Through Meg’s depression, David continues to support her while trying to create. After overhearing Finn talk about losing his father’s money if his art career did not get serious and talking bad behind Ollie’s back, David sneaks into the gallery where they were holding Finn’s work before being shipped to Roger’s for a big show. He resculpts a piece so that the shadows produced looks like a one-dollar bill.
David’s conversation leads to question whether there are more rules to deal, or unspoken guidelines. He does not punish David as long as David does not do it again because it “had nothing to do with art.” He adds that David cannot do crime fighting either. While David can do just about anything with his hands, he cannot affect the world’s view of what is possible.
Even as his relationship with Meg grows, he cannot focus. He does not know what he wants in the short life he has left. He has forgotten the time as a child when he created without a care. Meg shows him the truth that if he did not respect the judgment of Ollie, Finn, and the gallery, then why bother? All that matters is that his work is seen. Everyone can make up their own minds.
It is here we learn that David’s abilities extend to the manipulation of his face. He uses it to disguise himself as he plans out and creates art in public areas, using existing structures. His powers grow stronger as he manipulates structures further than where his hands are touching. They become an extension of himself.
With time running out, he spends less time with Meg as he goes out each night to make his art. While the police hunt him down, and the public and art critics give their opinion whether he is making art or not, David continues to struggle with the choice of telling Meg about his secret, knowing the consequences. His paranoia sees a deeper meaning in the detective on the case named David Smith as well.
The last straw of the strained relationship with Meg comes when David kicks a guy out of the apartment, rummaging through the kitchen. The fight ends when he questions whether it was ever a good idea for her to take him in when he needed help. In all of his inner turmoil and quest for the recognition of his art, he forgot the good nature of Meg. With only twenty-four days remaining, they decide to take a month off as Meg travels abroad to continue the Sad Man act.
In the meantime, David house-sits for the tech guy in a nice apartment on the Upper West Side. With no distractions left, he is able to work in solitude for the last month of his life.