Disclaimer: I do not own or have rights to The Outsiders
Rated: T or M (not sure yet were this is going)
Written for: centonlover1997
~~~Chapter 1, Maybe We Could Try~~~
Soda stood across the room from Two-bit as he tried to fix the static playing TV. He was only wrapped in a towel, freshly out of the shower so he gave a small shiver before giving up and turning back to the man on the couch wrapping his arms around himself.
"Sorry Two-bit I'm not going to be able to fix it, Mickey will have to wait till Darry gets home" Two-bit just nodded at Soda, who was giving him a shy looking smile. There was a silence that filled the air as they maintained eye contact. Soda finally had enough; looking away he spoke up. "He should be home soon" was all Soda managed to say as he stood there awkwardly, not really sure if he should just leave the room and get dressed or excuse himself first. He was so bad with company, even if it was just someone from the gang; he felt weird leaving them all alone in his house while he was else where in said house. Be he felt even weirder to be standing here practically naked in front of Two-bit.
"You going to get dressed or just stand there and freeze?" Steve asked as he walked into house unannounced.
"Sorry, I was spacing out, I'll just be in my room." Soda blushed running out of the room and back to his.
"He's been acting weird lately" Two-bit said as Steve took a place next to him, picking up one of the magazine from the table.
"When did Darry start getting Time magazine?" Two-bit shrugged
"Maybe to trick social workers into thinking he actually cares about what's going on in the world." Steve nodded agreeing with that, he leaned back against the couch, throwing the magazine back onto the table propping his feet up on the wooden surface. He pulled out and lit a cigarette.
"You know, now that I think about it, Pony's been acting weird lately too. He ran right into me yesterday, stuttered a bunch and then ran to his room. Before that, well, really he just turns red when ever he sees me." Steve said throwing his hands up in the air. "They know something we don't" Two-bit nodded, biting he's lip for a second before turning to look at Steve
"Your Soda's best friend why don't you just ask him what's going on, he wouldn't lie to you" Steve shrugged.
"Its usually me with the problem, not him, I'm not sure how to ask him about it…I'll just wait for him to come to me." Two-bit rolled his eyes before getting up and walking towards the hall turning to the right were Pony and Soda's room was. "Where are you going?"
"To see what's wrong with him since you wont." Two-bit smiled before continuing on his way to Soda's room. He knocked on the door and heard some shuffling behind it before a flustered look Soda ripped open the door.
"What do you need?" Two-bit gave him a look before pushing his way into the room and sitting on the bed, which he noticed was made for once. The room was actually rather clean, except for a large pile of cloths in the corner but the closet. It looked like Soda couldn't decide what to wear, because it was only his cloths littering the floor.
"I was hoping we could talk." Soda nodded shutting his door, leaning back against it briefly before pushing off and walking to the closet.
"What did you want to talk about?" He asked as he walked around the area picking up his clothes.
"What's wrong with you and Ponyboy?" Soda back straighter automatically from his hunched over position he had just been in, and he turned around to face Two-bit.
"What are you talking about…th-there is noth-nothing wrong with me or P-pony" He said his cheeks turning red, he stared at Two-bit for a moment his eyes wide in confusion, he looked almost like a deer caught in headlights, before he turned around and hid his head in his closet pretending to hang the cloths he had just collected.
"Soda?" Said boy did not remove his face from its hiding place but simply answered with a hum. "Is it something with Darry…did hit Pony again?" Soda slammed the closet shut, glaring hard at Two-bit. He placed his hands on his hips, his cheeks now red with anger instead of embarrassment.
"Of course he didn't!" Soda all but yelled "he only ever hit him once and I'll have you know he felt bad about it for weeks." Soda then took a deep breath and calmed himself picking up the last shirt he'd left on the ground. He fiddled with it while staring at his feet.
"I didn't mean to upset you Soda, I'm sorry" Soda just shrugged at that.
"Its okay. I just don't like that you guys are always so hard on Darry, he's doing best for Pony and I." Two-bit nodded.
"I know he is and I know we shouldn't be so tough on him. I'll lighten up on him if that would make you feel better, but not much." Soda smiled slightly nodded
"It would" Two-bit nodded as well, before rubbing his sweaty hands against the jean covering his knees. Why was he suddenly nervously enough that he was starting to sweat. Soda didn't seem to be any calmer though.
"So what's wrong with you two then if it ain't Darry?" Two-bit had now gotten up and pulled Soda into his arms giving him a loose hug. "I'm worried, you guys have never been this quite, especially Pony. You barely leave the house for anything other then work. Soda are you sure there is nothing wrong?" Soda nodded resting his head against Two-bits shoulder.
"You'd hate me if I told you" Two-bit pushed Soda away holding him at arms length and glared.
"Soda, your part of my gang, your one of my best friends, not to menchion your one of the nicest guys I've ever met. I couldn't hate you even if I tried." Two-bit smiled lightly and Soda bite his lip, before breathing shakily.
"I like you Keith" Two-bit gave him a look.
"I like you too Soda, but seriously what's wrong?" Soda sighed heavily, looking at Two-bit for a second before grabbing his face as pressing their lips together. Two-bit pushed him away with out a second thought taking a step back. "What the fuck was that Soda?" Soda shrugged.
"I told you liked you." Two-bit sighed rubbing his eyes, he sat back down on the bed.
"Soda…I'm sorry, I'm not gay" Soda nodded wiping his eyes quickly hoping Two-bit didn't see him crying, but he had, and now he felt horrible. Two-bit thought for a second, maybe if he just faked it for a while, made Soda think he liked him but then did something so Soda would break it off; then everything would go back to normal. Two-bit decided it was a good enough plan for now. "But…if you don't mind going extremely slow with a relationship…maybe we try going on a date see were things go, maybe you'll change my orientation." Soda's head snapped up and smiled so big it hurt Two-bits cheeks just looking at him.
"I love that, we don't have to be anything sexual, we could just hold hand or something" Two-bit chuckled at the 16 year olds reaction.
"Well then do you want to go on a date with me; tomorrow night?" Soda nodded again.
"That would be great…when and where?" Two-bit stood hearing the front door slam shut and Darry yelling at Steve about having his feet on the table was heard, Pony voice shortly followed but was barely audible.
"I'll come get you at eight, the fairs in town…we'll bring Pony and Steve" Two-bit said when Darry started yelling about Pony's school work. "Give superman the night off." Soda shook his head.
"We can't bring Steve and Pony-" Two-bit waved his hand cutting Soda off.
"Don't worry, we can ditch them and spend sometime alone, I'm not going to act like its not a date…I might even buy you a pretzel and pop it your lucky." Soda smiled by sighed groaning. "What's wrong now?"
"Leaving Steve and Pony alone isn't a good idea, no matter how much I would love to be alone with you." Two-bit gave him a look.
"Why not, I mean sure they have their difference and the fight a lot but its not like they can't get along for one night." Soda shook his head again.
"Its not that, its just…Pony might like Steve" Two-bits eyes widened.
"The way you like me?" Soda nodded "that could be a problem." Soda was about to say something when a teary eyed Pony came running into the room slamming and locking the door behind him. He didn't even look at Soda before climbing into the bed, barring his face in a pillow. Darry started banging on the door.
"PONYBOY! You open this fucking door right now, we are not done talking about this!" He yelled and Soda sighed closing his eyes
"I should-" Soda whispered pointing to Pony, Two-bit nodded kissing Soda's cheek before he left the room pushing Darry away from the door long enough for Soda to lock it again. Only right after he did, he fell back against it and laughed, smiling. Pony sniffled and rolled over onto his other side giving his brother a look.
"What's up with you?" Soda jumped up and onto the bed grabbing Pony in a tight hug.
"Two-bit asked me on a date…and I might have kissed him." Soda blushed as he said it, Pony smiled for him even as his eyes and voice gave away his jealousy.
"That's great Soda, I hope you too have fun." Pony flopped back down on his side, now facing away from Soda again. Soda sighed laying down with him wrapping his arms around him.
"I will, and so will you since your going with us…as is Steve" Pony didn't move at all, but instead just glared at the wall and tried to shrug Soda's arm off him but Soda held tight and that's how they both fell asleep, Soda think of Two-bit and their date; Pony thinking of Steve and how he could get out of going with Two-bit and Soda tomorrow night.
So chapter one done…Review and let me know what you think. Sorry for grammar and spelling, still no beta.
PS: I guess Beta's don't like me, every one I start talking to and getting set up with stops answering back after some time.