Father of a Close Friend by B.J. Scott (2)
Tonight is Von’s first night at the private club that his best friend’s father has boasted of for as long as Von can remember. The man who Von knows as Mr. Lindquist is a respected member of the club and has invited Von to be inducted into this most exclusive of orders. Von is thrilled that Mr. Lindquist has chosen him to be inducted as a new member, but the man he has known for years as Mr. Lindquist seems very different tonight and he insists that Von call him by his first name.
Tonight was Von’s first night at the private club which his best friend had boasted of over the years. “My dad is a member,” he would say time and again. Von knew that the club was very exclusive, and he had also heard that Mr. Lindquist was a very well respected member. Other than that, Von knew nothing about the club. No one ever talked about what went on there.
“Call me Stan tonight, son. I insist. Tonight you and I are members of the same club. Tonight I am not Jack’s father. Tonight I am Stan, okay?” Von nodded. He looked over at his friend’s father. He certainly seems different tonight, thought Von. He’s definitely not the stuffy older gentleman sitting behind his desk who has become familiar to me over the years. Von didn’t know what was different exactly about the man, but something seemed a little off tonight.
Stan couldn’t take his eyes off of Von. He wanted to do everything to the boy that he had been dreaming about doing for years now. Stan had watched Von over the years when Von had no idea that he was being watched.