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It was like time had stopped. The echos of the past heading towards each other like trains on a single track and here they were colliding head first. Hitting them both with the reality that this was real. They were both here…..Facing each other. At this moment..
Tina studied the mocha beauty intently. She was still as beautiful and radiant as ever and she couldn’t believe Bette was standing in front of her. Tina’s eyes began to narrow as she took in Bette’s nervous demeanor and felt her walls going up as she heard Bette speak.
“So…..uhmmm….Tina?…..Wow…How have you been?” Bette asked and immediately regretted that question as soon is it left her lips.
Tina’s eyes remained narrow and anger began to rise. She folded her arms
“You don’t get to ask me that”
Bette could feel the coldness in her voice
“Right..You are right..I’m sorry. It’s just I never thought I would see you again” Bette said with thankfulness to whatever force drew them back together for this moment.
“Why would you think that? You were the one who abandoned me while I was lying in a hospital bed near death….I haven’t seen or heard from you in three and a half years Bette…You just disappeared”
Bette felt her words hit like frozen arrows into her heart. She couldn’t blame her yet she couldn’t tell her why she up and left her but it began to play over in Bette’s mind
April 2009 Mercy Hospital
“This is all my fault Gio”. Bette rests her head in her hands and begins to cry “I knew better than to get involved with her. But I can’t lose her. She’s in there fighting for her life because I put her in danger. I’m going to kill Rocco if it’s the last thing I do. Why did he have to go after the love of my life. It’s me he wanted”
Gio places a comforting hand on her shoulder
“Bette you know the best way to hurt someone the most is by hurting the ones they love. That’s Rocco’s style…You know what you have to do. I have talked to our contact in Washington and we are moving our operation and entire organization to New York. We are compromised here now. We must leave and that means if you stay here you continue putting her in danger. I know you wanted out after this job but seeing as you now have a target on your back you will be keeping her in danger. Come on to New York and join us. We could use your sniper skills”