Mercutio, a relative of Prince Escalus and neither a Capulet or Montague, has been invited to the ball at Lord and Lady Capulet's house. This was the ball where Count Paris attempts to win Juliet's heart. The night before Mercutio texts his close friend Romeo and asks him to come along,
What do you think they said in their texts?
How did he persuade Romeo to come along to the ball? What would have been the incentive?
Remember that both Mercutio and Romeo would understand the risks of a Montague attending a Capulet ball.