The short story is a liminal zone. It is a space of thresholds, transitions, hauntings, ordeals, and transgressions.
The writer/reader must fall under the spell of the story. The story is a heightened period of enchantment, during which the writer/reader dwells in multiple places, realities, and time periods.
To resolve a story is to imagine our own deaths. The ending must possess a revelatory insight unavailable in everyday life.
All short fictions are apocalyptic in impulse. They strive towards their own annihilation which arrives only at the point of revelation. When revelation is achieved the story must fall silent.