The Dragon and the painter
Dragon-Wizard and Lady Woo meet once a week. During their meeting, the Dragon tutors the woman in the art of Prophesy and Wisdom by telling her a story. As instructed, in the ensuing week, the woman creates and paints a picture card of the tale’s definitive essence and meaning. In the process of tutoring his pupil, Lady Woo uncovers that she is the dragon’s daughter and that the Kinship of Dioptric Clans do not want the people to have the knowledge of prophesy and wisdom. Centuries later, the cards are discovered in the papal library by Isabella d’Este, who appropriates them. On her homeward journey, the gypsies render aide to Isabella for several nights. As payment, she gives the gypsies seventy-eight cards, keeping—The Oracle—the seventy-ninth card, and the key to interpreting them, herself. The gypsies call the cards “Tarot” and free, they spread through Europe. The series of tales explains each card history and the acquisition of its unique meaning and how the lost card, "The Oracle," is the key to the interpretation of the tarot and “The Path to Wisdom.”
A Heavenly Uproar
A fortyish, three-time widow and schoolteacher, on the eve of her fourth wedding, panics, runs away and dies in the automobile accident. Waking up in a heavenly shopping mall she meets God who informs her that everyone in heaven has a mate. No one is alone. She must spend one month with each of her prior husbands before deciding on who her eternal partner will be. The courtship with each husband begins. Seven weeks later, sans an appointment she meets with God and informs him she cannot select any of them as she was a different person with each husband. She married her high school beau at eighteen, who was a free-spirited photographer at twenty-eight and an insurance agent in her mid-thirties. God tells her she must choose, to go back and try again. The woman disagrees. To the dismay of her heavenly councilor, she elicits the help of other women to her cause of ‘Free Choice in Heaven.’ The revolution begins in the shopping mall and promptly spreads throughout heaven, resulting in utter chaos and turmoil as more and more women join her to the dismay of their spouses. Weeks later God calls her. During her discussion with God she realizes she always had free choice. God returns her to earth, peace once more reigns supreme in heaven and Free Choice has been implemented in heaven. She wakes up in the emergency room several hours later puzzled by the dream she had. The next day she weds her fourth husband.
Tales of Whiffle Tree Lane
Moonpie a gray, two year old feline of mixed breeding is conducting an emergency meeting in her backyard with her fellow members and friends of the Welcoming Committee, Luddie the Great Dane, Amber the Rottweiler, Sangha the Frog and Bogie the Rabbit to discuss yesterday's transgression against the Covenant of Domestication by one of their members, Elvin the Cat killed a member of the Covenant of Domestication. Drac the leader of the River rats is informed by the Animal Catcher, that a new tom has entered the neighborhood and Moonpie chosen him as her mate. The Catcher knew the history of Drac and Moonpie. Drac, beset by Jealousies and hatred for his rival sets out to where his beloved lives in hope of getting information. He sees Fertile Myrtle, a hamster and orders her to spy on the couple. The next day Myrtle reveals her secret order during a meeting of the Committee and Orca is warned to be on the watch for Drac who has killed two other prospective mates of Moonpie. On the way home from the meeting, Drac the River Rat attacks Orca. Mortally injured during the fight, Orca is picked up by the Catcher. Heartbroken, Moonpie hides beneath the Whiffletree with Myrtle at her side. Mother Nature and Sangha come to see her, trying to comfort a grieving Moonpie. At the end, Mother Nature informs Moonpie, "You'll have an offspring from Orca." Life once more is tranquil at Whiffletree Lane.