Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden Chapter 16 Summary
- That night at dinner, Luke's head is full of his afternoon adventures.
- He is so excited about meeting Jen that he has to be extra careful to not tell everyone about it.
- Earlier in the afternoon Luke and Jen had discussed setting up a signal to each other alerting when it would be safe to meet, but it seems like everything that would be useful to Luke is off-limits.
- Jen sarcastically wonder if he's ever heard of disobeying and Luke promptly points out how he's made it over to her house. Touché, Luke, touché.
- Back to figuring out the signal, Jen and Luke settle on setting up a light by the barn, despite this also being against the Garner family rules.
- After they run through Luke's life story, he gets to learn about Jen's.
- First off, she was no accident. Her parents had planned to have a third child (specifically a girl). And luckily, her parents had the money to do it.
- Luke's parents, however, did not.
- Jen realizes this when she offhandedly says, "I didn't think they paid for you" (16.46). Ouch, low blow.
- But we can't blame her too much. Just as Luke has never met another person outside his family, Jen has never met a non-Baron.
- In fact, she likes how Luke is different from her—and she thinks he can help with the rally.
- But right after piquing Luke's interest (and ours) Jen takes it all back, not sure if she can disclose all the rally information just yet.
- Aw, man! Massive letdown.
- The convo quickly veers to Jen's dad (technically stepdad) and how he's a lawyer—a government lawyer.
- That's right. A government lawyer has a third child.
- Unfortunately, Jen and Luke's initial meeting had to end since he needs to scurry back to his house before anyone else comes home.
- On their way out, Luke notices some drops of blood on the carpet after he scratched his hand breaking into the Talbots'.
- Without a moment's hesitation, Jen thrusts her hand through the wires so that she'll have a scratch to show her parents.
- This freaks Luke out a little, and he runs all the way home without pausing to look or crawl or mask himself in anyway.
- Flash back to dinner, Luke realizes how careless that was.
- But he can't stop thinking how Jen would injure herself to protect him after they just met
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