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    A New Kind of Struggle Chapter 5

    ”Bette?”  Tina said with concern.  Bette placed the cup on the counter and turned to face her.  Tina debated what to say in her head.  She continued to watch Bette as she went over every angle trying to figure out the best approach.  Finally she began with a careful, tentative voice,  ”I mean, you can—you can tell me what you want.  It might help me understand better.”

    Bette stiffened.  ”Maybe that is the problem.”  She then began to to shake, ”You don’t know because you didn’t want to know at the time it all happened, when it mattered.”  She said in a sharp voice that revealed the anger and frustration she held about this time.  She then took in a deep breath struggling to regain control of her emotions.  Her expression softened and her eyes misted up.  ”I can’t do this right now… I’m sorry.”  She then walked past Tina, out of the kitchen.

    Tina looked up in the air and took in a breath as she felt the penetration of Bette’s words.  Hugging her arms in, she looked down, not moving, listening to Bette’s steps as she walked away.  She discerned that going into this further now was pointless, but knew the discussion needed to happen and soon.  Current events seemed to keep interfering with either one being able to make a move to open up discussions on personal issues.  She shifted her weight against the counter letting out a steadier breath as she took a bite of her omelet.  She had questions that needed answers to help her understand more of what had occurred between Kelly and Bette.  Some of the memories may have faded so far that recounting the details may be difficult, but Bette’s feelings attached to the memories were sharp.  As she thought further, Tina took a bite of her toast and banana.  She then reached for her cup and topped it off with more coffee.  She held the cup between her hands, warming them as she took a sip.  It was clear to Tina that Kelly had plans to stir things up.  Bette’s relationship with Laura and how she fit into all of this was something she needed to understand more about.  Tina then realized that she had been standing with the cup against her mouth for several minutes.  She put the cup down as she continued to try to make sense of what had just happened.  Not telling Bette about Kelly sooner was a mistake.  Tina felt that what just occurred between them was reminiscent of their old ways of communicating.  They had come too far and worked too hard to reach each other again.  They were at a critical juncture, Tina became intensely irritated as she thought further about the impact of this Pandemic and this appearance of Kelly on their reconciliation efforts.  And then there was also the headaches Angie spoke about.  Tina’s jaw was set as she looked in the direction Bette had left.  Nothing or no one was going to put a damper on their happiness, she thought.


    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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