Man: I’m here to look after you
Boy: I don’t trust you
Man: Why not? After all I am you.
Boy: I still don’t trust you.
Man: You can trust me, after all I am you and you are me. You can trust me. You can trust me because I love you.
Boy: Do you? Really? Prove that you love me.
Man: How would I do that?
Boy: Accept me as I am, not as you would like me to be.
Man: I do. I accept you exactly as you are.
Boy: I still don’t believe you.
Man: Why not?
Boy: Why should I? You abandoned me.
Man: That wasn’t me. That was just our life. The way it was back then.
Boy: So why don’t you learn form that and do something different? You have abandoned me.
Man: Did I? Maybe I did. I’m sorry. Really sorry.
Boy: It’s too late for that. Our time is nearly over.
Man: It is never too late to resolve ourselves. In fact that is all we can do with the time we’ve got.
Boy: What about all that poison you pour down my throat every night. I bet you’ll drown me again tonight.
Man: I’m so sorry. It’s not easy. I know that’s no excuse. But you have to remember it’s you that drowns me as much as I drown you.
Boy: Who’s the responsible adult here?
Man: I don’t know to be honest. Maybe you. Maybe me. Can we make a pact?
Man: I won’t drown you. I will look after you. I will try and protect you from me. In return will you forgive me and take away this guilt?
Boy: How will you look after me?
Man: I’ll set a timer on my phone to beep once an hour. Every time it goes off I will review what I’m doing and ask you if I’m looking after you ok. Check in with you. You can tell me how I’m doing.
Boy: OK. Every hour I will try and forgive you.
They shake hands.