Ever since I was little, I had a cousin who was maybe 6 to 8 years older than me who always made me slightly uncomfortable to be around.
However, I never treated him like a creep because his brain isn't fully developed and I sympathized with him, so I tried to always be nice to him.
He was always excited to see me at family cookouts and gatherings, and to this day he still is.
This one instance was when I was around eleven years old and he may have been about seventeen or eighteen,
we were at the playground with our other cousins (who were my age) and he pulled me away from them to introduce me to some local neighborhood kids who he was friends with.
Sounds innocent right? It may be if he didn't call me his girlfriend.
The kids all exchanged looks uncomfortably and I looked up at him embarrassed and corrected him, reminding him that I'm his little cousin and he just laughed and put his arm around me,
insisting that I was his girlfriend and that he loved me.
That following night, all the kids slept in the basement (it was well furnished with a TV,
couches and a super comfy carpet) and my cousin was sent to stay down there with us since he was considered to be a child in a mans body.
My mom, however, insisted that he slept on the other side of the basement and that his sister slept by me. He agreed.
The next morning I woke up to him lying next to me with his arms around me, cuddling me and he was staring at me which scared the shit out of me.
He said "good morning beautiful" and kissed me as he proceeded to smile at me.
This made me cringe so I quickly got up and ran to the bathroom, and I stayed there until I heard the other kids start to wake up.
To this day, my mom keeps me away from him at all costs.
Whenever there's cookouts coming up, he always texts my mom and asks for my number and tells her he misses me and that he wants to take me on a date,
to which my mom always replies with messages reminding him that I'm his little cousin and that it's wrong. At some point I used to be scared of him because of how infatuated with me he was.
I haven't gone to a cookout now in years. I feel so bad.