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Waking up in Lena's bedroom (scandalous!) Ethan sees that there are hundreds of words and phrases written in Sharpie all over the walls, doors, ceilings, and lampshades.
Lena is relieved to see that Ethan is okay after the storm she caused the night before.
As they hold hands, the ceiling starts to crack, and the crack forms the shape of a heart. Lena is embarrassed. We're moved.
Seems like it's time for Lena to tell Ethan all about Casters. If you, dear Shmooper, haven't done so already, now would be a good time to check out the "Characters" pages to learn about all of Lena's family's special gifts.
Lena continues dropping bombshells:
(1) "In my family, we don't learn our birth names until we turn sixteen. Until then, we have other names" (10.09.76).
(2) Her grandma called her "Lena Beana" because she was skinny. Better than Fatty Patty, we guess.
(3) Ethan is Lena's first Mortal (non-Caster) friend.
(4) Here's what Claiming means: "Your fate is chosen for you. […] Dark or Light, Black or White. There's no gray in my family. We can't choose, and we can't undo it" (10.09.107).
Ethan doesn't have a problem with any of Lena's confessions. He believes they can always be together. Now that's determination.
They kiss for the first time.
It's perfect… until Lena pushes Ethan away.
She doesn't want to get close to him because she's still afraid of being Claimed Dark on her birthday and turning into a monster. Hey, we've all been there… right?