"What are you gonna do
"Take her home, where else?"
"Will get in trouble."
"How will we get in trouble for helpin someone?" I fumbled with
"What about Darry?"
"Forget about him." I wondered what
happened to her. Sodapop sped up the car. I hugged myself from
the cool breeze. "Close the door for me," he said. I ran to the
door. Sodapop carried her bridal style. He put her on our only
couch. Sarah's eyes were still closed. at certain glances, it
looked like she wasn't breathing.
"Get some cold water," he said. I
ran into the bathroom and grabbed a cloth and a bucket of warm
water. Sodapop sat next to where Sarah lay. His eyes watched her
"Here," I said. He took the cloth
and put it in the water. He squeezed it letting excess water out
and gently dabbed it on Sarah's forehead and cheeks. After a few
seconds her eyes began to flutter. She sat up quickly.
"Oh," was all she said. She looked
at me and Sodapop embarrassed. "What happened?" she said.
"It's okay, we can drop you off as
soon as possible at your house," said Sodapop. Sarah looked
blankly straight ahead. She touched her forehead and sighed. "We
weren't doing anything-"
"Don't take me home," she
"What?" said Sodapop.
"I want to stay here for the night,"
"Where's your phone?"
"It's not handfree," I said. Sarah
"Woah, look you just fainted I
suggest-" Sarah ignored Sodapop and walked pass me. She went to
the phone and dialed a number.
"Hello?" she said. "Hey mom. I'm
staying over at Chelsea's. I don't feel well. I thought I'd just
stay here." There was silence. "Thanks mom." She hung up. Sarah
touched her fingers as she walked to us. "You guys don't mind if
I stay here right?"
"You lied to your mom, didn't
"It doesn't matter what side I'm at.
It matters who I'm with. You both are guys Soda, that's why I
lied," she said. I looked at Sarah. She didn't seem so sensitive
or sweet anymore. She sighed.
"Well you could sleep on our bed,"
said Sodapop scratching his head.
"I'll sleep on the floor," she said
settling herself down. Sodapop shook his head.
"You're the guest." Darry swung the
door wide open. He stretched his arms and threw his bag on the
dinner table. He looked at Sarah then back at Sodapop.
"Hi," said Sarah. Darry didn't
"You two in the kitchen now," he
Sarah lay herself on the
"What were you two thinking?"
"Calm down. She fainted and we tried
to help her. When I suggested taking her home, she asked if she
could stay here. What was I supposed to say?"
"Yes!" said Darry.
"Come on, it's already dark out."
Darry rubbed his temples.
"What if her parents find out she's
"There not gonna find out."
"And why is that?"
"She said she was sleeping over at
her girlfriend's house." Darry crossed his arms.
"I don't like it."
"It's just for a night." Darry
rolled his eyes.
"Whatever," he said.
"Oh and by the way, she's sleeping
on our bed," said Sodapop. Darry didn't turn back. Instead he
cracked his neck and walked away. Sarah sat waiting.
"We all agreed that you're sleeping
on the bed."
"Look I'm only one person. You guys
are three. It's okay," she said. Sodapop sighed.
"Ponyboy you accompany her," he
whispered in my ear. Sodapop and Darry went inside the room.
Darry looked better.
"You should go to bed now," she
said. I sat next to her, but couldn't say anything.
"What happened back there?"
"I'm sorry Ponyboy. It's nothing." I
nodded. She fluffed the pillow and positioned herself. She
yawned. "Are you sleeping now?"
"Yeah," I said.
"Night Sarah." Sarah closed her
eyes. I went inside the room to get changed. Darry got changed
while Sodapop looked up at the ceiling.
"It's late now Ponyboy."
"He's sleeping out there with her,"
"If anything happens to her, it'll
be our fault." Darry shook his head irritated. I opened our
drawer and pulled out a new shirt.
"Night Soda, night Darry," I said.
They just nodded. I went back out. Sarah was really asleep. I
looked at her. Now she looked delicate and meek. I lied down on
my side and faced her.