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    Chapter 13

    Chapter 13

    Bette is in her office and places a call to Tina, who answers at her desk.

    (Tina smiles) Hey, how’s your day going?

    (Bette) Not too bad, I’m just in the office this morning catching up on things. How about you?

    (Tina) Same really, I have an afternoon of meetings so I’m just signing off on a few things this morning

    (Bette) OK well I won’t keep you, I was just wondering what your plans are this weekend? Could I see you Friday night?

    (Tina) Well, I’m getting an early night actually, they’re expecting the UK general election result to finally come in overnight, so I’ll be up crazy early Saturday

    Bette smiles.

    (Bette) You’re the only person I’ve ever met who treats foreign elections like the Superbowl

    (Tina smiles) I know, it’s actually less weird now that I’m in the industry, it was way weirder when I was younger

    Bette smiles.

    (Bette) Well, it’s been a long time but do you think I could join you? Or is that a relationship privilege?

    Tina smiles.

    (Tina) I’d like that. Though I’m not sure you ever saw it as a privilege

    (Bette smiles) Well at least this one will be in English, that Malaysian one was not my favourite

    (Tina smiles) I’ll admit it was a bit hard to follow

    Bette chuckles.

    (Tina) Well ok then, come and stay Friday night and I’ll set the alarm for early Saturday

    (Bette smiles) Can’t wait

    (Tina smiles) Well I better run. Bye baby

    (Bette) Bye Tee

     

    Day of the UK general election result announcement, Tina’s apartment, 2am. Bette and Tina are lying in bed when the alarm goes off. Bette moves towards the alarm clock, groaning and trying to turn it off while Tina raises her arms above her head and stretches out next to her.

    (Bette) Oh my God, why did I agree to this?

    (Tina) I appreciate it baby

    Tina smiles over at her.

    (Tina) I’m so excited

    (Bette sighs) I know, I remember

    Tina rolls towards her and kisses her, smiling excitedly.

    (Tina) Election day

    (Bette) Well, somewhere in the world

    They arrive in the lounge and Tina sits on the edge of the couch and turns on the TV as Bette collapses down next to her and leans into a cushion.

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    Comments

    1. Oh Tina… so you were fine with the relationship for as long as no one knew about it. And that was never going to the situation for long term. That kind of thing will be noticed and recognized at some point. I am actually surprised it has stayed under wraps as long as it did. So now what…. you are going to end this relationship really? Does it mean that little to you? Yeah, Bette should have told you. But she didn’t because she believed you would end it. And she was right. So she got a few more weeks with you than she would have had she told you. So when she looks back and thinks about this, she is going to rationalize that she did what was best for her….

      And Bette is right in that Tina having a relationship with a politician which is unknown to the public is somewhat hypocritical to the public. Tina is trying to appear independent of influence to the public while carrying on an intimate relationship with a certain politician. Ending the relationship does not magically remove the fact that it already has happened. So if its a problem for Tina with her job, it was a problem the first encounter they had whether known or unknown. She was trying to avoid the consequences of her relationship by keeping it on the hush hush. And ending the relationship does not remove the fact that she indeed had the relationship. Bette was not threating Tina… she was stating a fact. And that fact was the result of Tina’s own actions and choices. And Bette chose to go with as well. This was bound to happen. And ending the relationship will not remove their vulnerability of being leaned on by Kelley when she needs something. As long as Kelley is the only one who knows the secret, she will continue to hold the power over Tina and Bette.

      This is a complex situation…. and not a satisfactory position for either of them. Cannot wait to see how they resolve this. I do not think that Tina can stay away from Bette for very long. No more than Bette can stay away from Tina. They will never be happy with that decision.

      Thanks for the chapter.

    2. I knew it would happen at some point but it’s still utterly heartbreaking. Sigh… And to think that this is the second to the last chapter. Ugh… What now? Both of them might move on and continue to be successful professionally but they’ll be utterly miserable without each other. I’m sad for the end of the affair and the imminent end of this unique Tibette story but I’ll always be grateful for this welcome distraction to all the craziness in the real world. Thank you so much, katynd! :)

    3. This story is tantalizing with realistic applications in life. Very interesting theme.

      Both of these ladies needing to choose fidelity to their careers AND the oaths taken to walk with discretion and integrity. It’s doubly tricky for them right now.

      Bette didnt want Tina to “leave her”, but did she really think by refusing to let Tina make her own decision would work??? I mean with sharing the news revealed by Evelyn Kelleher, at least they could have put their heads together to really decide their response on how soon to break the news to the public. The rumors will ome out.

      If I remem, wasnt there some ‘ol crotchety Senator cking Bette out in the sense of wondering what “team she bats for”??? I’ll have to go back a refresh my mem. It seems to me, my 1st impression was that he was “surely gon to be trouble. Then U tossed that nasty screwball with The House Speaker and struck me out!!! HeHeHe

      Geeesh! Does Bette REALLY think that “Madame Kelle” ISN’T going to blackmail her when its time for a “favor” political OR physical???? SERIOUSYLY????

      At least Tina realized that danger immediately to herself AND surely to The Times. Y did The Speaker feel the need to “spill the beans” TO Tina?? As an serious interested party, or for nefarious intent?? Y is she watching Bette at social events to see who Bette may be watching?

      Bottom line, this a gr8 adventure! Looking 4wrd to the future!!!

      P.S. U can write longer chapters if U wanna!

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