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Tina sat on the couch sobbing until she had no more tears to cry. She wondered what she was going to do next, when she heard a knock at the door. Tina slowly stood wondering who could possibly be at the door. As she opened the door slowly, to her surprise, Bette stood with a half smile coming across her face.
”Can I come in,” Bette asked tentatively.
”Of course,” Tina said unsurely as she motioned Bette into her room.
Bette looked around and smiled, ”No Carrie?” She inquired.
”No, she left and is returning to Toronto.”
”I’m sorry Tina,” Bette said sincerely. ”I feel bad she got caught in the middle of this.”
Tina looked at Bette not knowing how to react.
Bette took a deep breath and began, ”I reacted really bad in the parking lot. It was definitely the old Bette surfacing.” Bette hesitated and then continued, ”but I need to say a few things that I want you to know and I have left unsaid for so long.” She looked at Tina who gave her a pleading look to continue. Bette took another deep breath, ”if someone told me three years ago that I would be looking at this situation, I would have told them they were crazy… but who knew.” Bette sighed while shrugging her shoulders, ”I know I have made it difficult for you at times. You chose to push your dreams aside to support me. You said more times than I can remember, that you felt like I took all the energy out of our relationship leaving you no room. I know now that this left you feeling empty, incomplete and then you found someone new who made it easier for you to be whole. I’m sorry you thought you had to leave me and Angie to find yourself, that you couldn’t talk to me, help me understand how you felt. How I feel for you has never changed, since that first kiss all those years ago. I know I don’t want to feel another touch or know another kiss. You’re where I want to go and I will never be complete without you. You came for forgiveness and I knew I should have given it to you, but the hurt was just so deep that it stopped me.” Bette hesitated, ”The truth is… I love you, I always have and always will…”