The next day, at school, I was at lunch when Joyce came to sit with me and the others.

"Oh, no you're not sitting with us," said Kristy.

"Why not?" asked Joyce.

"Because we said so," said Stacey.

"Can't you be nice to Joyce and let her join us?" I asked. "People do not like to be left out."

"Too bad," said Dawn.

"I'll just go somewhere else," said Joyce as she left.

"Excuse me," I said as I got up with my tray and go join her.

"How come is she going to Joyce? She's so mean," said Stacey.

"I know. Richard met her one day with her mother and she was rude. She had no manners at all," said Dawn.

"Uh-oh. There's going to be trouble if he finds out about this," said Kristy.

"I agree. We should tell him about what's going on," said Dawn.

I heard her as I came back and said, "Don't you dare tell him anything. What if I could prove she can be a better person? He'd approve the friendship. I changed Marci, didn't I?"

"But Joyce is a bully," said Claudia.

"Trust me on this," I said. "You can turn bullies into friends. People do that often."

"What if she's mean to you though? You're making a big mistake," said Dawn.

"We're watching out for you," added Stacey.

I ignored them as I went back to sit with Joyce. After lunch, I went out with Joyce while we were chatting away.

"She's such a traitor," said Dawn.

"I know," said Stacey.

Joyce heard them and went over to them.

"Who are you calling a traitor?" asked Joyce.

"Who do you think?" asked Kristy.

"Drop it, Mary Anne's not doing anything wrong, don't call my friend that," said Joyce as she walked away.

"Friend? Bad choice," said Stacey.

After school, at home, I was in my room doing my homework. Dad's coming to get me shortly because I have a doctor's appointment. It's just a follow-up about my diabetes.

"Being friends with Joyce is not good," said Dawn.

"So?" I asked.

"What do you mean so? She could turn you into a bully," said Dawn.

"I would never let her do that to me," I said. "Excuse me. I have to get going. Dad's going to be here any minute and I have an appointment."

I went out the door just as Dad's car drove in and went in.

"Hi, hon," said Dad.

"Hi," I said.

At the doctor's office, Dr. Wellington asked me how was I doing on my blood sugar.

"It can be a pain going up and down, but I know what to do to keep it under control though," I said.

"That's good," said the doctor.

"I know," I agreed.

My blood pressure was normal. Good. He keeps an eye on that since diabetes can lead to that. Everything was good, too. I was glad about that. I was all set after that. We decided to spend the rest of the day together. I didn't say a word about Joyce since I wasn't sure how would Dad approve. That night, Dawn would not talk to me. Why? When I tried talking to her, she ignored me.

The next day, Kristy told me I ignored Dawn's warnings.

"Dad came for me and I had a doctor's appointment. What does she want me to do? Be late? No way, she knows it's importment for my diabetes," I said. "What makes her that Joyce would turn me into a bully?"

"You know your dad won't let you hang-out with her. He knows how she is," said Kristy.

"Whatever. Laine would be different since she's never going to change," I said. "Joyce is another story. She's a good person now."

"How can you get them to be nice?" asked Kristy.

"I don't see why that's an issue," I replied. "I wouldn't stop you from doing that unless they're troublemakers."

I walked away to lunch. I joined Joyce. Later, Logan made me day worse! He broke my heart by cheating on me and he was with Cokie. Just because I'm with Joyce? Cheating is not the answer! I got so mad that after school I smacked him when I conforted him outside and left for home. At home, I was in my room crying. I bet Dawn would tell me she told me so. This is about Logan being with Cokie and nothing to do with Joyce being mean.

Dad was off. He must have heard me because he knocked on the door and came in to be with me.

"Is everything okay?" asked Dad.

"I saw Logan with Cokie during school. I got so mad that I smacked him after school when I conforted him outside," I said.

"Good. He deserved that," said Dad.

That night, every time Logan would try to tell Dad something, he would get interrupted since Dad was mad for what Logan did.

"You get out now and don't come around until you can apologize to my daughter," said Dad as he threw Logan out and locked the door.

Dawn was baby-sitting, so I was relieved about that. I was also baby-sitting, but with Mallory to help her with her seven siblings. Dad told me about it when I came back later on and I was glad that Logan was thrown out.