Marie and Francis first meet Nicolas at a dinner party, where there both feign disinterest in him. Over the course of the next couple of the weeks, the three form a close friendship, meeting up regularly and even sleeping together in the same bed. However, it is clear that both Marie and Francis have an interest in Nicolas beyond friendship; Marie is visibly disappointed when she hopes to enjoy an intimate meal with Nicolas at a Vietnamese restaurant, only to see Francis and his friends there, and Francis is consumed by lust for Nicolas to the extent that he vigorously masturbates over the smell of Nicolas’ clothes when left alone in his apartment. Both are led on by their interpretation of Nicolas’ actions, such as eating a cherry from Francis’ hand and telling Marie he loves them. Their feelings lead to competition between the two friends for Nicolas’ affections, evidenced by their rivalry over the gifts they buy for his birthday.