The Adventures of Chartan: A Name

            (Last Sunday: Two of the six teens Chartan drove to the prom are missing; Brazil concentrates on taking Russian prisoners to a detention center.)             Although Chartan tried not to wake Gina when he entered the apartment, she stumbled into the kitchen, fresh from a deep sleep.             “You’re late,” she said. “Everything okay?”Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: A Name”

The Adventures of Chartan: The Lost Fare

(Last Sunday: Chartan drives six teenagers to the senior prom, but the teens are nowhere to be found when he returns to pick them up—the police are on it!)             The first hour behind the wheel of the parked limo went reasonably fast as he waited for the police to return, hopefully with six prom-Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Lost Fare”

The Adventures of Chartan: The Strange Fare

(Last Sunday: Brazil sees combat action in Ukraine while Chartan is surprised by the uplifting behavior of teenagers in his limo.)             First Chartan saw the black and white image of the fetus inside Gina. But what he carried home from the OBGYN’s office was the sound of the heartbeat—it followed him everywhere, including thatContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Strange Fare”

The Adventures of Chartan: Combat or Not

            (Last Sunday: A contrast in heroism: Chartan gets credit for saving people from a forest fire while Brazil patrols the streets of war-torn Kyiv.)             “We bleed like everyone else—the same goes for dying,” said Brazil to a crowded room of international fighters. “I’m ready.”             Fifty years ago Brazil had said these sameContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Combat or Not”

The Adventures of Chartan: Heroes

(Last Sunday: Chartan, deep in thought, reacts to a forest fire outside of his apartment building while Brazil questions his decision to do battle in Ukraine.)             Chartan, seated behind the wheel of his limousine with Gina by the passenger door, stares at the thick smoke 100 drifting slowly towards the parking lot.              Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Heroes”

The Adventures of Chartan: Fire Outside/Fire in the Belly

            (Last Sunday: Brazil doesn’t fire his weapon in a combat situation; Chartan and Gina talk in bed.)             Two nights later in their apartment bed, Chartan was on his back staring at the ceiling while Gina slept soundly on her back next to him. His thoughts drifted from the coming birth of their baby,Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Fire Outside/Fire in the Belly”

The Adventures of Chartan: Squeeze

(Last Sunday: Chartan doubts himself.)             Brazil leveled his M16 and prepared to squeeze the trigger at the dark shadows creeping slowly towards him some 50 feet away. This was that moment that had haunted him for 50 years, only now he was in Kyiv. Crouched by him about five feet away an American veteranContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Squeeze”

The Adventures of Chartan: the Meltdown

(Last week: Chartan rejects the overtures from a young female student.)             Chartan opened the apartment door slowly, anticipating a glare from Gina seated at the kitchen table. He was returning from his class an hour later than usual.             No one was at the table. He called his wife’s name. No response. It onlyContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: the Meltdown”

The Adventures of Chartan: After Class Confrontation

(Last  week Chartan resumes teaching life restoration class but is upended by a student who wants love advice.)             Chartan smiled at the woman before telling her in a monotone voice that he had another appointment and could not talk to her.             “That’s not helpful,” she replied.             “If you come early to theContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: After Class Confrontation”