This story has been set to a rating of PG-13. Age verification is required to proceed.
A few weeks go by and Bette is again approaching a stint in Washington DC that will see them separated for another ten days. They meet at Bette’s apartment the night before her early flight, and sit at Bette’s dining room table having finished their meals, and sharing a bottle of wine.
(Tina) Ten days
(Bette) Ten days
They look at each other for a moment.
(Bette) You can’t find an excuse for a visit in that time, break it up a bit?
Tina smiles and places her hand over Bette’s.
(Tina) I would usually, but it couldn’t be a worse time. With the state budget being released this week I just can’t justify the time away.
They both sigh and look at each other for a moment, Bette turning over her hand and entwining their fingers.
(Bette) Am I allowed to say how much I’ll miss you?
(Tina) Probably not, but I’ll miss you too
They smile at one another.
Bette leaves for Washington DC and Tina remains in New York. Whilst both are run off their feet with their many commitments, they both miss the other’s presence terribly in the time apart. Despite their busy schedules they manage to speak on the phone most days, and as the days go on they begin to drop their guard in what they are voicing to one another.
They talk to each other late one evening.
(Tina) How many days now?
(Bette sighs) Four (pause) and a half
(Tina) Was this this hard last time?
(Bette nods) Yes, I think it was
(Tina) I should have just come to visit. I’m basically useless at work anyway with how much I’m thinking about you, I could justify the trip as an exercise in increasing my productivity
(Bette) Well you’re always welcome
(Tina) I’ll consider it for next time, I’d be missed too much here this week
(Bette) Well it can’t compare to how much you’re being missed here
(Tina) And how’s everything going there? I caught some of your address earlier today, I thought you were wonderful
(Bette) Thank you
(Bette) I’m not sure I’m winning everyone over though. I think my intersectionality is a bit much for some of the old guard here. I think they could bring themselves to handle black or lesbian, but they’re not so crazy about me being both