The Adventures of Chartan: Off to War!

(Last week: Chartan and Brazil renew their friendship over coffee.)             As expected Gina was seated at the kitchen table when Chartan opened the door to their apartment.  They smiled in unison.             “How was coffee?  she asked.             “We promised to work on our friendship.”             “Good. Any mention of Julie?”             Chartan satContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Off to War!”

The Adventures of Chartan: Coffee Talk

            (Last Sunday: The story transitions to the present where Chartan regrets neglecting his relationship with Brazil.)             Chartan and Brazil sat across from each other at a wood table in the center of their favorite coffee shop featuring, as always, “The Chartan,” a 72-bean French roast intended to jolt the sleepy. Each man grippedContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Coffee Talk”

The Adventures of Chartan: Transition to the Present

            (Last Sunday: Brazil fails to follow up on a clandestine offer for combat veterans.)             With the spur of the moment decision to get married safely in the past, Chartan and Gina settled into a routine of work and discussions about their baby due in three months. The name will be either Jake orContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Transition to the Present”

The Adventures of Chartan: Brazil Makes a Decision

(Last Sunday: Brazil calls the phone number on a poster he saw in a coffee shop.)             When the phone rang, Brazil was losing the battle with sleep. His eyes bulged and for a moment he wasn’t certain of where he was, or what he should do. He looked around the room, patrolling for enemiesContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Brazil Makes a Decision”

The Adventures of Chartan: The Phone Call

            (Last Sunday:  Chartan and Brazil engage in introspection while Gina tells Julie she is pregnant.)             Brazil glared at Julie: “Didn’t you ever think about why we got married an hour after meeting?”             Brazil watched tears roll down her cheeks. He hadn’t given their marriage day any thought and he wasn’t going toContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: The Phone Call”

The Adventures of Chartan: Congratulations

             (Last Sunday: Gina tells Chartan she is pregnant, an ex-felon, and Julie isn’t her aunt.) “Gina’s three months pregnant.”             Brazil thrust out his hand. “Congratulations.”             Chartan shook it a few times and replied, “Let’s get some coffee.”             The two men walked side by side, matching strides on a path that paralleledContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Congratulations”

The Adventures of Chartan: Talking without Filters

            (Last Sunday: Chartan dismisses the questioning of the famed therapist, Dr. Kodor, but when he returns to his apartment, Gina, seated at the kitchen table, appears distraught.)             “I have three things to tell you, so you better sit,” said Gina.             Chartan pulled out a chair without taking his eyes off his wife.Continue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Talking without Filters”

The Adventures of Chartan: Confronting Dr. Kodor

(Last week: After two months Gina and Chartan have settled into married life as have Brazil and Julie.) Chartan spotted Minerva in his side view mirror approaching the rear of the limo, her gait slow, her head bowed.  He took a last gulp of his 72-bean coffee, blinked and carefully placed the cup in itsContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Confronting Dr. Kodor”

The Adventures of Chartan: Two Months Later

(Last Sunday: Julie and Brazil tie the knot an hour after first meeting at Chartan and Gina’s wedding celebration). Chartan, eyes closed with arms extended over his head, took a deep breath to fill his lungs with crisp, fall air. He was standing under a coastal oak by the edge of the river that meanderedContinue reading “The Adventures of Chartan: Two Months Later”