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”Mother,” Helena begins as soon as Angie is out of ear sight, ”I don’t think you…”
”It’s okay Helena.” Tina smiles at her old friend stopping her from continuing. ”It seems that Peggy and I have some things to discuss. But maybe you guys could give us a few minutes by ourselves?”
”Tina,” Helena reaches for Tina’s arm and turns her towards her, ”you’ll be okay?”
”Yes, thank you my friend. It’ll be okay.” Tina smiles back at Helena. ”I promise. If you’ll help the girls for a few minutes?”
”Of course. I’ll get them sorted.” Helena nods. ”Just call out if you need me.”
”Thanks.” Tina squeezes her friends hand on her arm. ”If you could just close the slider when you get inside.”
”Will do.” Helena answers and then looks over at her mother. ”Please do show some respect to Tina.”
With that Helena leads everyone inside the house as Tina had asked leaving Peggy and Tina by themselves on the patio.
”So, now’s your chance to say what’s on your mind.” Tina faces Peggy.
”Why Tina,” Peggy tilts her head and looks back at Tina. ”Whatever do you mean?”
”Peggy please don’t play coy with me.” Tina purses her lips. ”You obviously have things you want to say.”
”Oh, I certainly do.” Peggy looks at Tina over the rim of her scotch tumbler. ”Do you really want to hear what I have to say?”
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”I’m sure you have shared your thoughts with Bette in one version or another multiple times.” Tina stands tall.
“Yes, I have.” Peggy nods. “Multiple times to be exact.”
”I think now would be a good time for us to discuss things face to face.”
”Alright then.” Peggy placed her glass on a nearby garden end table. ”You broke Bette’s heart when you so callously walked away and divorced her. Bette was devastated. To say nothing of Angie’s confused and hurt feelings. And you knew it would happen, yet you still insisted on it anyway.”
”I know I did and I take full responsibility for it.” Tina closes her eyes to that regret. ”But at the time, I didn’t know what else to do.”
”So you thought that divorcing the woman you claimed all these years was the love of your life and your soulmate was the only answer to your problems?”