"Pony…Pony! You listening?"

"Huh? Oh, uh yeah, something about Mickey mouse."

Soda chuckled, "Always reading books…"

Pony ignored him and went back to his 500 pg. book. Soda grinned and shook his head. He always saw Pony reading a book or drawing. Darry was in the kitchen making breakfast. In 20 minutes, the whole gang was there. Two-bit, Steve, Dally, and Johnny. Johnny sat next to Pony in the living room while the rest were in the kitchen with Darry. They were talking about girls.


As I was sitting on the couch next to Johnny, I heard Two-bit and Dally talking about girls. My ears turned red when I heard some 'stuff'.

"Were they really that big?!" Two-bit asked excitedly.

"Yup, not lying." Dally replied grinning at the memory.

"Guys, do you mind? Pony is in the living room," Soda exclaimed.

"Calm down, Pony is gonna think this way sooner or later." Steve sighed annoyed. Gosh I wish he understood me.

"Yeah, well, I think that will be later." Soda told him.

I chuckled behind the book. Johnny, too chuckled. Breakfast was ready and Soda and I ate it fast. Later on, Darry and Soda went to work leaving me alone with Johnny. The rest were off somewhere probably getting drunk or something. It was about 5 p.m. We were watching a show when out of curiosity, I looked out the window in the kitchen. Looks cloudy.

"Probably gonna rain today," I said to Johnny.

"Yeah. I hope it doesn't though. I wanna play something outside." He said to me.

"Ok, let's go." Just I turned around to leave, the window broke into pieces.

"Ponyboy!" Johnny shouted as he helped me up.

"Ugh, what the…." I felt something trickle down my arm. Blood.

I moaned in pain seeing the wide and somewhat deep cut on my arm. I looked around seeing the shattered glass and saw a rock laying near the couch. I stood up and picked it up.

" Careful, you need that arm bandaged, Pony."

"I'm all right." I winced when I picked it up with my right arm. There was a note attached to it. When I opened it I gasped. Why me?


Dally and I were walking to Pony's when we heard a loud crash and a car speeding. Dally ran to the crash and realized it was at Pony's place. I ran full speed and walked in finding Johnny and Pony sitting on the couch.

"What happened?!" I asked as I saw Pony's arm bandaged up.

"Its' just that-the window." Pony stuttered and couldn't go on.

"Someone threw a rock and broke the window. It kinda hurt Pony's arm." Johnny explained quietly. Dally grunted looking at the window. He shook his head angrily and walked outside.

"You ok?" I asked Pony. He gulped and nodded. I walked outside to check on Dally, he was gone. Probably off to find Soda and Darry. I hope so. When I walked inside, Johnny and Pony immediately stopped whispering about something.

"Hey, what's wrong?" Both shook their heads.

"C'mon, can't you tell a harmless lone greaser?" Both went silent. I sighed and shook my head.

"Look guys, if you won't tell me, tell somebody else."

"It's just that. I don't know what's going on either." Johnny said. Wow. Pony not telling Johnny a secret. Exciting. Pony stood still looking paler by the second. 20 minutes passed by. Soda and Darry had arrived.


I looked around the gas station to see if hot chicks were around, but there weren't any. I sighed and went back to fixing up the car. Suddenly, Steve shook me.


"Look, Dally's coming." Steve said pointing at him.


"He looks angry."

I looked up to see and he was right. Dally was pissed off.

"Dally, what's wrong?" I asked him.

"I'm gonna kill some soc tonight."

I froze, "What are you talking about?"

"Why don't you go home and find out?"

"Is-Is Ponyboy all right?"

"Those damn socs hurt him." He grunted. My eyes widened. What happened?! I looked at Steve and shook his head knowing what I wanted.

"Don't worry Soda, I'll take care of everything." He sighed.

"Thanks." I quickly went back to the house with Dally and ran inside. The window was broken and I saw Pony sleeping on the couch with his arm wrapped in cloth. Johnny looked up as I walked inside. Two-bit was lying on the floor next to Pony.

"God, what happened?" I asked running to Ponyboy. He woke up as I reached for him.


"I'm here baby."

"Oh Soda…" He sobbed. I held him closely and looked at Johnny. He looked away.

"Pony. What happened?"

"I-I…." He sniffed and continued, "I don't know who did it…"

He's lying, I thought. I know he is.

"Pony, c'mon, tell what's really wrong."

"Really Soda, I don't know."

I got up, grabbed Johnny by the shoulder, and went outside with him. Pony watched with a pleading look at us as we went out.

"Johnny, what really happened."

"Soda….it's just that-"

"No. Please tell. Something bad could really happen to him." I said a bit loudly. He looked down and sighed.

"Soda, I would tell, but….First I need to find out."

"What do you mean?"

"Ponyboy wouldn't tell me either."

I looked back at Pony and then at Johnny. It must be serious enough. Pony tells Johnny everything. EVERYTHING. And know….I must find out what's going on with Ponyboy….before it's too late.