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Chapter 6 of the book Demons, Heroes and Fortune Cookies
Fate brings Eu El to a darker shadow from the other side
"Welcome Day" by Cybertron1986

Above picture is the actual dorm window.

Looking closely. You may see something, or someone staring back.

The Other Side of the Shadows exists beyond this story.

--1996, San Francisco State University, Mary Park Dormitory--

A light breeze jostles Fall leaves from a tree just enough to scatter them onto a concrete path that leads to a long, rectangular, hand painted sign that reads, "Welcome Fall '96 Students!"

The bland color of the dormitories give an old, but not yet ancient impression of simple architecture that hints a style of decades past. From the Pacific Ocean's shore, a walking distance to the west under the fading sunlight, a thick overcast sweeps across a crowd of eager students, anticipating the start of the new semester.

Three floors above Mary Park's lobby, a Tupac song, "Changes," blares from a window in attempt to liven the campus' mood marred only by the comments of disapproving parents claiming, "That's not music."

Gamers, without delay, unhesitatingly equip their dorm room with the latest in video game entertainment: a Super Nintendo console. Inside the lobby, a small crowd gathers by a bulletin board with a list of room assignments.

Two young girls struggling with a bed-sized home gym go almost unnoticed by the many incoming residents. Yet, another pair seem to attract more attention with their 48 inch television.

There is a streching line of homesick students waiting to use one of four phone booths aligned side-by-side against Mary Park's lobby wall.

It is there that we turn our attention to the second booth from the left, where a young girl is casually seated. She is dressed in a black business outfit. Her straight black hair, just touching her shoulders, is softly pressed against the phone's speaker, where her ear is slightly covered. Her exotic eyes conceal many untold stories of a faraway place where many claim they know vividly well through television, but few have visited She exhibits motions that are more mature and sophisticated as compared to the other girls her age; every moment of her laughter is conservatively covered by her hand. From behind the clear booth door, her conversation is inaudible.

For now, her presence is insignificant. However, without anyone's awareness, her being has sparked an emotion of interest from across the lobby.

The body language of her soft giggle, supplemented with the calm joy in her almond shaped eyes, naturally ignite the dormant senses of an individual exhibiting a familiar, unchanged boyish character who is now physically mature.

If we carefully tune into his head with a cautious adjustment of a television's antennae, then we would be entertained to notice how the world around him has gradually slowed down. Every sound is mute except the beating of his heart that pulsates like a wild bird.

In his mind, at the moment his eyes gaze upon her, the blaring rap music above transforms into a forgotten recording of, "There She Goes," by the La's.

Suddenly, an abrupt echo of his father's voice disrupts the moment like an old record player scratching across the middle of the song.

"I did NOT send you to school to gawk at girls! You are here to study! No dating! NO looking!"

Placing his index finger at the center of his round large glasses, the young man slides his frame closer to his eyes as if to regain focus. He brings to attention the girl's high class attire as compared to his own worn jeans and old t-shirt with the phrase "Baseball is Life." His conditioned logic reminds him of the advice he received from his older brother while in high school.

"You will never be worthy of any girl...EVER.

If I can't be happy, then so can't YOU!."

The young man walks away, his presence still unnoticed by the girl; neither of them realizing how the their chapters of fate will soon overlap.

Approaching his new room, the last one at the end of the all-boys floor on the right just before the emergency exit, he notices, from the corner of his eye, his new neighbors residing across from his room. They are huddled around a big television, congratulating one another with high fives as they complete another level of "Super Mario Kart."

Entering his room, he meets his new roommate, Daniel, a much older student from Taiwan. He introduces himself as one who has paid his way to University by working as a palm reader in the streets of Taipei.

"By the way," Daniel says pointing to the empty bed on the right. "I'm giving you this side. Hope you don't mind. Your side gives off negative vibes."

"No worries," El replies, holding back feelings of cynicism.

El tells himself, "It's going to be one entertaining school year."

He decorates the corner of his desk with Windcharger, the Transformers action figure he received on his eleventh birthday, and the only childhood toy he was able to save after his entire collection of Transformers and G.I. Joe figures were sold off by a close "friend," Jules, who kept all the profits.

Above his bed, on the empty space of the wall, he firmly tacks a comic book, 'Web of Spider-Man' issue number 31. He repeatedly cleans and centers the comic in order to achieve a satisfying alignment that complements both his senses, and the laws of symmetry according to the Universe.

Outside, the rental vans begin slowly dispersing as the settling atmosphere suggests the conclusion of a rather active day. Families and students exchange their final wishes for a successful semester before saying their "good-byes."

In the rustle of events, a slight wind continues to scatter more dry leaves onto the ground.

Except for the black bird perched within a tree branch, no one notices the shadow that has stood idly for some time inside of a room, deliberately vacant.

The mysterious shadow, who has surveyed this "Welcome Day" since the beginning, inanimately continues standing behind the window as if time has no relevancy to its questionable presence.

Coincidentally, just like El's room, this shadow is also on the first floor of the all-boys hall.

Neither the shadow, nor El, realize that the chapters of their fate will also...


The book continues with Laundry Day: Clean and Single. We will provide a link to it when you review this below.

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It has been a little over nine years since Eu El's first encounter with the entities which exist on the other side of the shadows.

In college now, he moves into his new and temporary home: the dormitories of San Francisco State University, where the chapters of his life will soon become darker than what he is prepared to accept.
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