Hush, Hush Summary
In the prologue, we time warp back to 16th-century France, where we see a dark and mysterious boy with crazy back scars force an entitled and arrogant boy to swear his loyalty. Crazy-back-scar boy tells self-entitled boy, Chauncey, that he is half mortal, half fallen angel.
Back in the present day, Nora's bio class is on the human reproduction unit, and the bio teacher switches up the seating chart, placing Nora next to Patch. Some creepy stuff, like the feeling of an otherworldly presence hovering around, has been going on with Nora since her father's death, but when she starts interacting with Patch, things get weirder. For example, after a night out at the movies and library with Vee, some lunatic in a ski mask attacks Vee's car while Nora is driving it home. Funny thing, though—when Nora brings the car back to Vee's to survey the damage, there's nothing but a small crack in the windshield. Color Nora confused.
Luckily a new distraction arises when Nora and Vee meet Jules and Elliot, two prep school dreamboats. Elliot is set to transfer to Coldwater High, the school Nora and Vee attend, and he turns up in Nora's gym class where he promptly flirts with her and asks her out on a date. Nora's game, but Patch continues to lurk on the fringe, piquing her interest and showing up quite frequently when he's not expected.
Vee, Nora, Elliot, and Jules go on a double date to Delphic amusement park, where—surprise—Patch shows up (again). Nora ditches the others and goes on a rollercoaster ride with Patch, where another freaky thing happens: She has a really vivid experience of flying out of the rollercoaster car, but then the ride ends safely. Is her imagination going cuckoo on her, or is something else up? By the time the ride is over, Nora can't find the rest of her group anywhere, so she gets a ride home with Patch. Consummate gentleman that he is (sarcasm alert), Patch walks Nora to her door, invites himself in, and makes her tacos. Cue the kissing.
The next day, Nora goes shopping with Vee. She notices the ski-masked stalker again, so she and Vee make a plan to catch the stalker by having Vee wear Nora's jacket to entice the stalker to following her, and then Nora will follow them both to crack the mystery.
Major plan fail, though: Vee is attacked and lands in the hospital. Back at school, Nora has to see the new school psychologist, a young blond named Miss Greene, for weekly appointments she's had to attend since her father's death. She does some research for an eZine review, and she stumbles on an article about how Elliot was questioned in eighteen-year-old Kjirsten Halverson's suspicious hanging death, which was eventually ruled a suicide. Needless to say, she's a little jumpy when Elliot enters the computer lab, and she refuses his invitation to go out again.
Nora and Vee go out to the Borderline to celebrate her release from the hospital and to sleuth around for info about Patch since he works there. Vee also invites Jules and Elliot and reveals that she's been dating Jules, though he's a no show that night (stomach bug, according to Elliot). Vee and Nora have differing opinions about the ski mask wearer—Nora thinks it's Elliot; Vee thinks it's Patch.
Nora's mom makes a rare appearance back at home, but she's quickly called back to the office, leaving Nora home alone to catch a glimpse of the ski mask fleeing the scene after ransacking her room. Nora calls the police, but when they arrive, everything seems to be back in order. So odd.
A few days later, the police show up again to ask about an attack on Marcie Millar right after she and Nora got into a name-calling match at the library. They float the idea that maybe her bio-partner boyfriend (their words—Nora isn't as fast and loose with the term "boyfriend" for Patch) had something to do with it. She asks Patch about it on their date that night. He says he knows nothing about it.
Also on their date, Nora gets a glimpse of two long scars down Patch's back. She begins to put two and two together and does some research on fallen angels. Google tells her they're an evil brood who tempt humans to devilish deeds by communicating directly to their minds and possessing human bodies during the month of Cheshvan. She also reads about Nephilim, the wicked (wicked bad, not wicked cool) offspring of fallen angels and humans. As if she's not freaked out enough, Elliot shows up the next morning to ask her to go camping during spring break. When she refuses, he threatens her.
Nora goes to Portland—the nearest big city to Coldwater and close enough to drive to for a day of shopping or an evening out—to do some sleuthing about Kjirsten. Turns out, Vee is in Portland, too, and she texts Nora to join her at a party with Jules and Elliot. On her way to meet Vee, Nora exchanges her coat and hat for directions from a homeless woman. As Nora heads off, she hears shots and finds the homeless woman dead. Say what?
She goes to call police, but the body vanishes, so she calls Patch to come get her. Vee texts that she's headed back to Coldwater with Jules and Elliot.
On the drive home, Patch has car trouble, and he and Nora have to seek shelter in a seedy motel. In a fondling sesh, Nora touches Patch's scar and is sucked back in time, where she sees Patch's ex-girlfriend Dabria trying to talk Patch out of his plan to become human. She tells him he can become a guardian angel instead if he saves a human life. He asks for the name of someone about to die, and she gives him Nora's, adding that she's in danger of death because someone wants to kill her. That someone is Patch. (Cue thunder claps and scary music.)
To get Nora to trust him, Patch lets her touch the scars again. She finds out that his plan to become human involves killing his Nephil vassal. Patch is surprised that Nora recognizes Dabria as Miss Greene and to learn that she is still on earth. Patch takes Nora home so he can go investigate what Dabria is doing, but Dabria shows up at Nora's and tries to kill her in a jealous rage. She also reveals that Nora is related to Chauncey and that Patch planned to use her as a sacrifice to help destroy Chauncey.
Nora manages to hide from Dabria as she sets the house on fire. Patch arrives in time to get Nora out, and then he goes searching for Dabria while Nora goes to look for Vee at the movies. Vee calls Nora and tells her that she, Elliot, and Jules broke into the school to play hide-and-seek. Elliot says Nora better come play, too, or he will kill Vee. Um… whoa.
Patch and Nora drive to the school. Patch goes in first and is gone so long that Nora goes in on her own. It's time for the big reveal. The dude in the ski mask is Jules (most of the time… Dabria was the ski-masked villain behind Vee's attack), and Jules is really Chauncey. He has injured Elliot and Vee and intends to kill Nora to torture Patch for possessing his body all these years.
He corners Nora on a rafter high above the gym floor, but rather than have him shoot her, Nora flings herself to the ground. If she has to die, she decides she'd rather sacrifice herself so that Patch can get his human body instead of having Jules kill her.
It would be pretty grim to see our protagonist die after all these pages with her, so imagine our relief when we find out that Patch rejects her sacrifice and her soul returns to her body. The act has still killed Jules, though, and Patch becomes Nora's guardian angel.
- Flashback to the banks of the Loire River in France, 1565.
- Chauncey is out by the river with a farmer's daughter when a storm rolls in, romance-novel-style.
- Chauncey heads home out of the rain, but he is stopped by a dark, mysterious, half-naked stranger.
- The stranger drops a bombshell: Chauncey's father wasn't really the Duc de Langeais, so Chauncey isn't really a descendant of noble blood. What's more, the stranger forces Chauncey to swear his loyalty to him and promise to be at his service for two weeks during the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. The stranger doesn't say what the service is.
- The stranger reveals that Chauncey is a Nephil, which means he's half mortal and half fallen angel.
- As the stranger walks away, Chauncey notices two thick scars on the stranger's back in the shape of an upside-down V, leading Chauncey to think that the stranger is a fallen angel.
- Nora's tenth-grade bio class is starting its unit on human reproduction. Much joking and giggling ensues.
- The bio teacher, Coach McConaughy, decides to switch up the seating chart. Nora used to be next to her best friend Vee, but now she's stuck to the quiet transfer student. Bummer.
- Coach gives them an assignment to interview their new seatmates and write up their findings.
- The transfer, Patch, ignores Nora's questions, spending most of the time flirting with her instead. He already knows super-specific details about Nora even though this is their first interaction. Creepy.
- Nora rebuffs his advances.
- Still worried about her biology assignment (and partly intrigued by an irksome attraction to Patch), Nora calls Patch. He tells her he's busy playing pool, though, and hangs up on her.
- Nora hems and haws about what to do to save her bio grade. She flips a coin, and it lands on the side telling her to drive out to Bo's Arcade where Patch is.
- Patch answers some of Nora's questions truthfully (like where he works—as a busboy at a Mexican restaurant), but others with sarcastic jokes and more flirtations.
- Just before leaving, Nora notices that Patch has a birthmark on the inside of his wrist in nearly the same place that she has a similar mark. Weird.
- Later that night, a noise awakens Nora, and she sees a shadowy figure. This isn't the first time she's felt an intangible presence around her since her father was murdered while shopping in Portland.
- Back in bio class, Nora is thinking of ways to convince Coach to switch her partner. She takes iron pills for her anemia, which gets worse under stress.
- Coach catches Nora off guard by asking her about the qualities that she looks for in a desired mate. Patch jumps in with his answer to the awkward question—and describes someone shockingly like Nora.
- Nora asks Coach again to change her seat. Not only is she shot down, Coach even suggests that Nora tutor Patch.
- Nora and Vee go to see a horror movie (The Sacrifice) to review for their school's eZine, which they both write for.
- At the library, they run into mean-girl Marcie Millar and see Patch. Vee proposes Patch is following Nora and thinks they should sneak into the front office to look at his student file.
- Nora drives herself home in Vee's purple Dodge Neon.
- While driving, she hits a figure dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask. The figure, unfazed, attacks the car.
- Nora calls Vee after the car-attack incident. Vee assumes Nora hit a deer, and Nora goes with it because, you know, it would be hard to explain the whole mystery attacker without sounding crazy.
- Nora drives back to Vee's to find something even crazier, though: There are no marks on the car except for a crack in the windshield. She's freaked out by what she can/can't recall about the incident.
- Nora sleeps over at Vee's, and they go to Enzo's Bistro for breakfast where they meet two boys—Jules, who goes to a nearby private school, and Elliot, who is transferring from the private school to Coldwater High School (CHS, a.k.a. where Vee and Nora go). Vee is interested, but Nora is stand-offish.
- During a bio quiz, Nora asks Patch if he is following her, thinking he might have been the one in the ski mask. Patch evades the question and is flirty as ever.
- Vee gets Patch's last name off Coach's class roster and floats a plan to get a look at his student file by sending Nora to register her iron pills with the nurse, whose office is right across from student records.
- Nora enacts the plan and manages to get Patch's file, but something about it is off.
- The principal catches her while securing the area from a bomb threat Vee has called in as a distraction. Luckily, Nora doesn't get in trouble and is just asked to leave.
- Nora meets Vee at the Borderline, which happens to be where Patch busses tables (because of course it is).
- While Vee is in the bathroom, Patch slides into her seat and continues with the oh-so-suave compliments.
- Nora reveals that she looked at his student file and it was empty. She says she knows there's something off about him and that she's going to find out what.
- Elliot is assigned to Nora's PE class.
- Elliot volunteers to be a team captain for the class's softball game and he chooses Nora first, helps her with her swing, and takes her side against Marcie.
- Nora hears someone calling her name, not out loud but directly to her mind. She looks around to see Patch watching the game. Yup, it's his voice—go ahead and add that to the list of weird things about Patch.
- After assurances that Nora isn't dating Patch, Elliot invites Nora and Vee to go to Delphic Seaport with him and Jules on Saturday night. She accepts.
- On Saturday morning, Nora chats with Dorothea, the housekeeper, about not doing "stupid things for a boy" (7.12).
- After primping, Nora and Vee drive to Delphic Seaport, where they find Elliot and Jules in the arcade. Unfortunately, Patch is there, too.
- Elliot goes to buy sodas. Jules says he's going to the bathroom, but he doesn't come back when Elliot does.
- Vee tries to stir things up between Patch and Elliot by pointing out Patch's crush on Nora.
- Elliot offers to confront Patch and tell him to leave them alone, but Nora says she'll do it.
- Patch tries to get Nora to ditch Elliot and hang out with him. Nora can't deny that she is drawn to him, but she's also freaked out by him, especially when he does the mind-talking thing again. She insists that she's there with other people.
- Before slipping out of the arcade, Patch tells Nora one more time to ditch the others and meet him at the Archangel, which is a rollercoaster. She says no.
- Nora briefly rejoins Elliot and Vee, but she leaves again to go get cotton candy.
- She catches sight of the Archangel and finds herself caught up in the foot traffic making her way closer to it.
- She gets the feeling again that she is being watched, and she sees a hooded figure slinking into the darkness.
- She runs into Patch, who convinces her to go on the Archangel by saying that he'll talk to Coach about switching seats if she can make it the whole ride without screaming.
- On the ride, Nora's seatbelt comes undone, the door of her car opens, and she plummets to the ground.
- But then all of a sudden, everything goes back to normal. The ride pulls to a stop with Nora safely inside.
- Back at the arcade, Nora can't find Vee, Elliot, or Jules, and she can't find them in the parking lot, either. Her cell phone is out of battery (even though she charged it before she left), so she can't call Vee—instead she has to accept a ride home on the back of Patch's motorcycle.
- They arrive at Nora's empty house, and Patch invites himself in and makes tacos. There is plenty of touching, flirting, and, shall we say, chemistry during the cooking and washing of dishes.
- Nora starts to ask Patch some of the personal questions he has offered to answer, but she gets distracted by the urge to kiss him. She admits to being attracted to him even though she's not comfortable around him.
- The kissing gets spicier than the tacos.
- Nora's cell phone rings. It's her mom. Nora says she'll have to call her back and tells Patch he has to leave right away.
- Vee calls Nora just after 2:00AM, furious and curious what happened to her after she didn't come back with the cotton candy.
- As Nora hangs up with Vee, she remembers that her battery had strangely seemed drained when she was with Patch at Delphic, but now it's fully charged again. She gets an eerie feeling.
- Nora and Vee go shopping at Victoria's Secret.
- Nora starts to get the creepy feeling that someone is watching her again, and sure enough, she sees a hooded figure lurking across the street from the store.
- Vee comes up with one of her brilliant plans to get information about the follower: She puts on Nora's jacket and takes Nora's umbrella to trick the person into thinking she is Nora. Once the person starts to follow Vee, Nora will follow both of them.
- Sure enough, hoodie starts to follow Vee. Nora notices the figure is dressed androgynously, but definitely has a feminine walk.
- Nora gets into Vee's car to try to catch up with Vee and the stalker after losing sight of them.
- When she finds Vee, though, she's lying hurt on the ground just outside the local cemetery. Uh oh…
- Vee has to get surgery on her arm.
- Strangely, and maybe suspiciously, Patch is absent from biology class.
- After missing the last two appointments with Dr. Hendrickson, Nora meets with the new school psychologist, Miss Greene.
- The meeting with Miss Greene is terse, and Nora is eager to get it over with. Miss Greene notes the request for Nora to tutor Patch and says that all the tutoring should be supervised at school. Okie dokie.
- Nora goes to the library to do homework before visiting Vee. While researching theater reviews online, she finds an article detailing how Elliot was questioned in a classmate's mysterious hanging death. The death was later ruled a suicide after finding a note.
- Elliot shows up in the computer lab. Unsure of whether he's seen what she'd been reading, Nora declines his dinner invite.
- She prints the article before leaving.
- Nora goes to visit Vee in the hospital.
- They discuss the attacker—though Nora thought the person watching her outside Victoria's Secret had a feminine quality, Vee says the attacker was a male in a ski mask.
- After Vee mentions that she told Elliot about shopping, Nora suspects him, but Vee says he was too tall and thin to be Elliot; instead she suspects Patch.
- Nora's mom is home for the first time in the book at the end of the chapter.
- Nora and Vee go to the Borderline on Patch's night off to snoop for information about him. Vee reveals that she has invited Jules and Elliot as well and that she's been dating Jules.
- Only Elliot makes it to dinner, though; he says Jules is sick. Huh.
- Nora changes into a miniskirt, heels, and wig, all courtesy of Vee, sits at the bar, and starts asking the bartender all kinds of awkward personal questions about Patch.
- The questioning is cut short when the bartender says Patch is at the restaurant working.
- Nora retreats back to the bathroom, but Patch is somehow able to get in despite the locked door.
- Patch sees the list of questions Nora wrote out about him, including one about a girlfriend. Patch says he has an ex-girlfriend, and Nora hypothesizes that the person following her might be his jealous ex. Patch says his ex is "gone" (13.168), though, which Nora assumes means she's dead.
- Nora tells Vee she's not feeling well, and they leave the restaurant.
- At home, Nora is startled to find her mother back from work, but she's relieved to see her and has the urge to tell her mom everything that's been going on.
- Nora's mom reveals that she's not making enough money at her job and that they might have to sell the farmhouse. Nora doesn't want to add more stress or make her mom quit her job for one that doesn't involve travel, so she decides not to fill her in on all the crazy stuff that's been going on.
- Nora and her mom chat about her dad and how she knew she was in love with him. Nora says she's asking because there's a guy at school she's been hanging out with (Patch).
- Though it's late, Nora's mom is called into work. See ya, Ma.
- Nora goes up to her room and finds it's been ransacked. She also sees the guy in the ski mask inside before he makes a dive out the window.
- Nora calls 9-1-1 and Detectives Basso and Holstijic arrive.
- When Nora takes them to her room to show them the damage, though, everything is back in order. The officers don't seem to believe that there was an intruder.
- Nora finally gets the chance to tell Vee about the article she read about Elliot.
- Vee doesn't believe Elliot could have been responsible for Kjirsten's death.
- While talking it over with Vee, Nora realizes that the article she printed about Elliot was the one thing taken from her room the night before. She suspects Elliot broke in. Seems fair.
- Nora goes to her appointment with Miss Greene, who somehow knows that Patch drove her home from Delphic.
- Nora feels there's something off about Miss Greene. Um, us, too.
- Nora goes back to the library to try to find out more about Kjirsten's death. She can't find much and decides she better go up to Portland to visit the school in person.
- Nora runs into Marcie as she's leaving the library, and the two get into a name-calling match. The security guard tells them to break it up, or at least take it outside.
- To avoid escalating the conflict, Nora takes a different exit, which includes a tunnel from the library to the parking area.
- Patch is coincidentally standing at the end of the darkened tunnel. The two play a heated cat-and-mouse game around the parked cars, with Nora hurling questions at him about how he always shows up where she is and about what happened on the Archangel.
- As usual, Patch is pretty elusive with his answers, but he does offer to give Nora a ride home, which she has to accept because it's either that or walk.
- He asks her out for Saturday night.
- While Nora is getting ready for her date with Patch, Detectives Basso and Holstijic turn up with some questions about her fight with Marcie because Marcie was beaten up that night.
- Nora tells the detectives Patch can vouch for her whereabouts after the library, though. They start to get suspicious of him.
- Patch picks Nora up in a new Jeep he won from a game of pool, tells Nora he has no idea who could have hurt Marcie, and takes her to Bo's Arcade.
- They play a flirty start to a pool game with plenty of touching and innuendo.
- A friend of Patch's, Rixon, enters the pool room. He's heard of Nora from Patch, and he playfully wrestles Patch, ripping his shirt to reveal two long scars in the shape of an upside-down V.
- Rixon says that Patch got his nickname back when he used to participate in Irish bare-knuckle boxing. Apparently, he was so bad at it that Rixon constantly had to patch him up, so everyone started calling him Patch.
- After the arcade, Patch goes into a restaurant to get take-out, leaving Nora alone in the Jeep.
- Nora rummages through the vehicle, looking for anything that will give her more information about Patch. When she finds a flashlight with blood on one end, she assumes that he used it to attack Marcie.
- She asks Patch about the flashlight, and he explains that the stain on it is paint from a paintball game of Capture the Flag, not blood.
- Patch drives Nora home and gives her a snow globe of Delphic as a present. Nora asks again what happened on the Archangel, and Patch again does not give a straight answer, this time blaming the interruption on Nora's mother, who is watching them from the doorway.
- Nora's mom, less-than-pleased, puts him through the parental ringer.
- Nora calls Vee to tell her about her date with Patch, and Vee again warns her that she thinks Patch was her attacker.
- While telling Vee about the scars on Patch's back, Nora realizes they remind her of the scars painted onto an image of a fallen angel that adorned the side of her car on the Archangel.
- Nora hops online and looks up fallen angels. She finds a website explaining that after the creation of the Garden of Eden, angels were sent to earth to watch over Adam and Eve, but some abandoned their task to search for power, money, and human women.
- Those angels, a.k.a. fallen angels, were stripped of their wings and banished to earth forever, where they tempt humans to evil and take control of human bodies during Cheshvan.
- If all that's not freaky enough, she also reads that "fallen angels who have a sexual relationship with a human produce superhuman offspring called Nephilim" (19.49). And the Nephilim are an evil race.
- Early the next morning, a drunk/hung-over Elliot shows up at Nora's house to confront her about why she doesn't like him and invite her on a camping trip with him, Jules, and Vee.
- Elliot is violent in the encounter, punching the side of Nora's house, banging the screen door, and grabbing Nora.
- Vee calls all excited about the camping trip, but Nora tells her how aggressive Elliot was. Vee sides with Elliot, arguing that Nora only suspects Elliot because she doesn't want to believe Patch could be behind the ski mask. Yeah, that's it… not.
- Vee agrees to let Nora borrow her car to drive to Portland (to snoop around about Kjirsten) and even offers to go with her if Nora agrees to go camping. Nora decides to go to Portland by herself instead.
- Nora's first stop is a diner called Blind Joe's, where Kjirsten worked as a waitress.
- At the restaurant, Nora finds out that Elliot and Kjirsten were hooking up, Elliot paid for Kjirsten's apartment, and Jules didn't seem to "want Kjirsten around" (20.110).
- Nora leaves the diner and feels the familiar icy chill on her neck.
- She boards the bus for home and then gets a text from Vee, who, it turns out, is in Portland as well. She went to a party with Jules and Elliot, but then Jules and Elliot left the party to get something, leaving Vee alone in a sketchy part of town.
- Nora gets off the bus to meet Vee. She stops to ask a homeless woman for directions, who gives them in exchange for Nora's hat and coat, her cell phone still accidentally in the pocket.
- Nora turns back to see if she can convince the woman to return her cellphone, but as she does, she sees a black car speed by and then hears two gunshots.
- Nora finds the homeless woman dead and her cellphone taken from the coat pocket. She goes to a phone booth to call 9-1-1, but the woman's body disappears, so she hangs up.
- She calls Patch from the phone booth to come get her, and he arrives almost immediately.
- Nora sends Vee a text from Patch's phone letting her know they're on their way to pick her up. Vee texts back that Elliot and Jules returned and they're headed home. Then Patch's cell runs out of battery. Man, where's a charger when you need one?
- Patch's Jeep starts spewing steam; making matters worse, a rain and sleet storm comes through. With no other apparent options, Nora and Patch walk to a hotel to call for help.
- Once they reach the seedy hotel, they find that the phone lines are down because of the storm. The lights soon flicker out, too.
- Patch pays for the room in cash.
- Nora worries about being stuck in a remote, candle-lit hotel room with Patch. She's also still thinking about reporting the homeless woman's murder, making sure Vee is safe, and wondering if all of this is really happening… or if she's going insane.
- Nora and Patch both take showers (separately). When Patch emerges wearing just his jeans and no shirt, Nora again sees the scars. In a heated moment of some pretty intimate touching, she brushes a fingertip against the right scar. When she does, Nora feels like she is being sucked through a dark tunnel.
- Nora is transported to Bo's. The calendar on the wall shows a date from August of the previous year, and no one can see or hear her.
- Miss Greene, whom Patch recognizes and calls Dabria, enters and explains that Patch can get his wings back if he saves a human life. He asks what his rank will be, and she says guardian, which is laughable to him. Apparently he's too good for that.
- Dabria kisses him and starts to leave. Patch stops her, knowing she has tricked him.
- Dabria admits she knows Patch is planning something from the forbidden Book of Enoch. Patch doesn't say exactly what he is planning, but it's clearly a threat to the other angels.
- Patch instructs Dabria, an angel of death, to lie and tell the other angels that he will become a guardian in order to distract them.
- Patch asks for the name of a person about to die to feign interest in saving a life and becoming a guardian. Dabria gives him Nora's name. Patch recognizes the name, which is weird because Nora hasn't met him yet.
- Patch asks how Nora will die, and Dabria says that someone wants to kill her. That someone? It's Patch.
- The connection breaks there, and Nora begins to struggle against Patch, demanding to know why he wants to kill her.
- Nora gets some explanations from Patch about how he can enter her mind and about how he has considered killing her in the past, but that he changed his mind. Thanks?
- Nora says she will only trust Patch if she can touch the scars again to find out more. He relents, and she once again puts her hand on his back.
- This trip down Patch's memory lane, Nora finds herself in a graveyard.
- Rixon reminds Patch that Cheshvan starts that night, which means they can possess the bodies of others and experience tactile and sensual feelings that they usually can't feel.
- Patch asks Rixon about The Book of Enoch, specifically about a story explaining how fallen angels can become human. According the story, he would have to kill his Nephil vassal, Chauncey, in order to become human. Rixon reminds Patch that they don't know of a way to kill Nephilim, who are immortal.
- Patch muses about becoming a guardian and finding a way to kill his Nephil vassal, thus becoming human. Patch wants to become human something fierce.
- Nora removes her finger from the scar and leaves the memory. She asks Patch about his fall. He says that he thought he would become human if he fell and that he did so because he was in love with a human girl. Though that girl is no longer in the picture, Patch still wants to become human rather than become a guardian angel.
- Nora asks Patch if Dabria also wants to become human and if that's why she is still on earth. Patch is surprised to hear Dabria is on earth, and he knows she is planning something.
- Nora suggests that Dabria might be out to kill her because she still has feelings for Patch—she thinks Dabria could have been the one in the ski mask.
- Patch leaves the motel room to get the Jeep so he can drive Nora home and then go to the high school to see if he can find any indication of Dabria's plan.
- Patch drives Nora home; her mom is away at a wedding.
- Dabria appears. She admits to following Nora and Vee on their shopping trip, attacking Vee, and planting ideas in Vee's head to make her think Patch was the attacker—but Dabria says she's not the one who looked in Nora's room while she was sleeping (way back in Chapter 2). Huh.
- Despite what Patch has told Nora, Dabria insists he wants to kill her as a sacrifice so that he can become human. Dabria points out the birthmark on Nora's wrist, saying that it indicates that Nora is the female descendant of Patch's Nephil vassal, Chauncey.
- Dabria says she will kill Nora first so that Patch can't sacrifice her and become human. She knows if that happens, Patch will never be able to rejoin her as an angel.
- Dabria attacks Nora and sets the house on fire. Nora is able to hide and call the police, and Patch shows up just in time to save her from the burning house.
- Patch gives Nora the keys to his Jeep and tells her to drive to Delphic and wait for him there. Instead, Nora goes to the movies to look for Vee.
- Dabria's statement that Patch must sacrifice Nora to become human continues to nag at the back of Nora's mind. Seems appropriate.
- Nora goes into a viewing of The Sacrifice. Nora doesn't find Vee, but Patch finds Nora in the theater and takes her out to the theater's ladies' room.
- Nora is still worried about what Dabria said, so she confronts Patch. He fills in some gaps about his past, mostly about how he became a fallen angel.
- Nora also asks about her birthmark and whether she's descended from Nephilim. Patch tells her she's related to Chauncey on her dad's side.
- Nora asks what happened to Dabria, and Patch reveals that he stripped her of her wings. If he hadn't, he explains, other angels would have. Though her wings are stripped, Dabria isn't dead, and Nora wonders if she will turn back up in her life.
- There's some hot and heavy kissing in the bathroom.
- Vee calls Nora, telling her that she, Elliot, and Jules have snuck into the school to play hide-and-seek and inviting Nora to come play. Elliot gets on the phone and tells Nora that if she doesn't come "there's a tree in the common area with Vee's name on it" (26.108). Well, gee, that's ominous.
- Nora fills Patch in on her suspicions about Elliot, and they leave the movies to go help Vee.
- In the parking lot, they find two flat tires on the Jeep, deflated intentionally by someone. Alas, who did it isn't clear—as Patch indicates, he has a long list of enemies.
- Patch breaks into a car and hotwires it, but Nora goes back into the theater to ask a classmate working there (Brandt) to borrow his car. Brandt is reluctant until Patch hands over three hundred bucks plus gas money. Cool move, Patch.
- They drive to the high school. Patch exits the car, leaving Nora inside and instructing her to drive away if anyone comes out of the building.
- Patch does not return to the car. Nora, however, receives a phone call from Elliot who says he can see her sitting in the car. Creep.
- Nora enters the school, hoping Patch is somewhere inside with a plan. It's totally dark inside because someone has turned the electricity off.
- Nora trips over Jules's dead body. Whoa.
- She makes her way to the library, some of the lights flicker back on, and she sees Elliot's body. He is almost dead.
- As she takes the scene in, someone pushes her from behind. It's the guy in the ski mask. We finally get the big reveal, and it turns out, the guy is Jules.
- Wait a second… isn't he dead?
- Apparently Jules used a mind trick to make Nora think he was dead. Sneaky.
- Their scuffle leads them to the biology lab, where Jules reveals that he's bribed Elliot for his loyalty (which Elliot proved by killing Kjirsten), has been using Nora to toy with Patch's feelings, and is actually Patch's Nephil vassal—which means Jules is Chauncey.
- Jules is pretty miffed about being the vassal and having to give his body over to Patch every year. Seeing that Patch had developed feelings for Nora, Jules planned to torture Patch emotionally by killing her.
- Jules has tried several times to kill Nora to no avail. Examples include trying to lure her on the camping trip and shooting the bag woman whom he mistook for Nora because she was wearing Nora's coat.
- Jules says he cannot die because Nephilim are immortal, but Nora is able to fight him off well enough to escape the bio lab.
- Nora finds Vee in the eZine lab and they make a plan to get out of the building, but as they're on the move, Jules finds them. Nora tells Vee to run and call the police because she knows Jules is after her, not Vee.
- Jules chases Nora into the gym where she finds out that in addition to shooting the bag woman, Jules was the one to attack Marcie Millar and stare in Nora's bedroom window. Oh good.
- Patch makes it to the gym as well.
- Jules grabs Nora, pointing a gun to her head.
- Patch takes possession of Nora's body to help her fight Jules off, but since it's not Cheshvan, he cannot possess her body for very long. He instructs her to run once he lets go of her body, and she does, but Jules is playing with her mind to make her think all the doors are locked.
- As her only alternative, Nora climbs up a ladder and along ceiling rafters to get into an airshaft and find another way out.
- Jules follows Nora up to the rafters. Seeing him up there, Nora is reminded of her blood connection to him, as well as her feelings for Patch.
- Before Jules gets the chance to push Nora from the rafters, she jumps from them, sacrificing herself so that Jules will die and Patch will become human.
- Nora wakes up in her bedroom with Patch.
- Patch explains that Nora's death killed Jules, but Patch rejected her sacrifice and saved her life instead. That means Patch gave up becoming human and is now Nora's guardian angel instead.
- Patch also reveals that Vee got to the police in time to save Elliot, and he reminds her of the fire and destruction done to the farmhouse by Dabria. He says the police went there to put out the fire.
- Nora calls Vee, who tells her that the police and the news are covering Jules's death as a teen suicide. Nora doesn't tell Vee the whole truth about what happened, even though Vee has always been her best friend.
- Detectives Basso and Holstijic come to take Nora's statement about the damage to the farmhouse. Nora says Miss Greene entered the house, said Nora had something she wanted, admitted she wasn't a real school psychologist and was using the job to spy on students, and then started the fire in a hysterical fit. It's a scant explanation, but the detectives buy it and then recommend the Greys get a security system.
- Nora's mom calls a company to install an alarm system, and Patch shows up saying he works for the company.
- The chapter ends with Nora and Patch kissing.