Well, this is the last Chapter. I'm finally done with my first Fan Fiction. Thanks to each of you who gave advice and read this story. I may or may not write another. Keep a look out Just incase. Thanks again,

Logan Parker

Chapter 25: Keep No Secrets, Tell No Lies (Lexan's Point of View)

It's been almost a week since the fight with Danny. I hate it that we aren't friends anymore, but there was no way I was going to choose him over my family. They may be new, but I still like them. It's true, I only pretend to be annoyed with them. Though, it doesn't take much pretending with Darry. Kate and Darry have been hanging out a lot, and I'm not too sure why. They certainly aren't at all a like, and they fight all the time. Still, they seem to like each other. I guess it's really none of business. Though, I can't help but imagine the looks I would get if I told people my sister was dating my brother. It doesn't matter that they're not related. It just sounds funny. Anyways, they're not dating yet, so I guess it doesn't matter.

Dally is back with Sylvia, which is crazy if you ask me. They cheat on each other all the time, and still they get back together. Unlike Darry and Kate, Dally and Sylvia are so much alike it's not even funny. If they're not cheating on each other, they are talking about each other. And if they're not doing either one, they're making out at Buck's or at our house, or anywhere else they find the urge to make out at.

As for Chris and I, well, that's history. Soda keeps telling me that it's no big deal, since I'm only twelve, and there will be other girls. But I can't help but kind of miss her. Or maybe I just miss being with someone. I wonder now if that's why Johnny's parents stick together, despite their arguments that can be heard from miles away. They're both afraid to be alone. God I hope I never get that desperate.

School is better I guess. I do okay in class, minus the typical problems. Nagging teachers, avoiding Nik and Bran, and trying to go a day without getting detention. I am happy to report though, that I haven't set off any more fireworks. Some things can only be done once.

Pony is really smart. He makes all A's and can normally explain something to me if I don't understand it. He was kind of upset when Soda dropped out, even though he didn't mention it, but he understands why. Soda has a full time job with Steve now at the DX. He always worked there part-time, but now he's there all the time. He likes it a lot, you can tell, and I'm glad that he's doing something he likes. Pony, Johnny, Two-bit, and I, sometimes go and say hi to him after school. He always seems glad to see us. Steve on the other hand…

The gang all in all, is an okay bunch. Even though Darry, Soda, and Pony don't have parents, they look out for each other, and they're there for each other in need. I never knew what a real family was until I met them, so I owe them a lot more than I'll admit to. I've realized that even though I may have lost Danny and Chris and the other friends I used to hang out with, I've gained a lot more in return. I guess the only way to gain something, is to lose something.

As for my parents, well, who knows what went on between Dally's father and the Curtis's mother? Maybe it was just a one night stand, maybe it was an all out love affair, either way it doesn't matter. I don't consider them my parents, but I'm not holding a grudge. I won't spend the rest of my life wondering about my parents mistakes. They're not my problem, so I shouldn't have to deal with them. That was then, this is now, and being bitter isn't going to change anything. Pony, Darry, Soda, and the gang, are the only family I need. My parents kept secrets and told lies, and families aren't supposed to do that to each other. That's not to say I'll never keep a secret or tell a lie. I mean honestly, they're too damn fun to give up.