Doug and his best friends John Huff and Charlie Woodman are headed for the ice house where they go to cool off in the summer. Taking a shortcut, John and Charlie run into, and leave Doug at the edge of… wait for it…
And, of course, Doug smells danger.
John and Charlie call to Doug to come on and join them already, but he's busy standing there having another epiphany. This epiphany concerns the fact that Doug is alive, but somehow John and Charlie are more alive.
Doug briefly wonders why, but quickly figures it out. The short chapter ends with him "staring down at his motionless feet…"