3. Plan Details

The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

"Okay, I'll try to explain why we think it will work," Dahlia said. "But I can't give too much away because I don't want you to be implicated if things go wrong in the future."

"Gee, thanks," I rolled my eyes.

"Shut up," she laughed. "It's a risky proposition but I'm trying to save this guy from getting killed. It's a serious matter, don't make me laugh!"

I shrugged. "I'm listening."

"Look, after everything that's happened, I'm sure that the last thing you want to do is date someone. Well, my source tells me that your reluctance will be enticing, our mark rises to challenges. He unconsciously feels the need to prove himself. All you have to do is be yourself but willing to let him chase you."

"Why would he be interested in me if I'm cold?"

"Because the 'you' from the future will give him reason to believe you'll change."

"Okayyyy... And how does that get the money?"

"It's better if you don't know too much about that. Think of it as a distraction: you're a carnival show and while you're entertaining the audience we'll be picking his pocket. His focus will be on you."

I shrugged. "It sounds like all I have to do is be me. The rest of it is your responsibility. Just let my moral objection be noted and set aside so your friend doesn't get killed."

"Oh he's not my friend," Dahlia chuckled. "I just don't want it on my conscience. Once the debt is cleared I'm getting out of my assignment."

"Good. I worry about you."

"I'm pretty good at taking care of myself."

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