Prologue: Ordinary Things

A nice, simple day can often turn into the most extraordinary adventure by the most basic of choices, the most ingrained of routines. We have many ways to describe our daily lives; fate, the chaos theory, a test of faith, the trail of a warrior, and so on. Each is unique and each has its own way of explanation, from the supernatural, to the spiritual, to the mathematical, to the bizarre.

Now many argue that their way is the only way, that there is no other way to call the path our lives take us. Some debate, some argue, some even wage war, but that is the way of life. One day we will find a way to accept more than one belief, one way of faith.

This story is about one such extraordinary day, one moment in a multitude of lives, where a collage of events sparked an amazing set of changes in a small village named Radiant Garden. A set of changes no one saw coming, nor could they stop it, as many tried and failed to do

Many lives were changed as well, some refused to change, and a few sought to find out what events brought about the change and found that it started with six single moments:

A family living in the same house for close to eight years suddenly moving because of a promotion being given to one of their members, a promotion that was a cause of tension for one...

A pair of mischief lovers interest in their new neighbors suddenly filling a yearning that was unknown to them before then and believed to be impossible to even happen by most...

A girl who was a quiet enigma, never speaking to anyone beyond her family members, suddenly decides to converse with a complete stranger for the first time in nearly ten years...

A pyromaniac's self preservation leading him to leave the house before he mother saw what he did to her favorite drapes, dragging his sister along in case he needed a bargaining tool...

A workaholic's single moment of inattention when dealing with his energetic, trouble seeking, ten-year-old daughter and niece, who were handfuls even under the best of conditions...

A group of rowdy teenagers deciding to travel with their moving friends in order to 'help out with things' and 'make sure they get settled in'. Read 'get in the way' and 'scope out the neighborhood'.

A collection of unique, random, every day events that have the most incredible happenstance on occurring on the same day, within the same hour, on the same street, in the same village. The chances of such happening being close to a million to one, perhaps even a billion.

This day must have been the one.

Was it all just random occurrences? Was it preordained? The truth may never be revealed; but the story that follows may shed some light on the question itself and, as previously stated, it was one hell of an adventure!