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    Can we get it back – Chapter 5

    “Tina, we need to talk about this.” Carrie presses on.

    “No, really we don’t. You don’t seem to understand why I have to go.” Tina replies. “My daughter comes first, no matter what Carrie. And right now, her other mom, is going through hell and they are all alone. My daughter is alone. That is where I have to be now. I don’t know how long I’ll be.” Tina says as she walks down the stairs. She passes several of the guests on her way out. She stops briefly and addresses the party.

    “I’m sorry, but I have a family emergency in California, so I have to go. My flight leaves in 2 hours. It was nice seeing you all tonight. Thank you for being here.” Tina says and give them a quick smile before going outside. Carrie follows quickly outside and stops Tina going into the taxi.

    “Tina, babe, wait. Don’t leave like this.” She pleads.

    “I don’t have a choice Carrie. My daughter and ex-wife need me. Whether you like it or not, they are my family and I am going. I’ll call you later.” Tina replies before she gets into the taxi.

    Tina makes it to the airport in good time. She didn’t have to stress. She checks in and goes through security and find her gate and takes a seat. She takes out her phone and checks her messages. 1 from Carrie has come through.

    Is this the end of us?” Carrie asks.

    Tina sighs and closes her eyes briefly. She had to be honest, when Bette told her about her condition tonight, something changed for Tina. She felt pain in her gut. The possibility of not seeing Bette ever again, made her almost sick to the stomach. “Why am I feeling like this?” She asks herself. “I thought I was over her, my life with Carrie is good… But am I actually over Bette?” Tina keep asking herself.

    She starts to remember the good times with Bette, all the special moments, the love that never really went away. Why did she feel lost? What made her feel lost? After their first separation, all the work they did to get back together. They were strong. Bette even started talking about her feelings openly. She’d never done that before. She even moved to New York for Tina. Bette would do anything for her, but still, that was not enough? Tina asks herself. Life with Carrie is simple, calm, they never argue, they just are. The real passion that was always there with Bette, is not there with Carrie, at least not the same amount. It’s good, but that last spark is missing. But since the divorce, all they went through, the hurt she caused Bette by leaving her… Could they really recover from that? Would Bette take her back after all that? She even stayed away from Kit’s funeral, she needed space as she had told Bette, but was that really it? Or would she have realized that she had made a mistake in leaving? God this is frustrating. Who do I love more? She asks herself.

    Her flight is called and she boards the plane. The thoughts have to wait for later. Right before take-off she sends a text to Angie.
    Sweetie, I am on my way. Mama B called me, there is no way I’m not coming there to be by both your sides. I’ll see you in the morning. Love you Angie.” She writes and then she quickly replies Carries message with an honest “I don’t know.” And then turns off her phone.

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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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