Emile Janza approaches Archie. He wants to talk about the picture. (The one we heard about in Chapter 7.)
Archie says he's still got it.
Emile says he wants to buy it from Archie.
Archie wants to know why he'd want to buy such an unflattering picture of himself.
The average guy "would be intimidated" if Emile looked at him the way Emile is looking at Archie. But Archie isn't average.
Emile asks where the photo is. Archie assures him it's in a secure location.
For a moment, Archie considers giving Emile the true story on the picture. But he has to be really careful with Emile. It's possible that Emile could hurt him.
Still, Emile can be used as a tool to hurt others.
Archie tells Emile that it won't be necessary to give him money. He'll get the picture back in exchange for Emile doing Archie a favor.
Emile says OK.
Archie knows Emile will do it, and that Emile would kill somebody for that picture.
Here's the funny part: Archie doesn't even have a picture.
Here's what happened:
Archie's is walking down the hall at school and he sees an open locker with a camera inside. He grabs the camera, planning to dump it when he's tired of it.
Next, he goes into the bathroom and opens one of the stalls.
Lo and behold, who does he find on the other side of the door? Emile, of course. And Emile appears to be masturbating.
Archie pretends to snap a picture, preparing to run for his life if need be.
Emile asks for the camera, but Archie stands firm. Emile doesn't press the point.
Emile sees a freshman across the way and calls out to him. He tells the kid to go buy him some cigarettes.
Archie knows Emile wants to be a Vigil. He thinks this is Emile's way of showing Archie he'd be good for the organization.
The freshman tells Emile that he doesn't have the money to pay for cigarettes, and he doesn't want to get a tardy.
Emile tells him he needs to find the money, buy the cigarettes, and deliver them at lunchtime.
He gives the freshman his name, in case the kid wants to ask around about him.
Archie doesn't want to be late to class either, but he can't help watching Emile. Archie thinks, "The world [is] made up of two kinds of people – those who [are] victims and those who [are] victimized" (15.41).
Yeah. He knows which type Janza is; Archie is that type too.
Archie says he bets Emile gets his kicks hurting elderly women and disabled people.
Emile laughs creepily, and Archie knows that people think the same thing about him.