Sorry to Soda-fans, but I thought that this song worked better with Darry and Ponyboy. Don't worry; I still love Soda, too!

Hey Little Brother

When we were growing up

I said a lot of things that I didn't mean

I tried to make you tough

But instead I left you crying and lonely

With the heart that's beating

Inside of you

It's too good to be true

You're more beautiful than anything I've seen

When Ponyboy and I were growing up, I teased him a lot over stupid things. I was just trying to make him tough enough to live in our neighborhood. I mean that I wanted him to be prepared for the real world. Then I figured out how sensitive he is. I heard him in the bedroom he and Soda share, talking to Soda.

"Soda! He hates me! He doesn't love me at all!" I heard him say, while Soda tried to tell him that he was wrong, but he wouldn't listen. My heart broke when he said that.

Hey little brother

I was cruel and mean to you

But hey little brother

I need to say I love you

I just want you to know that

Want you to know that

Want you to know that

I just want you to know that

Want you to know that

Want you to know that

All I want Pony to know is how much I love him, but he's so stubborn! I don't know what to say to him anymore.

When we were little

I did a lot of things

That I regret now

I was your hero

I always found a way to hurt you somehow

But the man you've grown up

And you have become

Since you were young

(I'm blown away)

You're more beautiful

Than anything I've seen

I remember when Ponyboy was just a little kid. He was so cute, always asking questions. He knows so much now, I'm shocked. I was his hero; his Superman. He looked up to me, and now he hates me. I've messed up before, but this is the worst.

Hey little brother

I was cruel and mean to you

But hey little brother

I need to say I love you

I just want you to know that

Want you to know that

Want you to know that

I just want you to know that

Want you to know that

Want you to know that

I walked in the door, and nobody was home, or so I thought. As I made my way down the hall, I heard a noise. It sounded like crying, so I opened the door, and saw my baby brother sitting on his bed, tears going down his face.

And the tables have turned now

I'm wishing I could be like you

Hey little brother

I just want you to know

I'm so proud

I'm so proud of you

I quietly walked in, and sat down on the bed. He looked up at me with those beautiful green-gray eyes that I loved. I spoke softly to him.

"Pony, I'm sorry. I just want you to know that I don't hate you. I could never hate you. I know I get angry at you, but I'm more than just your brother now. Now I'm also playing the adult. It's hard on you, but it's hard on me, too." I told him, hoping he would agree. Pony looked at me intently, and then he slowly scooted over and sat in my lap.

Hey little brother

I was cruel and mean to you

But hey little brother

I need to say I love you

I just want you to know that

Want you to know that

Want you to know that

I just want you to know that

Want you to know that

Want you to know

Kiddo

I wrapped my arms around Pony, moving him a little closer to me. He rested his head on my shoulder.

"I'm sorry, Darry. I'm really glad that you stayed here to raise Sodapop and me, instead of going to college. If it wasn't for you, we would both be in a boy's home. I feel bad, though, because I'm not good enough for you." Ponyboy said to me.

"Pony, I'm so proud of you because of everything you do. To me, you're perfect in every way. I mean, you're my smart, sweet, and adorable baby brother." I told him, and he smiled at me.

"Darry...…..I love you." He said, almost whispering.

"I love you too, kiddo. And I always will." I said to him, pulling my baby to me, knowing that we were okay, and we would be.