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Stay Gold, Ponyboy

by Beth Epstein

As I arrive at practice, Kira tosses Conner's bocce ball to Trent. Trent tosses it back. Conner tickles Kira, who shrieks and tosses the ball to Ethan. They're too busy with their game of keep away to notice me.

I open my mouth to stop them, but I can't bring myself to do it. Not with Trent and Conner taunting each other like old friends--like me and Jason.

They're just kids, really. I wish I could give them back every ounce of their innocence. All I can do is let them hold onto it. My morpher bleeps--duty calls.

The End