The next day, at school, I found out Joyce was talking about committing suicide. That doesn't sound too good. She talked to me about it.
"I just hate my life. I have been trying to be very nice, but Dawn doesn't care," said Joyce.
"I believe it," I agreed.
"I'm going to shoot myself," said Joyce.
"You should get help," I suggested.
We talked. She made me promise not to say anything, but I realized that is not a safe promise to keep, so I went to my guidance teacher and told her Joyce was going to kill herself.
"You did the smart thing to bring to my attention," said Mrs. Amer.
"I know. Poor Joyce is trying to be nice, but Dawn doesn't understand that she's being nice now," I said. "So, that's why she wants to shoot herself."
After school, Joyce and I went to my house. Dawn finally saw how nice Joyce is. But she's not speaking to Dawn.
"She wants nothing to do with you since you were mean to her," I said.
Later, Dad noticed Joyce has been changed to be a nice person. She has better manners for starters. After dinner, Sharon said she did not like my friend.
"Did you notice she didn't thank us for supper?" asked Sharon.
"First of all, my friends always thank us when they leave. Second, Joyce is not going home until another hour," I said.
"Mary Anne's right, Sharon," said Dad. "How did you meet Joyce?"
"We go to school together, that's all," I replied.
I didn't want him to know how long I knew her otherwise I am sure he may forbid me from seeing her. I didn't tell anyone the issues since I promised her I wouldn't. An hour later, Joyce thanked us. I knew she would.
"I told you Joyce would thank us for dinner," I said. "I knew that she would do that. I'm not stupid. I know how to pick friends who have good manners."
"I'll give Mary Anne credit for that," said Dad.
I am glad that Dawn was baby-sitting during dinner because Joyce could get mad or insulted thinking she's not wanted.
When Dawn came back, I said, "She was being polite and Dad liked her. He noticed she changed. She even thanked us for dinner
"She wasn't talkative to me," said my sister
"Why did you think? You weren't nice to her at all. If it was Laine or Cokie, that's another story. They're the ones who refused to change. Just accept Joyce otherwise she threatens to kill herself. Good thing she didn't because I brought to Mrs. Amer's attention. She is trying to be nice to you. Yet, you didn't care. You can see why she trusts me more than you girls," I said.
"Oh," said Dawn. "I'm sorry."
"You shouldn't judge people. You should apologize to Joyce," I said.
The next day, the girls didn't blame Joyce for not talking to Dawn.
Later, I wasn't home from school yet and Jeff had just arrived from California for two weeks since he would have no school. Sharon was looking for me.
"Where's Mary Anne?" asked Sharon.
"She's not home from school yet," said Jeff.
"She should. I have to go back to work. Dawn has to baby-sit someone," said Sharon.
"Did she know I was coming?" asked Jeff.
That was no surprise. Sharon is very forgettable even though we all love her very much.
When Sharon called my cell phone, I said, "You didn't say anything about Jeff coming. I have to go baby-sit, too. You and Dad knew about that last night. I can't replace someone at the last moment like that. I'm helping Dawn watch the Barrett-Dewitt kids. The Pike triplets might want to see Jeff. Mallory and Stacey are watching the Pike siblings."
"I could let him go play with the Pike triplets. I forgot you mentioned it last night," said Sharon. "I apologize about that."
"That's okay," I said.
That part was true. Dawn felt bad about what happen. Surprisingly, we made out fine while baby-sitting.