A young man returns from a trip to Amsterdam and has an unexpected encounter with customs. In Renaissance Italy, the chance arrival of a devious merchant at an embittered village brings about unexpected renewal. A lonely old woman awakes one morning to find that the butcher has climbed into her tree. The dark, disturbing visions that presage mental illness. A stubborn nanny with progressive ideas challenges her charge's strict, traditional father. When their oracles fall inexplicably silent, the people of Miridia send two emissaries out into the world to seek out the gods. A fat man gets stuck in his neighbor's window and has a surprisingly pleasant evening. In a distant future dominated by corporations, a tiny but fierce light in the skysmudge is ignored at humanity's peril. A distraught man sues everyone because he is miserable. Ms. Wellington's Oak Tree is a collection of short works spanning a variety of genres. Enjoy!