*Rules Of The Game- Waverly plays her brother in a game of chess and becomes quite skilled at it. When her brother eventually stops playing, Waverly starts to play other people and joins tournaments. Waverly becomes so successful to the point that she is a celebrity in the community.
*The Voice From The Wall- Lena and her family move to San Francisco and live next door to a mother and daughter that argue almost all the time. Lena's mother has been pregnant for a while, and once the baby was born, it died. This brought sadness on the whole family. Lena, though, would just tell herself that she has a better life compared to the people next door.
*Half and Half- Rose has a bad marriage experience and says that it has a undeniable fate, but her mother tells her that faith can shape fate, so she needs to have faith in her marriage. Later, Rose talks about a family vacation to the beach and that out of carelessness, her brother died. After the story, she states that fate is half expectation and half inattention.
*Two Kinds- June gets told from her mother that she wants June to become a prodigy, but June doesn't want to be. After many disagreements, their mother daughter relationship becomes poor. June's mother starts to call June one of two kinds of children, disobedient. The other one is obedient.