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    A Storm is Brewing Chapter 2

    ”It’s the last part that is important. See right here,” Bette pointed to a paragraph towards the bottom of the letter.

    ”Wait a second, let me read the whole thing.” She smiled as she leaned over in curiosity.

    It has been a long time since I have written. I wanted to send you some money, but I still don’t have any extra. I didn’t work much during the summertime and I had to save what I had to live. I am never sure when I won’t find work, the American soldiers are home and getting all the jobs. Mother, I must tell you something I have done. Before, I left to fight with the resistance, I took something from the Vichy Government. Well I am not sure if it was the government but it was the Vichy. I was coming home and I saw smoke coming from the gardens at Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.  They were burning paintings.  Mother, I took one.  That is why I came home after the armistice. I left it in my room for safe keeping. I know I should have told you and I am sorry for hiding it from you. I am not even sure what I have, but if things do not get better, I am going to see if I can sell it.  I know I should not have done it, but I just couldn’t do nothing.  My biggest regret is that I put you in jeopardy, but what’s done is done. 

    Dear Mother, take care of yourself.  Best regards to my sister, her husband and my new niece.  I remain your faithful

    ”That was all I could translate.  The rest is to worn down.”  Bette looked at Tina with excitement in her eyes.  ”What do you think?”

    Tina took off her glasses, taking in Bette’s eager gaze.  ”Baby, you know more about this stuff then I do. Tina furrowed her brows, scrunched her eyes and shrugged her shoulders, ”I mean, if it is real, wouldn’t it have been discovered already?”  Tina looked at the letter and then back at Bette with a big smile. James is not the only one wanting to go on a treasure hunt, Tina thought. Just as Bette was about to respond, Tina’s phone went off. She looked down at her cell, ”I have to take this. Shelly… ” Tina said as she walked away.

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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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