Topanga Seed (Ch. 60)

Damien hadn’t wanted to but he had agreed to go see his friend, Josh Mayor, perform with his band at West Hollywood’s Peppermint Club and so, apologetically he told Levi, “I’m sorry; we’ll just stay for one set only” and off they went, Damien in his fashionable designer duds and Levi in his outlet mall…

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. 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. 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. 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…