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    Chapter 16

    Chapter 16

    Later that night, Bette’s house. Tina wakes in the night to find Bette lying on her back alongside her, wide awake and staring at the ceiling. Tina watches her for a while as Bette continues to look upwards, deep in thought.

    Tina eventually breaks the silence, speaking softly.

    (Tina) If you want to ask me those questions that you had, I’ll answer them

    Bette looks over at her, unaware that Tina was awake, and they meet each other’s eyes. After a moment Bette rolls towards her and they lie alongside each other with their heads on the pillows, facing one another.

    They look at each other before Bette takes a breath and proceeds.

    (Bette) What is it you wanted from your trip to Majorca?

    (Tina) Before I left home?

    Bette nods.

    (Tina) A one night stand with a woman

    (Bette) Why did you want a one night stand with a woman?

    Tina takes a deep breath, finding this very difficult but wanting to finally be honest with Bette.

    (Tina) I’ve always known I was attracted to women, as well as men. It was an experience I wanted to have before I properly settled down with Andrew

    (Bette) Why did you continue seeing me after we’d slept together?

    (Tina) Because I’d never before felt more drawn to another person

    Bette takes Tina’s hand and focuses her gaze on her fingers as she takes this in.

    (Tina) I couldn’t get enough of being with you. Not just the sex, though that was…

    Bette raises her eyes to meet Tina’s and they share a smile.

    Tina clears her throat and continues.

    (Tina) Just being with you, in your company. I knew I should put a stop to it, that it was only going to end in pain for both of us. But I couldn’t. I have never felt more alive, more myself, than when I’m with you

    They look at each other for another moment.

    (Tina) I can see the inconsistency in how I was on our trip and the life that I’m leading here – that value that I place on freedom and autonomy that is completely missing from my actual life. I think you see it too

    Bette smiles subtly with a look of acknowledgement in her eyes.

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    1. Finally, Tina comes clean and they have a heart-to-heart talk. Despite her lies, I don’t think she ever meant to hurt Bette and she honestly thought they’d never meet again. But as she verbalized to her dear friend Helena she unexpectedly fell in love so what happened in Majorca can’t just stay in Majorca anymore. Bette turned Tina’s world upside down and now she can’t think straight.

      I hope Tina will find the courage to make the right decision on what she wants for the long term for herself. I’m looking forward to her heart-to-heart with Andrew. He seems to be a nice guy but who knows how he would react to Tina’s confession. Would his hurt and anger be in tropical storm or hurricane proportion? I must say that in all their scenes together, Tina and Andrew come across as an old married couple. There’s warmth and affection there somewhere but they’re more of a political enterprise now than anything. I can’t help but think of Walter, Bill Pullman’s character, when Meg Ryan, “Annie”, was breaking up with her. I think he said he doesn’t want Annie to settle for him and that marriage is tough enough without such low expectations. Would Andrew settle for an unhappy, sad and distant partner beyond the limelight? If he truly cares for Tina and her long-term happiness, I hope Andrew will find the courage to make the right decision too.

      I’m typing this in the dark, a day after a scary hurricane so before my phone’s battery runs out of charge, I just want to say thank you so much for this lovely, well-written story, katynd!❤ It’s been a rollercoaster ride and I’ve loved every minute of it!❤ I savor each chapter and reread them several times.❤ I hope we’ll get to enjoy more chapters, that this one won’t end anytime soon. Many thanks again, katynd, and have a lovely weekend!:D

    2. So we are down to it…. what does Tina want? I think we know, but does she have the will power to make her life what she wants it to be. To live your life in total sacrifice for the benefit of others does not make for happiness. If she chooses Andrew, she will leave him eventually. And there will be no convenient time in which her leaving will not impact his career. Bette may be patient, but I believe there is a limit to how long she will be patient. She may be willing to wait months but probably not years. Tina has said that she and Andrew plan to marry before the election or before he takes office as governor. I would see that the moment the marriage takes place, that is the end of Bette’s patience. For Bette, this will signal Tina’s choice. All or nothing….

      Great story…. keep it going….

    3. Love this story and agree especially with mightymouse comment.

      I do hope Tina will make the right decision, wish i had confidence in her like Helena but we will see if Tina will follow her heart or marry Andrew out of some sort of misplaced sense of duty. Andrew deserve someone who loves him like Tina loves Bette. Let Tina make the right decision whatever that may be.

    4. Thanks for this chapter. I think Tina needs to break it off with Andrew because she obviously is not in love with him, and the marriage would be just one of convenience that for whatever reason they have committed to each other. The break-up should have nothing to do with Bette. Tina needs to be on her own and find herself before she jumps into a relationship with Bette or anyone else if she’s not even sure that being in a lesbian relationship is what she wants. She’s infatuated with Bette, but she said it herself she just wanted to scratch an itch and had every intention of going back to her hetero lifestyle. She’s on the path of ruining many lives and hurting a lot of people not only personally but professionally. As far as I can tell she’s not risking anything, and Bette is risking everything. At least Bette isn’t so far gone that she didn’t fall into being Tina’s woman on the side while Tina pursued her life with Andrew. I have a feeling you will redeem Tina by the end of this story, but for me it will be too little too late. Thanks for keeping it interesting as I do look forward to what’s next.

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