The Australian Christian rock band Jael is staying with my cousins. They had a concert at my school Friday night, so I ended up spending the day with them and my cousins Kristopher, Krista, and Kody. My blood sugar was constantly up and down. First too high, then too low. Of course Krista told mom she'd keep an eye on me. The reason I wasn't at home was because it was mom and dad's anniversary and they'd wanted the house to themselves. So the entire day Krista would nag me about checking my sugar, then leave. Bee Jae, Jael's lead singer/bassist, would stay with me after Krista left. She'd talk to me, or put her arm around me and ask if I felt ok. That night at Krista's house after the concert, Krista told me to check my sugar again. Apparently I have a streak of defiance in me, because I told her I didn't want to. We went back and forth as I edged towards Bee Jae. Then Peezie, Jael's drummer, walked in. "I'll get Peezie to make you do it." Krista threatened. By then I had pressed against Bee Jae, who was avoiding telling me to do something I didn't want to by pretending to not pay attention. I felt Peezie's hand put pressure on the back of my neck in an attempt to scare me into checking. I know he didn't mean it, but I still shuddered and pushed harder into Bee Jae. "Come on, Brandi..." Peezie pleaded. "Bee Jae isn't going to give you any sympathy. She'll make you do it too." Krista said. She was wrong, though. If Bee Jae wanted to tell me to check my sugar, she would have done it by then. "I'll check it before we eat." I said and left before Krista had the chance to object.
I know I shouldn't have refused to check my sugar, but Krista had been nagging and nagging all day long and I was sick of it. She's my cousin. She should have been the one taking care of me instead of Bee Jae. If she'd done that, maybe I'd have listened. But because it was Bee Jae that had spent the day taking care of me, I respected her more. If it were Bee Jae that ordered me to go check, I'd have listened to her.
After eating, I fell asleep curled up laying over on Bee Jae. She woke me up when Chad, my older brother, told her we had to go. It was 1:30 am and I didn't want to get up, so Chad threatened to leave me there. Krista shot him a look that said "don't leave her here! I don't want her!!!" Everyone but Bee Jae and her boyfriend laughed. I buried my face in Bee Jae's shoulder. When I got up, I heard Bee Jae say "Chad, keep her warm." I hugged her and left without saying goodbye to anyone else.
So what about next time Krista has to take care of me? Jael lives in Florida now, so if I want to see Bee Jae when she comes, I have to see Krista too. How do I tell her that I need her to be like Bee Jae and actually stay with me? It seems like the more Krista nagged, the more rebellious I wanted to be...