Cyd Webster Beacham inspires discussion and evaluation of romantic relationships in a series of short stories involving “legacies of dysfunction”. Struck by Lightning and Other Bolts of Reality stories illustrate problems that can occur when baggage from the past is drawn into current relationships. The various couples appear normal on the outside, but are engulfed in trauma and turmoil behind the closed doors. The characters exhibit self imposed limitations, settling in their circumstances. Each story addresses different stages of relationships from romance, to single people looking for companionship to couples involved in marriage, cohabitation and infidelity.