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”

The Adventures of Chartan: Back in Class

                (Last week: Julie and Gina talk about Brazil’s decision to go overseas; Brazil’s return to combat haunts him; and Chartan decides to teach a life restoration class again.)                        Chartan drew a deep breath and looked around the classroom crammed with 32 people who had paid to hear him talk for the last hourContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Back in Class”

The Adventures of Chartan: Doubts

            (Last Sunday: Brazil is about to cross the Polish border into the Ukraine while Chartan drives four tipsy twenty-somethings.)             Julie and Gina are seated across from each other at a coffee house table. Although they had talked nonstop for a good five minutes, an awkward silence had set in with both women staringContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Doubts”

The Adventures of Chartan: Thinking While Driving

(Last Sunday: Chartan is upended by Brazil’s decision to go to Ukraine to fight the Russians.)             Chartan gripped the limo’s steering wheel hard while trying to block out the conversation of the four young people he was driving. They were talking to each other at once and although he had the glass window up,Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Thinking While Driving”