Charlie Walks: A Novel Chapter 6

Charlie goes to a project downtown. Meets the security guard downstairs, gets the tag, goes up.

Daniel Bourke
2 min readSep 5, 2021


Grey on grey.

From my first novel, Charlie Walks.

Since Charlie works as a machine learning engineer for the largest technology company in the world, many other companies recruit his team’s services.

Some projects are out of the main office and lack style, hence the brief chapter.

Chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4 and chapter 5 are also available.


Not much happened over the next three weeks. A project out of the office downtown.

The building had these colourless pillars out front, the inside matched. One notch better or worse than the vibe you get from walking into a funeral home.

Each day I walked up and signed in and they’d hand me the tag. Sometimes there were no tags so I waited while they wrote out a slip.

Keep the slip on you at all times, the security guard said.

Once I had my tag, the security guard would call upstairs and ask for someone to come down.

Morning, I’d say.


How are you?

Good and you?

Excellent thanks.

Then we’d go up the lift together.

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You can also watch a video of me reading the first 42 pages (16 chapters) out loud on YouTube or read a few more sample chapters on the book’s homepage.



Daniel Bourke