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Among the Hidden Chapter 22

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Chapter 22

  • Jen is all psyched up with ideas for the rally. She plans on snagging one of her parents' cars, picking up some kids and getting to the president's house at 6 a.m.
  • Oh, and she assumes Luke is all ready to come with her.
  • But his heart is already pounding with nervousness at the thought of leaving and he brings up the all-important issue of the Population Police.
  • Jen discloses how she hacked into the national employee staffing schedule and made a few edits here and there to make sure they won't be bothered during their trip.
  • This information doesn't calm Luke the slightest bit.
  • Knowing that he'll be consumed with panic, Luke tells Jen that he can't go.
  • Yeah … she doesn't take that too well.
  • Jen goes off on a tirade about Luke being too scared to fight for what he believes in and how if he doesn't join her, he'll regret it for the rest of his life.
  • But Luke doesn't think he's as brave as Jen (which is hogwash since he has been brave enough to continually sneak over to Jen's house).
  • Nevertheless, she begs him to go to the rally for her sake.
  • Painfully, Luke says he can't.
  • And … that's the end of that. Jen kicks him out, but not before declaring, "Hope doesn't mean anything [...] Action's the only thing that counts" (22.58).