After Sophie shares with Stingo her innermost secret, she makes love to him as one last gift from her to him. When he wakes up in the morning, he finds a note stating that he is a great lover, but she has to go back to Nathan. In route to their house, he finds emergency vehicles parked all around Sophie and Nathan's apartment. She and Nathan had drank cyanide as a means to escape life and all it's depression. They lay there, cuddled up on the bed, as still as death as he reads a final excerpt from his book.