A/N: Muahaha. Wrote this at 11:00pm when I was very, very tired so it didn't really 'turn out' at all. But I thought I'd post it anyways… Critiques are welcomed.
Disclaimer: I don't own The Outsiders, or the song Easier To Run which is by Linkin Park. Good song, check it out!

It's easier to run
Replacing this pain with something numb
It's so much easier to go

Than face all this pain here all alone

"Don't think," Dally told himself. "Don't think about what just happened." If he didn't think about it, it wouldn't hurt. He needed something to preoccupy his mind, so he could run from what had just happened. None of the others knew how he was feeling, none of them.

Something has been taken from deep inside of me
The secret I've kept locked away no one can ever see

No one knew how he felt about Johnny, and no one would find out. Not over his dead body. They'd never know he thought of him of more than a friend, but cared about him as a brother. No one would ever know…

Wounds so deep they never show they never go away
Like moving pictures in my head for years and years they've played

This was worse than any blades in a rumble or chains in a gang fight. This hurt more than skin deep; this hurt his soul. So many memories blurred his mind as he ran, but the memory of Johnny dying flooded his mind. He would never forget it, as long as he lived the memory of Johnny laying dead in the hospital would haunt his mind.

If I could change I would take back the pain I would
Retrace every wrong move that I made I would

It was a mistake to tell Johnny and Ponyboy to run away. If h hadn't, Johnny wouldn't have died. He would have given anything to change the mistakes he'd made.

"Give me all your money."
He wouldn't make another mistake.

If I could stand up and take the blame I would
If I could take all the shame to the grave I would
If I could change I would take back the pain I would
Retrace every wrong move that I made I would
If I could stand up and take the blame I would

I would take all my shame to the grave

He wasn't running again, not this time. This time, he'd take the punishment for what he'd done, he wouldn't run like he had from the hospital. Both incidents had been his fault, but this time he ran for a reason. He'd take the blame this time.

Sometimes I remember the darkness of my past
Bringing back these memories I wish I didn't have
Sometimes I think of letting go and never looking back
And never moving forward so there'd never be a past

He'd done bad things before, seen bad things. But most of that was when he was still in New York. He wasn't proud of some of the things he'd done there, but he wasn't denying them. He just wished he didn't have to remember them.

If I could change I would take back the pain I would
Retrace every wrong move that I made I would
If I could stand up and take the blame I would
If I could take all the shame to the grave I would
If I could change I would take back the pain I would
Retrace every wrong move that I made I would
If I could stand up and take the blame I would
I would take all my shame to the grave

He'd made the wrong move before, of not telling anyone else what he was doing.

"Darry?"

Just washing it aside
All of the helplessness inside
Pretending I don't feel misplaced
It's so much simpler than change

The burning in his chest as he ran was one of the best feelings he'd ever felt in his life. It was comfort to know that each step brought him one step closer to his wish. This was what he wanted.

It's easier to run
Replacing this pain with something numb
It's so much easier to go
Than face all this pain here all alone

He wanted to be alone, forever. He didn't want to deal.

It's easier to run
If I could change I would take back the pain I would
Retrace every wrong move that I made
It's easier to go
If I could change I would take back the pain I would
Retrace every wrong move that I made I would
If I could stand up and take the blame I would
I would take all my shame to the grave

As the shots sounded in the air, all Dally could think was that he would never make another mistake again.