These fifteen stories stretch from man's beginning, from the Myth of Sisyphus reimagined to the literal landscape we recognize today as our own, from the relationships Aeneas had with women in 1200 BCE to the way a woman endures the damage soldiers did to her mother during WWII. Sketches that begin incidentally, a father reflecting on Father’s Day, develop centrifugally to test the limits of credibility, and then beyond. Each story, modestly conceived, is driven by human kind’s psychological nature: how a stumble in a museum can evolve into something quite fantastic or how complex the interaction between a Priest and a youth can be. Some stories become disturbing, like the evolution of a terrorist plot or the act of an escaped convict, then others laughable, like a visit to the dentist or a visit from a magician. Can there be both together? Well, yes, because surprises, like a woman whose wedding wish has her wearing all black, after all, are allowed by the laws that govern creativity.