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. 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. 59)

After their date at the psychiatrist’s office on Larchmont and a quick bite at Du-Par’s, they stopped by Levi’s apartment—which Damien reminded him was now “our apartment” just as the house was “our house”—because Damien had been disappointed by how little Levi there was in the house overlooking Runyon Canyon. “All that’s here is your…

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. 55)

“Love is the most important ingredient in anything you bake,” the rabbi intoned to the students in Baking the Spiritual Way. “I have just wasted sixty fucking dollars taking this bullshit class,” Levi thought, restraining himself from throwing his arms in the air as if to say, “Why did I bother? I wanted to know…

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…