When It Use To Be Simple

Disclaimer: All of the 'Outsiders' characters belong to S.E. Hinton. Jaedyn belongs to me.

Chapter 1:


"Soda! Get outta bed this instant!" Darry yelled at me from the kitchen.

"Yea, yea, yea." I groaned. This was going to be a long day. I told my boss at the DX that I would be at work by 6:00 (A.M.) to open up. I rolled over and looked at my alarm clock. 5:20. Great! Enough time to shower, have breakfast, and still be at work on time.

When I walked into the living room I saw that the whole gang was there watching TV.

"Are you guys still up from last night?" I asked.

"Yep." Two-Bit said, "There's a Mickey marathon on." He explained with a grin.

"And," Ponyboy added, "It's Saturday today so there isn't any school. As a matter of fact, everyone has a day off but you! Even Darry!"

"Lucky me." I moaned.

Darry walked in from the kitchen, "I got popcorn!" he yelled. Steve, Two- Bit, Johnny, Pony and Dally all jumped up and grabbed a handful from the bowl that Darry had.

I shook my head as my six friends all sat down to finish watching the Mickey marathon.

"A bunch of tough hoods alright." I said then dashed into the bathroom quickly to avoid getting hit by popcorn.


I whistled to myself as I waited for Soda to show up at the gas station. Although I didn't officially start until 9:00 today, I thought that my best friend might enjoy the company. I looked at my watch and saw that it was 5:59. Then I heard the Curtis' truck pull up beside my car.

"Right on time!" I called to him as my watch turned to 6:00.

"Yea. And you're early!" he laughed as we both got out of our vehicle's and started toward the shop.

"There's always room for first's!" I joked as he unlocked the door, " and besides I have to keep you in line. We probably won't get customers until 10 at the earliest, and I don't want you to be bored."

"You're so thoughtful, Jaed." He teased.

"Just lookin' out for your best interests, Pepsi-Cola."

The next couple of minutes went by with a lot of jokes, and before I knew it, the bell indicating someone had come in the door rang.

Soda and I both looked up to be staring straight into the face of my father.

'Oh no!' I thought silently, 'This is definitely not going to be a pleasant encounter.'

That's all for chapter one. Sorry it's so short. I'll try to make the next one longer. Please review keeping in mind that this is my first story. I promise there will be more appearances of all of the other 'Outsiders,' and they will also have the story from their points of view. Hope you like it so far!!