What if It Happened Differently

Disclaimer: I DO NOT own "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton.

Author's note: I'm sorry that you haven't heard from this story in a while. It got deleted because I accidentally put in some song lyrics without realizing it. I fixed the layout, and added some new chapters. Hopefully I've done everything right this time, and sorry for the inconvenience.

-BillyMartinGoodCharlottefan

Introduction:

Dr. Murphy's sessions with Ponyboy Curtis. Tape A6509X. Note pauses.

Dr. Murphy: Hello, Ponyboy.

Ponyboy Curtis: Hello.

DM: How are you today?

PC: Depressed, nothing new.

DM: I'm sorry to hear that.

PC: Me too. Is it official that I'm a lost cause yet, doc? Am I ever getting out of this place?

DM: There are no lost causes here, Ponyboy. You're here to get better.

PC: I think being here means you can't get better.

DM: That's nonsense, Ponyboy! We've had many people leave the facility, and they're successful people.

PC: Too bad I'll never be one of them.

DM: I'm sorry you feel that way.

Here there is a long pause

DM: Ponyboy? Are you still with us?

PC: Yeah, I'm just thinking.

DM: About what?

PC: Better days, Aurora, my parents, you know; just stuff.

DM: Would you like to talk about it?

PC: Sure, what could it hurt?