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A week goes by with no contact between them following their argument. As predicted, there have been several high profile political resignations following the release of the New York Times article. Bette has managed to survive relatively unscathed, having sold her dubious shares and releasing a statement stating that it was an oversight, and the matter cleared up as soon as she became aware of it.
They have both picked up their phones at various stages during the week with the intention of calling the other, and for different reasons have both thought better of it.
Tina knows that the decision of whether to have any further contact really lies with Bette, who needs to decide if she is willing to accept the reality of the conflicts that their chosen professions will inevitably cause them.
And Bette can’t shake her feelings of betrayal at Tina’s actions. She has reflected on all that Tina had to say in justifying her behaviour, and Bette has reluctantly admitted to herself that she can see the logic in Tina’s arguments. She can see that Tina was placed in an impossible position, and could have done little else without compromising both of them. She hasn’t yet been able to move past it however, and remains upset with Tina’s public admonishment of her. She is taking the time she needs to try to work through her feelings, but she knows she won’t be able to keep herself from seeing Tina for long.
A further few days pass. Tina is lying in bed late one night when she hears the key in the front door and the familiar sounds of Bette unloading her belongings on the hallstand and retrieving a glass of water from the kitchen. She continues listening, feeling a sense of relief at the familiar movements. After a short while Bette quietly opens the bedroom door and takes a moment to take in the image of Tina lying in bed. She makes her way over and slips under the covers. Tina is lying on her side, facing away from her, and Bette quietly shuffles over to her. She positions herself beside her and curls her body around Tina’s, wrapping her arm tightly around her waist. Tina takes her hand and entwines their fingers, pulling Bette’s arm more tightly around her body. They whisper softly to each other.