No. Wait. When will I see you again?" she asked. "How will I find you?""Well, you don't have to stand on the end of a diving board."Ivy smiled."The end of a tree limb will do," he said. "Or the roof of any building three stories or higher.""What?""Just kidding," he said, laughing. "Just call--anytime, anywhere, silently--and I'll hear you. If I don't come, it's because I'm in the middle of something that I can't stop, or I'm in the darkness. I can't control the darkness." He sighed. "I can feel it coming on--I can feel it right now--and I can fight it off for a while. But in the end I fall unconscious. It's how I rest. I guess one day the darkness will be final.""No!""Yes, love," he said softly.A moment later he was gone.
Gregory didn't attempt to hide his amazement. "You used to slip inside minds, but this is something different." He stood up and circled Tristan. "When I tried to break in, I felt just one mind, one soul--and it wasn't Luke McKenna's. He would've been an easy mark for me. Tell me how you did it."Tristan remained silent."The voices taught you," Gregory guessed, his voice husky with desire. "The voices taught you something they haven't taught me! Tell me how"--a smile spread slowly over his face--"and I'll spare Ivy.""You've always been a liar, Gregory.""Not now. Now we're on the same side, Tristan. The dead side." His laughter ended in an electric hiss.Beyond the garage, the driveway grew brighter; the floodlights had been switched on again."Chase?" the woman called. "Is everything okay?"He grimaced, then punched a button on the wall, lowering the garage door. Tristan followed Gregory out the side entrance but remained in the shadows."Get out of our lives, Gregory," he said. "Go back to where you belong."Gregory laughed at him. "Don't you know? I bring hell with me wherever I go." Then he sauntered across the lawn. "Coming, Mother.
Lacey said softly, "Tristan, you need to rest now. There's nothing you can do until you rest."But he could not leave Ivy. He put his arms around her. She slipped through him and moved toward the bureau, taking the picture in her hands. He wrapped her in his arms again, but she only cried harder.Then Ella was set lightly on the bureau top. Lacey's hands had done it. The cat rubbed up against Ivy's head."Oh, Ella, I don't know how to let go of him.""Don't let go," Tristan begged."In the end, she must," Lacey warned."I've lost him, Ella, I know it. Tristan is dead. He can't hold me ever again. He can't think of me. He can't want me now. Love ends with death.""It doesn't!" Tristan said. "I'll hold you again, I swear it, and you'll see that my love will never end.""You're exhausted, Tristan," Lacey told him."I'll hold you, I'll love you forever!""If you don't rest now," Lacey said, "you'll become even more confused. It'll be hard to tell real from unreal, or to rouse yourself out of the darkness. Tristan, listen to me..."But before she finished speaking, the darkness overtook him.
Will:"You know, when two people narrowly escape falling to their deaths, they usually have something to talk about, Even if they hadn't met before that moment, they usually have something to sayto each other afterward. But you haven't said anything to me. I've been tryingto give you some time. I've been trying to give you some space. All I want is-"Ivy:"Thank you. Thank you for risking your life. Thank you for saving me.""That's not what I wanted! Gratitude is the last thing I-""Well, let me tell you what I want, Honesty.""When haven't I been honest? When?""I found your note, Will. I know you blackmailed Gregory. I didn't tell the police yet, but I will.""So tell them, go ahead! It's old news to them, but if you've got the note, it's one more piece for the police files. I just don't get- Wait a minute. Do you think- You couldn't really think I did that to make money, could you?""That's usually why people blackmail.""You think I'd betray you like that? Ivy I set up that blackmail--I got the Celentanos to help me out, and i videotaped it-so that i had something to take to the police." "Back in August when you were in the hospital, Gregory called me and told me you had tried to commit suicide. I couldn't believe it. I knew how much you missed Tristan, but I knew you were a fighter, too. I went to the train station that morning to look around and try to figure out what had gone through your head. As i was leaving I found the jacket and hat. I picked them up, but for weeks I didn't know how or even if they were connected to what had happened." "When school started I ran across some file photos of Tristan in the newspaper office. Suddenly I figured it out. I knew it wasn't like you to jump in front of a train, but it was just like you Eric and Gregory to con you across the track. I remembered how Eric had played chicken with us, and I blamed him at first. Later I realized that there was a lot more than a game going on.""Why didn't you tell me this before? You should have told me this before.""You weren't telling me things, either.""I was trying to protect you!""What the heck do you think I was doing?...I had to distract him, give him another target, and try to get something on him at the same time. It almost worked. I gave the tape to Lieutenant Donnelly Tuesday afternoon, but Gregory had already laid his trap." "You thought I'd betray you.""Will I'm sorry. I was wrong. I really am sorry, I made a mistake. A big one. Try to understand. I was so mixed up and afraid. I thought I betrayed myself when I trusted you-and betrayed Tristan when I fell in love with you. Will!""You fell in love with me?""Love you, Will.""Love you, Ivy.