Cullen, along with the rest of his family, Lucas, and Mena, is standing in the middle of a field while Vilonia insists that Gabriel is buried beneath them. Everyone looks pretty grim.
He goes to sit in the truck
with his mom and Mena while his dad and Lucas pull out some shovels and start
digging; all the while, Cullen imagines Gabriel walking out of that dirt hole,
After Lucas and Cullen's dad
have dug a huge hole, though, they don't find Gabriel at all. It turns out that
Vilonia was wrong, and everyone is pretty peeved at her for making them believe
that Gabriel was dead and buried.
When Cullen sees Ada again,
he asks her about Russell Quitman, and she says that he's still in a hospital
Before Lucas moved to Lily
and became Cullen's friend, Cullen pretty much spent all of his time either
alone or with Gabriel. And now with Gabriel gone, Cullen can't seem to fill the
hole that his brother left behind—he's even wearing his brother's t-shirts all
He hears a knock on the door
and finds that Libby, Gabriel's best friend, is waiting outside. They talk
about Gabriel and Cullen hugs her, even though he doesn't like to hug people
other than Ada.
Lucas decides that Cullen and
Ada are going to go on a double date with him and Mena one night. Before the
date, though, Ada calls him and asks him point blank whether or not he slept
with Alma; he admits that he did before he started dating Ada.
At the drive-in, Ada just won't
let it go. She wants to know more and more about Alma and whether or not they
were in love, so Cullen asks her to define their relationship, but she avoids the topic.
When he tells her that he's in love with her, she denies it
and says that he's not. After he sleeps over at Ada's house, she tells him that
he has to sneak out the window and walk home before her mom gets up—even though
it's a whole four miles away.
They don't talk for three days, but when they do she says
that she's sorry about kicking him out and that next time they'll have to find
a better place to get it on.