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“T.” Bette called her name as Tina placed the last of the leftovers in the frig. “I…I don’t know what to say about earlier. Teasing is one thing. But…”
“Bette, wait.” Tina said turning around. A hint of a smile on her lips and hope on her eyes. “It’s okay.”
“I know you want to talk about things first.”
“I do and I know you do too.” Tina replied. “Can we talk tonight after dinner?”
“Yes, of course.” Bette nodded. “I just don’t want you to feel uncomfortable.
“Believe it or not Bette, I don’t feel that way.” Tina looked at her ex with a calmest she didn’t expect to feel. The time for hiding her feelings were over. Time to get on with her life and what she wanted. And she wanted one Elizabeth Kennard Porter.
“I’m not trying to pressure you.”
“I know and you’re not.” Tina reaches for Bette’s hands and stands in front of her. “We promised each other we would discuss our family and our relationship. I think we both want the same thing but we need to figure out how to get there and make it work this time for good.”
“Whatever we have to do.”
“Me too.” Bette smiled, hope brightly written on her face. “Me too.”
Tina’s promise to spend the day with the girls transpired as planned as they spent the good part of the day exploring and shopping. Tina allowed Angie to drive and they picked up Jordi at her house and then were onto their hit list of places to shop. Angie needed some tech supplies for her science project and Tina treated them to their choice of some new hair and nail supplies. Both girls were into different color hues for the hair and seemed to change them weekly. Teenagers, Tina sighed and thought and shook her head.
They also stopped at the grocery store and Tina purchased some items to make for dinner. It was late afternoon when they arrived back at Bette’s home. Both girls went to Angie’s room to gossip and listen to music. Tina told them dinner would be ready by 7pm as Bette was expected home by then.
Tina recalled that Bette and Angie both liked grilled chicken and roasted vegetables, so that was dinner for the evening along with a Mediterranean salad. Tina wanted to make sure that Bette had a solid meal as she still had the propensity in certain situations to skip meals. She picked a mellow white wine from Bette’s wine cabinet and opened it to breathe before Bette arrived home. Once the prep work was done, Tina kicked off her sandals and sat on the deck with a glass of lemonade in her hand. Bette had sent her a text to advise she would be home on time.