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    Chapter 10

    (Bette) You really have more to add?

    (Tina nods) Yes, I do. And I think you do too. We used to be good at talking things out when we were…

    (Bette frowns) What? In a relationship?

    (Tina) Just because we’re not now doesn’t mean we can’t still talk. I’m not comfortable with just continuing on and not addressing this properly

    Bette looks at her for a moment before sighing and holding up her hands.

    (Bette) OK

    Bette looks downwards for a moment, again concentrating on her mug, before raising her eyes to meet Tina’s.

    (Bette) Tee I heard what you said the other night. I went away, and I calmed down, and I get it. I understand why you did what you did, and I understand why you didn’t tell me in advance. That doesn’t mean that I’m not still upset about it, but I can move past it

    (Tina) I would like for us to move past it. I can’t regret my actions here but I don’t know how to make this right with you

    (Bette sighs) I think you’re right that I need to adjust to our change in circumstances. When we were together, and I was at the law firm and you were making your way in journalism, that didn’t interact. And there was never a moment in our time together that I felt like you weren’t in my corner. This is a big adjustment for me.

    Tina takes a deep breath in and continues watching her.

    (Bette) What you did felt like a betrayal. It feels like a betrayal. I know we’ve tried to keep our arrangement here casual, but I can’t help feeling hurt

    Tina looks at her uncertainly, unsure of whether to pull the conversation back from any open discussion of their feelings. Bette notices her look.

    (Bette) And don’t talk to me about rules, or boundaries. I can’t help how I feel

    Tina leans in closer to her, reaching towards her and placing her hand lightly on Bette’s forearm.

    (Tina) I’m sorry I’ve hurt you

    They look at each other for a moment.

    (Bette) Thank you

    Tina withdraws her hand and sits still for a moment, looking downwards towards the bench top.

    (Tina) I feel like I’ve betrayed you too

    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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