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    Chapter 10

    (Tina) You’re back?

    (Bette) I’m back

    They fall asleep together, neither moving from their position until morning.


    Tina wakes first, and lies still with Bette’s arm wrapped around her. She feels an overwhelming sense of relief and comfort from the warmth of Bette’s body nestled against her back, and the feel of her arm around her waist. She feels too that there is still much to discuss, and uneasy about slipping back into this comfortable position without having done so. She quietly moves away from Bette and gently repositions her arm, before slipping out of the bed and making her way out of the room.

    Bette wakes a little while later to an empty bed, and feels a strong sense of disappointment at not waking to find Tina still lying against her, after missing her presence so desperately in the time apart. She can hear sounds coming from the kitchen, and so rises from bed and makes her way there.

    Tina turns from the stove when she hears Bette enter the kitchen and they both stand still for a moment, looking at one another uncertainly. Both are unsure of the appropriate way to greet each other after the time they’ve spent apart, and so they stand staring at each other awkwardly. Bette eventually breaks the silence.

    (Bette) Good morning

    (Tina) Good morning. Breakfast isn’t far off if you want to sit down.

    (Bette) Thanks. I can make us coffees?

    (Tina) Sure, thanks

    Bette busies herself with the coffees and Tina finishes serving up their plates, and they then settle at the island bench sitting diagonally opposite one another.

    (Bette) This looks great, thank you.

    Bette takes a sip of her coffee and looks over at Tina.

    (Bette) So, I’ve been wanting to tell you, I finally organised an apartment in DC. I’ll be able to stay there on my next visit with any luck

    Tina looks at her for a long moment.

    (Tina) Bette, I don’t want to sweep our argument aside and just move on

    Bette stares back at her before breaking eye contact and placing her coffee on the bench top.

    (Bette) I think we’ve said everything there is to say

    Tina sighs and continues looking at her. Bette takes her focus from her coffee mug and looks back at her.

    Comments

    1. Awww… I’m glad and so relieved Bette has calmed down, that they have talked, Tina apologized and they’ve decided to keep seeing each other, kissed and made up.❤ What a sweet and lovely reenactment of a distant but vivid moment in their past. Against the beautiful backdrop of the city they both love and have managed to conquer professionally and separately, they shared a moment of bliss and unspoken but true love for one another. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this sweet and lovely chapter, katynd!❤ Please keep on writing and posting and have a lovely, productive week, katynd!:)

    2. I anticipated that this would be a great story line. How lucky I was to wait a little while to read the 1st 10 chapters all together. The way you wrote the reconnection was/is very good!

      I want more, please. While I can be patient, this story line has me by my heart.

      THANKS

      Thanks for your good work on the unique Tina/Bette adventure!

    3. So they have reconnected and talked…. but the problem still exist. Even though Tina felt like she was betraying Bette by publishing the article without talking to her, she felt that she was making the best decision in her own best interest. And that should the situation arise again, she would do the same thing. Bette felt betrayed and still feels betrayed. But she is willing to risk being betrayed again to resume her relationship with Tina. And the fact that Bette knows this may happen again, will have an effect on their relationship. Bette will feel less trusting or more guarded as to what she can talk to Tina about. She will be less likely to talk to Tina about things which bother her in her professional life for sure and maybe things in her personal life as well. For if anything Tina precieves to be of the public interest, she will feel duty bound to publish in the New York Times. Everything of course which does not involve her relationship with Tina. That Tina will protect their relationship at all cost. And there lies the rub. The duty to publish whatever is in the public interest on any public persona verses the protection of her own public interest to protect her position with the newspaper. As Bette said in the last chapter: “By all mean, protect yourself” . I almost felt her saying: “Protect yourself and just throw me to the wolves and without warning”. This situation still exist. They might have decided that it can be put into the rear view mirror and go on. But, what happens next time? And there will be a next time as long as Bette Porter is a Senator from the state of New York and as long as she is in a relationship with Tina Kennard which is not known to the public and Tina decides that she cannot warn Bette as to what is coming. For this is not a situation where one or the other says I screwed up and I know I did wrong and I will never do that again. It’s a situation that will happen again and in very much in the same fashion as the first one. And Bette now feels that Tina is not in her corner and may never be in her corner. The problem still exist…. it is now more real.

      Thanks for the chapter. I know there is so much more to come for these two.

    4. Catched up and i am with Martha, this will happen again maybe but Bette is willing to take the risk because she is so in love with Tina and although Tina doesn’t say it, she feels the same. It’s a difficult game they are playing, a non caual commitment, they had a warming with Tina’s article and i think their relationship will come out in the open against their will and cause a huge problem for them. Who will step down or will they seperate final this time?

      I really hope you are a true Tibetter and that at the end we will have a Tibette endgame.

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