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. 58)

True to his word, Damien—rejecting all offers of technology, like FaceTime or video conference calls—worked with Alicia and her team to rearrange filming, scheduling his shots around a three day mini-respite from filming. This schedule allowed him to fly in to LA on a red-eye to make Levi’s appointment with Doctor Muir for another appearance…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 57)

Levi was listening to a rabbi explain to the classroom of students participating in a seminar called, “Alternate Universes: A Whole Lotta Options”, when the rabbi announced, “There are countless alternate universes. Every time one of us makes a decision, another reality is shaped in which that other decision has been made. And all these…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 56)

“Full disclosure,” Levi said when Damien called him that night. “Full disclosure,” Damien agreed. It was their game. When one had something they had to confess, they came straight out and said it. No hiding, no little games, no “maybe he’ll never find out”. None of that nonsense which populated bad movies, in which a…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 54)

“Here,” Levi said to Javad, “Can you get the money out of my wallet?” By way of quick explanation, he added, “I hurt my hand.” The truth Levi wasn’t telling was that the mysterious tremors in his right hand had become significantly more noticeable and now an on-again/off-again lack of dexterity had appeared. When trying…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 51)

It had started as the type of news alert one got on their phone screen and which most people disregard: “Three shot in downtown Atlanta’s Woodruff Park. Shooter killed by police.” Downtown wasn’t a crime-free zone; most viewed it as, if not dangerous, certainly a place where danger could easily sprout up. And, after all,…