In chapter 6 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, Jem, and Dill spend time together since it's Dill's last day in Maycomb County. The boys have plans to sneak over to the Radley place and look in a window hoping to see Boo. Scout does her best to keep them from going. However, when Jem tells her she's "gettin’ more like a girl every day," she decides to go along.
They sneak up to the porch where they work together to lift Dill up to the windowsill. Soon, they notice a shadow and have to run to keep from being caught. As they're running, they hear a shotgun. Jem's pants get caught on the wire of the fence, and he is forced to leave them behind.
Scout is having difficulty sleeping that night. She and Jem are sleeping on the porch, and she attributes every sound she hears to Boo Radley. When Jem informs her that he is going back for his pants, she tries to stop him. However, Jem is determined.
Although Scout recalls, "It was then, I suppose, that Jem and I first began to part company," the events of the night and Scout's concern for Jem's safety show the close relationship between them. Remaining unscathed and unpunished throughout their evening requires working together. Scout struggles to understand Jem's purpose for going back for his pants, but she lets him go. Upon his return, Scout recalls, "There he was, returning to me."