Imagine having a nightmare and your big brother making you feel better…
You were running, your eyes wide, terrified… you knew there was someone running after you, chasing you- you didn’t know what he wanted or what he would do to you once he had you… you didn’t want to know.
“Le-eave me alone!” You gasped out, you were getting tired… you didn’t know how long you had been running through the thick scrub, but it was taking it’s toll on you. “Please”
“There’s no use running Y/N… I’ll get you eventually.” He sneered, and he right. You tripped over a fallen tree trunk, you fell forward, your hands reached out to lessen the fall.
You saw his figure coming toward you, but it was to late to get back up and run… so you crawled away from him, screaming and calling out for help, help that wouldn’t find you.
“Shut up, bitch” you watched as his hand came toward you, hands that were clad with long, silver razors at the point.
“No, no, don’t, my brother will found out, he-he will kill you…”
“Oh, you mean this brother…” He reached behind his back, holding up the head of Darry.
You squeezed your eyes shut as the screams erupted from your lungs involuntarily.
“Hey, Y/N, wake up baby girl, it’s okay, it’s just a dream…” You awoke, finding yourself in your big brother’s arms, Darry was holding you tightly to his chest, rocking you back and forth.
“Darry, is she okay?” Sodapop asked, Ponyboy right next to him as he looked at you with young and frightened eyes- usually it was him that had the overactive imagination.
“Yeah, yeah little buddy, both of you go on back to bed. We’ll be okay.” You watched as they exited the room, Sodapop looking as though he had wanted to stay with you.
“Are you okay, Princess?” He asked, rubbing your back tenderly. He began to wipe away the tears you didn’t even know you had shed. “What was it about?”
“H- he was chasing me.” You hiccoughed, tightening your hold on him. “I fell… he killed you Darry and I was next. I can’t lose you, I can’t lose Soda or- or Ponyboy… you guys are all I have left… what if-”
“Hey now.” Darry hushed, kissing the top of your head tenderly. “You’re not going to lose us, you hear? It was just a dream. I would never let anyone hurt you, they’d be dead first. You have me, the boys and the whole gang on your side and none of them would let some idiot hurt you.”
“Promise?” You whisper, looking up at him with tears brimming in your eyes.
“I promise, now get some sleep okay? I’ll see you in the morning.” He went to put you down but you clutched onto him even tighter.
“Wait, Dar… will you stay? At least until I fall asleep?” You begged him with your eyes, but you didn’t need to. He switched off your bedside lamp and laid down beside you.
“I love you Princess, now go to sleep, you hear?”
“I love you too”
You shut your eyes and you were asleep within minutes.