Chartan:Names


DSC_0484   (Last week: After an argument with Julie, Brazil returns home and calls the phone number he tore off the poster targeting combat vets.)

Julie threw the cell phone into an oversized chair when Gina didn’t answer.

“Please leave a message.”

She left the room.

………………………………………………………………………….

Chartan and Gina sat facing each other at the kitchen table with a pad and pencil between them.

“ ‘Jenny’ if it’s a girl and ‘Jerome’ if it’s a boy,” said Gina.

“Is the letter “J” essential for you?

“No, I’d rather have you pick a name.”

Chartan shifted in his seat. He grabbed the pad and slowly wrote on it. He tore off the page and handed it to his wife.

She studied it from several angles before breaking into a grin. “Very clever. I like it. ‘Jake’ it is.”

Chartan held up a finger and shook it at her. “Don’t forget the last name.”

“You’re right. You are Chartan Chartan so I guess that means Jake Chartan. Or, how about my last name, Simoni? He could be Jake Simoni-Chartan…like a law firm.”

“Or simply Jake Jake.”

Gina stood up. “Jake Jake it is.”

While he hugged his wife Chartan was pleased with how he had resisted perpetuating the ‘Chartan’ name. He’s going to be independent and a student of self-control. .

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Brazil paced around his living room, replaying his brief conversation with Riley who said the number Brazil had called would be disconnected in an hour and that he’d have to wait for a call back. Brazil was a detective who didn’t like waiting.

A few minutes later his was staring at a computer screen. He typed in Riley’s phone number and within 60 seconds he had a dozen hits on Lexis Nexis. A ‘Riley Jackson’ lived in Niles,Ohio while a ‘Jackson Riley’ was located in Chester, New Jersey. The search term “military” went nowhere, but after pairing the name with ‘green beret’ up popped an article in Las Vegas Sun from two years ago. Jackson Riley had delivered remarks at a gathering of former members of the Green Berets, according to the paper. There was one quote from Riley: “We need to keep our skills sharp.”

Based on the research, Brazil put Riley’s age at 67. He created a file for the relevant documents with this notation: Old veteran with dangerous ideas.  He’d found a distraction to help him get overt Julie.

(Chartan is the ongoing story of the male ego.  To be continued next Sunday.)

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