Topanga Seed (Ch. 63)

Perhaps Levi proposed marriage to Damien because he was in love. Or manic. Or drunk. Or that old habit of proposing to people as a joke fell out of his mouth like a lisp from a bit tongue. But a rum-and-Coke had been accidentally delivered to their table and accidentally—and then politely–consumed by Levi, who…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 62)

That week’s trip from Los Angeles to Atlanta–the one during which Levi proposed marriage to Damien–was one which had been preceded by a quickening mania Damien noted in Levi long before he had arrived. It was loud and clear over the telephone; Levi was more talkative than usual, talking about anything, everything, and went off…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 61)

When Levi proposed to Damien, it wasn’t the first time Levi had proposed marriage to someone. Levi had been proposing marriage to everyone from childhood friends to total strangers almost all his life. His first proposal of matrimony had been positively received by, of all things, a young woman of five, Nannette Deal, who he…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 53)

If to love was to live than when Levi and Damien made love late that morning, it was an unspoken way to celebrate that life. In all of Damien’s years, he had never seen anyone as shattered as Levi, nor as loyal, nor as strong. To see the actual grounds where Levi and so many…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 50)

Perhaps it had been his dread about coming to Atlanta again, or perhaps he had begun to believe in the things the Braunstein Center aimed to teach. But Levi had purchased a gold-plated charm and, following a rabbinical blessing, added it to his purple string bracelet from the Braunstein Center. The charm was the Hebrew…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 49)

Stepping outside the Georgian Terrace that morning was not as hard on Levi as either he or Damien had thought it would be. Peachtree Street at the Fox Triangle had been home to him and, even now–with Hollywood his adopted home and Atlanta relegated to his past and relegated there without sentimentality–Peachtree Street instantly felt…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 48)

“They wouldn’t let me bring my peacock assistance animal,” Levi said to the flight attendant, by way of explaining away Scarlett O’Hare, Track’s Southern belle bunny he had forgotten behind in Los Angeles and which Levi was now entrusted by Damien to get safely to Atlanta. The bunny’s voluminous petticoats and leghorn hat failed to…