I didn't want to bother Soda after Sandy walked out on him like that. She just ran out of the door crying. I didn't catch a word of what they said but it must've been serious.
So I stayed sitting on the front steps of the house with Darry. Both of us had lots on our minds.
Two-Bit pulled up in the drive way and walked over to us.
"Evie was looking for you" he told me and then sat next to Darry. I had forgotten to call her all the time I was staying with Soda. I walked in the house and found Soda laying on the couch making soft sobbing noises as he breathed in and out. He stared straight ahead without blinking and didn't look at me so picked up the phone and called Evie.
"Are you still at Soda's house?" she said
"Yeah, I'm going to stay here till we find Ponyboy" I watched Soda's face while I said that. His eyes twitched slightly and I knew he heard what I said.
"I'm coming over there" Evie was saying then she hung up before I had time to tell her not to. No matter how tough she acted, she had a really good heart and I knew she was worried about Ponyboy and Johnny.
When Evie got to the house, it was me, Darry, Two-Bit and Dally sitting on the front steps. She came and sat next to me. She had tears in her eyes.
"How's Soda?" she said, her voice was a trembling a little bit. I was surprised that she asked about Soda and not the others that were missing.
"Not too good" Darry said. Then he moved closer to her "Do you know what happened?" he asked eyeing her suspiciously.
She nodded "Sandy's moving to Florida to live with her grandmother" she said softly and put her arm in mine.
"Why? What did she do?" Two-Bit said with a snort. Sandy looked so innocently that it didn't occur to anyone else that she might've done something wrong.
"What do you think?" Evie said sarcastically.
We all went silent.
"She's pregnant aint she?" Dally said. He never could keep his mouth shut at the right times. I didn't want to hear it at all, although I might've guess that's what happened.
Evie didn't say anything. Instead she leaned her head on my shoulder and cried softly.
"Her parents are going to send her away coz she pregnant with Soda's baby? Does Soda know? What's he going to do?" Two-Bit said with concern. Everyone looked worried. But I could tell they were thanking God that it wasn't them.
"It aint mine"
We all turned and saw Soda standing in the doorway. It never occurred to us that he could hear what we were saying. I wondered how long he'd been standing there.
Darry got up and walked towards him. "Soda, I, I'm so sorry baby" he stuttered but there was nothing anyone could say to make him feel better. The damage was done and it was irreversible.