Topanga Seed (Ch. 68-Pt. 3)

A week later, when they were in Damien’s SUV, leaving the grimy but oh-so-good Astro Burgers on Melrose, Damien explained, “My mom gave me the silent treatment when I was younger for a full summer. And I know how you are: you don’t like people who blame issues in their adulthood on their childhood. Which…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 68-Pt. 2)

“I’d like to actually go somewhere and spend some time with you so that this visit isn’t a total waste,” Damien snapped at him the next morning. “My son would like to see the Mister Lee he loves as well.” “I’m not mad at Track,” Levi snapped back, leaving the bedroom to go have a…

Topanga Seed (Ch. 68-Pt. 1)

“Oh my God; this is so damned good,” Damien moaned. “So. . .damned. . .good.” “How long has it been since your last hamburger?”, Levi asked. He could stare all day at that absolutely blissful smile on Damien’s face. Usually it was only there during sex. It was just as sweet and adorable under the…

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. 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. 30)

Levi had nailed it. He was sure of it. He had gone in, confident, positive, and warm. He had played the part of the friendly, knowledgeable leader, capably giving strong examples of his leadership experience, his ability to prioritize, his understanding of not just film and film history but of experiential operations like museums. He…