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“Please talk to me Tee. And do not make excuses because of my situation. I am in good shape right now. I can talk and listen. Okay?” Bette softly says and give her a loving squeeze of her hands.
“Okay.” Tina replies. “I guess it all just dawned on me… in a way when you showed me the book and the title and then your explanation for buying it, reading it.” Tina starts and looks into Bette’s eyes; the tears starts again. “It breaks my heart Bette… I know I have said it before, but it is how I feel about it. And I am beginning to see that I failed. I failed big time in being your wife. I was stuck in the past. I just assumed that you were the same…” She continues before she must pause for a moment. “But the truth is, looking back, you changed, before we moved to New York. You made the necessary changes that I asked for earlier in our relationship.” Tina says her voice trembling. “You were so attentive towards me and how I was feeling. And for God’s sake you moved to New York for me. You started to talk more, share your feelings. I know how hard that was for you before. I often had to drag it out of you.” Tina says and looks into Bette’s eyes, tears still falling down her face.
Bette looks at Tina and can feel her pain. They always wore their pain on their sleeves. Both knowing what the other felt with just one look. What they had in that department was never in question, but how they managed that was a different story. Where Tina could read Bette almost to perfection, Bette was a little more clueless at times.
“I did work hard on myself back then. And I have been ever since, also after you left. I just couldn’t understand what went wrong. My heart was breaking, and I couldn’t understand why.” Bette says as tears also starts running down her face. They still hold each other’s hands, softly squeezing to show support to the other.
“I know you worked hard, I felt it every day. I saw the changes. We were in such a good place, a good steam when we left for New York.” Tina says lovingly