The Shadow Boxing
MAYJOR E. Johnson
(If she looks too
good to be true, guys…)
No one could afford to buy a house
anymore; every week a business was closing its doors for good; reports of
people dying in wars overseas were common daily news; no one respected the president
of the country; and, oh yeah, Mother Earth herself might be obliterated by the
end of the year.
So what? Isaac “Breedy” Geggar, Ashtrail
University freshman, knew that, presently, his student activities and class
work presented more of a problem than buying a house or people he’d never seen
dying, especially with his B average
on the lower cusp and his lack of friends…and, more importantly, sex. He
deserved to get some before the world ended, didn’t he? Back in high school, he
remembered rumors of guys cycling through at least six girls within their first
3 weeks of college. He turned in every assignment on time and held his weight
in group projects while adapting himself to the difference in pace between high
school and his new freestyle existence, yet midterms passed by, and he still
had no girl’s nude pictures or phone number on his Blackberry.
Today, he intended to control his
circumstances. His efforts would not be in vain in getting some pleasure to
accompany his hard work. He’d skipped class for this purpose, and to meet the
purpose’s end he attended the club-meet-and-greet on campus. Students buzzed
back and forth between club booths like bees gathering pollen, listening for
information regarding dues and responsibilities, then moving on to the next one.
To Isaac, the throng was like a hive beaten with a stick. If you knew where
your likes and interests lay, what was the point in talking to each and every club?
Why not join one you liked, then leave the damn area for the next person to
sign up without needing a map or a sheep dog to herd your ass out?
Ten minutes of searching felt like hours
through this hive. Standing at five-feet-zero inches, with a build like a
human-bird hybrid, Isaac lacked the appearance of the type of guy capable of
throwing a punch or lifting a chair. His conversational skills, ninety percent composed
of “Hi” and “Yeah” and “Okay” indicated neither high intellect nor confidence. He
possessed one positive trait: his cold, blue eyes. To a few they housed a lion’s
passion under a housecat’s exterior, but to most a silent serial killer in the
making. His icicle stare with his limited social replies tended to reinforce
the latter, as the club recruiters showed little interest in enlisting him in
their ranks. From guys so built they could have used him as a human volleyball
to dorks who had odder quirks than his stare, from bombshells to ugly Betties,
from flamboyant gays to straight playas, all of them gave him that same damn rejecting
look as they droned tidbits of their clubs’ information. Isaac couldn’t tell whether
they were nervous around him or disgusted by him, and, today, he grew tired of
caring. The runt with the creepy eyes headed for the exit, his vacant stare
focused far ahead, wishing his body could vanish from the nest of cowards.
“Isaac,” said a soft girlish voice
from...nowhere. The voice was so quiet and fragile in this noisy nest he could
have only heard it if she whispered in his ear (or in his head). He stopped,
and saw no one paying any more attention to him than a small dog at a
stilts-walking carnival show.
“Isaac!” called the same voice, barely
audible above the echoing buzz. Isaac followed his name until he came to a club
booth with no signs or banners. There sat a girl with skin as pale as white
silk, jet-black hair down to the middle of her back, the bright green, almond
eyes of a foreign princess, and tits and cleavage so large they bounced his
balls. His heart pounded. Who needed a banner with her running things? A single
index finger made him approach her without realizing it. He faced her within
seconds. He couldn’t turn his head but knew his position in line remained
uncontested. He thought it odd for the whole to college to ignore an angel from
heaven, but failed to summon the words to question the circumstances.
“Hello, Isaac,” she said with that
sweet, violin voice he’d heard earlier in his ear.
“Hi...” His mouth hung ajar.
“Don’t you want to know how I know your
Her giggle fluttered in the breeze. “One
of your classmates told me you’d be perfect for this club. Interested in
“Our next meeting is tomorrow at 7pm at
Willis Hall in room 132G. My name is Hexia Nightshade. See you there.”
She waved and giggled a “Bye” as he
walked away, stunned.
Isaac couldn’t believe a chick that hot
remembered his name, his face, and tried to spot him in a swarm of people so he’d
join a club. Getting off his ass and into this situation had to be the best
decision he’d made all semester; however, a foot from the gymnasium doors he
stopped and smacked his forehead. He also couldn’t believe he ended their
conversation with a greeting.
On a Wednesday afternoon, in a small
air-conditioned room with seven people present, including himself and Hexia, he
remembered forgetting to ask what club he’d decided to join. One of the
members, he assumed the club’s president, considering the business-casual
clothes, rose and faced the audience.
“Welcome to another match in our Shadow
Boxing Club, ladies and gentlemen. Today we have a new member joining our ranks
in the battle against a corrupt educational system. Let’s welcome Isaac Geggar.
Please stand, Isaac.”
Isaac stood with sweaty palms as
everyone welcomed his arrival, Hexia clapping the hardest. If it wasn’t for her
cute face shining on him like a stage light, he would have left a sonic boom on
his way out the door. Beautiful light’s
faster than cowardly sound any day, he thought, as he resumed sitting
The president of this crazy club
continued, “This week, as many of you have heard, Dr. Karinger is giving
another chemistry-based exam in his biology course.”
“That’s fuckin’ retarded!” shouted one
of the fanatics.
“Why in hell would someone teach
chemistry in a biology course?” said another. “Does he want his students
“Apparently, yes,” said the president. “That’s
why we’re going to find the answers in his office and give them to his students.
If he wants to pave the way for this backwards system, we’ll break the stones
of his sandy foundation.”
Isaac leaned back in his chair and
smiled at Hexia. He didn’t care what they did, as long as he had nothing to do
with it. Then he heard, “Isaac, as a new club member, to display your solidity
with our cause, we want you to perform this task.”
The ice-eyed young man’s goosebumps got
goosebumps. “But...” he began.
Hexia interrupted: “Please do this
little favor for us, Isaac? We need you to do this. You would be the last
person Karinger would suspect. Please?”
His lips parted to reply, but the door
to the room opened, catching the attention of the club. A sigh escaped his
mouth, which made him catch a frown from Hexia. A girl, not bad-looking for a
nerd—with un-styled brown, shoulder-length hair, plain, black-frame glasses
hiding her dark brown pupils, her clothes looking more K-Mart than Macy’s—stepped
into the classroom. The ‘club’ shrank under her analysis, their eyes on the
ceiling or floor every time her ocular searchlights passed over them.
“Who is she?” whispered Isaac to Hexia.
“Her name’s Mary Black. She’s the
sergeant-at-arms for School Activities. She enforces the laws all clubs and
organizations on campus must abide by, which means she’s widely known for
poking her nose where it doesn’t belong...the bureaucratic Nazi.”
“She’s like a T. Rex, man,” whispered a
club member over his shoulder. “If we sit still, she usually goes away.”
Isaac eyed Mary, and this time her gaze
faltered. Pink invaded her visage. Her eyes wandered the room as if looking for
something besides the young man with the cold eyes. She looked elsewhere as if
a nudist was sitting in his seat.
“How long are you going to stand there?”
She jumped as if shocked. Despite her
face still flooded with pink, she kept her quivering eyes on him, and demanded,
“Do you have any paperwork filed for using this room?”
“Of course we do. Just ask the club
president. This is the Shadow Boxing Club.”
“The Shadow Boxing Club.”
“Never heard of it.”
“Well, look it up.”
She fidgeted with her thumbs while her
left leg attempted to jump from the rest of her body. “What’s your name?”
“I just joined the club today. I’m Isaac
Geggar, but my friends call me Breedy.”
“I’m Mary Black.”
“Can we continue our club meeting, Mary
“Alright.” She shut the door on her
exit, but it flew open once more. “I’ll let you use this room tonight, but I’ll
be verifying your club status on campus. It’s my job, so don’t take it
personally. Bye.” She left again and, to the room’s relief, didn’t make a
Hexia chuckled, her hands concealing her
“Thank you, Isaac,” said the president. “Even
with the silent treatment, normally she doesn’t let us off so easy. You’re
proving yourself to be a valuable asset to our club already.”
please, Isaac...we need you..” No one had ever
begged Isaac before, or needed him for
anything. For those reasons, besides the sexy girl doing the begging, Isaac sifted
through folder after folder in Dr. Karinger’s office. He’d told one of the
oblivious custodians he’d accidentally left an incomplete essay worth two
grades under the teacher’s door, thinking he wouldn’t have time to finish it, due
to a family emergency. However, he didn’t have to lend his time to his family
as he’d anticipated, but had dropped his laptop on the way home, so needed the
paper to finish typing where he’d left off. The larger the lie, the more
believable, and this lie was so believable the custodian gave him unsupervised
access to the room.
The ice-eyed delinquent smirked at his
deviousness as he flipped through the folders. His smile vanished when he
finished thumbing through the last one. Damn
it. If not here, then where were the
damn things—at Karinger’s home? If so, he’d failed. No way would he risk
going to jail for this club or even Hexia. He looked around the office at the
two file cabinets he’d searched, a desk (with scissors, glue, blank CD-RW and
other miscellaneous stuff), a shelf full of biology and chemistry tomes, and a
computer. The lazy ass doctor...
Isaac booted up the computer and searched for tests. He discovered the Chapter
12 test, his target’s kin, and by tracing its directory found the test answers
in the same folder. With no printer in the office, he copied the file to his
“Isaac!” screamed a familiar, angelic voice in
his head. The room became colder than an open window in winter, yet his heart
pumped burning blood through his veins. What
the hell was that? What the fuck’s going on? He snatched his key from the
computer as footsteps echoed feet from the door. Isaac’s sweaty fingers held
the power button. The screen flickered out just as Karinger stepped through the
“What are you doing in here,” said the
tall, thin professor, his brown, burning stare through his glasses too intense
for Isaac’s cold blue one.
“I asked what you’re doing in my office!”
Isaac wilted under the heat of the
professor’s voice, then squeaked out, “I left the wrong paper under the door.”
Isaac scampered by Dr. Karinger, whose
glare never left him, that searing gaze burning into the young man’s back, as
if magnified by the lens of the doctor’s glasses.
Outside the science building, during his
sprinting escape, Isaac ran into Hexia Nightshade, who extended an arm to his
shoulder to calm his heart beating at a mad drummer’s rhythm. Her touch not
only calmed his rapid pulse, but also loosened every muscle in his body. Those
beautiful, jade eyes met his.
“Did you get the test answers?” she
asked. He nodded his ‘yes’, since his lungs still hadn’t recovered from years
without exercise. She held his head still and, with her lips, took the rest of
his breath away. Sweet strawberry slithered across his teeth and tongue. Then
she savored every sip of warm wetness from his mouth, her tongue darting from
between his hungry teeth. Her once glistening, princess eyes resembled a jaguar’s—focused,
fierce, detached. Isaac found her exotic new gaze erotic.
“Welcome to the Shadow Boxing Club.”
How many test answers had he stolen? How
many students had been given credits to courses they never took? How many
faculty members had he blackmailed to ensure some students were allowed to
graduate early? He couldn’t count on his fingers and toes combined the number
of crimes he’d committed between midterms and December, but he could remember
how many times he’d tasted Hexia’s lips, how many times they’d slept together,
and how many times the club had stood to applaud his accomplishments.
His girlfriend by his side, Isaac Geggar
walked with his shoulders back, ice-eyes forward, displaying a power he’d never
possessed before. College girls glanced at him like horny cats; the guys either
nodded their heads or greeted him. He felt higher than the moon…until Mary
Black came in his direction, dampening the mood by confronting him among the
curious eyes of the science wing.
“Ummm, hello again, Isaac. How have the
club activities been going?” she said, adjusting her large frames, her face blushing
“What is it now, Mary?” said Isaac. “Is
it against school policy to walk around with your girlfriend?”
Mary looked in Hexia’s direction; Hexia
raised her eyebrows. “Okaaayyy...” said Mary before returning her attention to Isaac.
“I came to tell you that your club actually isn’t registered, and is
therefore unofficial, meaning you can’t hold club meetings on campus anymore.”
Isaac’s left fist clenched. “What do you
mean it’s unofficial?!” His ice-blue
eyes made Mary step back. “The club president showed me the damn paperwork
himself, so it must be your records that are fucked up.”
Mary’s eyes met the floor then realigned
with his. “Look, if you want to keep your club that badly, I may have a
solution for your problem before I make my report to Student Activities.”
“Come to my dorm room at 8 tomorrow
night. It’s room 158 in the Lucille Smith building. See you there.” She walked
past him, her face still red, her eyes glued to the floor. Isaac remained as
frozen as his icicle pupils, staring into nothingness and shivering.
“Isaac,’ said Hexia, hissing her words
while her cold hand soothed his left shoulder. “We can’t let the club be
destroyed. All of our hopes, dreams, and happiness reside there. Do you hear
At the scheduled time Isaac knocked on
Mary’s door. She invited him in after the second knock, and he soon found
himself seated at an oval table with dinner for two. She lived in a suite,
complete with its own bathroom, kitchen, living room, and bedroom. Isaac scoffed,
thinking she must have been as meticulous with her student activity duties as
she was with her grades. Wearing a yellow night gown, she sat at the table. They
caught themselves in a staring match, her dark brown bombshells versus his blue
“Aren’t you going to try your meatloaf?”
“Depends on what you say about the club.
If there’s no food in my stomach, I won’t hurl.”
Her harsh giggle was the complete
opposite of Hexia’s. “Now that’s funny. Always knew you had it in you, Isaac. You
just have to show that side of yourself more.”
“That goes to show you don’t know much
“How can I save the club, Mary?”
She supported her head with her palm,
trying for cute, her smile a 3 to Hexia’s 11. “Okay, you can cut the act now, Isaac.
We’re the only ones here; I promise.”
“Act? What act?”
She giggled that same hoarse giggle. His
eyes tensed. If hell hounds have a laugh
as they devour their victims, hers is it.
“I’ve done the research, Isaac; it’s my
job as the sergeant-at-arms for student activities. I know you invented this
boxing club so you could get revenge for
me on all those teachers that think I’m a prude and all the students that
think I’m a bitch...”
“Are you blind? We were doing those
things to help students, so they’d pass classes they didn’t need to take.”
“You’re serious? You really think you
were helping those students? Don’t
you know the purpose behind a college education?”
“The club, Mary! I came here about the
goddamn club!” She covered her mouth to block an invisible gasp, then her chair
shook as laughter rocked her entire body.
denies us,” said a
pleasant, familiar voice in Isaac’s head, “hates
The red-faced young man swiped his plate
to the floor and pounded his fists against the table. “Shut up!” he yelled, his
cold glare chilling Mary, whose eyes widened and mouth grew dry.
Something was wrong here; frightened, she
stood. “I don’t know what drug you’re on, but the club you’re in doesn’t exist.
It never has. Now get out of my room.”
know what’ll happen if we leave,” whispered
Hexia. He stood. His body burned like a volcano on
the inside, yet his skin felt like Antarctica.
Mary shivered and hugged her shoulders; Isaac
even saw her cold breath. He headed for the door.
can’t lose this!” He
walked past the bitch with the glasses. “We
can’t leave.” An ice-cold hand
gripped his shoulder, freezing him in place. He whipped around to catch the
source. Only Mary was behind him. In her eyes he saw pity. Then he saw red.
“Isaac!” In her demon eyes he saw the Isaac
he never wanted to see again, the powerless him he’d fought so hard to
eliminate, to kill.
“What are you looking at?” the demon
His left fist connected with its face,
knocking it to its stomach. The creature had the audacity to wail and scream. The
laugh of a thousand violins mocked its agony as it had mocked his. The grin of
a hyena consuming his face, Isaac lifted one of the chairs and smashed it on
the demon’s back. When it continued to sob, to beg, he joined the fluttering
laughs in his head with his own, as he smacked its body repeatedly with the
chair. Somehow it still moved, fingernails clawing blood from the tile, lungs
screaming a gurgled “Help!” through mouthfuls of blood.
A tap on his shoulder, and the beautiful
seraphim of his life presented him a steak knife from the table, her radiant
smile abetting the righteousness of his deed. He took the weapon, gave his
heavenly vixen the kiss of her life, then rolled over the demon so he could
stare into its damned eyes.
Crimson hands reached from the mounted
monster. “Isaac...please...” it blurted before he could darken its eyes with
stainless steel and red. He had no pity for the spawn of hell just as the
general population saw none for men on death row. He relished every stab into
its skin, the ruby life-stream washing the blade and the floor, the shrill
cries of a squealing pig on each assault. When the bloody hands stopped
twitching, Isaac laughed like a cackling crow, and he heard Hexia orgasm.
He’d never attended the acclaimed
Institute for Upcoming Murderers, so it didn’t take long for the police to
suspect Isaac. The day after the crime the cops questioned him, and the day
after that he was arrested for the murder of Mary Black. No one provided him an
alibi despite all the cred he’d earned on campus. Pats on the back everywhere
I went, yet no friends. Isaac sat in
his concrete booking cell with an open toilet for companionship, tapping his
foot, clenching his hands until they ached, sending a frigid glare at the
officer through the bars.
The cocky pig smirked at his hatred and
misery, then walked back to the processing area. Isaac felt like a new animal
at the zoo. Goosebumps rose on his skin from the sudden temperature drop in an
already drafty cell.
“It’s cold in here, baby. You should’ve
packed a jacket.” The honey-sweet voice’s source, appearing next to him on the room’s
concrete seat, made him slide across it, skin dripping with cold sweat, his
heavy breath fogging the air. His despair let him notice now what he hadn’t
while blinded by love: her voice, looks, and demeanor were too perfect. The deja
vu that froze his blood shrunk his pupils and
“Who the fuck are you?” In answer, she smiled
while tilting her head and giggled,
making his body relax and fear dissipate. The cleavage of her low-cut top and
tight jeans took the chill from between his legs. Never again. The young man sweating
ice water bit blood from his
lip and pounded his groin with his fist. “Stop it!” he said.
“You know who...or rather, what I am, handsome. You’ve
we first met.”
“Why are you doing this to me?” He
buried his face in his hands and sobbed.
Hexia scooted closer to him, her serpent
eyes as large as moons, and rubbed his thigh.
“I’m sorry. God, I’m so sorry. Please
save me!” he screamed, throwing his hands in the air.
Drool dripped from her lips as her nails
extended and tore through his pants and into his skin. When he leaped from the
bench, she lunged after him. The wide-eyed prey grabbed her arms and tackled
her to the concrete. He slammed her head against the floor until the rear of
the skull shattered out a pool of red blood and white bone.
“Leave me alone! Leave me alone! Leave
me alone!” Puffing over his latest victim, the ‘winner’ loosened his grip and
smiled like a maniac who’d just escaped an asylum. Her eyes closed, to Isaac she
resembled sleeping beauty with a gory backdrop…until those wild eyes opened,
and his heart stopped. Hexia Nightshade gave him the cruelest laugh, then
licked her lips.
The police officer on duty that night
heard continuous screams from the new suspect for five minutes straight. When
his curses and threats couldn’t silence the brat, he marched from his comfy
chair to tell the annoying punk, “Listen,
you little shit, no one else is watching us right now. So if I really wanted to
shut you up...”
The guard peered into the cell upon
reaching it. What he saw made him forget to breathe and his lunch jump from his
stomach to his throat. Blood soiled everything. The kid lay naked on the floor,
face-up, deep, red claw-marks covering every inch of his body. His penis was
severed as if bitten off. The fucking hell was this? The officer
vomited, then ran to call for help.
Earth having survived, January
introduced a new year for the nation and a new semester for college students. Ashtrail
University held its club meet-and-greet; young men and women prospected for the
activity and group that fit them. Atop the building adjacent to the gym, Hexia
Nightshade and The Shadow Boxing Club stood watching like vultures every
“How about him?” said the club
president, pointing to a youth with a suit and tie who ignored every female
glance headed his way.
“Too uptight and familiar,” said Hexia. “He
reminds me of you.”
chubby, black student wearing glasses and a vacuous smile walked by. Hexia
hissed, ogling him with rabid, green eyes. He stopped to speak to a group of
students, who first tolerated his presence, but whose body language soon indicated
annoyance and avoidance.
“Him?” said the president with a raised
“Yes, him. I’ve been wanting to add an exotic
piece to my collection of
souls for a long time.”
“Do you know him?”
“Yes, very well.” She pondered for a
moment. The desire in her eyes changed to clenched, focused anger. She looked
back; the other club members scattered to reveal Isaac Geggar bent over,
gripping his skull with his fingers. “Shape up and get with the program, dickless,
unless you want a ticket to hell.”
He forced his vacant blue eyes up to
hers, as she said, “I’m not a complete monster, baby; I’ll at least let you
watch.” No one could hear Isaac’s answering scream of despair.
Hexia’s pitch-black hair turned
brimstone red, her pale skin gained some pink, her large chest diminished, her
hips widened, and red-framed glasses appeared to support her bright, hazel eyes.
A boisterous laugh replaced her soft, elegant one, and then she vanished.
MAYJOR E. Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org, of
Cape Charles, Virginia, who wrote BP #68’s “The Shadow Boxing Club” and BP #61’s “Snail Mail,” formerly studied as an English major
with a secondary in teaching, but is currently seeking an Associate’s in info
systems technology. His hobbies include reading horror and military novels,
writing short stories and poetry, and playing video games. He also publishes
articles on hubpages.com relating to gaming and the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game