Novalee was checking the mail and read an article about a legless, man named Willy Jack Pickens who was hitch-hiking and got his wheelchair stolen from him. He said he was trying to get to his child and ex-girlfriend who he hadn't seen in about 7 years. Novalee got scared and decided to go find him.
Novalee took Americus to Moses and then was off to get Willy Jack.
As soon as Novalee got to the hospital in Alva, she went in to see Willy Jack. Then she asked him why he wanted to go see them, and accused him of wanting to steal Americus from her.
You were going to try and take her from me weren't you?!
Willy Jack explained that he wasn't going to take Americus from her, that he just wanted to tell her the lie he couldn't forget about.
What? No! Why would I take her from you? I just wanted to meet her.
Willy Jack told Novalee how he lied that last day he was with her, that he could feel the baby's heartbeat. He told her that there are some lies that you just never get over and if you get the chance, then you should set it straight.
I lied that day. I could feel the baby's heartbeat.
Novalee had told a lie that she couldn't live with. She lied to Forney and told him that she didn't love him when she really did, with all her heart. She called him and told him, and he said that that is the only thing he has ever wanted to hear. So she drove Willy Jack home to Tellico Plains and then probably lived happily ever after with Forney, Americus and all of her friends.