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Bette slid past the crowd gathered at The Planet waiting on their morning rush of caffeine. She had woken up periodically through the night, not only worried about Maxine, but the impact Maxine’s presence could have on her and Kit.
She claimed a small table in the corner, watching Kit help the counter staff manage the crowd as she thought about her late-night conversation with Tina.
“I can actually hear your mind spinning,” Tina said rolling over and taking Bette into her arms. “You’re tossing and turning.”
“I’m sorry, I contemplated going to sleep on the couch and then realized I just didn’t want to be alone right now.”
“Never apologize for that.” Tina laid her head on Bette’s chest and began to drift back to sleep, calmed by the rhythmic beating of Bette’s heart. “Practice yoga breathing.”
Bette began aimlessly drawing patterns on Tina’s bare back as she felt Tina begin to relax once more in her arms.
“Ok, if you aren’t going to try to go back to sleep, do you want to talk about it?”
“We’ve been over it countless times, T.”
“And yet here we are at…” Tina glanced at the clock before continuing, “almost 3:00 in the morning still awake. Maybe we need to talk more.”
Bette threaded one of her legs between Tina’s and settled back down as she closed her eyes.
“You’d think it was because my mom came back from the dead but honestly I keep thinking about Kit.”
“What about her?” Tina’s voice was barely audible.
“That Maxine’s been in our lives less than a month and it’s already driven a wedge between my sister and I.”
“Because you let it,” Tina pointed out. “If you don’t want to be estranged from Kit, especially with how close you two have become, then fight for it.”
“How do I do that?”
“Just talk to her. She’s certainly the easier of the two.”
“Only you can answer if you want to give her a chance,” Tina mumbled before drifting back to sleep easily while Bette lay awake pondering the pros and cons of letting Maxine back into her life.