Pony POV

Darry hit me. Darry hit me. Darry hit me.

Those were the only thoughts running through my head as I ran into the crisp winter air. I vaguely heard Darry and Soda calling my name, but no one running after me.

They really don't care about me, I thought.

My feet were moving of their own accord, and I did nothing to stop them. Suddenly, I saw bright red eyes, and felt two sharp things jab at my neck. Next came the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I wanted to call out for Darry or Soda, but then I remembered that they didn't love me, so I embraced the peaceful darkness.

Soda POV

Darry and I were extremely worried about Ponyboy. He's been missing for three days now! We've called the police, of course, but why would anyone care about a JD?

"I just can't understand where he could be. We've checked everywhere!," Darry stated, sitting in his favorite armchair, his eyes red from crying.

"Don't worry too much, Dar!," I replied gently, "He'll turn up soon. After all, Two-Bit, Steve, Dallas, and Johnny are out looking for him, and you know them. Once they set their mind on something, they never fail!"

As if on cue, the doorbell rang, and standing in our doorway was...