Introduction, beginning, middle, end: this is the way these short stories are composed. It's not the only way, but it serves my purpose, in that I wanted to have them stand alone and yet contribute to the whole. To my way of thinking, each tale has become an entity unto itself. They are pearls on a long necklace that contribute to the total because they are contained in an Anthology.
A young girl after the American Civil War is left alone to fend for herself. Her spirit will not die, her desires will not be pushed aside, her hope for a happy life will not be denied her.
Sergeant Burton, a large barrel-chested man, grabbed Lawrence and was choking him. The war seeped into their everyday lives; conflicts they were in during the war were brought back home.
Andrew Snow is given muffins with magical powers by a little elf that he meets in a strange topsy-turvy bakery. He is told to only use them when he needs them. But like any power, it gets out of control. Little by little, Andrew learns how to use the muffins to his advantage.
All in one volume are stories about mystery, suspense, and courage. The stories are a window into the workings of many people's lives, how they struggle, and ultimately how they win the battle.