Topanga Seed (Ch. 40)

Damien had learned to expect the unanticipated when it came to Levi Hastings, but even with some Levi-xperience under his 31-inch belt, he had never expected to answer a phone call only to hear Levi tell him, “I’m pregnant and it’s yours.” “We can’t afford it! The kid goes up for adoption.” “But I wanna…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 39)

Levi, used to a wearing a uniform five days a week that made him look like a colorful, overgrown Munchkin, was not one to have to worry about clothing. Because he wore copies of the same red pants and colorful button-down shirt almost every day, clothes shopping had become a hobby in which he had…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 38)

Alicia Clare was  as understanding and sensitive as she was intelligent and tough. A one-time actress, she had found acting not as taxing of her creativity as she would have liked.  Though always beautiful, whether made up or make-up free, she had never been concerned with looking glamorous—or as she said, courtesy of Hedy Lamaar,…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 37)

Levi glanced up at the pressed tin ceiling of Twenty-Five Degrees. Focused on the black-painted chandelier hanging over their tufted leather booth. The red velvet wallpaper stole his glance for a moment. A secondary eavesdrop on the jumble of conversations happening at the bar and at the table beside them. “What happened last night?” Levi…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 36)

Levi’s mind was binge-watching all the horrifying episodes of “What If?” that his personal Paranoia Network was streaming. Currently, as he worked through helping a trio of teenagers fabricate two teddy bears—Levi felt instinctually protective of the  he-doesn’t-know-it-yet gay male friend of the two girls–his mind was being horrified by a particularly gruesome episode: “What…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 35)

“Close your eyes. Let your arms hang loose. Do not fold your arms; you should not cross your limbs as this will block the Flame. Uncross your legs. Place your feet flat on the floor. Feel them dig into the floor. Make them like bolts, locking you to the earth. Now. . .slowly. . .take…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 34)

A few days before the interview, he had hoped he would walk out of the Pickford Center on Vine Street with the job at the Academy Museum. As he sat in his car in the parking lot behind the building, he realized he would never hear from them again. He had truly given a horrible…