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”What do I do wrong, Tee?” Bette asked. ”What do I do?”
”You don’t do anything wrong,” Tina replied. She ran her hand over Bette’s back in an attempt to comfort her.
”No I mean it, why is it so fucking hard to be in a relationship with me?”
Tina looked at her without speaking. Bette didn’t truly need to be told. She must know what she did. How she treated people. Until you were gone – only then did it seem as though she wanted you back.
”Just tell me everything I did to make you run from me,” Bette implored. ”I’m begging you. Please.”
Tina was obviously struggling with Bette’s request. She finally summarized Bette’s shortcomings with a simple phrase.
”You’re a control freak.”
Bette reacted as Tina expected her to – with contempt. She didn’t even dignify Tina’s assessment with a verbal response. She rolled her eyes and laughed derisively.
”What? You are!” Tina insisted.
”So? That’s fucking ridiculous,” Bette relented. ”Everybody’s a control freak sometimes. That’s what you have to do to get things done.”
”Yeah, but you think your things are more important than everyone else’s,” Tina continued. ”And that’s really hard when you’re in a relationship. When your work, your needs, your ideas are always right; always on a higher plane. You’re more enlightened, you’re more informed, you’re more intuitive…”
”God, it must’ve been hideous – I’m sorry.” Bette bowed her head in apology. ”I’m sorry.”
”I’d take it over the safe, boring man I’ve been seeing any day,” Tina replied. She reached to tuck some hair behind Bette’s ear. Her hand lingered.
”You would?” Bette turned to look right at Tina as she asked.
”You met your match,” Tina said. ”I think you met your match in Jodi. She’s as strong as you are. It’s up to you. Can you handle it?”
”I met my match in you,” Bette replied. ”But I managed to fuck that up too.”
”We’ve made our way back to friendship,” Tina said. ”And in some ways it’s stronger than our relationship was. You treat your friends better than you treat your lovers.”
”It’s easier for me to talk to my friends than it is to talk to someone I’m in a relationship with,” Bette said. ”Maybe that’s one of the reasons we get along better now.”