The Adventures of Chartan: The Unexpected

            (Last week: Chartan faces temptation in his Sacramento apartment after a surprise visit from Elisa.)             When Gina returned from her job, she found Chartan seated at the kitchen table with a blank stare on his face.             “Are you okay?”             He turned towards her but remained silent.             “Chartan, what’s wrong?” SheContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Unexpected”

The Adventures of Chartan: Return to Sacramento

            (Last week: Gina tells Chartan she is done with the mystic.)             They returned to the motel room to find Brazil sitting on the bed,              “Check out time?” asked Brazil.             “Have any ideas? asked Chartan             “You two are the love birds—I’m ready to spend the night in my bed in Sacramento.”Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Return to Sacramento”

The Adventures of Chartan: Decisions

            (Last week: Brazil struggles with his past demons—Chartan asks him to be his best man.)             Brazil kept his arm straight out in front of him, his fingers squeezing the door knob that wasn’t there. “Yes,” he responded to Chartan .             Chartan hugged him.             After the hug ended the two men enteredContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Decisions”

The Adventures of Chartan: The Second Kiss

            Gina led Chartan from the parking lot to a short trail ending at the roaring Truckee River. She said she had a deep secret to reveal to him. The trip was long enough for the guru to process what she might say: she has a child; she is married to a mobster; she’s aContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Second Kiss”

The Adventures of Chartan: The First Kiss

            (Last week: Chartan and Brazil came down from a mountain trail, hungry—they stop at a diner where they meet Gina, a waitress.)             Chartan stood in the parking lot sandwiched between a beat-up Ford pickup and the Chevy. He’d told Brazil he’d left something in the car but, in truth, he needed to beContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The First Kiss”

The Adventures of Chartan: Meet Gina

                (Last week: After hiking up a mountain trail, Chartan and Brazil smoke hashish and discuss the meaning of life.)             The two men came down from the mountain, stumbling like broken wind-up toys until they reached the end of the trial. Chartan squinted in the morning light. Brazil head down, mumbled expletives. Their inertiaContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Meet Gina”

The Adventures of Chartan: On the Mountain

            (Last week: The road trip is interrupted when police arrest Elisa after a traffic stop. Chartan and Brazil drive on, stopping to hike up a Sierra Mountain trail where Brazil reveals he may have killed a boy during combat in Vietnam.)             Chartan and Brazil sat atop a giant boulder aglow in the overheadContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: On the Mountain”

The Adventures of Chartan: The Road Trip Begins With Bumps

            (Last week Chartan, Brazil and Elisa hit upon the idea of a road trip.)             Chartan gripped the steering wheel of a 1966 Chevelle, his eyes riveted on the grayish two lane road ahead. The pine trees on either side became a greenish blur as he stepped on the gas pedal. Elisa’s face appearedContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Road Trip Begins With Bumps”

The Adventures of Chartan: A Plan is Hatched

(Last week: A confused Chartan returns to the comfort of driving a limousine as he doubts his ability to teach psychic healing to others.) Chartan clutched the podium. The 100-seat community room was full, but his focus was on the student in a wheelchair positioned in front of everyone—it was Elisa. He didn’t see BrazilContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: A Plan is Hatched”