This first chapter is in Johnny's POV until I change it. I changed their ages - Johnny 13, Pony 11, Soda 15, Darry 21, Dally 17, Two-Bit 16, Steve 15, Curly Shepards 16 and Tim Shepard's 19.
It was all over the news. A bunch of kids went missing then appeared dead some place random. One guy found a kid in a restaurant oven. Apparently cooked. It made my stomach turn at the thought.
I was worried and I could kinda tell Dally was too. He was spending nights here more often. Dally made me stay here and nobody would let me sleep in the lot anymore. Dally said he would pound my head in if he found me sleeping there.
They had Two-Bit and Steve drive Pony in to school too. He wasn't allowed to go anywhere by himself anymore. Not even if I was there.
I was allowed to go out by myself sometimes but Dally wasn't far.
The kid down the road went missing five days ago and that got Dally all worked up. The kid was only 14. It made Dally even more nervous. He didn't show it but I could see it mostly in his eyes.
I looked around the empty house. Soda should be back soon.
There was a rumor around school that the way you can tell you where going to get nabbed was a phone call with no one on the other line. I didn't believe anything those stupid Soc's said but still I thought about it.
Suddenly the phone rang and I almost jumped out of my skin. I stood up and answered. For a second it was silent. I got real scared and was about to hang up when I heard,
"Hey Johnny!" It was Soda's voice. My breaths came in smouldering gasps.
"You okay kid?" He asked.
"Ya, I'm fine." I said quietly.
"Good, Dally passed by and wanted me to make sure you were okay. He was off to Bucks fer some drinks." Soda said lightly.
"Gunna be a little late. You okay with that?" Soda said.
"Ya I'll be fine." I told him.
"'Ok good. Call me if you need anything." Soda said. We quickly said goodbye and I sat on the couch.
It started to get dark and as the sun set I got worried. It was my imagination messing with me but the hair on the back of my neck was standing on end. Just then someone flew through the door. I jumped so hard I fell off the couch. I flicked out my switch and spun around to see a confused looking Curly Shepard.
"Jesus, give me a heart attack!" I huffed.
"Man lock the door!" Curly yelled and pulled me toward the door. Curly looked really shaken. I locked the door and sat on the couch. Curly sat on the recliner and I noticed he was white as a sheet, shaking and on the verge of tears.
"What happened, you look like a wreak" I said.
"Some guy pulled up beside me and tried to pull me in the car." Curly almost sobbed. "Punched him in the face and bolted." Small tears streamed his face. He made no effort to hide them.
"I think it was the killer man." Curly stated. I took a sharp breath. Sobs where raking his body. I went over and put a hand on his shoulder. I have consoled a lot of people but Curly Shepard wasn't on the list and I never thought he would be.
"He followed me here. He never got out though he just watched me come inside. I was so scared man." I knew Curly wouldn't tell anyone but me this. He wouldn't tell Pony or Dally and definitely not Tim. It took a few minutes for him to calm down and I got him a glass of water. He drank it quick and looked up at me.
"You ain't going to tell anyone I was crying, I'll punch your face in." He said. I shook my head and he let out a breath. I took a small peek out the window and couldn't see anyone. I relaxed slightly. I looked at Curly. I didn't think the killer would try to nab a 16 year old kid. It made me even more nervous. Curly looked older like 18 or something. It made me worry for Dally or Soda or one of the other gang.
We sat and watched T.V for a while until we heard banging on the door. Both me and Curly jumped. I turned to look and it was Soda and Steve looking confused. I walked over and opened the door.
"Hey kiddo," Soda said "Whatcha have the door locked for?" He looked over at Curly. Curly still looked pretty shaken up.
"Curly almost got nabbed by the killer." I said quietly. Soda's eyes widened and Steve looked at Curly. Curly's eyes were slightly red from crying.
"Tell me what happened." Soda said and Curly followed him into the kitchen. Steve sat on the couch and tried to not look scared. After a while Soda came out and Curly sat down on the couch and closed his eyes. Soda went to the phone and phoned someone.
Man this was freaky. Curly was almost kidnapped and killed. I think that would be the one thing that would make Tim break. Although Tim didn't show it he really cared about Angela and Curly. Once Curly finished talking, I went to call Tim.
"Hello?" Tim's gruff voice answered.
"Hey Tim, how's it goin'?" I said as cheerfully as I could.
"What is it Curtis. Better not be one of yours and Randle's jokes again 'cause I will pound your face in." Tim said.
"Hey not so violent, I got your kid brother over here at my place. He says he almost got picked up by the killer guy." I said. The line went silent for a second.
"He okay?" Tim said gruffly.
"Ya he's fine. He's going to stay here though." I told him.
"Tough enough, Tell him not to get himself killed." Tim said and hung up. I smiled and went over to Curly. He still looked Jumpy. Maybe even jumpier then Johnny.
"Hey Shepard, Yer stayin' tonight. Brother says don't get killed." I told him. Curly nodded and quickly fell asleep.
I heard the door rattle and jumped a little. I forgot I locked it again. I opened it and saw Pony and Two-Bit. They looked confused. I told them what happened and they nodded. Pony looked scared but relived his old buddy wasn't kidnapped.
Two-Bit sat down on the couch and Pony went and talked to Curly. I was relived it wasn't Pony or Johnny who was almost abducted. I smiled and sat on the couch. I left the door unlocked now cause there was so many of us. Darry came home a little while later and asked me why Curly Shepard was here. When I told him he looked concerned. I knew he was thinking about Pony and Johnny.
Everyone was here but Dally. I was starting to get worried. I knew I was just kidding myself though. Dally would beat the pulp out of the guy before he got nabbed.
I watched Soda talking to Darry. Darry looked concerned. I hope he wasn't thinking about me. I hate it when people worry about me.
It was around 10:30 when I watched Dally come in. That was everyone. Darry locked the door. Everyone was going to be crashing here tonight. Soda offered his room to Curly but he declined. Two-Bit jumped onto the opportunity and took Soda's offer.
Around 11:00 we all started parting into sleeping spots. Soda and Pony went to their room. Two-Bit went to Soda's room, Darry went to his room and we all found a comfortable spot to sleep.
Steve was sleeping on the floor. Dally got the recliner, Curly took the couch and I took the chair. I dozed off quickly only to be awakened by yelling. I shot off the chair and stumbled onto Steve. Steve swore out loud and pushed me off him.
Curly was yelling in his sleep. Dally looked annoyed and was eyeing him like he was meat. Soda was out of his room with a half asleep Pony following him and Darry was slowly coming out of his room. Two-Bit slept through the entire thing.
Soda woke Curly up and Curly started sobbing again. Soda patted him on the back while Pony hugged his friend. When Curly calmed down, I heard Dally ranting about how it was three in the morning. Curly finally stopped bawling and looked embarrassed. He didn't say anything about it so I spoke up.
"Don't go blabbing on about this." I said with as much confidence as I could. Everyone looked at me, nodded and went back to where they were sleeping. Dally was still grumbling and I laughed a little and dozed off.Start writing here ...