Tex accompanies Lem to a friend's apartment where they negotiate a drug deal. When Kelly, the drug dealer, argues with Lem, he pulls a gun, and Tex tries to take it away. Only later does Tex realize he's been shot. When he awakes in the hospital, Mason is there. He tells Tex that he's beaten up Lem, and Jamie later tells Tex that Mason cried when he found that Tex was going to be okay. Tex learns from his father that his mother had an affair while Pop was in prison, and he is not Tex's biological father; this is why Pop has always paid more attention to Mace than Tex. Tex and Jamie make up and they kiss. After Tex recovers, Mace tells him that he won't be going away to college, but Tex convinces him to leave since Mace will always hate Tex if he doesn't go. The story ends in an upbeat manner with the two brothers burying the hatchet.