He also unveils his recent ambition, to write a history of Leith. As the two converse, Sick Boy considers the merciless trait of opportunity and threat accompanying Begbie's release.
He also repeats certain words when talking such as "catboy" or "cat", "likes" or "likesay", and "ken? Sick Boy's returning grandiose nature is featured in imagined interviews with John Gibson of the Evening News and Alex Mc Leish.
His relationship with his partner Alison is estranged and Spud feels like he has become a burden on her.
He considers his life insurance policy and contemplates suicide.
The first section concludes with "OOTSIDE", a chapter noting the release into society of Francis Begbie.
While in prison, Begbie received anonymous packages of gay porn sent from Sick Boy.