Curly quickly navigated from Winderexville to Tulsa. It was strange Curly kidnapped M&M and courted Scout in the same place Winston and Johnny saved those kids from the church fire. Of course after they went to hide there after Johnny stabbed that Bob soc in the arm in self defense.

When Curly got home, he was met by Tim. "Angela is doing better! Your idea worked!"

"Good," Curly said, distracted, going to his room.

"But you never told us how you got the idea," Tim followed him to their room. "When you were gone to wherever you went, the cops paid us a visit."

"Really?" Curly tried to look surprised as he picked up stuff in his room. It was useless and pointless.

Tim closed the door. "Why didn't you tell us you kidnapped M&M?" Tim asked.

"It wouldn't matter," Curly said. "The Winstons probably do worse to him and it was worth community service."

"Don't you ever use your head, Curl?" Tim asked, leaning against the wall. "You did a good job with getting him but at what cost?"

"Curly sighed, he didn't regret leaving anymore. This war... Curly replied, "It saved Angel."

"We found another way to find out," Tim replied. "Just like M&M. You sacrfieiced yourself for no reason."

"No need to thank me," Curly replied, taking his clothes out of his drawer and putting it in his suitcase.

"Jeez you're worse than that Pony kid," Tim replied.

"Don't you always harp me to take one for the team?" Curly asked.

"In gang stuff like races and dealing," Tim replied, leaning forward, "not going to community service in this war. And what do you mean by harp?"

"What's the difference?" Curly asked. "This gang war is just as fickle as the gang stuff we get into. And I mean nag."

"If I didn't nag, you'd do stuff like this. And what do you mean fickle?" Tim asked.

"Don't you get tired of this cold war? So what if Winston is being an ass, he is one. Winston has a legitimate reason for not wanting a gang there even if he is being a hypocrite. The Kings blew off to suck each other once we stopped giving them attention," Curly replied. "And the Tigers are always our allies because they hate them."

"You don't understand gangs, Curls," Tim replied. "You have to drive your point."

"It's exactly why I don't need them," Curly replied.

"Don't be so holier than thou," Tim told him.

"That's your job," Curly replied.

Just then, the gang came in their room. "The cops are here, Curly," Wade informed him.

"Ok, tell them I'll be down in a minute," Curly replied. "Because I'm not going."

"What?" the gang said all at the same time.

"Tim, you need money don't you?" Curly asked.

Uh yea-" Timreplied.

Curly wentto his dresser, opened it and came back with something on his hand. He put it in Tim's hand. Tim looked down and saw a saw with a clear, sparkling blade. "I found these one day. It's made from diamonds." Curly had four more of them he was going to use when he left with Scout. "Im giving it to you if you go to community service as me."

Tim looked down at the saw in awe. "Where did you get this?"

"I found them in the old minor's cave," Curly replied.

"Oh, ok I'm in... Angel!" Tim walked out of their room to Angela's room where she curled Tim's hair like Curly's.

Tim walked out of Angela's room,he looked just like Curly except for the long scar from his temple to his jaw and his height/cold eyes. Curly blinked. They looked so alike but they weren't. "Weird, isn't it?" Tim read Curly's mind. "Anyways I have to get going." Tim smiled at the saw in his hand.

"Yeah," Curly agreed, handing Tim his ID. Tim gave Curly his ID in exchange.

Tim went downstairs and Curly grabbed his backpack and picked up the other four saws. He stacked them up and stuck them in his backpack.

0o0o0o

Scout was at Dingo's with the twins, Ponyboy, and the whole gang. She got a perfect opportunity. They were celebrating because Dahlia and Darry's daughter turned five. Darry was going to be a real father. "It seems like yesterday I was raising Pony and Soda!"

"That was yesterday," Ponyboy replied, picking up his niece. Everyone laughed.

"Now you're have a real kid to yell at," Ponyboy replied.

"You help me spoil her ," Darry grinned at Ponyboy and Ponyboy laughed. Darry hugged him and Sodapop engulfted them both in a hug.

Scout smiled and kneeled down at Ester's level. "Happy birthday Ester!" she gave Ester a present wrapped in pink "Thank you, Scout!" Ester eagerly unwrapped the present and smile at the Jaquoline Kennedy barbie doll. .

Scout looked at all of them sing the birthday song to Ester and realized this would be the last time she saw them. Including Soda and Lucine'a two year old daughter. Or her sister's future child. Until she came back to Tulsa. By then she'd be married to Curly and maybe have a child. Giddiness replaced her emptyness and she remembered she had a purpose.

"M&M took one for the team but it was worth it! " Bryon said, standing to the left of Scout. ""The younger She ardis leaving for Boot camp- I mean community service in an hour."

Scout grit her teeth. Now she remembered a reason why she wouldn't miss Tulsa.

"I'll see you all later, I have class today," Scout stood up and picked up her bag. "I Joe you had a good birthday," she smiled at Estel.

"We'll see you later," Ponybot replied.

"And save some cake," Daisy and Minnie said at the same time freaking everyone out.

"Maybe," Johnny and Danny said together, having the same effect.

"We never do that," Scout and Zoenda said together then looked at each other.

"Twins..." Steve muttered.

Scout stood up, picking up her satchel and purse; bid everyone goodbye before walking out the door.

When she stepped into the sunlight she had one thought on her mind: Curly.

She didn't notice Cherry standing in front of her. Same Cherry she fought with for Pony before her sister became with him. Now Pony was just her and Cherry's friend.

"Hi Cherry," she said pleasantly, walking forward.

"Hi Scout," Cherry replied, walking besides her . "Cam I talk with you? I'll give you a ride?"

"Yeah," Scout replied, following Cherry to her red stingray. She got in the passanger side and Cherry got in the driver's seat.

When Cherry started the engine and rode off the shaded road, Cherry turned to her. "I saw you with Curly Shepard," she said, looking ahead.

Scout looked at her. "When?"

"I saw you going to Winderexville with him. That's where Dally hid Pony and Johnny after they fought with Bob," Cherry spoke, looking at Scout. "I saw you holding hands with Curly. But I won't tell anyone." Cherry looked at Scout for a bit while driving. "Scout, you shouldn't do this. I did the same thing you did once and four people almost died. Don't get to close to the other side, there is a lot of people involoved that can get hurt."

Scout knew about the Bob stabbing and Winderexville. She couldn't believe she was in the same church Pony and Johnny hid in.

"No one will get hurt," Scout replied. "Because Curly and I are leaving Tulsa for good," Scout replied, not looking at Cherry.

"What? How? Curly was taken for community service today morning," Cherry told her.

"Curly told me Tim would take his place," Scout said, convincing herself too. She hoped Tim was the one arrested.

"Oh, that would work because Curly looks a lot like Tim and the sherifs don't know the shepards," Cherry replied. "So where is he meeting you?" Cherry asked. She just noticed the satchel next to her purse.

"Near the railtracks," Scout replied.

"Should I drop you off there?" Cherry asked, nearing the railtracks. No one was there at the hour.

"Yeah," Scout said. "Can you let everyone know I joined The Children of God Cherry?"

Cherry stared at her. "Won't your gan- family and friends worry?"

"They'll understand I wouldn't join if I couldn't look out for myself," Scout replied. "I have no choice, Tulsa is dangerous."

"Okay Scout," Cherry replied.

"Cherry?"

"Yeah?"

"Thanks," Scout said, getting out of the car.

"No problem Scout," Cherry replied, smiling. "Good luck, you made the right choice."

"Thanks," Scout said and watched Cherry drive away.

Curly walked along the streets of Tulsa, looking at everything. He saw Bucks, which was tense when both gangs showed up. He'd never go there again to fool around with Tim and the gang. He'd never see the town again where he created trouble, shoplifted, and drank. He'd never see Jays, Dingo, or the strip again where the Greasers had tons of rumbles. He'd never see Soc cars pull up to jump them again or that Cherry chick. He'd never see the movie theatre again where he snuck in and wanted to take Scout.

Scout... He smiled, today nothing would pull them apart. He passed by the Winston territory, carefully. He walked through the park where Bob jumped Pony and Johnny. He remembered the times he played chicken with Pony(besides the rumble). Like the rusting, dilapaited playground with its orange, tall grass, the gang war ruined everything he was familiar with. It made them grow up too quickly. He dived behind a bush when he heard two familiar Winston voices.

"She joined a Family commune!" Ponyboy exclaimed. "What was she thinking?" Curly's heart caught in his throat. Why would Scout join a commune?!

"She wasn't!" Curly heard Dallas, looking like he'd combust.

"Maybe she had a reason," a quiet voice said. That's how Curly told Johnny and Danny apart. Because you iditios won't accept us! Curly glared at them.

"What reason could anyone have to suddenly join the family?" a more flamboyant voice belonging to Danny replied. "She was kidnapped, that's what happened. We have to find her."

"It's not easy," Curly heard Scout. For a minute his heart skipped a beat. But it wasn't Scout it was her twin, Zoenda. "We can't track them down, they're secrative where they go. We'll never find them."

"Communes are like their own government," M&M replied. "We can't get to her even if we find them." The children of God reminded Curly of how the gangs and the Winstons' NY gan

Curly quickly navigated from Winderexville to Tulsa. It was strange Curly kidnapped M&M and courted Scout in the same place Winston and Johnny saved those kids from the church fire. Of course after they went to hide there after Johnny stabbed that Bob soc in the arm in self defense.

When Curly got home, he was met by Tim. "Angela is doing better! Your idea worked!"

"Good," Curly said, distracted, going to his room.

"But you never told us how you got the idea," Tim followed him to their room. "When you were gone to wherever you went, the cops paid us a visit."

"Really?" Curly tried to look surprised as he picked up stuff in his room. It was useless and pointless.

Tim closed the door. "Why didn't you tell us you kidnapped M&M?" Tim asked.

"It wouldn't matter," Curly said. "The Winstons probably do worse to him and it was worth community service."

"Don't you ever use your head, Curl?" Tim asked, leaning against the wall. "You did a good job with getting him but at what cost?"

"Curly sighed, he didn't regret leaving anymore. This war... Curly replied, "It saved Angel."

"We found another way to find out," Tim replied. "Just like M&M. You sacrfieiced yourself for no reason."

"No need to thank me," Curly replied, taking his clothes out of his drawer and putting it in his suitcase.

"Jeez you're worse than that Pony kid," Tim replied.

"Don't you always harp me to take one for the team?" Curly asked.

"In gang stuff like races and dealing," Tim replied, leaning forward, "not going to community service in this war. And what do you mean by harp?"

"What's the difference?" Curly asked. "This gang war is just as fickle as the gang stuff we get into. And I mean nag."

"If I didn't nag, you'd do stuff like this. And what do you mean fickle?" Tim asked.

"Don't you get tired of this cold war? So what if Winston is being an ass, he is one. Winston has a legitimate reason for not wanting a gang there even if he is being a hypocrite. The Kings blew off to suck each other once we stopped giving them attention," Curly replied. "And the Tigers are always our allies because they hate them."

"You don't understand gangs, Curls," Tim replied. "You have to drive your point."

"It's exactly why I don't need them," Curly replied.

"Don't be so holier than thou," Tim told him.

"That's your job," Curly replied.

Just then, the gang came in their room. "The cops are here, Curly," Wade informed him.

"Ok, tell them I'll be down in a minute," Curly replied. "Because I'm not going."

"What?" the gang said all at the same time.

"Tim, you need money don't you?" Curly asked.

Uh yea-" Timreplied.

Curly wentto his dresser, opened it and came back with something on his hand. He put it in Tim's hand. Tim looked down and saw a saw with a clear, sparkling blade. "I found these one day. It's made from diamonds." Curly had four more of them he was going to use when he left with Scout. "Im giving it to you if you go to community service as me."

Tim looked down at the saw in awe. "Where did you get this?"

"I found them in the old minor's cave," Curly replied.

"Oh, ok I'm in... Angel!" Tim walked out of their room to Angela's room where she curled Tim's hair like Curly's.

Tim walked out of Angela's room,he looked just like Curly except for the long scar from his temple to his jaw and his height/cold eyes. Curly blinked. They looked so alike but they weren't. "Weird, isn't it?" Tim read Curly's mind. "Anyways I have to get going." Tim smiled at the saw in his hand.

"Yeah," Curly agreed, handing Tim his ID. Tim gave Curly his ID in exchange.

Tim went downstairs and Curly grabbed his backpack and picked up the other four saws. He stacked them up and stuck them in his backpack.

0o0o0o

Scout was at Dingo's with the twins, Ponyboy, and the whole gang. She got a perfect opportunity. They were celebrating because Dahlia and Darry's daughter turned five. Darry was going to be a real father. "It seems like yesterday I was raising Pony and Soda!"

"That was yesterday," Ponyboy replied, picking up his niece. Everyone laughed.

"Now you're have a real kid to yell at," Ponyboy replied.

"You help me spoil her ," Darry grinned at Ponyboy and Ponyboy laughed. Darry hugged him and Sodapop engulfted them both in a hug.

Scout smiled and kneeled down at Ester's level. "Happy birthday Ester!" she gave Ester a present wrapped in pink "Thank you, Scout!" Ester eagerly unwrapped the present and smile at the Jaquoline Kennedy barbie doll. .

Scout looked at all of them sing the birthday song to Ester and realized this would be the last time she saw them. Including Soda and Lucine'a two year old daughter. Or her sister's future child. Until she came back to Tulsa. By then she'd be married to Curly and maybe have a child. Giddiness replaced her emptyness and she remembered she had a purpose.

"M&M took one for the team but it was worth it! " Bryon said, standing to the left of Scout. ""The younger She ardis leaving for Boot camp- I mean community service in an hour."

Scout grit her teeth. Now she remembered a reason why she wouldn't miss Tulsa.

"I'll see you all later, I have class today," Scout stood up and picked up her bag. "I Joe you had a good birthday," she smiled at Estel.

"We'll see you later," Ponybot replied.

"And save some cake," Daisy and Minnie said at the same time freaking everyone out.

"Maybe," Johnny and Danny said together, having the same effect.

"We never do that," Scout and Zoenda said together then looked at each other.

"Twins..." Steve muttered.

Scout stood up, picking up her satchel and purse; bid everyone goodbye before walking out the door.

When she stepped into the sunlight she had one thought on her mind: Curly.

She didn't notice Cherry standing in front of her. Same Cherry she fought with for Pony before her sister became with him. Now Pony was just her and Cherry's friend.

"Hi Cherry," she said pleasantly, walking forward.

"Hi Scout," Cherry replied, walking besides her . "Cam I talk with you? I'll give you a ride?"

"Yeah," Scout replied, following Cherry to her red stingray. She got in the passanger side and Cherry got in the driver's seat.

When Cherry started the engine and rode off the shaded road, Cherry turned to her. "I saw you with Curly Shepard," she said, looking ahead.

Scout looked at her. "When?"

"I saw you going to Winderexville with him. That's where Dally hid Pony and Johnny after they fought with Bob," Cherry spoke, looking at Scout. "I saw you holding hands with Curly. But I won't tell anyone." Cherry looked at Scout for a bit while driving. "Scout, you shouldn't do this. I did the same thing you did once and four people almost died. Don't get to close to the other side, there is a lot of people involoved that can get hurt."

Scout knew about the Bob stabbing and Winderexville. She couldn't believe she was in the same church Pony and Johnny hid in.

"No one will get hurt," Scout replied. "Because Curly and I are leaving Tulsa for good," Scout replied, not looking at Cherry.

"What? How? Curly was taken for community service today morning," Cherry told her.

"Curly told me Tim would take his place," Scout said, convincing herself too. She hoped Tim was the one arrested.

"Oh, that would work because Curly looks a lot like Tim and the sherifs don't know the shepards," Cherry replied. "So where is he meeting you?" Cherry asked. She just noticed the satchel next to her purse.

"Near the railtracks," Scout replied.

"Should I drop you off there?" Cherry asked, nearing the railtracks. No one was there at the hour.

"Yeah," Scout said. "Can you let everyone know I joined The Children of God Cherry?"

Cherry stared at her. "Won't your gan- family and friends worry?"

"They'll understand I wouldn't join if I couldn't look out for myself," Scout replied. "I have no choice, Tulsa is dangerous."

"Okay Scout," Cherry replied.

"Cherry?"

"Yeah?"

"Thanks," Scout said, getting out of the car.

"No problem Scout," Cherry replied, smiling. "Good luck, you made the right choice."

"Thanks," Scout said and watched Cherry drive away.

Curly walked along the streets of Tulsa, looking at everything. He saw Bucks, which was tense when both gangs showed up. He'd never go there again to fool around with Tim and the gang. He'd never see the town again where he created trouble, shoplifted, and drank. He'd never see Jays, Dingo, or the strip again where the Greasers had tons of rumbles. He'd never see Soc cars pull up to jump them again or that Cherry chick. He'd never see the movie theatre again where he snuck in and wanted to take Scout.

Scout... He smiled, today nothing would pull them apart. He passed by the Winston territory, carefully. He walked through the park where Bob jumped Pony and Johnny. He remembered the times he played chicken with Pony(besides the rumble). Like the rusting, dilapaited playground with its orange, tall grass, the gang war ruined everything he was familiar with. It made them grow up too quickly. He dived behind a bush when he heard two familiar Winston voices.

"She joined a Family commune!" Ponyboy exclaimed. "What was she thinking?" Curly's heart caught in his throat. Why would Scout join a commune?!

"She wasn't!" Curly heard Dallas, looking like he'd combust.

"Maybe she had a reason," a quiet voice said. That's how Curly told Johnny and Danny apart. Because you iditios won't accept us! Curly glared at them.

"What reason could anyone have to suddenly join the family?" a more flamboyant voice belonging to Danny replied. "She was kidnapped, that's what happened. We have to find her."

"It's not easy," Curly heard Scout. For a minute his heart skipped a beat. But it wasn't Scout it was her twin, Zoenda. "We can't track them down, they're secrative where they go. We'll never find them."

"Communes are like their own government," M&M replied. "We can't get to her even if we find them." The children of God reminded Curly of how the gangs and the Winstons' NY gang members were governed.

"How are we going to save her? That commune is not good news," M&M asked. You can't! Neither yourstupid Winstons or my stupid gang can get that through their heads, some things can't be reversed. Somethings are above your ego! Curly clenched his fists.

The group left. Curly came out of the bush, shaking. Scout... was gone?! But why? Maybe she didn't want to be with him anymore but still wanted to get away from Tulsa. The only thought that consoled him was Scout might be happy. But who was he kidding? That cult practiced fishy flirting(females offering sexual activity for potential members) and thought sex with kids was right and natural.

Curly made up his mind and walked purposefully back to his house. Luckily for him no one was home when he entered his house. He wrote a quick note and walked outside again. He walked past the railroad tracks and to the bus station. He bought a ticket and took the bus past the town of Tulsa deep into the countryside. Then he got off in a spot where there was a familiar group of funky dressed people hitchiking. He watched them for awhile then hiked to a motel. After he checked in and went to his room, he fell asleep as soon as he sat on his bed. His last thoughts was how he was going to find which one Scout was in. Maybe they would force her to offer him sex to join.

Scout walked around the tracks, sitting on the edge of the tracks. Sitting in a cart. She did this until the sun set for Curly. Finally she had to admit he wasn't coming. Maybe he was caught. But she knew the wasn't coming. Heartbroken she got up and walked along the tracks until she reached the bus station. Curly might've stood her up but she didn't want to stay in Tulsa. She bought a ticket and took the bus past Tulsa, deep into the countryside. She got off on a spot where a group of people, she always saw when she went to the countryside, was walking. They were the Children of God. She walked up to them and joined.

g members were governed.

"How are we going to save her? That commune is not good news," M&M asked. You can't! Neither yourstupid Winstons or my stupid gang can get that through their heads, some things can't be reversed. Somethings are above your ego! Curly clenched his fists.

The group left. Curly came out of the bush, shaking. Scout... was gone?! But why? Maybe she didn't want to be with him anymore but still wanted to get away from Tulsa. The only thought that consoled him was Scout might be happy. But who was he kidding? That cult practiced fishy flirting(females offering sexual activity for potential members) and thought sex with kids was right and natural.

Curly made up his mind and walked purposefully back to his house. Luckily for him no one was home when he entered his house. He wrote a quick note and walked outside again. He walked past the railroad tracks and to the bus station. He bought a ticket and took the bus past the town of Tulsa deep into the countryside. Then he got off in a spot where there was a familiar group of funky dressed people hitchiking. He watched them for awhile then hiked to a motel. After he checked in and went to his room, he fell asleep as soon as he sat on his bed. His last thoughts was how he was going to find which one Scout was in. Maybe they would force her to offer him sex to join.

Scout walked around the tracks, sitting on the edge of the tracks. Sitting in a cart. She did this until the sun set for Curly. Finally she had to admit he wasn't coming. Maybe he was caught. But she knew the wasn't coming. Heartbroken she got up and walked along the tracks until she reached the bus station. Curly might've stood her up but she didn't want to stay in Tulsa. She bought a ticket and took the bus past Tulsa, deep into the countryside. She got off on a spot where a group of people, she always saw when she went to the countryside, was walking. They were the Children of God. She walked up to them and joined.