May takes a taxi back to her school and heads straight for the secret garden, where she searches high and low until Jean finally shows her face. When May presses for answers to her sudden old age, Jean rambles on about how everyone thinks she's the cause of everything that has happened and how difficult her own life has been, with Saras' bullying and her parents' death.
Eventually Jean reveals the truth - some years ago, after another round of bullying from Saras and gang, she sobbed in a corner of the school field and was then mysteriously led here by "fairies". The garden was like an escape where time stopped, and the lost time would be made up by the years in May's life. As the horrified May comes to terms with this, Saras suddenly appears from behind the bushes. Surprised to see her, Jean nonetheless asks her how she entered and bravely slaps her on the face, leading us to Chapter 26.