On the ninth of February, Mike Fuentes waits outside of school for the rest of the kids to leave. He knows that the person he’s looking for will be the last one out, and it’s better that way.
He told his brother, Vic, to drive home without him. Vic seemed suspicious, but he didn’t say anything. So now Mike is waiting, waiting for the seemingly quiet boy who will hopefully help him out.
Mike sits down on a bench, and soon enough, he’s the only one left outside. A few seconds later, though, the front door opens, and Kellin Quinn walks through it.
He’s about to pass the bench when Mike calls, “Hey!”
Kellin stops and turns to look at him. “Yeah?”
"Can you sit down for a minute?" Mike asks. "I’d like you to do me a favor."
Kellin raises an eyebrow and sits down next to him. “I don’t do favors for people,” he says dismissively.
Mike expected that. He pulls out his wallet and opens it up, revealing a bunch of dollar bills. “I’ve got five hundred bucks.”
Now both of Kellin’s eyebrows are raised, this time with interest. “I’m listening.”
Mike smirks a little. “It’s about my brother Vic. So, his eighteenth birthday is tomorrow, and we’re throwing him a party at our house.”
"Are you inviting me?” Kellin asks.
Mike shrugs. “Well, yeah. But as a special guest. See, there’s a stage in the basement. With a pole on it.”
Alarm seems to flash through Kellin’s eyes before he quickly regains composure. “What do poles have to do with anything?”
"Don’t play dumb," Mike replies. "I think you’re quite familiar with poles."
"I don’t know what you’re talking about," Kellin quickly responds.
But it’s clear that Kellin does know what Mike is talking about. Maybe he just wants to keep that life separate from this one.
"I know about your little…persona,” Mike says. “And I was wondering if you could give us—specifically Vic—a private show tomorrow night.”
For a moment, Kellin seems unsure. Then he says, “Five hundred dollars?”
A slow smile spreads across his face. “I think this could be interesting.”
Mike nods. “Oh, I think it will be very interesting. But you’ve gotta make it special somehow. He’s a little…well, I think he’ll be a bit surprised. Your goal is to make him like it.”
"I can do that," Kellin says. "Only the best for your brother. He won’t be able to resist me."
"We’ll see about that."