There too was Rex. Kassie liked him, was drawn to his flamboyancy, his confiedence, his bravado, yet was not convinced that it was authentic. She suspected Rex was hiding something that he cared not to admit. She had hear rumors (not from the other members of the Bark Bay High School fencing team, but from other students at the school) that Rex’s family was poor, not poor as in My parents can’t afford to take us to Disney this year but truly poor, as in eating dog food for dinner poor. Kassie had no way of knowing if those rumors were true, but based on her impressions of Rex she would not have been surprised if they proved to be true.