That night, Pemberton wakes up with flames and smoke all around him.
He wakes Serena and tries to figure out how to get out of the burning house but he can barely see in front of him because of the smoke.
Coughing and eyes watering, he throws a blanket around himself and his wife and tries to make his way to the bedroom window.
He can't see it but guesses correctly where it is. Phew.
When they get to the window, he crashes through it and he and Serena hold onto one another as they plummet to the ground.
Everyone is up trying to put out the fire by this point. Pemberton thinks back to what Serena said about their sex life once: She described it as "a kind of annihilation," and this feels like just that.
As Meeks rushes off to get a doctor, Pemberton sees a man standing in the distance with a gallon of kerosene.
McDowell, he thinks to himself. He doesn't need to see the guy's face to know he's right.