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    Chapter 14 (Final Chapter)

    They sit in silence for a moment, both looking downwards, focused on their drinks.

    Bette eventually breaks the silence, her eyes still focused on her drink.

    (Bette) I’m sorry about the girlfriend reference. I know that never applied, and it certainly doesn’t now

    (Tina) It’s fine Bette

    They meet each other’s eyes and share a sad look, sitting in silence for a moment.

    Bette breaks the silence, holding Tina’s gaze while she speaks.

    (Bette) I’m not ready for this to be over

    Tina looks back at her with a sad smile.

    (Tina) Bette I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for things to be over with you

    They look at each other for another moment, both taking a deep breath in.

    (Tina) But we knew when we started this that it was an impossible situation

    Tina sighs.

    (Tina) And we’ve now lost control of it

    (Bette) We can still control it

    Tina shakes her head.

    (Tina) Bette, we can’t

    There is another silent moment, and Tina has another sip of wine.

    (Tina) And aside from that, even if we could be guaranteed this would never come out, there’s no future in this. Are we to carry on in this no strings arrangement forever? It’s not fair on either of us

    (Bette) I don’t think a future is impossible

    Tina sighs and speaks kindly.

    (Tina) Bette, my position just does not lend itself to being in a public relationship with a Senator

    (Bette) There are things that lie between public and what we’ve been doing

    (Tina) Anything more than what we’ve been doing is too great a risk for me

    (Bette) We could have a conversation between ourselves about what we’re feeling, what we want, about commitment, without that changing what we’re doing outwardly

    (Tina) Bette I can’t be in a committed relationship with a politician. Aside from anything else, my professional integrity won’t allow it

    (Bette) Yet it has allowed everything up to now?

    (Tina) I’m sorry if that seems inconsistent, it’s just a line for me

    Bette pauses and looks down at the table for a long moment, making a decision, before raising her eyes to meet Tina’s.

    (Bette) I’m not seeing out my term

    Tina looks back at her in surprise.

    Comments

    1. YAY! :D I’m in cloud 9 that they found a way to stay together and finally commit to a long-term relationship! I had a feeling Bette will not sacrifice her love for Tina again and that she’s not cut out to be a scheming politician. I’m sure she’ll land a good job in New York. And I’m glad Tina’s willing to risk her career and reputation too for her love of Bette but I hope she’ll get to keep her job. This is such a lovely, sweet, happy ending for our fave couple, katynd, and I can’t thank you enough for it!❤ :D A thousand times thank you for this lovely, unique, well-written story, katynd, and I’m so looking forward to the epilogue! ❤ :D

    2. An invasion of Wasps meant I was awake at 3.30 am here in the UK and that, after dealing with it , I could not resist checking my emails. Hence the reason I had the delight of being notified of your post and the pleasure of reading the Final Chapter. Thank you I enjoyed the conclusion and am happy to see an Epilogue is to come.
      Please keep writing about my favourite couple.
      SG

    3. katynd!

      GirRRRL, knocked a HOMERUN with this chapter only needing 6 pages to boot! HeHeHe!!!

      Pleasantly surprised with the maturity of our ladies to come to the conclusion that they BOTH would need to put the ‘ship ahead of careers THIS time.

      You did a fab job of showing how well suited they truly are for one another. U win the Oscar!!!

    4. Great story by a wonderful writer. I wasn’t sure how this would end but you did it with style. The girls reunite, no blood shed and hopefully no regrets. Please continue with this storyline…Tina a journalist and Bette, the lawyer could be a great niche for wonderful stories. Thanks again, I look forward to reading more stories by you.

    5. Nice concluding chapter. But I was worried with Tina’s reaction to seeing Bette show up in her office. If she won’t respond to her text and emails, what can she expect? Well written and a joyful conclusion. And in this day and time I think that Tina is overly concerned about her position as political editor of the paper. As the editor, it is her position to decide what runs in the paper and what doesn’t. Unless she have vetoed some article or piece of information about Bette Porter, her management will not have a problem. All journalist have information which do not end up in their publications. It’s always a matter of judgement as to what is in the public interest and what isn’t. And that which is in the public interest, there has to be confirmation that it is a fact and not just a rumor or gossip. In Bette and Tina’s case, it is a matter or appearances not what the reality is that forms the conflict of interest. They have made a good decision. They have made the decision of what is best for each of them individually and as a couple. I believe that Tina’s joining in Bette and making a joint announcement of their relationship will be best for Tina’s career. Being a secret is what would eventually have the greatest impact on her career and eventually on her relationship. Particularly for a Political Editor. Well done Tina…

      Thank for this story….. well done… I hope you have some more in the pipeline at some point. Look forward to the epilogue….

    6. What a perfect, beautiful happy ending to an exceptional story! My favorite lines -“(Bette) And that I’m as hopelessly in love with you as I ever was?” and “(Tina) I’m so in love with you baby.”

      And this line is perfect – “happily starting their day and the rest of their lives together.”

      Such a well-written story, I like your writing style. I enjoyed every chapter. Thank you for such a GREAT story

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