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Two weeks later, Sunday morning, Bette’s house. Bette rises from bed and throws on her dressing gown and makes her way downstairs. She arrives in the kitchen, leaning on the doorframe and watching Tina for a moment as she taps away at her phone while pouring a coffee.
(Bette) I was hoping to persuade you to have a Sunday sleep in
Tina looks over at her and they smile at each other.
(Tina) I would have loved to but I’ve been called into work again unfortunately
Bette nods as she makes her way to the island bench, picking up the coffee Tina has placed there for her. She smiles her thanks and Tina smiles back at her.
(Bette) Is it the same film causing you trouble?
(Tina sighs) It is, yes
She has a sip of coffee.
(Tina) The director is a tyrant. But he’s certainly burned his bridges, I’ll never be hiring him again after this
(Tina) Filming wraps this week though, so next Sunday I can be all yours
Bette raises her eyebrows and smiles, and Tina smiles awkwardly as she has another sip of coffee. She looks back to Bette and they smile at each other.
(Tina) If you’re free
(Bette smiles) I’m free
They share another smile before Tina’s attention is drawn to her phone. She sighs as she checks it and then looks back to Bette.
(Tina) I better run. Thank you for last night, it was fun
Bette meets her eyes as she has a sip of coffee, and Tina laughs. Bette lowers her mug and they smile at each other.
(Tina) I meant the show, but the sex was fun too
They continue smiling at each other.
(Tina) I’ll see you soon?
(Bette nods) Sure
Tina gathers her phone and handbag and steps towards Bette. She places her hand on Bette’s hip and leans in to kiss her on the cheek as Bette moves her head towards her and they catch the corner of each other’s mouth. Tina remains close for a moment and they both smile.
They share a look as Tina moves past her towards the front door.
Later in the week, Bette is busy at work in her office at the gallery and answers her cell.
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I love your writing very much!
I believe that Tina is not being honest with herself. She and Bette are seeing more and more of each other and have now agreed to allow the other to express affection in public. I don’t think either one of them will be able to keep this charade up for very much longer without admitting that they both mean a lot to each other. Most women cannot keep up a continuous sexual engagements with someone without developing feelings. And the fact that they are spending time together having meals and enjoying each others company to the exclusion of others only increases the the likelihood of developing feelings of attachment. Of course one could always deny those feelings exist. But at some point, there will be a request which will cause one or the other to have to choose whether to admit they are attached or let the other go on about their lives and not see them again. So whatever this is, it is a relationship of sorts. But with everything, with each new encounter with each other and with the more time that is being spent with each other and not someone else, the more things will change form one of an arrangement to one of an attachment. And if one or the other decides that perhaps the arrangement should end and not go forward, then one or both of their hearts will be broken. The time is coming soon when they are going to have to choose. Admit to having real feelings and have a relationship which has a future or break off this arrangement so they can minimize the heart break.
Fascinating story. What total control these two women are exhibiting on the outside. But on the inside, I bet they are a pile of mush. Thanks for the chapter… I want to read more…
Casual relationship doesn’t seem so casual I love this story. It’s exquisite pain reading them clearly falling in love and trying to fight their feelings.