RUBY'S PEARLS INTRODUCTION This brief collection of short stories is electronically published by David and Del Freeman, with the invaluable aid of our Assistant Editor, Michael Hahn, for your reading pleasure. The entire contents of each issue are copyrighted as a body, and each individual story is independently copyrighted. Nothing herein may be reproduced in forms other than electronic, nor can any portion be extricated and reproduced. The whole may be reproduced electronically so long as it is kept intact, and is not reproduced in any form other than not-for-profit. Ruby's is dedicated to fiction short stories, and may frequently contain satirical spoofs, meant to amuse and entertain. No offense is intended to any individual, group or organization, and the broad spectrum of characterization is intended to be so outlandish as to obviously establish its humorous intent. Any resemblance to people, places or associations, living or dead, active or defunct, is purely coincidental. Ruby's Pearls' ISSN NO. is 1079-6673. Its Serials Directory International Reference Book Control No. is A0019982.