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    Another Left Turn – Chapter 3

    In the kitchen, Angie was making toast, scrolling Instagram and WhatsApping Jordi when she got an email notification. She didn’t initially recognise the sender, but then twigged what it was and immediately navigated to read it.

    ‘Oh . . . mygod . . .’ she breathed. ‘Oh . . . MYGOD!’

    Instantly, she was torn between telling Jordi or telling Bette. Bette was nearer.

    ‘Mom?’ she rushed to the study. Bette looked up from what she was writing. ‘Mom! Guess what? Guess what I just got an email from?’

    ‘I have no idea,’ Bette said, taking her glasses off.

    ‘You know the STEM camp in Boulder in July?’ 

    ‘Of cou—’

    ‘Well, I got in! I got in!’ Angie scream-whispered, her face a portrait of pure joy, ‘I am going to fffff… freaking Colorado!’ She burst out laughing and ran to hug Bette, who laughed too and squeezed her close.

    ‘Congratulations, baby,’ Bette said.

    ‘I can’t believe it!’

    ‘You deserve it, honey.’ Bette held her daughter’s face gently and stroked her cheeks. ‘Well done!’

    ‘I’m sooooo excited!’ She became suddenly very serious. ‘I have to tell Jordi.’

    ‘And Mama T,’ Bette added.

    ‘Yeah! Totally!’

    Angie started to navigate stuff on her phone as she sat on the edge of Bette’s desk, so Bette discreetly pulled a file across to cover up the note she’d been writing. It was soothing to watch Angie, anyway, burbling away about astronomy, much happier and excited after the upset of the day before.

    ***

    Tina was viewing the first house, occasionally mulling what she would put in her text to Angie, when her daughter stole a march on her. GOT INTO BOUDLER!!!!!! [plus a string of emojis]. Then a second text: *BOULDER. Tina read these standing beside a very nice lap pool, under a beautiful pergola wrapped in what she was pretty sure was plastic honeysuckle.

    The realtor stopped mid-spiel to let Tina type a response.

    ‘I’m sorry,’ she said, beaming at him. ‘Our daughter just got in to a particular summer school.’ 

    ‘Oh! Congratulations!’

    ‘Thank you. She’s very excited about it.’

    ‘A kid who’s excited about extra school. You don’t find those every day.’

    ‘It’s like a two-week immersion in astronomy. That’s her thing.’

    ‘Astronomy,’ the guy murmured, squinting up into the sun. ‘Wow. I’d love my kid to be into something like that. I bet her dad’s proud of her, right?’

    Comments

    1. This was a fantastic piece of writing…..great descriptions….full of the past and the present…and laced with the confused feeling of both Bette and Tina. Tina is getting more confused by the hour. Remembering and analyzing her own past behavior and not quite sure what to make of her own actions and reactions. Bette too trying to make sense of Tina’s behavior past and present.

      The final gesture of sending Tina her wedding ring to signal that the relationship which was their marriage is truly over was really sweet and heart breaking. She is truly making an effort to honor Tina desire to move on. However, if Tina gets more involved in Angie’s life, emotionally Bette will still very much have problems moving on.

      Tina has still not addressed the response she received from Angie. It was the same response she received from Alice. And its the same response as Shane has but is respectfully keeping to herself. Tina is right – she is the bad guy in this little saga. Hopefully, she will come to her senses before they actually have a ceremony.

      So Carrie is a lawyer? That is freaky! Wonder how she met her?

      Love that smell of bananas references – laughed my self silly. Great humor!!

      This is truly a five star chapter…. I’m impressed with your talent and your ability to link in the backstory to the current progress of the story. Your story line has real depth and understanding of the complexities of human nature. I look forward to whatever you wish to publish. I am just blown away with this chapter….. Thank you for making my week.

      • Wow – thank YOU for making MY week, Martha3128! What a really lovely comment for me to read. Thank you for taking the time to write it and for following the story so closely.

        I’m glad you, like me, enjoy weaving the past and present of the Tibette story together. Great love affairs are rare and fascinating, and much more fun to write about than they would ever be to live, I’m sure.

        Tina is waking up. She’s been asleep a long, long time.

        Glad you found the bananas funny too. Such an Alice thing to do. I loved writing that.

        Many thanks again. x

    2. Thank you for continuing to post this story.
      I am really loving your take on the new Show and how you are bringing in the past.
      Love how you write, you have a great talent.
      You make me laugh, bananas, and you make me cry, notes in rings!

      Looking forward to more
      SG

      • I’m so pleased you stuck with it, SG! It means so much to me that people are reading and coming along for the ride with these two.
        Thank you for commenting and I’m glad I made you laugh :-) I love writing Alice, she’s so huge and colourful

    3. Oh my gosh. W.H. Auden. One of my absolute favorites coming at me like a train in the night in this story. I read this at work and had to take a minute to process.
      What a fantastic chapter. I can not. I love this story. I love how we can hear Tina’s unraveling,.. her unbecoming… as she wraps her brain around her own role in the demise of their relationship, her need to hurt overriding everything. It looks like she is coming to terms with the changes she needs to make to give Bette the partner she deserves. Isn’t Carrie a poor substitute with all the same tendencies the old Bette showed but that the new Bette has overcome;…

      And Bette! Woah. She just laid it all on the line and…. I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT.
      So very glad you kept writing. I will wait patiently for the next installment as Tina draws ever so closer to Bette.. …. thank you for this beautiful story.

      • Thanks, BK! I love your writing too. One thing I’m realising is that writing fanfic is leaving me much less time for *reading* fanfic, so I have to fix that and catch up!

        I’m glad you see Tina this way. Unraveling is the right word. She’s been running too long. (I just realised I made her meet Carrie because of running… haha, the subconscious strikes)

        And yeah, that Auden quote is killer, isn’t it? So tender and beautifully phrased. I’m glad it resonated with you. Thanks so much for commenting and encouraging me to push on. It means a lot. X

    4. I think it’s time for Tina climbed down off her high horse not only about Carrie attended Bette, but most importantly about all Candace thing. Because frankly be hypocrite don’t very suit her very much – thinking how she was hurt about carpenter and forgetting all Henry thing, really?
      Maybe if before they married in NYC Tina also asking Bette about if she forgiven her too – maybe things could be different.

      • Yep, that’s a really good point, Zhenya. Self-awareness and responsibility is a powerful cocktail and Tina is taking a sip! Maybe someone will help her to drink more deeply?

        Thank you for reading the story and for commenting. I appreciate it.

    5. What a great story. You captured the essence of Tina and Bette’s relationship wonderfully. Can’t wait to see where you take us on this journey. BTW loved your choice of lawyer for Carrie. Let’s see the alphas go at it.

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