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After leaving Peggy’s office, Bette and Tina sat in silence on the drive back to Tina’s house. Tina glanced at Bette occasionally trying to decipher what she was thinking..It was odd seeing Bette in a contemplative mood..Not whipping out her jokes or come on lines. The Bette she was witnessing now seemed….real.
“Do you want to talk about it?” Tina asked as Bette stared straight ahead..Her hands fixed on the steering wheel.
“I just can’t believe I was so stupid Tina…Getting involved with her like that..And there is no telling how many like Helena and me she played”
“It isn’t your fault Bette..I mean you couldn’t help following your heart” Tina says sincerely
Bette sighs “That’s just thing..I followed it and got it broken..I mean after that I put up this wall and hid behind my player persona..Like I joke around and have my come on lines but really it’s all a front to protect myself..I’m not good at letting anyone in”
“Bette you don’t have to hide behind any front with me..I’m only here to help you..I’m not out to break your heart or use you..I’m doing all of this to help you..You don’t need to act around me” Tina says honestly
“Why though?…Why do you want to help me?..You didn’t even know me?..Yet you were willing to sacrifice your time and your image, I might add, for me…I honestly don’t deserve it” Bette sighs
“Well it’s no secret that part of me is doing this for Peggy..But the other part also saw someone struggling and maybe our circumstances aren’t the same but I see a little bit of myself in you”
Bette scrunches her face not following “What do you mean?”
“Well for one..We both come from a place of great expectations..Pressure to be on top of our game at all times…Our careers demand it…And I know it’s not the same but feeling helpless and everyone is against you I’m very in tune with that as you know”
Bette nods in understanding and glances at Tina “Thanks Tina..Really….And you know besides comedian you should maybe think about becoming a therapist”
Tina laughs..”I’ll pass”
“You know you really are genuine and you have a sweet caring nurturing side..It’s nice..I can see why they call you America’s sweetheart..” Bette says honestly and Tina felt her heart swell that maybe she had broken down at least one of the many walls Bette had built up. She was being real and confiding in her and it felt…. nice