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Long Beach, Nassau county – New York – Bette’s beach house.
Tina: “I’m sorry, Bette, I’m very sorry, I really love you… I’m…”
Bette: (tenderly) “shush…, it’s okay, baby, it’s okay, I forgive you…, you were so young…, we both were so young…”
Something cracks in Tina’s mind…, this wasn’t what she was expecting, what it’s Bette talking about? Tina removed the hand of her face to look at Bette whose eyes were as glassy as hers.
Tina: “young? When?”
Bette: “ten years ago, baby, in Santa Marta…”
A frightened look in Tina’s eyes was followed by the retraction of her body, while the understanding brown sad eyes were looking at her with affection. Tina was scared; she moved to the other side of the bed covering her body with the bedclothes; yes ten years ago…, how does Bette know the details about her and Alex? Why she’s not mad at her…? That look in Bette’s eyes…, no…, it can’t be…, same eyes, tanned skin, hair, same voice, same taste, same scent…, same love…
Tina: (nervous) “who are you…?”
Bette: “I’m Alex, baby”
Tina: “no, no, no, you can’t… you’re dead, Alex is dead, she died that day, ten years ago”
Bette: “when? No, baby, I’m here, honey, I’m alive”
Yes, she is here, this is Alex, and Alex is Bette, but Tina refuses to believe, how could Alex survive, what about Margarita’s email, nobody found the body of a girl, how did Bette survive?
Tina: “no…, it can’t be…, what you did Alex, please tell me the truth…, I’ll cover for you, honey…, did you blow the boat? Are you a kind of terrorist?”
Bette: “what? No, Tina, what are you saying? And what boat are you talking about?”
Tina: “the ‘Reina del Atlantico’, the explosion…, you were there”
Bette: “me…? I wasn’t in any boat, baby”
Tina: “yes, you were, you told me that you were going to board a boat to go to Puerto Rico that morning, to meet someone, you told me that the boat was the ‘Reina del Atlantico’ and that you would come back for me”
Bette remembered that she gave Tina or Randy the name of a boat that she would board…, yes it may be that name, the ‘Reina del Atlantico’