This is story PART I of a Tetralogy (a story broken down into four parts)
Living the archetypal American Dream, it appeared Robert had it all; a steady job that paid well, a gorgeous wife who seemed to only get more attractive with age, two bright and well-behaved children who always seemed to do as they were told before they were even told what to do, and a comfortably large suburban home in the middle of a warm and friendly neighborhood on the outskirts of a bright and booming city. But even with the six-figure salary, the picture-perfect family, the billboard-worthy community in which he resided, and all of the other blessings bestowed upon him, he could not help but suspect that something was missing in his life. As a result, he felt a growing void within his soul, one that he could not attribute a cause for.
That is, until one fateful afternoon, when by happenstance Robert crosses paths with a mysterious man who grants him an incredible gift, one with the potential to remedy his feelings of emptiness forever. However, anything that seems to be too good to be true usually is, and anything that is true usually comes with a price. And as Robert reaps the benefits of the peculiar stranger's offering, he soon discovers the unsavory consequences that come with its satisfying benedictions.