Crutching Teacher, Hidden Psychic
Johnny, still conscious, touches Stillson's hand with his own bloody one, and has one last vision: he sees a copy of Newsweek on a nightstand, with a handgun on top of it. A cigarette burns in an ashtray nearby. A hand picks up the gun, revealing the magazine cover to be a photo of Stillson cravenly holding Denny up as protection, with the headline, "No Future for Stillson." We see Stillson sitting on the edge of the bed, shirt and tie dishevelled, looking bleary-eyed. He looks at the gun, and then points it under his chin. We hear the shot fire as we see blood splatter all over the magazine. Back in the auditorium, almost everybody has cleared out. Johnny whispers, "It's over. You're finished." Stillson drops Johnny and goes over to Sonny, screeching, "Where's that kid with the camera? He was taking pictures!" He punches Sonny in frustration. Sonny calmly says, "I don't see him." Stillson furiously replies, "You asshole!" He grabs Sonny and pushes him aside as he storms out. Sonny slowly follows. Johnny flounders on the floor. Sarah hands the baby to Walt and goes over to Johnny, crying. She kneels beside him and asks, "Why? Why?" She leans over to hug him. He whispers, "Goodbye. I love you." Sapped of energy and having fulfilled his purpose, Johnny leans back, as Sarah cries over his dying body.
Cripes, I hope the novel was better than this.