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    A Storm is Brewing Chapter 2

    Bette leaned against the counter drinking coffee, while listening to NPR over the radio. 

    The first case of an infection with the new coronavirus has been discovered in the United States.

    A man from Washington state returned home after a trip to Wuhan, China, on Jan. 15, sought medical attention on Jan. 19 and now is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington

    State health officials say his condition is quite good and even referred to him as ”healthy.” But testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 20 confirm that he is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus. The man arrived back in the U.S. prior to the implementation of screening at three domestic airports on Friday.

    ”Hey Babe,” Bette called out. ”Come here and listen to this.” 

    ”What?”  Tina called back as she headed downstairs buttoning up her shirt.  ”What did you say?”  Tina inquired walking into the kitchen. 

    ”Shhh, listen,” Bette said focusing on the broadcaster’s words.

    About 300 cases of the virus and six deaths have been reported in China, and health officials there and around the world are ramping up precautions to stem the spread.

    Chinese authorities are trying to control the flow of people in and out of the eastern city of Wuhan, where a strain of the coronavirus was discovered last month. Wuhan’s mayor has asked residents to stay in the city to try to prevent the spread of the virus, which can cause respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia.

    Cars may be randomly tested in case wild animals, a potential source for the virus, are transported, and tour groups are prohibited from leaving the city, NPR’s Amy Cheng reports from Beijing.

    Cases of coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, have also been confirmed in Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

    Many airports around the world, including three in the U.S. — JFK in New York, SFO in San Francisco and LAX in Los Angeles — are setting up additional security screenings for passengers coming from infected areas.

    “Aren’t you flying to New York next month?”  Bette inquired lifting her eyebrow as she handed Tina a cup of coffee and a plate of avocado toast.

    ”Yeah, but we’re using the company jet.  We won’t even be leaving from LAX.”  Tina paused while she took a sip of her coffee.  ”Don’t worry Baby, I’m healthy, no problems, at least that’s what the doctor said on my last WellWoman examine.”  Tina smiled as she leaned over and gave Bette a reassuring kiss, ”I’m only going to be in The City for a week at the most and this thing will probably be over by then.”

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    1. Thank you for the chapter!

      Yeah, Bette definitely should told to Tina all about Kelly earlier, but we all know that Bette sometimes can be a coward and can’t tell her partner the truth.

      Now i’m interesting what the bond between Bette’s investigation and Tina’s scrip and how COVID are linking with all of that.

    2. In TLW, the Kelly event was a non-event….. Bette did nothing wrong. She responded appropriately and sent Kelly on her way as soon as she cleaned -up the broken glass and split drink. Then Jenny and her vile recording and her blackmailing scheme made it into something which it really wasn’t. And in this story, Kelly spread false rumors about Bette and then is sued for slander which results in Bette getting out of the partnership with Kelly and getting compensated for Kelly’s slander. Now how is it that Tina does not know this is going on? During such times, Bette would have been having multiple meeting with lawyers and would have been preparing paperwork for such a lawsuit. It would have taken time and resources to put together. Why would Bette purposely hide such an event? Why would Tina not at least question what was going on? And how could Bette put on a law suit without Tina’s help?

      My next question is how does Kelly know Laura? Kelly is bi-sexual and is a roommate to Bette during freshman and part of sophomore year and then disappears from Bette’s life until almost 20 years later. Bette meets Laura during the preparation of her thesis for her master which is approximately 4 years later. Laura is at least two maybe three years older than Bette and is in the same school of arts at Yale. Bette only meets Laura because she is assigned as her graduate assistant to get her through her thesis. I never got the impression that Kelly had an interest in art or art studies at Yale…. So Kelly and Laura’s friendship? How does that happen? And how does Bette know that they were friends?

      I find this quest for the painting to be very interesting and a backdrop of the impending Covid crisis drama. It think this part could be an extremely good story. If these two are in the midst of reconciling, it would strengthen their relationship and bonding to work as team. But if they still have skeletons in the closet which keep popping out from time to time….. well, there is going to be trouble. And as much as these two have been through over the past 25 years, it would seem to me that they would have clean that closet out before trying to make a go of it one more time. After all, these are now middle age women with a child who is on the verge of adulthood. I hope this will not be a problem…. but it looks like it will be just more drama… and for me, that will be disappointing.

      Thanks for the chapter….. keep it coming….

      • Hey Martha

        As usual you put interesting question on the table. Chapter 1 gives the background of the relationship between Kelly and Laura which leads to an introduction to Bette.

        I would agree with you on the notion skeletons would have been discussed, but given that our girls were at odds with each other it is not a far reach that Tina may not have known what was going on in NY if Bette did not mention it. An Executive Producer’s hours are unpredictable able at best and for the story’s sake, Bette did not tell her what was going on. As far as Jenny and her accusation are concerned, I agree they were nonsense and Bette thought the same.

        Love your perspective. This will be slow to unravel like the last story, hang in there things will be more clear as we go along.


    3. Very good chapter which leads to a lot of questions.
      What relationship did Laura and Kelly had ? Why did Laura never contacted Bette again when she was known in the art world? Is it really a good idea to contact Kelly who could sow discord in the couple ?

      The subject of this story is really interesting, a few weeks ago I saw a TV show about this shocking part of History that has been repeated over the past decades …

      Please post soon again !

    4. Hey SK,

      Great update & lots more to think about.

      As I’ve mentioned to you before, this storyline with the stolen art work is very interesting & suspenseful – great topic & it looks like it will eventually involve both Bette & Tina.

      Bette’s got a lot of baggage to unpack with Tina & the sooner she does it the better. The ability to be open has always been an issue with Bette & she should now tell Tina everything – no more not discussing issues.
      But I know you will navigate the waters with them & guide them to a good place.

      Covid is the curve ball that could definitely change their perceptive & their lives. Waiting to see how it impacts them.

      Looking forward to where this is going & what will be discovered next!!

      Take care!!

    5. Hey SK,

      Great chapter!

      Kelly, when will she disappear from Bette’s life? She caused enough problems in the past but is maybe the one who can answer some questions and shine a light about this, but at what price? Bette should talk to Tina about what happened in the past and yes maybe she should have done that when it all started but i can see why she didn’t do it. I hope Tina will not get mad or react totally out of proportion but can see why it was a no issue for Bette at the time because let’s be honest, nothing happened and it was Jenny’s disturbed mind who thought different. But if Bette opens up, let her talk about everything, nothing holding back.

      Covid, i am sick of it but i am afraid it will still impact us for a long time even when everyone is vaccinated. Brave of you to bring it in this story!

      Looking forward to the next chapter!

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