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    Chapter 14 (Final Chapter)

    Bette speaks while pointing her index finger towards her.

    (Bette) I don’t want to read that anywhere

    Tina holds up her hands.

    (Tina) You won’t

    Tina studies her for another moment.

    (Tina) Why?

    Bette sighs and has a gulp of wine before proceeding.

    (Bette) It was always on the cards. I was approached by Kelleher to run in order to stop Dawkins taking the position

    Tina frowns, taking in what Bette is telling her.

    (Tina) I remember he was a certainty before you put your hand up. It would have been a devastating move to the right for the party

    (Bette nods) Yes, it would have been. I don’t know why that man is not a Republican, and a right wing one at that.

    Bette pauses for another sip of her wine.

    (Bette) Kelleher asked me to run, knowing that the party had been after me for years and wouldn’t turn down the opportunity. She caught me at a time when I was wanting a change, and a move back to New York. Once she realised my uncertainty about entering politics she came up with this plan. I’d run but only commit to staying on for half the elected term. The time for me would open doors in New York even if I did decide to step down, and it would block Dawkins’ run while also giving her time to find a suitable replacement. It was mutually beneficial.

    Bette pauses and Tina continues watching her closely.

    (Bette) Whilst I’m generally reluctant to admit positives from your corruption feature, it did have the advantage of exposing Dawkins’ many misdeeds, and has taken him out of contention entirely. It negates my part of the deal. I’m free to resign whenever I wish, and I’ll be doing so in the coming weeks

    (Tina) For what reason? You obviously still have the option to continue, I’m sure Kelleher is keen for you to do so

    (Bette sighs) I was always unsure whether it was what I wanted, and it’s become clearer and clearer to me this last year that it’s not

    Tina studies her as Bette takes a sip of her wine.

    (Bette) Could your professional integrity handle being with an ex-politician?

    Tina takes a deep breath and continues looking at her.

    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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