Brodie hides in darkness because his guilt gets stronger. Brodie gets depressed and his guilt grows while the truth bellows inside. He can't stop thinking about how Pauline died and blames himself for the unfortunate incident.
Hannah tells a gang where some bats live. The gang goes there in the middle of the day while bats are sleeping. They throw homemade dynamite into the cave. Bats shriek like babies while they are blown into bits. Hannah sits there traumatized.
Brodie finds a note that has in big bold letters TELL printed on it. This note is a reference to what happened at the river. This means that someone had seen him at the river and the towels at the door were no mistake.
Mrs. Rand had seen the incident where the two kids had been thrown off the rock. She said that the guy was putting hands on the girl and heard her say "You're hurting me". The thing is she saw another person at the shore water to his knees.
Alex's mom finally calls after so long with seeing the story in the newspaper and tv. Brodie's mom comments "No wonder the kid is so messed up!" Once Alex and his mom start talking about the incident, Brodie gives Alex a look and Alex raises his eyebrows back at him.
There was a ceremony honoring Pauline Genero and Otis McCandless. Many people attended and brought flowers in memory of them. They got to the Toadstool Rock with rowboats.