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.



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?