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    Can we get it back – Chapter 5

    Chapter 5

    Bette, hi, this is a surprise.” Tina says. Bette can hear voices in the background.

    “Hi, are you free to talk for a few minutes?” Bette asks hurriedly.

    Eh, sure, just let me go into another room.” Tina says. Bette hear Tina cover up the phone and tell, what is probably Carrie that she’ll be right back. Few seconds later, the voices in the background is gone and Tina is back on. “There, I’m all ears.” Tina says. “What’s up?” She asks.

    “Well, I know Angie has talked to you about me about a month ago.” Bette starts and is not quite sure how to continue.

    Yeah, she called me, why?” Tina asks.

    “Well, the truth is that she was right in that I have been holding something back from her.” Bette starts. “I…” Bette tries to continue, but her voice fails her.

    Bette? What is going on?” Tina asks now getting worried.

    “I didn’t want to tell you or bother you with this Tina, but I’m at the hospital now and tomorrow I’m having an operation and when I got here tonight I seem to have forgotten to change my power of attorney. So you are still listed as mine. And I didn’t want you to get a call without knowing first.” Bette says fast, scared of Tina’s reaction.

    What do you mean, hospital?” Tina asks, now confirmed worried. She can hear Bette starting to cry.

    “I… They’ve found a tumor in my head and tomorrow they are trying to take it out.” Bette quickly gets out.

    Oh my God, Bette…” Tina says as she feels tears forming in her eyes.

    “Tina, I don’t need your pity. I didn’t even want you to know, but… since I forgot to change POA, then you should know.” Bette says.

    Why didn’t you want me to know? I still care for you Bette, we share a daughter. I should know, because this will affect her also.” Tina says, getting a little angry.

    “I know Tina, but the truth is, that having you here will be too hard for me. I need to concentrate on getting better. You know I’m still in love with you Tina and it pains me to the core that I couldn’t make you happy anymore. Having you here will kill me.” Bette says without thinking about her word of choice. “So please don’t come here. Angie will stay with Shane and Alice will also help.” Bette adds. “If we need to rearrange something later, like Angie moving to you for a while, then we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.” Bette adds.

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    1. I just knew Tina would jump on the first plain back to her family.

      I can’t believe Carrie didn’t understood Tina had to go to be with Angie.

      And Tina, do you really not know who you love more???!!! Bye bye Carrie 👋 Wouldn’t surprise me if she goes to LA too but her lack of understanding of this family urgency set her a douzen points behind. So again, Bye bye to never see again 👋👋👋

      Thank you for this chapter!

    2. Yeah – Tina. The calvary is on the way. Tina needs to be with Angie for sure and needs to be near with such a dire operation in the event a decision is necessary. And if a decision is needed, then she would need to be with Angie even more so.

      It is obvious that Carrie does not understand Tina’s relationship with Angie. She certainly does not understand that she loves Bette or she would not have asked. Unfortunately, I don’t think Tina understands how much she loves Bette. Why does it seem to me that Tina has just been rationalizing her actions with whatever historical traits that Bette had or by her own responses to those traits. From her own thoughts, it would appear that she was not in love with Carrie, but the idea of Carrie – the easy living, the non-challenging behavior, the almost Pollyannaish view of living. Is that who Carrie really is? Does Tina really know? It really seems that Carrie is really a Henry Young repeat. And this break up is probably grounded in the behavior which drove her to seek the safety and comfort of having a man – or someone she could dominate into complete subservience. But as with Henry, Carrie will bore her at some point. She will miss the dynamics which she and Bette have. She will miss the challenge that Bette brings to a relationship to hold her own and to wrestle for control. Yes, that kind of relationship can be exhausting, but the rewards are so much greater than the cost, particularly if the two are well suited for it. Tina and Bette are well suited for each other provided they both remain engaged. They lose their connectivity when one or both fail to engage and communicate and really try to see the world through the other’s eyes. Tina has always been the one to leave the relationship. Perhaps she has had good cause, but she has always had a choice. Either stay and work to resolution or leave. And in her history, she has been reluctant to even have a conversation with Bette about what happened what it would take to make things right. It was only the second reconciliation after the Jodi affair that they made progress in facing their past problems and admitting their own culpability and accepting responsibility for their own behavior. They also put into place certain requirement of openness and communication emphasising the expectation of Bette. But what if it were Tina who failed to be open and communicative? Would that lead to her leaving to find herself, to escape the clastophic presence of Bette, to believe that Bette’s priorities where always top priority? Would that cause Tina to avoid Bette to the point where she may have seen her once or twice per year? Would it cause Tina to avoid Kit’s funeral because she may have to face Bette and give a full accounting of what happened in the break-up and why?

      This is a terrific story….I have had to wash a load of crying towels as I have read it all so far. I feel the shook, sadness, the dread and the fear of Bette, Angie, Shane, Alice and now Tina. There is so much unknown for Bette and such huge ramifications even if everything goes well. There will be a period of recovery and disability and continued treatment which will be no picnic for Bette. And for her friends and her family, they have to bare their own grief and yet be strong and supportive for Bette and for Angie. And in the meantime in the background there is the love story of Bette and Tina. Will they get back together? Can they get back together?

      I don’t know about other readers, but Bette and Tina are members of my family. And yes, I realize they are fictional characters. But for me because of this website, their lives and character extend beyond TLW and Gen Q. They extend beyond the characterizations of Jennifer Beals and Laurel Holloman. Although they gave Bette and Tina a visual representation and a base character, I feel that Bette and Tina are so much more, as they live somewhere in the ether just beyond where I can reach. That is the beauty of storytelling. We can make them whoever we want them to be, yet we can agree for the most part if we recognize them as the Bette and Tina we all know and love. For me, Bette could not be Bette without Tina. And Tina cannot be Tina without Bette. And neither would be who they are without Angie, Kit, Shane, Alice, Dana, Helena, Peggy and so many others. So let’s keep writing; let’s tell their stories; lets make sense out of chaos. My sincere gratitude to all the writers and readers on this website. For the most part, it bring fantastic entertainment, inspires the imagination and gives us insight into the humanity which exist around us through the world of creativity.

      Take care in this time of world wide disaster. Remember, staying home saves lives!! And the life you save may very well be your own. So until health officials say that normal life can resume, conform to their suggestions as best you can. This will not last forever, but it may last longer than we would like. We could always use a story….

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