Growing up as a fatherless child Kelvin never had any guidance on life. This lacking of a father figure caused him to drift to the fringes of society. By the age of 15 he had been in juvenile detention three times. Then just as he was about to hit his 18th birthday his mother sent him to the other side of the country to live with his grandmother. A smaller city that did not have the reputation for violence and drugs as his big city upbringing had.
When he arrived to the small city he still put on the airs of being a tough guy but soon he found out that there was nobody acting tough in return. People seemed confused by his gangster act and thought he was joking. Kelvin realized that everyone was genuine and friendly and that he would have to change the way he was to adapt to his new surroundings.
He got a job in a small sandwich shop that served coffee and pastries. The pay was minimum but it was a start. The owner looked like a criminal and acted like one too. Every day his boss would sit in the cafe and meet with various shady characters. They all looked like they had just got out of prison and all drove cars that were over one hundred grand. Kelvin worked in the back unloading stock but much of this stock never actually made it to the sales floor. It would sit for a day or two in the warehouse where another van or truck with another sinister dude would pick it up. Kelvin loved his boss named Ray. Within a month Kelvin had received a five dollar raise and was up to twenty dollars an hour.
But little did Kelvin know that with that raise would come added responsibility. He would have to be on call during the night to make pick ups and deliveries of things he had no clue as to what they were. He agreed to do whatever Ray wanted, especially after he got a five dollar raise. At work Kelvin began to hear rumors of Ray selling guns and drugs. Kelvin knew that Ray was up to something but he didn't really care. He knew that Ray liked him and trusted him. Ray made him feel powerful and special, like he was wanted, and gave him a place were he belonged. He was committed to Ray and would never rat on him. But in reality Kelvin was pathetic, he always acted tough back home because he was in a gang but one on one he was nothing more than a weak feeble baby.
As for Ray, he had sized up Kelvin right away. He knew what Kelvin was and knew he would be loyal to him until the end. This was the type that Ray wanted.
Over the next few months Kelvin continued to be Ray's grunt, doing things like getting his car washed, going to the grocery store to get him a pack of cigarettes and taking his car to a gas station to be vacuumed out. Ray would give Kelvin food and cash for his little duties. But it was all psychological with Ray. He wanted complete control over Kelvin. He even got Kelvin an ex-stripper as a girlfriend. Ray knew Kalvin wanted a place to belong and feel big. Kelvin then started to socialize with Ray and his friends. They never talked business around Kelvin, but they accepted him.
Then one day Kelvin was walking up to Ray's office and overheard one of his phone conversations, Ray spoke, "Yeah! I got this real idiot working for me he will do anything. You need dumb guys like that to get things done."
Ray talked for a few more seconds when Kelvin walked in. He then hung up the phone. Kelvin looked at him and for the first time ever Ray had a guilty look on his face. Kalvin spoke, "I hope you weren't talking about me."
Ray laughed and said, "Are you kidding me. You're my main man. I trust you with everything."
Kelvin smiled and felt reassured with Ray words and handed him the day's invoices.
Kelvin never gave another thought to what Ray said until one of the girls in the cafe told him that when Ray was sitting in the cafe with some of his boys they were talking very badly about him. She said that Ray was calling him stupid and a meathead. Kelvin didn't believe her because Ray had reassured him, just days ago, that they were tight.
The next day Kelvin went into the cafe where Ray was in his usual seat with his boys. As Kelvin approached he noticed a change in the way Ray was looking at him. He looked at him with suspicion for some unknown reason. Ray called him over and said, "Hey Kalvin, I need you to do something for me."
"Sure, sure, anything you say."
Then all of the men at the table started to laugh softly. Ray continued, "Go walk over to the corner," Kalvin walked to the corner. "Now, don't face me, turn your face directly to the wall," Kalvin did so. "Now Kalvin, put you left leg up in the air." He did and he could hear the men laughing at him. He heard one of the men say stupid and another say idiot. Nearly ten minutes later Kelvin still stood there with his face to the wall and one leg up in the air. But he could no longer hold his leg up and said, "Ray can I put my leg down now?"
There was no answer so he turned around and Ray and his boys were gone.
Kelvin left the cafe and headed up to Ray's office. He walked in and said, "Ray, what do you want me to do next? We're still buddies right?"