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Tina and Bette again meet eyes before Bette turns to Angelica.
(Bette) Yes, we were a couple then
Angelica turns to Tina.
(Angelica) So you don’t hate her yet?
Tina raises her eyebrows and looks to Bette. Bette frowns and focuses on Angelica.
(Bette) Angie, your Mom doesn’t hate me
(Angelica) Yes she does. You hate her too
(Tina) Bette, it’s OK
Tina turns to Angelica.
(Tina) Angelica I certainly don’t hate your Mom. I can’t tell you anything at all about how I feel about her now, only that I can’t imagine that that’s true
(Angelica) It’s true, you’ve just forgotten
Tina continues looking at her, and Angelica shrugs and returns to her meal.
(Angelica) Anyway, you were probably a trainwreck as a couple so it doesn’t make much difference
Tina sits back in her chair and watches her, before looking over to Bette.
The meal continues with no further discussion about the current situation, and Angelica continues to speak to Tina as she usually would, telling more stories and filling her in on her week.
They finish dinner and once they have all helped clear the table Angelica retreats to her bedroom. Bette and Tina stand together in the kitchen, Tina deep in thought as she continues looking towards the doorway Angelica disappeared through. Bette watches her closely.
(Bette) Are you OK?
Tina turns to her and holds her gaze for a long moment.
(Tina) Thank you for dinner. I’m going to get going
Bette looks at her, trying to read her.
(Bette) I’ll walk you out
(Tina) You don’t need to
(Bette) I know, but may I? Please?
Tina looks at her for another moment and then nods.
They walk to Tina’s car together and then turn to face each other.
(Bette) Can we talk for a minute in the car? Angie will be watching us from the front window
Tina looks to the house and sees a sudden movement of the blind as Angelica darts away. Tina smiles and then turns back to Bette.
They both get in the car and sit in silence for a while, Tina looking out the front windscreen and Bette watching her. Tina eventually turns to her.
(Tina) Do you hate me?
Bette takes a breath and looks back at her.
(Bette) No, I don’t
Tina continues looking at her.
(Bette) That is a 12 year old’s over simplification of a very complicated situation
Tina nods as she looks out the windscreen again, gathering her thoughts.
(Tina) It’s just so sad to me that she doesn’t know how much we loved each other
She turns and focuses back on Bette.
(Tina) How could our daughter not know that?
Bette looks at her and Tina holds her gaze for a moment before turning back to the windscreen. She sighs and shakes her head.
(Tina) What a fucking mess
Bette watches her for a moment.
(Bette) You’re angry with me
Tina sighs and continues looking straight ahead.
(Tina) Yes, I’m angry with you
She looks over at her.
(Tina) I’m angry with me too. I don’t understand how we let this happen
Bette nods and sits back in her seat, looking out the windscreen. She looks back to Tina.
(Bette) Anytime you decide you want to know more about what happened, we can do that. Whenever you’re ready
Tina nods and continues staring ahead, deep in thought. They sit together in silence for a while before Tina reaches out and takes her hand. She frowns as she looks down towards their hands held tightly together, and then raises her gaze and meets Bette’s eyes.
(Tina) I’m not ready yet