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. 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. 52)

Gunfire has an eerily familiar sound. For Levi, it harkened back not to any number of movies he had seen–where a booming cannon-like sound effect was emitted from a simple pistol. Instead, it sounded more, to him, like a pack of firecrackers going off. A thin crack-crack-crack sound, more like a sudden rush of air,…

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,…

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. 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. 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…