I've always done what my Daddy said. I get good grades in school. I do my chores.
Who's Erline, anyway? I know Erline, don't get it twisted, but I'm asking because who is she? She don't matter. Her Momma works with my Dad, and they used to live above my parents before I was born. She's a fat girl. She didn't grow up with us...well, not with me. I've liked Rashid since we were little. And since Mayor Cunningham and my Dad are best friends, I thought Daddy would be happy about it. So I asked him if I could invite Rashid over. I want Rashid to see the 'new me', and he won't be able to say no. Better to have him over when my Daddy's home, so that my Dad ain't tripping. He's gonna be my husband one day, so they need to have a good relationship.
Mrs. Tyisha Cunningham. That's cute.
I felt Rashid checking me out the minute he got here.
I heard a big loud, "Ewwww!" - my bonehead brother. I didn't care. Plan A was done.
I put on some of my Dad's music then. Careful not to scratch the record. The music was banging and we danced. Rashid's got some moves! He's good.
I left and went to the bathroom. I could hear my Dad telling Rashid he don't want his baby girl getting mixed up in no drama, he wants peace, so Rashid's gonna have to handle his business with this other girl if he wants to keep seeing me.
Or else he'll come down so hard on Rashid, he'll think a bomb blew up on him.
All of a sudden Rashid must've seen how serious he was, 'cause all I heard is, "Aww, no Uncle Cam' this and that...sure Unc', no doubt Unc'."
I'm gonna have to tell Rashid, he gon' have to drop that Uncle business, 'cause I sho' ain't his cousin.