A new teacher, Mister Darin Stanford, is assigned a special project by the headmistress of a private school. His project is Christopher Bird, a rich child who has had his life dictated by his father. The teacher and student need to find some way to trust each other and make this situation work. Neither is prepared for what they will encounter.
This story is written for the Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences 2017 Anthology
Bill has been living alone for a long time now. He takes care of his neighbors, being a lonely but helpful man. On Christmas Eve there is supposed to be a bad storm, but he checks on his neighbor's before going home to watch Television and relax with his cat, Misty. However, after Bill wakes up from his nap he finds his house has been redone for the holiday. Just what is Bill getting for Christmas?
Carissa has always enjoyed working with Fred. He was a good worker, a decent man, and took time to make people happy though he didn't like the limelight. Then the gifts began to appear for Fred and the poor man didn't know what to do. Carissa tries her best to help out her friend, but is she in on the gifts?
Seeon Toleran is the fifth child of the ruling royal family. His life was one of study and devotion to his Gods. Then war came and the world Seeon knew ended. There were decisions that were made for him which drastically altered the direction of his life. Suddenly the world of the priesthood is gone as an option in Seeon's life. Instead he is made Ma' Nee. What will this mean to a youth who has known neither love nor choice? Will this end his world or open new vistas? Time will tell.
William Watthews runs the local recreation center. Most people call him, Will or Bear, but it seems someone has other plans for him. Just what is going on at the rec center and what will it mean to Bear?
Marcus graduated from high school and works locally at the marina. He inherited a love of the sea and of surfing. However, Marcus makes the mistake of trying to surf when a terrible storm is coming. While he hoped to catch some killer waves, instead he is nearly killed. Rescued by a mysterious stranger, Marcus isn't sure what to make of his rescuer. What does this stranger have in store for him?
Jonas Marks has just graduated high school when he tells his father he is gay. The end result is that Jonas is tossed out of his home. With no money, no job, and no place to call home he ends up on his friend Jenny's couch till he starts working at Kroger's. Then his life just gets strange.
Charlie Wagner and Scott Reed are back for a little road trip. After the wedding of Charlie's cousin the two men take some time to visit different places and reconnect with each other. When they do it might just change their whole lives.
This story is a stand alone but does contain many characters last seen in Accidents Happen.
Tim left New York ten years ago after a terrible accident stole a part of his life away. Now he has come home to face the family that wanted nothing to do with him, because his mother has passed away. Tim's life has come full circle and now he has to deal with the ghosts of his past so he can move on to his future.
Mike has been having a horrible week. He refuses to talk to anyone, even though his mother knows he needs his friends. Maggie refuses to be pushed out of his life and comes to give him hell only to find out what has been happening. As Mike gets knocked from problem to problem is his life actually getting better?
Henry has known Peter since he was a little boy. He watched him grow up, but rather than trust the man he listens to the stories of Peter's father, allowing them to influence him. What is the truth and will it make itself known before Thanksgiving is over?