Chapter 1: Summoning Shenron
January 13, 2019
Chapter 1: Summoning Shenron
Earth 199999 (ie Marvel Cinematic Universe), 2008, USA, New York City, Manhattan island, Clinton District. (Clinton is often referred to as the “Hell Kitchen.”)
On a commercial street near Clinton Park, an 18-year-old Asian teenager hurried into the alley, took a bunch of keys from his jacket pocket and opened the back door of a small shop.
This ordinary, plain Asian boy had a golden tattoo on the back of his right hand. The tattoo pattern was that of five five-pointed stars, one big, and 4 more small ones on its side, just like the five-star red flag of China.
After entering the store, the probably Chinese boy quickly locked the back door and turned, and went straight to the basement of the store.
After the boy locked the door of the basement as well, he quickly walked to the center of the basement, unloaded his backpack, and took out six apple-sized crystal balls out of it. He placed the precious balls on the floor, as carefully as if his life hanged on not jeopardizing them.
On a closer look, all six transparent balls were of the same size, but they were still different. They mainly differed in the number of five pointed stars inside them. The number ranged from one to seven, with only the five stars ball missing.
After placing the crystal ball, the teenager opened his arms with excitement and shouted in his mouth: “Come on, Shenron! Make my wish come true!”
A breeze blew inside, but nothing happened… (Author’s note: Don’t over-think the details about the source of the breeze in a basement!)
He was stunned for a, and then put his head between his palm, and couched down. He put his right hand with the 5 stars tattoo upon it and placed with the dragon balls and repeated: “Come on, Shenron! Make my wish come true!”
This time, as soon as his voice fell, the electric light on the top of his head suddenly started flickering. After a few times, it finally extinguished completely, and the entire basement fell into darkness.
Next, in the darkness, five bright lights suddenly shined from the floor. He saw the six balls and his tattoo shining. The tattoo shined and a seventh ball separated to merge with the other six, forming a serpentine shiny beast!
The glowing beast looked alive, long like massive serpent, with horns like deer, scales like a fish, flaw like a phoenix, and palms like that of a tiger. It was the totem animal of China: a dragon!
The teenager bit his lips and faced the legendary beast. With disgust he said to himself: “is it only a few meters long? In “Dragon ball”, it was massive!”
Shenron ignored the young man’s muttering hovering in mid air, and with its majestic head high, it barely moved mouth, saying in a mechanical tone: “Say your wish! Any wish can be granted, but you only get one…”
The young man’s spirit was lifted and he raised his head with hope: “Any wish can be achieved?”
The young man clenched his fists and looked with excitement on his face: “Shenron, please send me back to my original world!”
“I’m sorry, I can’t do it…”
The young man was stunned, it took his a while to recover from the shock. Then his rage exploded: “What? What were you bragging about then, saying you can grant any wish?”
“This body of yours belongs to the Marvel world. I can’t send it away. Your soul however, belongs to your past world. I can send that back.”
Hearing those words, the young man’s eyebrows rose and he regained his high spirit. He renewed his wish: “So, please send my soul back to my original body!”
“I’m sorry, I can’t do it…”
The young man was filled with great anger, and only one word could escape his life: “Why?”
“In your original world, you are already dead…”
The teenager was not convinced and said: “What’s the problem with that? Isn’t resurrection you forte? You’ve revived so many people in the Dragon Ball world!”
“But you are not from the Dragon Ball world. Only under the cosmic rules of the Dragon ball world could I revive people!”
The Young man remained silent for a while, and then asked: “So, if you just send my soul back, it will be just occupying a dying body like it did when coming to the Marvel world?”
“No. Your soul has been integrated with the 5-star Dragon Ball. If you want your soul back to your world, it would have to be forcibly separated, and severely damaged. Your soul won’t be able to occupy any body, it will just fade away with time.”
The teenager became completely desperate, slammed his hand on his knees, and muttered hopelessly: “I can’t go back, I really can’t go back!”
“Dad! Mom! Your son has disobeyed you!”
He screamed on the ground and cried out lout! His original name was Gurun. He was not from this world, not even from the world of Dragon Ball. To him, they were just world from film and animation. He never thought that one day, he would be a soul bringing the Dragon Balls to the Marvel Universe.
Gurun was a native Chinese. After crossing over, his soul floated for a while before landing on body of a dying young man. Fortunately, the new body was also that of a Chinese. At first, he knew nothing about it. But after a while, he regained only a few memories from the original owner who had sudden death, and adapted quickly to his new identity. His name was Saint Lee (Translator Note: That’s hopeful naming from his parents XD). Saint Lee was second generation Chinese American, whose parents were killed in an air crash, leaving him with a flat and a small Chinese restaurant in New York.
At 1st, because of the amount of information he had gathered, he thought he was still in his original world, just a few years later perhaps. That lasted until he saw talking about the “late hero, Captain America” and news about Tony Stark on TV. He was shocked to find out that he there were heroes and villains all over this world, the world of Marvel!
Living in this world, and being an America, was dangerous enough. But no… he had to be in New York… NEW YORK!
How many tragedies have occurred in this city that he knew from the Marvel story? Hulk vs. Abomination, Captain America vs. Winter Soldier, SHIELD vs. Hydra, Avengers vs. Alien army in the Battle of New York, Defenders League Battles… and so on, they were countless! ! !