1. What causes the chocolate to smear on Nick's face?
Nick's brother and sister, who are sitting on either side of him, jostle his elbows on purpose. This is what causes the melted chocolate, which has gotten gooey in Nick's pocket, to smear on Nick's face.
2. What causes the car accident?
A piece of steel that has fallen from a scrap metal truck causes the car accident. It punctures a tire in the Mercedes, which causes the car to careen into oncoming traffic and hit the Toyota head-on.
3. What does Lief look like?
Lief has messy hair, and his clothes are too heavy, too tight, and buttoned too high. He has a lot of freckles.
4. What do Allie and Nick see on the road when they climb up to see the scene of the accident?
When Allie and Nick climb up to see the scene of the accident, they see very little. Only small pieces of broken glass and metal remain on the road.
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