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    Chapter 13

    Bette falls asleep before too long and Tina repositions them once she notices. She gently shuffles her down to lay Bette’s head in her lap, and watches the rest of the coverage with her arm wrapped around Bette, and gently taking hold of her hand. She shifts her gaze from the screen every so often and smiles down at her.

     

    A week goes by, and Bette and Tina have arranged to meet for dinner at Bette’s apartment one weekday evening.

    Bette is busy in the kitchen preparing dinner and hears Tina come through the front door. Bette calls out to her from her position at the stove top.

    (Bette) Hey Tee, dinner’s not far off. How was your day?

    Tina finishes hanging up her coat and placing her belongings by the door, and steps into the kitchen. She stands back and watches Bette without approaching her.

    (Tina) How long have you known that Evelyn Kelleher knows about us?

    Bette stops still over the stove top for a moment before turning to face Tina. She takes a deep breath and holds her gaze, while Tina stares at her coldly, awaiting her response.

    (Bette) She told me at the fundraiser, the night I returned from DC

    Tina continues to look at her coldly, and speaks calmly, with an edge to her voice.

    (Tina) In case you’re wondering, this is the part where you tell me why the fuck you didn’t share this with me

    Bette turns back to the stove and turns off the elements before turning and positioning herself against the kitchen bench, leaning back with a hand placed either side of her on the bench top.

    (Bette) I have had the situation under control. It is not in Kelleher’s interest to share this with anyone, so there’s no real risk to us

    Tina laughs sarcastically before shaking her head and looking at her fiercely.

    (Tina) That was not your decision to make Bette

    Bette takes a deep breath in and continues to hold Tina’s gaze.

    (Bette) You heard this from her directly?

    (Tina) We attended the same meeting today and she took me aside afterwards to say she had spoken to you, but also wanted to assure me that the information will go no further

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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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