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    A Storm is Brewing Chapter 2

    Bette nodded as she turned off the radio.  ”You’re probably right.”  Bette paused leaning back on the counter while taking a sip of her coffee.  ”Hey, do you remember that script you told me about.  The one with the story of the lost art?”

    ”Uhh huh,” Tina nodded as she took a bite of toast. ”Mmmm, good toast, thanks Babe.”

    Bette smiled as she continued with her inquiry. ”Do you think you can get me a copy of it.  All this talk about looted art is really starting to peak my interest again.”  Bette paused,  ”I’ll be right back, I want to show you something.”  Bette said as she headed out of the kitchen.  A few minutes later she returned carrying an envelope.  ”I forgot to tell you the other night about this letter that Paul Bonnet, the Gallerist from the Paris Peabody Gallery, found.  It’s very old and we think it is about a stolen piece of art.  The signature on the letter has worn off, but it appears the writer sent the letter to his or her mother.  In the letter, the writer talks about a painting that was taken from a bonfire that was blazing behind a museum in Paris in the 1930’s.”  Bette walked up to Tina and placed the letter on the counter. 

    ”It’s in French.”  Tina said with furrowed brows.

    ”Yeah,” Bette said as she placed another piece of paper next to the letter.  ”This is the translation I made for James.  He is all excited.  He wants to go on a treasure hunt,” Bette gave a laughing smile.  ”It has always been suspected that there are pieces of art that have not been recovered from that era. While doing research, Laura and I came across some information that gave us that idea about one piece but I never went back to check it out after I graduated. It was questionable back then and I tried to explain to James the likelihood of finding a missing looted art piece was pretty remote.”

    Tina leaned over the letter. ”Let me get my glasses. I think I left them on the coffee table. I’ll be right back.” A few minutes later Tina came back and leaned over the letter as she put on her glasses.

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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.

        K

    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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