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Do all of us have destinies we will not steer clear of? Or is each one people capable of be sure our personal destiny via our activities? Are there key moments in time that supply specified possibilities to alter fate?

those are only a number of the questions explored in 16 unique stories that persist with the trails of fates to far away worlds, dimensions, and instances. From a being proficient to be anything 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 without doubt one of the 3 Fates...to the story of 1 woman's appointment with Death...here are stories of darkness and risk, and tales with a funny twist-gripping visions of the function destiny can play in anyone's life.

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Like what occurred while thunderbolt threatened and your hair stood out out of your head. Hannibal’s head looked as if it would vibrate with it, to develop into crammed by means of it. And his legs failed him back. ‘‘Hannibal,’’ his father, Hamilcar, acknowledged. This time he was once greedy his son by way of either palms, attempting to make him stand. As from a good distance, Hannibal heard the priest converse. ‘‘It could be demons. You didn’t have a baby go through the hearth and now demons will take your oldest son. You mark my phrases. ’’ Nonsense, the voice-feeling in Hannibal’s brain buzzed. Nonsense. now not demons. issues that Hannibal’s too-young mind—more schooled, as well-born Carthaginians have been, within the traditions of Greece than these of his personal people—had by no means identified flooded him. He appeared round, the scene diffuse in his sight as if a blinding gentle shone at the back of his eyes. His head pounded with an discomfort that wasn’t an pain. This morning he’d come to the sacrifice completely happy simply that his father suggestion him sufficiently old to compliment him. Now he knew every little thing approximately it in a manner he may well by no means have dreamed. They have been right here to provide sacrifice and beg the woman to supply his father, Hamilcar, and his brother-in-law Hasdrubal an exceptional begin to their new colonies—what they was hoping will be their new empire—in Spain. Hannibal had simply been admitted to the rites, although might be a bit too younger for them. The linen gown they’d made him put on, so assorted from the Greek chiton he ordinarily wore at domestic, seamless and long-sleeved, had made him suppose silly whilst they’d walked to the temple. It not did. He knew it was once right to put on Punic dresses to handle a Punic goddess, come to Carthage from ancestral Phoenicia with Queen Dido centuries in the past. And he knew the voice in his head was once the goddess addressing him—him, for my part. He may were crushed by means of the respect, in basic terms the goddess didn’t appear to be attempting to honor him. She, whose photograph used to be so sacred that she was once often represented by means of a circle with strains for up-raised fingers, had a message for him. A message she’d been attempting to show while, because the bull lay demise, she’d entered his brain and made his legs susceptible and his head spin. however the message wasn’t actual phrases, and Hannibal needed to fight to cause them to phrases. It was once, Hannibal unexpectedly understood, the matter of an everlasting being attempting to communicate to a mortal one. ‘‘Now he’ll twist in a fit,’’ the priest acknowledged. He used to be a small, bald guy, his eyes slender and spiteful. ‘‘And he’ll without end be possessed by means of demons. ’’ ‘‘Not . . . demons,’’ Hannibal controlled. The phrases looked as if it would absorb his complete breath and he needed to fight for extra. ‘‘. . . too younger for this,’’ Hasdrubal acknowledged. ‘‘He’s simply too younger. ’’ And doubtless, Hannibal proposal, operating his gaze over his brother-in-law’s black-bearded countenance, middle-aged and already operating to fats, it'll go well with Hasdrubal rather well if I have been too younger. it will swimsuit him even higher if I have been really within the grip of a demon. simply because Hannibal used to be the oldest son of the good normal Hamilcar. the genuine inheritor to the good fortune of the Barca relatives.

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