To prevent Norman from being sent, Emma and Ray want Norman to pretend he escaped. They then formed a plan that prompts Norman to ask Ray how he found out the truth.
Norman refuses to escape, but Ray explains they only want him to pretend. he’s to disable his tracking device and hide in the woods until it’s time for everyone to escape together. Norman worries about increased security, but Ray explains there’s only so much the adults can do and they can handle that. Norman keeps trying to poke holes in Ray’s increasingly frantic plan but he and Emma won’t hear it.
Norman comes clean and explains it’s not really about the increased security. It’s about making sure neither Emma or Ray is used as his substitute and shipped out in his place.
Ray is starting to break down, his years of planning all for naught as Norman refuses to even try to prevent his own death. Emma finally pipes up and introduces the idea of Ray hurting himself, or catching a cold, anything to prevent either of them from being shipped out as healthy. Norman is against it however, refusing to see either of his friends hurt so badly, but they’re adamant their injuries are nothing compared to seeing him die.
Norman finally caves to Emma’s desires to see everyone survive and agrees to work with them on this new plan. The idea is for him to pretend to escape, hide in the woods and survey things in the mean time. We conclude with Norman asking Ray when he realized the truth about the House, the reality of their situation. Ray reveals he’s known from the very beginning.
In this chapter we have the following Research Elements: