Hi everyone. Here is another story. I'm not really sure where it's going yet. I started working on it in the doctors office. There will be some suicidal thoughts later in it. Please read and review.

Darry was on break when he saw the car pull in.

"Damn, I don't need this now." He told his buddy.

"Who is it?" His boss asked.

"Someone who is up to no good. I'll be right back." Darry said as the woman walked up to him.

"What do you want?" He asked her.

"You know what I want. I thought if you had some time to think about it..."

"That I'd what? Change my mind and give my little brother away? Not gonna happen. Just go home and leave us alone Rachel."

"Don't you want him to grow up safe where he has everything he needs?"

"Pony has everything he needs and the answer is no."

"Maybe we should ask him."

"You stay away from my brothers. Ponyboy is where he is going to stay, with me and Sodapop. I have to get back to work. Goodbye."

"This is not over Darry."

"Yeah it is." He told her walking away.

Pony, Johnny, Two-bit, and Dally were sitting on the porch when the strange woman drove up and walked over to them.

"Hello, I'm looking for the Curtis brothers. You must be Ponyboy. I bet you don't remember me, I'm one of your mom's friends."

"Mama and Dad died eight months ago." He told her.

"I heard that's why I'm here, I want you to come live with me."

"But I live here with my brothers." Ponyboy's eyes grew wide and his face white.

Dally leaned over to Two-bit. "Call Soda and Darry." He nodded and left.

A few minutes later, Pony ran to Soda as he walked through the gate.

"I don't want to leave. Please let me stay."

"I'm Sodapop, how can I help you?"

"Soda, I'm your mom's friend. Do you remember me? I'm Rachel Banks."

"Sort of." Soda answered before turning to the younger boy. "Pony, why are you upset? Why would you think that you were leaving?"

"I want Pony to go home with me." Rachel told him as he held Pony.

"No! I won't allow it. Darry would never agree to this."

"I have talked to Darry a number of times. I believe this is best for everyone." She explained as Darry arrived home early from work. The gang had formed a circle around the two brothers as Pony clung to Soda.

"I told you to leave. Boys are you okay?" Darry asked when he reached the group.

"Darry, I'll be good I swear. Don't send me away. Whatever I did, I"m sorry" Pony sobbed,

"You can't let her take him. You promised we'd stay together. Darry, please." Soda cried.

Pony didn't wait to hear his oldest brother tell him he did have to go, he ran down the sidewalk with Johnny and Soda close behind him.

"Go after them. Darry, we'll make sure the lady leaves." Dally told him.

"Don't be here when we get back. Leave us alone. I've already told you I won't let Pony go with you." He took off after them.

When Darry caught up to the three boys, it had started to rain. Soda left Johnny to console Pony so he could talk to Darry.

"How could you let that woman come here? Please tell me she's wrong. Please." Soda begged hitting at him.

"Soda, I didn't let Rachel come here, she came on her own. I told her the same thing today that I did seven months ago. Ponyboy is not going anywhere with her. She refuses to accept it. I would never give him away, you should know that."

"Why didn't you tell us about her before?" Soda asked still watching Pony and Johnny.

"I told her no and didn't see any reason to get either of you upset." Came the reply as they joined the younger boys.

Darry pulled Pony into a hug and waited until he stopped crying.

"Darry, I want to stay with you and Soda. Don't make me go."

"Calm down baby, I never said you had to. I told Rachel no. She won't listen."

"I think you better go lady." Two-Bit said.

"Not till I get what I came for."

"Look you'll take that kid over my dead body." Dally raged at her.

Rachel looked at the three greasers standing shoulder to shoulder and almost backed down. She decided to go for now.

"Tell Darry I will be back." Then she went back to her hotel.

Twenty minutes later the guys came back soaked from the rain.

"You three go change before you get sick. I'll be in soon." Darry told them.

"I'll go to." Steve told his buddies.

"She said that she would be back." Dally said.

"Let her come. I'll do what I have to do to keep my family safe." They walked into the house.

The next day at work, Darry's boss came to talk to him.

"Darry, I think you are in for some trouble from that woman. You've heard of Ben Jones?"

"Yes, he's a very good lawyer."

"He's my brother in law and has agreed to represent you if you need him to. He'll be at your house later this evening. If you need anything else, let me know. You're a good worker and I would hate to lose you."

"Mr. Jax, I don't know how to thank you." Darry said.

"Just take care of your family. I'm glad I could help."

Darry finished his work day and tiredly started to his truck.

"Mr. Curtis?"

"Yeah?" He stopped.

"I'm Ben Jones, can we sit and talk?"

"Sure, just let me call the house first."

Mr. Jones nodded and they walked to the office.



"Darry, are you gonna be late?"

"Maybe half an hour. Is Soda home yet?"

"No." Pony answered.

"Who's with you?"

"Two-bit, Dally, and Johnny."

"I'll be home soon. Start dinner, make sure the living room is picked up and tell Dal I said to stay till I get there."

"I will bye."

"Bye little man." Darry hung up.

Pony hung up and went to start dinner, then him and Johnny sat on the porch to wait on Soda. When Rachel showed up, both boys groaned. Johnny went to get Dally. Though it took only a minute, Pony was already in tears when the trio came back.

"Hey guys, I was just leaving. I'll be back soon." Rachel told them.

Pony back up against the side of the house and hid his face.

"Hey kid, it's gonna be all right. Here comes Soda now." Two-Bit tried to comfort his friend while Dally explained what happened.

When Soda sat beside his brother and reached for him, Pony scooted out of his grasp.

"Pony, come here." Soda told him watching as the little boy tried to blend into the wall.

"Johnny, sit with him, I'll call Darry."

"All right." Johnny took his place.

Tears ran down Soda face as he dialed the number.

"Can I talk to Darry Curtis, please." He asked.

"Just a minute."

"What's wrong?" Darry asked when he picked up the phone.

"Darry, Rachel was here. Ponyboy won't even let me close to him. I don't know what she said, but he's all tore up."

"All right, I'm on the way." He hung up and looked at his boss.

"She was there, I gotta go."

"I'll follow you." Mr. Jones told him.

At the Curtis house, Pony was still crying and wouldn't let Soda comfort him.

"Pony, why won't you let me hold you?"

"No, stay away, please. Sodapop, I'll only cause you more pain."

They heard a car door slam, followed by another, then steps on the porch. Two strong arms pulled Pony up and close to his older brother. He struggled, but Darry was to strong and soon he gave up and sobbed on his chest, he felt Soda's arms come around him to.

"It's okay, Pony, calm down. Shhh...baby." Darry murmured in his ear. About 20 minutes later they stood up. The gang along with Mr. Jones was sitting on the porch steps.

"Pony, Soda, there's someone I want you boys to meet." Darry said still holding Pony.

"This is Ben Jones. He's our attorney."

"It's nice to meet you all." Mr. Jones told them.

Soda shook his hand, but Pony wrapped his arms around Darry.

"Darry, I need to ask Pony some questions to see what we need to do."

"All right. Pony, I want you to tell us what happened." Darry spoke quietly to him.

"Johnny and me were on the porch when she showed up. Johnny went to get Dally and she left."

"That's not all Pony, what did she say to you? What did you mean when you said to stay away because you would only cause me more pain?"

"Nothing." The boy mumbled, then buried his face in Darry's neck, trying not to cry again as her words came back to him. Feeling his body shake, Darry looked at Soda and shook his head.

"Pony, why don't you and Johnny go get ready for the movies. We'll all go tonight."

"Even you."

"Even me." He replied.

Once the boys were gone, Soda told them how Pony reacted and what he said.

"This can't be allowed to continue. Ponyboy is a wreck." Darry said.

"I should be able to get a court order requiring her to stay away from the child. I'll get it for him and Soda."

"Thank you." Darry told him.

"I'll get to work on it in the morning. Enjoy your movie." He called as he left.

"Darry, can she take him?" Soda asked.

"No Rachel will never get Pony. Now go see if they are ready."

"Darry, you are more worried than you want Soda to know." Dally said.

"Be quiet Dal." Darry told him as they came out.

For the rest of the evening, the gang had fun. First a movie, then football. After dinner, instead of going to his and Soda's room, a very tired Ponyboy went to Darry's room to lay down. Johnny found him crying into a pillow trying to be quiet. He went to get Darry.

Johnny walked into the kitchen where Darry was.

"Pony is in your room, maybe you should go talk to him." The quiet dark-haired boy said.

"I will." The older man left the room and went through the living room to his bedroom. Once there he quietly closed the door behind him.

"Little Colt?"

Pony turned away from him.

Darry sat on the bed and pulled Ponyboy to him. He lay down and after a few minutes, he felt his little brother curl into his body as he finally fell asleep. Soda came in and lay down on the other side of his brothers.

"He's really scared Dare."

"I know. I'll take care of this tomorrow. I promise, now get some sleep little buddy."



The next morning Darry untangled Pony from around him and left the room. After getting something from the closet, he quietly left the house.

What did Darry get from the closet? You have to read the next chapter to find out.