Charles spent his last night of highschool homework with his best friend Jabari Keaton. Homework was one thing he was not going to miss.
Afterward, they celebrated with an evening spent the evening sparring in his back yard.
Then came graduation and his big step into adulthood.
OK, it was a nice look, but not HIS look.
He immediately registered as a fisherman at City Hall. It was the perfect career. He could set his own hours and spent as much time as possible enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
“Mom, there’s so much wasted potential,” he enthused. “Grandma’s amazing garden provides all the fruits and vegetables we need. My fish provide protein. All we need is a power source, and we could get completely off the grid.”
Zahra rolled her eyes when he wasn’t looking, but she didn’t argue with him when he began installing solar cells around the yard.
Or even the windmill in the back yard.
The house hadn’t had never been greener, and Charles couldn’t be happier with it.
When he wasn’t fishing, meditating, and recycling, he helped Zahra maintain the garden. It really was too much for one person.
There was only one problem in his new life. Charles had found a way to be visible, but he couldn’t stop frightening people.
His only friend outside the family was Jabari, and he hadn’t managed so much as a date in highschool. It was kind of a lonely life, and he wanted to do better.
He was his own man now. He’d figure it out.
Oh yeah, and Lance is back around and enjoying the afterlife.
Finally the start of the new generation! You’ll see Charles roll through a couple of hairstyles before we settle back to Battler :).