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However, the more problems Helena experienced in the custody battle the worse it got for Bette at the CAC. Helena’s rages were uncontrollable and irrational. Even Franklin started to worry. She was constantly on the phone with her lawyer changing tactics and trying to figure out how Winnie had gotten ahold of such a high-powered attorney, but it soon became evident that her own lawyer was no match.
As for Bette, she simply focused on rebuilding her trust with Tina and cherishing every precious moment that Tina allowed them to spend time or just talk on the phone. At work she played it cool and took Winnie’s advice. No matter how much Helena baited her she wouldn’t bite, and it truly was driving the rich bitch to insanity. The more insane she became the stronger Winnie’s case to declare her an unfit mother.
Tina noticed Roberta lingering anxiously at the doorway not daring to interrupt, but obviously wanting to escape. She moved towards her and directed them out the front door to the driveway where Roberta’s car was parked. This was the first time Roberta had Tina alone.
“Are you sure you want to go through with this adoption?’
“Of course, I’m sure. What kind of question is that?”
“I understand you filed for divorce just a few months ago.”
“We’ve fully reconciled, and I withdrew the petition. We’re working things out, but even if we didn’t get back together as a couple, I would not stand in the way of Bette adopting Angie. She’s ‘our’ daughter. Bette and I both made mistakes in our marriage, and we did separate for a few months but now we’re back where we both belong.”
“I didn’t notice any of your family at this gathering.”
“I’m estranged from my parents and siblings Roberta, not that it’s any of your business. Everyone in that house is my family too. Our daughter is lucky to have so many people that love and care for her. That wouldn’t be the case if it wasn’t for my relationship with Bette.
This is our family. Neither Angelica nor I would have any of them in our lives if it were not for Bette Porter fighting for us to be together. I dare you to find anything in her character, her financials, or her morality that disqualifies her to be granted the petition for this adoption.
She is Angelica’s mother and we don’t need your approval or a piece of paper to validate it. But if you care anything about our child’s well-being in the eyes of the law then please don’t let your personal biases keep her from being recognized as Bette’s daughter and heir. Don’t deprive her of the right to get medical attention if I’m not around, or to travel with her other mother freely to experience the world.
I want Bette to have every right afforded a parent, and for Angie to have every privilege that comes with it. We’ve both fought too hard to get to this point for Bette and Angie to be denied something that is inherently theirs; it’s her birthright. Just look at her. As much as Angie looks like me, I still get asked if she’s adopted. Isn’t that ironic that Bette never gets asked that question. Please do the right thing Roberta.”