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    A New Kind of Struggle Chapter 5

    Tina was finishing up a dinner meeting at Cafe Manhattan when her phone buzzed.  ”Hi Baby,” she said as she grabbed her purse and jacket.  ”How are things at home?”  She said as she tucked the phone between her shoulder and ear to slip her arm through her jacket.

    ”It is fucking nuts around here.  Los Angeles is unrecognizable. I told you about the stay home order that was announced by Governor Newsom. You know people are scared when they follow the rules.”  Bette paused, ”The streets are practically deserted… Angie is struggling and very upset… She is afraid this is going to impact her ability to get into a college.  I told her to stay positive, but I honestly don’t know what will happen.  Shane and Buddy are now staying with us too.”

    ”What?”

    ”Yeah, I don’t know what is going on around here.  I mean, what is this thing about toilet paper?”  Bette sighed, ”I didn’t think it was a good idea for Shane to be alone in that monstrous house of hers.”  Tina was quiet.  Bette said anxiously, ”Tina are you there?”

    ”Yeah… Yeah I am here.”  Tina had gotten lost in thought at the words Bette had said about what was happening in Los Angeles.  She needed to get home, she thought as she stepped out of the Cafe and felt the snow that had been covering the city for the last hour brush across her face. Shit, she thought. This was all she needed. What if they ground the planes?  ”Hold on,” Tina said as she glanced around for the Valet.  A few seconds later she said, ”Sorry, I needed to get a Cab.  How is James?  Did Dani get home ok?” 

    Bette sighed, ”Dani is fine.”  Tina could hear her let out a long slow breath.  We still don’t know for sure about James, but they think it is the COVID.  He is home in isolation.   I spoke to him last night.  He said it feels like a truck hit him… Julie is very worried, but she said that so far he seems to be moving through it…  Babe… seriously… you have got to get home. They are talking about shutting down the airports,” Bette said thick with worry.  She was trying hard not to be pushy or controlling, but she was losing her patience with this situation.  This broken world kept turning and she was not going to let this craziness pull them apart.  They shared the silence for a good long moment.  Tina then heard the doorbell and Angie yelling, ”I’ll get it.”  She laughed to herself thinking well some things are still normal.  She could hear Bette talking to someone.  ”Sorry, ”T”, that was the food delivery.  Can you believe this, we are having everything brought to us.  It’s surreal, we haven’t been out of the house since the beginning of the week.  Shane has shut down Dana’s and she doesn’t know what is going to happen to her business.  Anyways,” Bette said exasperated, ”Please ”T”, I’m worried for your safety.”

    Comments

    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.

        K

    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.

        K

    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.

      K

    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
        BK

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