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”

The Adventures of Chartan: Back in the Saddle

(Last Week: Elisa is in the hospital after shooting herself—Chartan is unsure how he might help her.)             Two men faced each other in oversized leather chairs in a dimly lit office with walls of books reaching the ceiling.             “I am surprised you returned for another session,” said Dr. Kodor as he adjusted hisContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Back in the Saddle”

The Adventures of Chartan: The Hospital Visit

(Last week: Detective Moran takes Chartan and Brazil in for questioning but releases them when it is learned that Elisa tried to shoot herself.) Brazil and Chartan were near the police station exit when Moran stopped them. “Chartan, are you an attorney?”             “No, I have a chauffer’s license.”             “Ms. Cunning was hoping youContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Hospital Visit”

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”