Author's Note ~ Well that was a very long and unnecessary delay huh? Well I am soooooooooooooo sorry! Apologies!!! Actually as sad as this sounds I wasn't planning on updating this story, if not for Moonauthor. Ya'll can thank her or else I would have never continued this, well I would have but not in this year. Also she helped me incredibly with giving me some touching incites on her personal experiences. Lol. Well enjoy~

Soda had been in a coma for a week and the doctor had told everyone that he wouldn't remember who he was, or any of his personal information.

Darry didn't react well to the news but was thankful that his brother wasn't dead. He also didn't react well to the bills that he had no clue how he was going to pay them off.

Kayla had been knocked unconscious for twenty-four hours but regained her consciousness and memory. She had a broken arm and a severe burn but she could care less. She was excited to be alive, but even more excited to be a hero and to be so popular and receiving all the attention. But that was her cover-up. Sure she loved the fame and attention, but she was hurting. She felt incredibly guilty for Sodapop. It was all her fault, he didn't even want to go into that building. She had forced him, and look what had happened.

~Curtis Home~

"Hey Darry", said Ponyboy weakly.

"Ponyboy", said Darry, "Shouldn't you be in bed?"

"Yeah, but I couldn't leave you like this. You okay Darry?"

"Come sit down."

Ponyboy smiled and took a seat next to his brother.

"Its just that I'm not sure how things are going to turn out with Soda. The docs have told me a few things, harsh reality and I don't want to hear it."

"Like what?"

"You shouldn't have to worry over this."

"Yeah well I'm going to find out anyway. Might as well tell me."

Darry looked at his younger brother and sighed heavily.

"Okay", he said, "Sodapop might lose his personality entirely."


"Example being he's going to be a completely different person, a 360 from his happy-go-lucky self."

Ponyboy absorbed the newly revealed information.

"Well God works in mysterious ways", said Ponyboy.

Darry ruffled his younger brother's hair.



"Well maybe God can help me pay these bills."

"Money problems?"

"Hospital just sent me the new bill for all of the Medicare that Soda requires. Ponyboy what am I going to do?"

"We could as our friends for some money."

"Ponyboy, you're a smart kid and you know that one none of our friends have money to give up, and two even if they could donate some it would never ever be enough."

"Yeah I know. But Darry if you want to talk reality than maybe we should talk about you. Trying to solve this problem will not be done over tonight, so go to bed."

Darry admired his brother, "How did you get to be so smart?"

"Runs in the family."

Darry smiled, and ruffled his brother's hair. "Okay short stuff let's head on in."

~Next Day at the Hospital~

"Soda", said Darry, "Hey kid remember us?"

Soda shook his head.

"Well I'm your older brother Darry, and this is your younger brother Ponyboy."

"Where are my- our parents?"

Darry shifted uneasily on the floor, "Soda baby their dead."

"Oh", replied Soda.

"Come on", said Darry, "Let's get you out of here and let's go home."

Soda had to adjust to his life all over again. Learning about his friends, their wealth/poverty, and about his life in total was a big experience for him to go through. However it was even bigger for his friends, and family. Soda had lost his personality and instead of being carefree and happy, he was solemn and apprehensive. Darry tried his best to cope with his brother but found it incredibly difficult, but that wasn't the only thing that was incredibly difficult. Another thing was the fact that Darry had no way of paying off his bill to the hospital. The hospital coped with him, and pitied the family but could not retrieve the cost.

It was late at night and Soda was in bed. Darry was up late examining over the bills and Ponyboy once more decided to talk to him.

"You worried again?"

"Worried, me no."


"Ponyboy there is no way I'm ever going to get enough money, and better than that Sodapop isn't himself! What am I supposed to do? He doesn't remember any of us, he won't talk to anyone, and he's so so…"


"Yes! Nothing is fun anymore! Soda could make chicken dance and carrots sing, and now their just food again. He took all of us out of reality and into some fantasy world. And now it's collapsing."

"Well the doctor said he might regain his memory quicker if he kept going on with regular life."

"Any ideas?"


"Come again?"

"Kayla! Soda had a thing for her."

"Yeah and…"

"And the school prom is coming up."


"So Soda could take her! Besides she feels guilty enough and is pratically willing to do anything for Soda."

"How do you know that?"


"You keep in touch with him, Ponyboy?"

"Yeah, we're buds. He's real cool, and is one hell of a fighter. You should see that kid go."

"Well all righty than, we'll go with your little plan, but that still doesn't rid me of my problems!"

"Calm down and let me, baby bro handle it, kay?"

"I think that this is very sad, it's so sad that I'm resorting to my little brother."

"Funny. I'll handle Sodapop you handle the financial problem."

The next day Ponyboy asked Kayla if she was willing to go out with Sodapop for the prom. She zealously accepted the offer, but told Ponyboy that she would not have any messengers between her relationship with Soda and if he wanted to ask her out to the prom he had to do it himself.

So Ponyboy told Soda this, and Soda had no real reason why not to go, so he asked Kayla out. The prom was in three days, and in three days wonders would happen.

Author's Note~ Okay I promise I'll have the next chapter out this week or very soon and no more long waits! Sorry once again!