Through it All
The light stung my eyes as they fluttered open. I felt like I had slept for what seemed for days but my head felt like someone was wacking it over and over again with a baseball bat. Then I remembered the events of last night and the Socs. I reached down and felt a bandage wrapped around my stomach.
"Kayla," I called out.
"Kelly? Is that you?" a sleepy looking Darry said walking into the room.
"Yea," I replied. "Can you get Kayla for me?"
"Can I get something for you because Kayla didn't sleep at all last night."
"Oh, sure. Can you get me a couple of asprin, my head is killing me."
Darry returned a second later with a glass of water and a couple of asprin in his hand. "Here you go," he said handing them to me and sitting down in his armchair looking at me. "You really scared her last night you know."
I signed. "Yea, I know. I'm sorry to cause all this trouble."
"No, it is not your fault. Next time though, don't run out in the middle of the night. But we are glad you are safe."
I smiled at him, "that was rather stupid, wasn't it?"
He chuckle. "You and Ponyboy just need to use your head."
"Speaking of Pony, where is everyone? It is awfully quite."
"They were being to loud and I didn't want to them to wake you so I sent them all down to the Dingo to eat something. They have been gone for a while now though so they should be back soon."
I nodded. "It feels like I slept forever."
"Only 11 hours. It is 3 right now. You hungry?"
I shook my head. "I think I am all right at the moment."
"Ok," Darry said standing up to go into the kitchen. "Let me know if you need anything."
I nodded and snuggled back into my pillow and pulled the blanket up to my chin. I was really lucky last night. I was lucky I didn't get raped. I was lucky I didn't pass out on the sidewalk. I was lucky Shepard came along.
I heard the front door slam and the boys walked in. Someone came and turned on Mickey. It must have been Two-Bit.
"Hey Kelly, you awake?" Steve asked as the end of the coach sunk under Pony's weight.
"Hey Steve," I said opening my eyes and sitting up.
Two-Bit turned around at the sound of my voice and threw his arms around my neck. "Hey Kel! We thought you would never wake up," he said giving me one of his famous grins.
"Yea. I woke up a few minutes ago."
"Do you want me to get you anything?" Pony asked.
"No thank you, I am alright but I think I am going to go take a shower. I feel gross," I said slowly standing up.
"Well you look it to," Two-Bit told me.
"Hey, I have an excuse and you don't," I shot back as I left the room.
I went upstairs and grabbed a pair of Pony's only pajama pants and a tee shirt that was too small for him and went into the bathroom. I locked the door and turned and face the mirror. I looked really bad. Both of my eyes were swolon and it looked like my face was one big yellow bruise. I had a handprint on each check, one from the Soc and one from Sandy. I looked at my arms and they had imprints of where the Socs had been holding me. I removed my bloody shirt to reveal my ribs all black and blue. I was lucky not to break and ribs though. The slit across my stomach made me sick though. It was not very deep but it was still pussy and there was dried blood still all around it. I was never very good with blood, especially not my own.
Unable to look at it any longer, I stepped into the shower and let the warm water run over me. It felt so good to get all the dirt and blood off. I washed and combed my hair, got dressed, and then went into back into the living room.
"Hey," Steve said noticing me in the room. "Kayla is out of the porch if you want to go see her."
"I think I will. Thanks Steve," I said heading out the door. "Hey Kay."
Kayla got out of her seat and wrapped her arms around my neck. "Don't you ever do that again. You had us all worried sick," she said sitting back down patting the seat next to her. I obeyed and sat by her as she began rocking the swing back and forth. We sat like that for a while until she spoke.
"So what happened last night?"
I took a deep breath in and began the story starting with Josh telling Two-Bit to lay off me to Sandy slapping me, and finally passing out in Tim's arms. When I finished, I tuned and look at her waiting for her to say something.
"Well Soda took Sandy home about 5 minutes later. While he was gone, Pony told us about what he saw and Steve told us all about what Sandy had said to you at the Dingo. Why didn't you tell me Kel?"
"You know, I am not really sure," I told her truthfully.
"Well you know you can always tell me anything. So anyway, after Pony and Steve finished tell us everything, Darry said Soda should know even if it upset him so when he got home, we sat him in the middle of us and told everything."
"What? But I don't want him to know! Then he might break up with Sandy and I don't want that. He told me he loves her."
"Kelly, if you boyfriend was harassing Soda, would you want to know?"
I sighed, "yea, really would because I don't want to date anyone who was like that."
"And that is exactly how Soda felt. He said he should have noticed sooner."
I nodded as she continued.
"So we decided to go out and look for you. We left Pony and Johnny home incase you came home and Steve and Two-Bit went in the car while Darry and I walked to the lot and by the river. Soda said he had to go talk with Sandy but I don't know what happened with them. We all went home without and Pony said you had not come home. We were about to call the police when Tim burst through the door carrying you. You were so covered in blood, we taught you might be dead for a minute but Tim said you had only passed out. Darry scooped you out of Tim's arms and put you on the towel covered couch and began cleaning you up. Your stomach was awful and it took the longest. Pony was awfully white the whole time. You know how he is with blood."
Oh man did I ever! Pony was always the first out of the room when one of the boys came home with blood. I am surprised that he can go to rumbles but he told me when he is also bleeding, it does not both him as much.
"I'm sorry for causing so much trouble Kayla."
"Don't be Kel, you didn't plan on getting jumped last night, but next time, don't run out like that, ok?"
"Don't worry, I learned my lesson," I said with a smile.
"Good," Kayla said standing up. "I think I am going to go cook dinner. You want to come?"
"No, I think I'll sit out here for a while."
"Alright. Love you," she said before walking inside.
"Love you too!" I called after her.
I sat there pushing myself gentle on the swing watching the sun shine through leaves of the trees that were changing color as the days went on. This had always been my mom's favorite time of year.
Just then I heard someone walk up the stairs. It was Soda. He must have gone on a walk.
"Hey," he said looking rather uncomfortable with his hands jammed into his pockets. "Mind if I join you?"
"No, go right ahead," I said flatly.
Soda went over and sat as far on the other side of the swing as he possibly could. We sat like that for a while, not saying anything.
I heard Soda sigh, "why didn't you tell me?"
"Because she made you happy," I answered truthfully
"Well, I will admit, she did make me happy but if I were to marry her, I would want you to come see me a lot and you wouldn't be able to do that and that did not make me happy at all."
"So last night when I heard what happened, I went over there and broke up with her."
I tried to give him a sympathetic look but a smirk soon replaced it. "How did she take it?"
Soda laughed. "Not very well. She cried and hung on to me saying that you were making me do it. Then she told me that I would never get another girl in my life"
Now it was my turn to laugh. Soda never get another girl? He was the nicest looking boy I had ever seen.
"I think she meant another freak," I said before we both started laughing even though it hurt a lot for me because of my face due to the face it was pretty much one big bruise.
"Come on, lets go see what Kayla made for dinner," I said once we stopped laughing.
"Alright, I'm coming," he said standing up walking towards me. Suddenly, he wrapped his arms around me giving me a hug. "I love you Kelly. You know that, right?"
I hugged him back. "I know. And you know I love you too?"
"Of course," he said smiling as we walked inside.