Raphael’s “unlucky-lucky day” (p.7) begins at the start of chapter two. This is the day that turns his life and many others upside down. As Gardo, Raphael’s best buddy, and Raphael are searching through trash, glorious trash they come across an untouched delivery under a belt . Using their hooks both boys rummage through stupp (human waste) and rubbish, stupp, rubbish until Raphael uncovers “a small leather bag, zipped up tight and covered in coffee-grounds” (p.8). Unzipping it they find it to contain a wallet with eleven hundred pesos, a photo of a young school girl, an ID card and inside a folded map, a key. Keeping six hundred for himself, Raphael gives Gardo five hundred and they continue searching through the trash so as not to draw attention to themselves. Later on they discover that Jose Angelico from Green Hills is the owner of the bag and on the key there is the number 101 on both sides, mysterious. Raphael is the most excited of the two as he thinks, “With the right key, you can bust the door wide open” (p.9). Raphael seems to understand the potential to open new doors of opportunity in his life.
Chapter Two Summary