Nikolai continues thinking.
Text: But there had been good times too, hadn’t there been?
There had been those times he had spent with his friend Leo.
After Nikolai had stopped several bullies from making bloody mincemeat of Leo, the two youth had developed an intimate relationship.
It was this relationship which had so enraged Nikolai’s father.
But still there had been those afternoons the two youth had been able to spend alone in Leo’s bedroom after school.
Nikolai: Actually, I’d prefer to keep all of my memories, please.
Unnamed man: But the pain…
Nikolai: I said NO!
Unnamed Man: Ok.