Ponyboy had a strict curfew on school nights which he routinely observed, knowing that he would have to deal with Darry if he came home late. Even on the Friday night when Pony first met Cherry and then was nearly drowned by her Soc boyfriend, Pony had every intention of returning home at a decent hour. He watched a double-feature but was later harrassed by Cherry's Soc friends. Johnny and Pony took a break afterward, and both boys fell asleep under the stars. When he awoke, Pony realized it was well after curfew and Darry would be up waiting for him. An angry Darry screamed at Pony, Soda became involved, and soon "Darry wheeled around and slapped me so hard that it knocked me against the door." Darry had never hit Pony before, and Pony turned and ran from the house. Darry tried to apologize, but Pony soon joined Johnny and they headed for the park to cool off. They would soon be accosted by a carload of Socs and a boy would die as a result.
Darry was reading the newspaper, SodaPop was asleep on the coach and he was like where have you been it s like 2.00 in the morning ( I don't remember the time exactly) and slaps PonyBoy and then PonyBoy runs off and Darry calls after him. After that PonyBoy goes to the lot and gets Johnny ( they fell asleep under the stars before he went home.) and says "let's run way" and he said okay.