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    A New Kind of Struggle Chapter 5

    Things had rapidly gotten worst in New York since Tina last spoke to Bette.  They were now using the word Pandemic regularly in the News. She was busy trying to keep things together for the studio, but things were happening too fast. She had resorted to text messages to both her girls to keep them apprised of the situation in New York.  Tina hadn’t had the chance to talk to Bette about what happened at NYU. The more she thought about it, the more she felt this was a conversation that should take place in person. She didn’t want to admit to herself that she was still a bit bothered by what had been said. A lawsuit and restraining order all took place while they were still married and she didn’t know a thing about it. Her unresolved issues caused so much destruction. Lisa Cron, her therapist quoted Sigmund Freud once when they had a discussed about the impact of unaddressed emotions and she recalled the quote. ”Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive, and will come forth later in uglier ways.” And they sure did she thought, like a title wave of destruction through their relationship that ended up causing a divorce.  She really didn’t want to get into a discussion about the past. Both she and Bette had done a lot of work individually and together to sort out the issues that played a part in their separation, but clearly Kelly Wentworth was not done with Bette. It had been over five years, since the problems played out between them. Tina had no idea why Kelly would make an appearance now, unless she had something to gain. But what it could be was a loss to her.  Bette would be able to figure out the connections.  Given time, she would sort it out.  It rested in her hands, and no one else’s.

    Tina had been hearing that the New York Governor was going to issue some sort of shut down order.  She wasn’t quite sure what that meant, but she did not want to be in New York to find out.  She had just gotten approval to shut down all the active productions and send everyone home.  This was going to cost the studio millions, but she was able to convince the studio executives that this was the best course of action given the current state of global affairs with this COVID virus.  She didn’t think this was going to last too long.  The productions would be able to get back on track by summer, but they would have to push it.  Working overtime would be the only way to meet the 2021 release deadlines, but she felt it was doable.

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    1. Thank you for the new chapter of your story!

      Yeah, seems it’s not all too good in Tibette’s family. Plus what about Bette’s headache – is it some brain disease?

      And the part about Bette and Kelly – seems Bette’s anger is a bit too much for only the past story, no? Maybe they had a story about which we still know nothing?

      • S

        Trying my best to post, but my schedule has made it challenging. I am also finding this story challenging me more as a writer maybe because now I have to juggle multiple things along with writing the story. Anyways hang in there I have many chapter drafts already written. Hopefully it won’t take as long to post them.


    2. Hey SK,

      Great update.

      Good talk with Angie & Tina.

      Looks like there is a lot to unload between Bette & Tina. Jeepers!!!

      What’s going on with Bette’s headaches?????
      Covid????? But she should have other symptoms right???

      Kelly is a first class Super Bitch & I hope Bette finally takes her down for good this time!

      Great write & the emotions were spot on in this chapter.

      Thanks so much & awaiting your next update.

      • C

        Capturing just the write emotions is always a challenge. So easy to go over the top or shy of what would be realistic.

        It is definitely proving to be an interesting situation our girls are finding themselves in these days.

        They don’t even have an idea that COVID will last a year. Yikes. If we had only known.


    3. Great update!

      And still so many questions that need to be answered! Looks that Tina still has no clue or maybe a glimpse in how hurt Bette was at that time and how she still is hurt about that time their relationship ended in a divorce and what that bitch Kelly did to Bette. I really hope they will talk about this soon to clear the air and move on so they can rebuild their relationship without this looming to bite them in the ass in the future and that they will work together to get rid of Kelly for once and all.

      Good talk between Tina and Angie.

      I am worried about Bette’s headaches, are they because all of the stress or is there more to it?

      Thanks for the update!

    4. I went back and reread your entire first story. Bette and Tina had made huge leaps toward reconciliation by learning to speak and listen to one another about issues and problems. They had learned how to support one another even when one was saying, no, I can do this alone. Tina made arrangements to leave the film site in Spain to be with Bette when she found out what she did about her mother. Tina had volunteered twice but Bette had refused. It was Peggy who told her to disregard what Bette was saying as Bette’s mom was a major issue in Bette’s life. Bette needed Tina and Tina helped her get through it.

      Now, Bette has been dealing with local happening of Covid, the shut down of her buisness world wide, the fear and upset Angie is going through with her friend and also the worry of Tina potentially being stranded in New York City due to quarantine restrictions. And now Angie is telling Tina that Bette has been sufferings from headaches for several days. I have no problem with the way Tina is handling the Kelly meeting. Bette obviously has issues with Kelly and announced she was not ready to discuss them yet. Tina should honor that request. There will be a more appropriate moment to get more information later. After all they are restricted to the house for several days into the future.

      Tina’s number one priority should be Bette’s headaches. What is the source and what can she do to remedy the problem?

      The second priority should be a plan on how to handle the quarantine. They will all need some alone time as well as some family type time together. They will need to decide how they will be getting their food and how to keep up with jobs and school for as long as the quarantine. They will want to get some exercise and fresh air from time to time. This is an entirely new environment they are in and they need to set some rule so they won’t drive each other crazy and can get through it without causing a another breakup. And Shane needs to be in on these discussions as well – shared responsibilities, respecting quiet time and sleep schedules and following health guidelines will give them all some confidence in their safety.

      I am like SassyGran…. I find the chapters lack the completeness which your previous story had. I am a little concerned that Bette and Tina have not remembered their therapy lessons and their real life lessons they have just gone through to get to a reconciliation. I would hate for all that work to result in some kind of dispute which would give them troubles in their relationship. Just working out the day to day stuff is going to a challenge without having to rehash the past one more time. They have already been through and acknowledged that Tina was not available when Bette needed her. This Kelly thing looks like a repeat of the same old issue. Time to get over that….forgive Tina and move forward. Attack the problems as a team….. support each other now…that will strengthen their relationship.

      Thanks for the chapter….

    5. Martha

      Always love how you dissect a story.

      Our girls never seem to have the easy way of it. Wadded through a ton of stuff to reconcile, still trying to put things back together and whammy COVID and then Kelly.

      We all hope we make the correct changes but often find ourselves falling into old behaviors especially in a crisis situation.

      Bette and Tina are more mature and have a great deal of therapy under their belts. COVID will challenge them in ways never foreseen and Kelly will provide an opportunity that both need to move their relationship forward and make them stronger.

      Thanks for the comment and the support. It will be a slow role out, but I promise a fun and thought provoking ride.


    6. Thanks for a very interesting chapter.

      I was on edge waiting for Tina to get to Los Angeles. And loved the scene with Tina and Angie.

      Looking forward to see how this story unfolds. Tina will have to be the strong one I think. I hope Bette’s headaches are just from stress.

      Best line – “what is this thing about toilet paper” We can all relate…

      • This made me laugh too! I was so confident that the virus would be over in a couple weeks and found myself toilet paper less! Did you know there was actually an app created that told users where the toilet paper was in stock? Good times.
        Good story, Super K! Love how you write Tina and Angie and glad she got on that plane!
        Looking forward to more

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