Three Inspiring Short Stories of Fiction A LIFE INTERRUPTED: In rural Russia, baby Alik’s mother died giving birth to her. Alik’s drunken father sold the newborn girl to a passerby, who sold her once again. She eventually ended up under the control of the Russian mob and was forced into prostitution at an early age. Suicide seemed the only way out, until one day something miraculous happened. It gave her a glimmer of hope, even if only for a short while. The story of her journey is sure to inspire you. THE AWAKENING: Daily life in rural Africa was already difficult. Scarce food, tainted water, disease, and violence plagued the people. Add to the mix a brutal war lord who preyed on the villagers, and life took on a dim new dimension. Kimba was only ten when they came and took him away and taught him to kill. His murderous destiny seemed all but set in stone—or was it? Never underestimate the human will to survive. KEVIN: Kevin was a large young man. Generally happy. Proud to finally be going to work all by himself. But Kevin was different, and people seemed indifferent toward him—except for Glen. He was downright hostile toward Kevin for reasons unknown even to himself—until an epiphany changed everything.