|This thesis is a collection of six fictional short stories, all of which focus on strong characters and narrative voice. The stories also involve different narrative perspectives. They include a variety of writing styles, such as oral, minimalist, and fancy. All of these stories involve the themes of employment, desperation, domino effect, and moral judgments. The first three stories are episodic in nature, and thus connected. They chronicle the life and downfall of a serial burglar. The last three stories are not connected in any way to the first three. They involve life-changing moments that take place in the workplace, and focus on how the characters cope with these events.