Mr. Clarence called Ruben to bring him in the office as well as to phone officer Barry. A half an hour later, everyone was having one big group conversation.
"You know you could've been in really big trouble for what you have done," said Officer Barry to Ruben as they read Max's police file. "Its stealing man, you know that."
"Look," said Ruben. "I know what we did last night was very wrong but we need to help our brother out. He's innocent and we need to prove it."
"I heard," said Officer Barry. "The principal told me what happened."
"It's true Officer Barry," Collin said as he and Max walks up to them. "Because I know exactly what went down that Saturday night."
"See," said Ruben. "I knew you would come to your senses. So, what happened?"
"Well," said Collin. "It all started when Max and I were hanging out and enjoying the party."
* * * *
THE FLASHBACK: SATURDAY NIGHT
Collin was hanging out by himself since Max was hanging out with Ruben for a while, and he was trying to have a good time. After a few minutes of being bored he decided to go for a walk and to come back to the party later. Just when Collin was about to leave, Mike quickly came out of nowhere and blocked his path.
"Hey, where are you going in such a hurry?" asked Mike slyly. "The party had just begun."
"Actually, I'm just going for a walk," said Collin, nervously.
"Going for a walk?" said Mike. "By yourself?"
"Yes," said Collin, trying to move past Collin.
But Mike kept blocking his path which made Collin really nervous.
"Sorry to put so much friction on your plans but you have a buddy that wants to talk to you," said Mike in a strange tone.
"Max?" asked Collin.
"No," Mike said quickly. "But you'll definitely will enjoy this. C'mon let's go.
Collin followed Mike out of the basement and up the stairs to probably what looks like Kevin's bedroom. Kevin was sitting on his bed with the rest of his posse standing at his sides. He smiled grimly at Collin as he entered the room.
"Shut the door!" ordered Kevin to Mike, as he quickly does so.
One of Kevin's crew members gave Collin a chair to sit in.
"So, Collin Majors," said Kevin, looking at him like an open book. "So glad for you to finally make to my little bit of a premiere party."
"Yeah," said Collin slowly. "I can see that."
"You were probably wondering why I ordered you up here," said Kevin. "So I'll just get straight to the point."
Collin then gave Kevin a weird look.
"I see that for the past year or so you bonded with the insightful Max Russo," said Kevin, with a smile.
"Yeah, he's really an amazing friend," said Collin agreeing with a quick nod. "I can count on him with anything."
"Is that so?" asked Kevin, with his arms folded.
"Yes, of course," said Collin.
"That's really good," said Kevin. "But unfortunately all of that's about to change within about thirty seconds."
"What are you talking about?" asked Collin.
"You see Majors," Kevin went on. "Max and I don't quite see eye to eye on certain things."
"Certain things?" said Collin. "I don't understand."
"Well, that's between Max and me," said Kevin swiftly. "But I have a special assignment for you to do for me."
"What's that?" asked Collin reluctantly.
"I'm glad that you two had a great friendship," said Kevin. "Too bad that I have to terminate it in just short notice."
"Terminate?" Collin said in shock. "Why?"
"I want to see Max destroyed," Kevin said in unison. "And you're going to help me."
"Woa, dude," Collin sat back in his chair. "I'm sorry man, but I can't do that."
"Oh you can, and you will," said Kevin, looking grimmer than before. "Either you do as I say or face the consequences."
"What consequences?" said Collin, looking around.
"You got your cell on you?" asked Kevin.
Just as Collin reached for his pocket, he realized that he had given his phone to Kevin the day before because Kevin said he had forgotten his.
"Oh, that's right!" Kevin sneered. "It's in my possession, and I got to tell you that I really had fun with its features."
He opens it up and shows the picture of the two naked girls bright as day. Collin was outraged. He tries to rush forward to yank the phone away from Kevin, put two of his posse held him back by the shoulders. Collin tries to move again, but the pressure of the two guys hands were too strong, which made his shoulders ache. Kevin shook his head and waved his free finger at Collin.
"Boy you better watch those hands," chuckled Kevin. "You don't want them being broken before the after party."
Collin felt his blood boil in the inside of him while the others laugh.
"Aww, lighting up jitterbug," said Kevin in a baby voice. "Don't worry you get your precious little phone back, if you do what I say. "But if you don't, not only you won't get it back, but some juicy information would be sent to anyone through this whole school."
"You monster!" snapped Collin. "You conniving little psycho!"
The smile Kevin has on his face faded within seconds.
"It's a little bit too late for that bro," said Kevin in a spooky voice. "I'm beyond psycho."
"You won't get away with this," said Collin, trying to brush off the guys. "You sure will get yours in a long run."
Kevin laughs out loud and gave Collin the chills.
"No, dude," said Kevin. "I'm already am getting mines. By making sure people like Max get what they deserve. nothing."
Collin gasps as Kevin chuckles.
"And you think everyone will believe you? asked Kevin snidely. "Suppose I did send this picture to every phone number then what? Do you think the school would believe you too?"
Kevin huffed as he paces around Collin.
"Just give it up dude," Kevin said. "Because you know that no will ever listen to some ordinary plain blond like you. Especially that snooty woman for a principal. Face it; I'm your only option out of your troubles."
Knowing that Kevin got him trapped, Collin gave him a dark glare. If he sticks up for Max and doesn't go through with it. The picture would've been sent to everyone in the whole school, including the teachers and he could get in really big trouble with them which could lead him to become expelled and his reputation is ruined. But if he chooses to do what Kevin said then Max would take the fall over something that he didn't do and their friendship would be scared forever. But the fear of getting into serious trouble and to have his reputation gone down was taking its toll on Collin. So, he sadly gave in within five seconds.
"Okay fine," Collin said surprisingly quickly. "You win."
"That's my boy," said Kevin, as he goes over and squeezes Collin's cheek. "I knew that you were going to follow through like a good champ."
"What you want me to do Kev?" asked Collin, being straight forward to get through the guilt. "Kill the poor guy."
"Woa, easy there Freddy Kruger," said Kevin holding one palm up. "I didn't say to kill him. All I want to do is to make him suffer, there's a difference."
"How?" asked Collin, reluctantly.
"Let's just say we're going to send someone a very special message," said Kevin slyly.
"I got the plan set in motion," said Mike, who put a roofie inside the drink that was originally was supposed to be for Max.
"Good luck soldier," said Kevin, as he eyeballs Collin looking at Mike's cup as he walks away.
"You're drugging him?" asked Collin. "That's just cruel!"
"You're familiar with the school auditorium right?" asked Kevin with a slick smile.
"Yes," said Collin, concerned.
"Okay, here's how it's going to go down," Kevin goes on. "What we are going to do is to break into the auditorium bring him inside and make it look like he was trespassing."
"Is that it?" asked Collin.
"Well, basically," said Kevin. "All he's going to do is to wake up realize where he was including how much he was drinking. By the time he does that the principal would catch him and suspend him for a couple of days. The only thing is that a lot of people will be very disappointed in him with his behavior."
"Isn't there anything minor that he can do instead?" asked Collin.
"No!" Kevin snapped. "He's not getting off that easy. We're sticking to my plan and that's final."
Collin reluctantly agreed to Kevin's plan and didn't ask any more questions.
"I'm sorry, Max," Collin said sadly in his mind.
Collin: (Narrates) "When all of us went back downstairs twenty minutes later, Max was laying on the living room floor in his own drool with half of the room staring at him and giggling. Mike stood over him like he was his victim. I on the other hand didn't think it was a pretty good scene of course. It was like I was in a horror movie but must worse."
"Looks like someone partied way too much," laughed Mike.
"I guess you're right my friend," said Kevin with a laugh. "Its okay folks we have it all under control. We just need an empty couch to put him on."
Collin: (Narrates) "So we waited until the whole party has ended and we pretended that nothing ever happened. Except that the crew had Max on the couch keeping him drugged. I stayed to keep an eye on him so they didn't do anything else more insane."
"Chuggle up buddy," said one of Kevin's posses as he pours the whisky from the bottle down Max's throat.
"Hey, chill dude," Collin tried to say. "That's too much man he's going to get really sick."
"Yo mind your damn business, punk," he spat. "Why go you go paint your nails and skip into the sun or something!"
Collin: "After everyone left the party the whole plan was set into motion. They put Max's in the back seat of Kevin's Subaru and sat with him, and I was ordered to sit in the passenger's side while Kevin drove to the auditorium. Once we were there Kevin and I went to this secret entrance to open the passage way to get inside."
Once they were inside the auditorium Kevin order the rest of the posse to bring Max in.
"Put him up on center stage!" commanded Kevin. "He's all set for the time being."
"Hey Kev," Mike said, the last one to come in. "I got the spray-paint!"
"Excellent!" said Kevin, as Collin gave him the look.
One of Kevin's posses takes out a bat and starts playing with it.
"Now, let's give this place a big makeover shall we?" asked Kevin rhetorically.
"Way ahead of you dude," said Kevin's friend with the bat.
Then in one swing motion he whacks one of the auditorium chairs right off its axis with one big crack. Then everyone else besides Collin went wild and started to damage everything in their paths. Collin was horrified. He goes over to try to stop them but they wouldn't budge.
"HEY, WHAT THE HELL MAN!" shouted Collin frantically. "ARE YOU CRAZY THIS WASN'T PART OF THE DEAL!"
Kevin turns to him with a sly smile.
"Well, sometimes you just have to change your mind," said Kevin. "Whether you like it or not. I think when Max gets expelled or possibly go away to juvie for a couple of years. Things will start looking better for me again."
"You are one sick man, Kevin," snarled Collin. "You need to get help or something!"
"Um, correction," said Kevin. "You mean all of us need help. You were in on this part too you know."
After the damaged was done, everyone was set to leave Max behind except for Collin who felt really devastated.
"Well, congrats bro," said Kevin, as he puts his arms around Collin. "You have officially completed my very special assignment with us."
"Well, I'm obviously not thrilled," grumbled Collin, as he steps away from Kevin.
"Aww, lighten up," chuckled Kevin. "It'll all blow over sooner than you think.
Collin shakes his head.
"I'll tell you what," said Kevin taken out is wallet. "Here's a little something that will take away your troubles."
He takes out a hundred dollar bill and hands it to Collin.
"No, Collin quickly said. "I can't accept this man."
"What?" shrugged Kevin. "It ain't enough for you."
"Kevin I helped you frame my friend against my will," Collin fumed. "And all you giving me is a hundred dollars?! That's not going to fix anything!"
"Look, I'm not going to put up with your crap man!" snapped Kevin. "Either you do what I say or face the consequences!"
Collin glared at him for a moment before he snatched the money out of Kevin's hands. Everyone else chuckled.
"Yeah, that's what I thought," said Kevin, eyes narrowing at Collin. "And you better not come at me again like that or you will be sorry!"
Collin angrily looks away from him. Then Kevin's scowl turned back into a sly smile.
"Otherwise," Kevin went on. "Just think of it as a thank you gift."
"Yeah, whatever," mumbled Collin, as he goes up to Max.
As Kevin watches him go up the stage he and his laughs out loud and points fingers at them as Collin sits next to Max.
"Hey, let's get the hell out of here before we see these two get mushy, and personal," said Kevin. "At least the job's done, that's all I can say."
"Amen, bro," said Mike, as the rest of them proceeded out of the auditorium.
"I'm sorry, dude," said Collin. "I swear on my life, that I will make it up to you. I promise."
END OF FLASHBACK
Everyone in the principal's office was silent after Collin told the story. Collin then looks at Max with a sad expression.
"Not a day goes by that I don't feel guilty of what I've done," said Collin. "And I just want to say from the bottom of my heart is that I am truly sorry for everything Max. I really am."
"If you know what he was capable of, why didn't you go to Kevin's parents?" asked Officer Barry. "More importantly, why didn't you contact us?"
"You don't understand," said Collin frantically. "It's something about this dude. It's like he's crazy or something!"
"Well, crazy or not, you can't let people like that get off Scott free," Ruben spoke up. "You have an innocent person in all of this take the fall, and that's not right."
"Yeah, I know that now," said Collin. "He's the wrong person to be hanging around with period!"
"That's a good lesson to learn son," said Officer Barry.
"So, how much trouble am I in sir," said Collin with a sad expression.
"I'm afraid that you are about to be put through the ringer, partner," said Officer Barry.
"Yeah, I figured that," Collin admitted.
"On the other hand," Officer Barry went on. "If you cooperate with us, maybe your punishment won't be as severe."
"You have my word sir," said Collin with a weak smile.
"You're off to a good start young man," said Officer Barry.
"What about my shooting?" Max asked Collin. "That happened the other day.
"What?" asked Collin bewildered.
"Fifteen minutes ago," Max went on. "He said something about coming back and shooting us all. It made me reflected back on that afternoon where I was at the robbery."
"Kevin didn't say anything to me about a robbery," Collin admitted. "Do you think that it was him that almost killed you?"
Max looked at everyone confidently before he answered.
"No, I don't think that it was him," confirmed Max. "It was him!"
"Then we need to him fast before he does something really wild," said Officer Barry. "We need to get a hold of his parents."
"I got their information," said Mrs. Clarence. "And then I will contact the other Russo's and to fill them in on everything."
"Thanks Mrs. Clarence," said Officer Barry. "I really appreciate it."
"No, thank you," said Mrs. Clarence, with the scornful attitude gone from her presence. "And Max?"
Max turns to her to see what was being said.
"I apologize for accusing you for the crime," she said. "You're a very bright young man, and I admire your strength and courage while getting through this mess."
"Thank you," said Max, feeling himself tear up.
All of the anger, frustration, and resentment that he holded toward the principal has lifted off of Max's shoulders. He hasn't been this happy in almost a week. However he was worried about Kevin, and what he was going to do next. After exposing himself to Max and everyone that Max cared about he could put them in danger or even worse. All that Max knows is that the confrontation of him and Kevin is not over.