Balthazar likes performing at Donaldson’s Cafe because it’s got a friendly, laid back atmosphere and the patrons always appreciate his stuff and tip him well, and yeah, okay, maybe also because of Pedro, the cute barista who’s just a lot of fun to talk to (though Balthazar is pretty sure he’s straight).
One night, a girl introducing herself as Beatrice approaches him, congratulating him on a good show and saying, “You know, Pedro was right about you.”
"Pedro?" he asks, trying to sound casual.
"Yeah, that barista over there—he’s a friend of mine, and he would not shut up about you until I finally agreed to come."
Balthazar sneaks a glance toward the counter, and his stomach gives a strange lurch when he finds that Pedro is looking back.