“Think about it, Bernie. It’ll be something to take your mind off your eating problems—“
“I don’t want to take my mind off anything,” I hissed. Good Bernie was starting to retreat, poking her head back into its shell as my newfound, nastier side sprung free. This topic of discussion always brought out the worst in me. “These are my problems. Not yours. If I want to take my mind off it, then I’ll do that on my own.”
Half the times, I didn’t believe in what I said. But I’d caved into everything else but help. If I didn’t fight, then I’d have no character. I’d just be Bernadette Lisel, the Girl With An ED. (I'm not sure what ED means)I hugged my arms around myself and suppressed a shiver. Without the heater, the cold was starting to seep into the car.
“Fine,” my mom said finally. “I understand.”
A twinge of surprise made me catch my breath. “You do?”
She nodded somberly. “You want to be independent, am I correct? From now on, I’ll let you do things on your own. I’ll rescind your name from my credit card. Alana lives nearby, doesn’t she? You can move in with her.”
I couldn’t say anything.
“Or.” Her face lightened and she looked over at me devilishly. “You can get a job.”
All of my dread suddenly melted into something hot. “Mom, are you blackmailing me?”
“No. It’s an ultimatum.” My mom started the car again. “Think about it Bernie. I really think it’s for the best.”
But only an idiot would have to think about it. I may be a lot of things, but an idiot I am not. I put two and two together.
No house. No money.
No food. And this tells me that food is a lot more important to Bernie than she lets on.
Of course, to me, mom demanding she gets a job during her gap year hardly seems like something to get so worked up about. Especially if she's over 18 and basically living off her mom, who appears to be a single parent (I haven't heard any mention of dad). In fact, I'd think she might feel a little guilty for not having a job. Nonetheless, I'm curious how Bernie will react to all this and what sort of job she'll get and most importantly, what will happen when she does.
I'm not a huge fan of contemporary tales but I will say I'm interested to see what happens next to Bernie. Nice job!