Bazhaev enters the pantry and dismisses the guard so he's alone with his sons. Josef says he couldn't let his brother die. "And he's my son. Do you think this is any easier for me?" Bazhaev says. Josef insists it would have worked, but Bazhaev cares more about Josef's disobedience. "You put this family at risk." By trying to save a third of it? Josef jumps to his feet and retorts that Bazhaev was the one who put them at risk, sending men into the clinic. "They killed three people! What do you think's going to happen when the police start to investigating?" Except he pronounces the "-ing" as "[gets bitch-slapped by his dad]." Josef presses on, saying the doctor showed him how to treat Oleg. "All we need is the medicine!" This time Bazhaev slaps him right to the floor, and kicks him a few times while he's down, lecturing him about rules, which include, "Never endanger the family, never. And never disobey an order from your father." Bazhaev pulls out his gun and aims it at Josef's face. Hey, isn't that endangering the family? Josef begs him to stop, but then Bazhaev, saying, "You made me do this," turns the gun on Oleg and kills him dead in two shots. So much for the radiation treatment. Then he pulls Josef to his feet and tells him, "Now, call Father Gregor. He'll pray over Oleg. When he's finished, we'll bury your brother." Be sure and get a lead-lined casket. Then he kisses Josef on the cheek and says, Never disobey me again." He leaves Josef there, looking like he's hoping an opportunity will come up soon for him to do just that. It's 10:00:00.M. Giant is a Minneapolis-based writer with a wife, a son, and a number of cats that seems to have settled at around two. Learn waaaay too much about him at Velcrometer, follow him on Twitter, or just e-mail him at M.Giant[at]gmail.com.
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