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They sit side by side in silence for a few minutes.
“I am extremely proud of you Tina. Of what you’ve accomplished in your career.” Bette says after a while. Tina looks sideways at Bette and feel the sincerity of Bette’s words and a tear slips down her chin. “If I ever held you back or made you feel less than, belittle situations or… I am so sorry. I never meant to do that, to hurt you in that way. I never meant to hurt you period. You were the greatest thing in my life… until Angie off course.” Bette says and give a little smile. I just wish you had talked to me back then. If I behaved wrong or made you feel less than. Why didn’t you address it? Why did you let it fester and build inside you until you left?” Bette asks.
Tina takes a deep breath as she consider her reply. That question has also gone through her head a few times the last few months. And she hasn’t come any closer to a conclusion.
“I really wish I had an answer for you Bette, I really do. I’ve been wrecking my brain for the last few months regarding that exact question. What could I have done? What could I have said?” Tina replies as she looks at Bette again. “What triggered my departure?” She adds.
“And you’re no closer to any answers at all?” Bette carefully asks.
“Sadly, no. But I hope with the help of the therapist, I will get to the bottom of it. But what I do know is that it helps talking to you… Do you feel like that too?” Tina asks.
“I’ve always liked talking to you. But yeah. I feel it in me that we will dig our way out in the end. But it doesn’t take away the fear I mentioned earlier though. About you potentially leaving again.” Bette says.
“I know Bette. I will just have to stick around forever then, for you to believe me.” Tina gives her a smile.
“Yeah.” Bette replies with the same smile. “I think I need to lay down. I should get to sleep. I feel really tired.” Bette adds as she stands up and walk slowly towards the on-suite bathroom.