The Adventures of Chartan: Police Questions

            (Last Sunday: Detective Moran reveals to Chartan and Brazil that Elisa has been shot.)                          “Let’s do this downtown—it won’t take long.” Moran’s voice was so soft that Chartan thought at first the detective wasn’t serious. But in a few minutes he was next to Brazil in the back of sedan with aContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Police Questions”

The Adventures of Chartan: Shocking News

(Last week Brazil in an attempt to find his client, Elisa, encounters Chartan where he blurts out, “I’m afraid of myself.)              Chartan was puzzled by Brazil’s response. What did this man really mean and what did he want?              “Let’s talk at my place,” said Chartan who had never had a stranger in hisContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Shocking News”

The Adventures of Chartan: The Set Up

           (Last Sunday: Skyler Brazil, hired by Elisa, secretly takes photos of her and Chartan in the grips of passion.) Elisa was asleep, naked, with her head on Chartan’s chest. He wanted to cover her with a sheet but didn’t want to move and wake her. They had not spoken to each other since they fellContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Set Up”

The Adventures of Chartan: Meet Sklyer Brazil

(Last Sunday: Elisa goes to jail while Chartan returns to the life restoration classroom.) Skyler Brazil’s lament was straight forward: he lost his wife to neglect and his morals to booze and women. His self-professed goal was to live a week without vices and anger with his litany of hope:  save myself, or die trying.Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Meet Sklyer Brazil”

The Adventures of Chartan: The 72-Bean Encounter

(Last Sunday: After a therapy session with the renowned Dr. Kodor, Chartan takes a train to Sacramento where he meets the nurse who cared for him in San Francisco—she looks like Elisa and, in fact, shares her names. They decide to have 72-bean coffee together.) Chartan and Elisa sat at a small round table, coffeeContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The 72-Bean Encounter”

The Adventures of Chartan: Therapy

(Last Sunday: Chartan walks out of Minerva’s mansion for the second time in one evening. He returns believing the three women—Minerva, Elisa and the unnamed artist– are laughing at him.) Chartan wasn’t a wizard with supernatural powers. His only weapon was intelligence. He fell forward into the prone position, head down and waited for theContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Therapy”

The Adventures of Chartan: More Temptation

(Last Sunday: Chartan resists temptations of money and sex and, instead, runs away from Minerva and Elisa.) Chartan hadn’t finished dinner, said goodbye, or looked into Minerva’s eyes when he brushed by her in the hallway. She had been cold to the touch when he grazed her bare arm. He did not believe in the devil incarnate,Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: More Temptation”

Fast Fiction: The Adventures of Chartan: Coffee Bean Fame

(If you are new to Chartan, please read last Sunday’s installment: Java and a Gun.) Traffic was light and that made Chartan grip the steering wheel tighter. Any joy over the lack of cars is a sign that I am thinking as a chauffeur not as a master of the mind. “Chartan?” Her voice caressed hisContinue reading “Fast Fiction: The Adventures of Chartan: Coffee Bean Fame”

Chartan: Evil Returns

  The ongoing struggle of a guru turned limo driver. Last week: Chartan drives home after visiting Brazil who is recovering from surgery. Rather than run to the apartment, Chartan held the steering  wheel at 10 and 2 as he did when he was driving a fare. Straight ahead about 15-feet away was the firstContinue reading “Chartan: Evil Returns”