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“Angie told me you explained that it reminds you of Kit.” Tina looks up at Bette with a sad smile.
“Yes, gives me inspiration.”
“I see.” Tina lets go of the ring from Kit and picks up the other ring. It’s heavy in her hand like her heart in her chest at this moment. Her voice again barely a whisper. She stares at the gold piece of jewelry for a minute before asking.
“And… this one?”
“You know it’s your wedding band.” Bette touches Tina’s fingers holding the ring.
“It’s next to my heart.”
Tears instantly roll down Tina’s cheeks at hearing Bette bare her soul. Her eyes slid closed under the weight of Bette’s words. There were things that she can’t say that got stuck in her throat.
“I…I hoped one day you would wear it again.” Bette whispers as she wipes the torrent of tears from Tina’s cheek.
“God, I… I want to.” Tina starts sobbing and through her tears tells Bette. “I…I’m so sorry.”
Bette cups Tina’s hands and brings them to her chest, just above her heart.
“Knowing one day you’ll consider it again is enough for me.” Bette kisses Tina’s forehead and pulls her into her arms. Circling her with her love.”You know I’ve always wanted to be married to you.”
Tina’s sobs continue for a few minutes as the realization of the pain she caused Bette hits her again. She wonders …
“How…how can you forgive me?” Tina cries into Bette’s shoulder.
“Shhhh.Babe.” Bette whispers in her ear. She holds Tina tightly, trying to comfort her and slow the onslaught of tears. “Because I love you Tina. Always with everything that I am.”
“I…I don’t deserve you.” Tina’s shame is evident in her voice.
“You could say the same thing about me. I broke your heart all those years ago.” Bette moves her head to look at Tina. She wipes more tears away. “But I think we deserve each other and in a good way. We’ve paid our dues and deserve a chance for lasting happiness.”
“Are…are you sure?” Tina can’t bear to look Bette in the eyes, afraid of what she might see.
“Tina.” Bette says softly as she turns Tina’s chin towards her and looks in her expressive hazel eyes. “I am a billion times sure. You are the only one for me.”
“First, last, forever?”
“Yes babe,” Bette places a soft, loving kiss on Tina’s lips. “Forever means forever.”
Next Up – Chapter 16 – Do Costumes Really Make the Woman???