Well, finally here is Chapter two...took a long time for this to be written. But thanks for sticking around.

If Steve seems OC. That is because he is with his sister,who has a special place in his chapter. But when is around the gang he will be his same old self. I just want to show you the differences.

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The Song-Bit for this is "Never Grow up" By Taylor Swift. Which I believe is a perfect song for this story. Listen to it some time ;)

Disclamer: I do not own "The Outsiders" By S.E. Hinton nor do I own the song "Never Grow Up" By Taylor Swift.

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To you, everything's funny

You got nothing to regret

I'd give all I have honey

If you could stay like that

I won't let nobody hurt you

Won't let no one break your heart

No one will desert you

Just try to never grow up

Never grow up

Taylor Swift

Beep. Beep. Beep.

The annoying alarm rang beside me. I slammed my hand on the snooze button and allowed myself to close my eyes. Just five more minutes. Just five more….

Poke. Poke. Poke.

I woke up again to the sight of Abigail's grayish-blue eyes shining brightly at me.

"What kid?" I mumbled groggily, trying to gather my bearings.

"Morning Stevie." Her small voice sounding bright and cheerful.

I couldn't help but smile at her innocence. She was so young, dealing with crap from the world. But here she was, still smiling. She counted on me as I was her only family.

"Morning Abby." I looked at the time and noticed that we had fifteen minutes to get ready. "Come on Abigail, go get dress and I'll get breakfast."

"Ok!" She got off the bed and ran quickly out of the room.

I got up and got dressed since I already took a shower and Abby took one at a family friend's house. I quickly went down to the other end of the hall, gently and quietly opening our Father's door. I noticed the messy room, and saw that he wasn't in it. Knowing he didn't come back home last night.

I slowly got into the kitchen, and started opening cabinets, looking for something to eat. There wasn't much left, which meant we needed to go to the store soon. There was a little bit of cereal left, just enough for Abby though. It didn't matter if I ate something; I would just get something at the Curtis's house.

"Abby, Abigail. Come on, breakfast is ready," I yelled.

"Coming," she yelled back. I turned and there she was running to the table in a green shirt and jeans.

"Here you go." I put the bowl on the table. She started to eat, knowing we were short on time.

I chuckled at how fast she was going. "You're going to choke if you don't slow down Abby."

She looked up at me, giving me a small smile.

"I'm done," she said after a couple minutes.

"Alright. Get your knapsack and jacket and we will head out," I told her as she ran out of the room.

I put the bowl in the sink, and quickly went into my room, to get my backpack. When I came back out, Abby was just standing there tapping her foot.

"Come one Stevie, were going to be late." Abby called out.

"I'm coming, so demanding." I playfully rolled my eyes. Abby ducked when I tried to mess with her hair.

We walked outside, where I was met with Abby's confused eyes.

"Where's the car?"

"It broke down last night, I'm fixing it today."

"Oh, so we're walking to Aunt Lacey's?" She asked as we walked along the sidewalk.

Aunt Lacey wasn't really our blood aunt. She was Mom's best friend through childhood and beyond. She's known us since we were babies. Once Mom left, she took us in. Now Abby stays there if I'm not home, it's like her second home. She also had a little girl Abby's age, Millie. Those two were very close and went to the same school.

I decided to tease Abigail a bit. "Nope didn't I tell you, we're running away and becoming bums." I chuckled.

"Stevie!" She squealed.

"Yes Abigail, we're going to Aunt Lacey's house."

After a couple of minutes, we arrived at Lacey's home. Abby ran ahead, urging me to go faster. "Come on Stevie!"

"I'm coming." As I was going up the drive, I saw the front door open, revealing Aunt Lacey. She was medium height with golden brown hair and piercing brown eyes. "Good morning Abby!"

"Morning Aunt Lacey!" She hugged Lacey's legs. "Can I play with the dolls? Please pretty please!"

Lacey laughed. "Sure, sure, they are in the living room with Millie."

"Morning Steve." She reached over to me to give me a hug.

Normally I didn't show affection to anyone. I got to keep my greaser image. Except to Aunt Lacey and Abigail.

"Hey, Aunt Lacey." I smiled gently. She let me in the house and led me to the kitchen.

"So did everything happen ok after I dropped her off?" She asked quietly.

"He came before I did. She was hiding in a closet." I huffed, mad at myself.

"It's not your fault. You couldn't have known he would come home early." She said calmly to me.

"Still, I should have been there, I was careless in thinking he wouldn't show up. If something did happen I-…" I struggled to keep my voice down.

"But nothing did happen. You can't be everywhere at once." She calmly reassured me.

I sighed. "He didn't even know her name." There was silence met with my phrase, there was nothing that Aunt Lacey could say. I continued. "Abigail asked if Dad loves us. And for once I didn't know what to tell her. So I had to lie and tell her deep down he loves her."

"You can't protect her forever. Nights like last night will happen. She's going to find out." She got up and squeezed my shoulder.

I looked her in the eyes. "I can damn well try."

She sighed. "You better get going or you're going to be late."

We walked over to the front door. "I'll pick her up tonight," I said firmly.

"Alright. Abigail come say bye to your brother." She nodded.

We both heard the pattering of her feet running toward us. She ran straight toward me as I bend down to her level. She gave me in a small hug.

"Bye Stevie," She said muffled into my shoulder.

"See ya Kiddio." I told her as I ruffled her hair.

She gave me a smile as I walked out the door.

I would protect her from him. And I damn will try for as long as I could.


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