He ran. He ran fast. He expected some force to pull him back across the street. Nothing did. Soda was in running shock. What had he done? How could he have done that? What made him think he could fight this demon after what it did to him earlier? Soda knew after this attempt, he had just doomed everyone.

"I pissed him off! Oh God Two-Bit, I ruined everything! Damnit it's all my fault!" Soda cried out. After his near attempt to help Ponyboy, Soda ran to Two-Bit's house feeling vulnerable.

"What are you talking about Soda? Calm down. What happened?" Two-Bit asked shutting his bedroom door.

Soda took deep breaths. He paced the bedroom nearly pulling his hair out from stress and fear. He felt like he could vomit right there on Two-Bit's floor.

"I...I made him mad I know I did! Now Pony is screwed cause of me!" Soda cried leaning against the wall. He wished the wall would open up and suck him into a new world where Pony was all better. He wished the end of the world was happening right now and this would all be over for everyone. He wished he could just save Ponyboy. He only wished, and he couldn't do anything to make it come true.

Two-Bit sat on his bed running a hand through his hair. He looked up at Soda as he continued to freak out. "Soda, what did you do?"

Soda's eyes watered and tears began escaping as he squeezed them shut.

"Soda," Two-Bit said getting up from his bed. He grabbed Soda by the shoulders ready to shake it out of him. "Damnit Soda tell me! What did you do!"

Soda shook Two-Bit off. He gulped and took a deep breath. "I tried..." Soda choked on his tears, "I tried drowning him Two-Bit." Soda felt himself sink to the floor. He couldn't bear look up at Two-Bit's face expression. Hell he didn't deserve to look at another day of sun after this.

"You didn't finish it?" Two-Bit asked.

Soda shook his head.

"How could you not..."

Soda jumped back on his feet in immediate anger, "It fought back! You saw what it did to me! That thing demon shit is strong! None of us, no one in this world, can fight this thing physically! It's impossible!"

Two-Bit punched the wall and began his own anger pace in the room. "God damnit! Fuck!"

"I'm sorry," Soda muttered, more to Pony then to Two-Bit.

"I don't know what I was thinking. I had had enough of all this and wanted it to end. I wanted it done!"

"I...I know..." Before Two-Bit could go on, the phone rang from downstairs. The boys made their way down to the kitchen where Two-Bit answered the phone.


"Two-Bit? It's..it's Dally."

"Dal? What's going on? You sound jumpy," Two-Bit commented. He looked back at Soda who was taking deep breaths. Color was coming back to his face at least.

"Listen I'm at a pay phone near Steve's. You have to get down here now. No one answered at Soda's place, I just need you to get here now."

"Relax, Soda is here with me. We will be there in a minute. Just stay there."

"Alright, alright. Just hurry."

Two-Bit hung up the phone. "How you doing?"

Soda looked up, "I'm okay..what did Dally want?"

"He wants me to come down to Steve's. You should stay here and rest, you have had a long rough day."

Soda shook his head, "No. I won't be able to relax knowing something may be wrong with Steve."

Two-Bit sighed, knowing he was right. He grabbed his keys and they both went out to Two-Bit's car.

They found Dally pacing outside Steve's house. Soda and Two-Bit both began to worry. Soda wanted to kick himself. He should have made Steve tell him what happened at the hospital.

Getting out of the car, neither one of them had a chance to ask Dally anything. He began leading them inside instructing them to just follow him.

Dally lead them inside the Randle house and brought them straight upstairs to Steve's bedroom. "Okay listen," Dally began.

"Where's Steve," Soda suddenly blurted out.

Dally just shook his head, "I don't know. I was looking for you guys, no one was at your place so I came here and found this..."

Dally turned the doorknob and threw the door open. Soda felt his stomach leap to his throat.