satisfy him that he should give her the job--she wants to study under the man. However, the man hides or masks who he truly is and asks her to wear it, if she wants to use his knowledge.