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    Chapter 10

    Bette laughs

    (Tina) OK, pull in over here to the right.

    Bette pulls over and approaches a lookout with a spectacular view overlooking the city. She parks the car and they both sit and take in the scene, before Tina turns to Bette.

    (Tina) Do you remember?

    (Bette smiles) I remember. What was it, my 27th? 28th?

    (Tina) 28th I think

    (Bette) You organised a surprise party to cheer me up and I still ruined it with my foul mood

    They share a look.

    (Bette) And so we left our own party and you brought me here

    They take hold of the other’s hand and look around for a moment.

    (Bette) What was it I was so upset about?

    (Tina) Work, mainly. Things weren’t working out for you, you thought

    They share a reflective look.

    (Bette) It would have turned around. I didn’t realise how young I was

    (Tina) No one ever does

    They sit in silence for another moment.

    (Bette smiles) And so my girlfriend drove me out here to share a joint with me, and forget my troubles

    Tina puts her hand in her jacket pocket with a mischievous grin and produces a neatly rolled joint.

    Bette holds up her index finger.

    (Bette) Tee, no

    Tina smiles at her and leans back into the headrest.

    (Tina) Oh go on

    (Bette) I think this is in the Senator’s handbook. Don’t smoke a joint with the political editor of the New York Times

    (Tina) Well it probably says not to do all sorts of other things with the political editor of the New York Times too

    Tina lights up and takes a drag before holding it out to Bette, who takes it with a sigh.

    (Bette) Your friend won’t mind their car being returned smelling of pot?

    (Tina) Nah

    Bette takes a long drag while Tina reaches into her bag and holds up two beer bottles.

    Bette laughs.

    (Bette) Warm, cheap beers as well. You really are recreating the scene.

    (Tina) No top shelf whiskey or Pinot Gris back then

    Tina opens their beers with a bottle opener she retrieves from her bag and they clink the bottles together, smiling at each other.

    (Bette) Cheers

    (Tina) Cheers

    They both take a swig of their beer and look at the view for a moment.

    (Bette) Do you remember all the things we said to each other that night?

    (Tina) I think I told you you were the best thing that had ever happened to me

    (Bette) I told you I’d die without you

    They both laugh and Bette passes the joint to Tina.

    (Tina) God we were so young

    Tina pauses while taking a drag.

    (Tina) And dramatic

    Bette smiles.

    (Bette) We were so in love

    Bette looks over at Tina, taking her hand and entwining their fingers.

    (Bette) I was mad to leave you

    Tina smiles softly back at her and squeezes her hand.

    (Tina) I was mad not to follow you

    They sit in silence for a while, enjoying the view and passing the joint back and forth between them.

    (Bette) So, are we going to be revisiting all facets of that evening?

    Tina smiles at her while taking another drag of the joint.

    (Tina) Should you perhaps refer to your handbook, Senator?

    Bette waves her hand dismissively.

    (Bette) It says it’s fine

    Tina laughs.

    They smile at each other as Bette takes the joint from Tina, having one final drag before dropping it in her beer. She reaches across and reclines Tina’s seat while moving her body over her.

    (Tina) This was a good idea?

    (Bette) This was a great idea

    Tina smiles up at her while moving Bette’s hair from her eyes.

    (Tina) Happy birthday baby

    They smile at each other again before Bette leans in and kisses her, as they lose themselves in each other once again.

    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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