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Do all of us have destinies we won't stay away from? Or is each one folks in a position to verify our personal destiny through our activities? Are there key moments in time that provide specific possibilities to alter fate?

those are only some of the questions explored in 16 unique stories that stick with the trails of fates to far away worlds, dimensions, and instances. From a being expert to be whatever he used to be not...to a road seller promoting destiny dogs...to the "true" tale of King Arthur...to a gambler who turns to the Kabbalah to discover a definite bet...to a guy whose female friend is among the 3 Fates...to the story of 1 woman's appointment with Death...here are stories of darkness and threat, and tales with a funny twist-gripping visions of the function destiny can play in anyone's life.

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