Five stories are included that capture people at their nadir, whether they are low points in behavior or the depths of despair. An additional tale is taken directly from my own youth, and it's a chronicle of my time with a wonderful first love. Originally published from 2013 - 2018, the stories here might help the reader reimagine themselves and others; the presentation of villains is mercilessly accurate, and the protagonists are shown in realistic lights. Heavy reading for deep thoughts. Adult reading, ~10,000 words.