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Chapter 5: October Surprise
The next few months went by in a blur. By September everyone had hit the ground running. It was now October and Angie was super swamped with school and other activities which pleased the young girl immensely. Angie was very much Bette and Tina’s daughter; in fact, the busier she was the better.
Angie and Jordi still saw each other outside of school and in drama club, debate, and field hockey, but their romantic relationship had run its course. Both teenagers were beginning to look towards the future. Jordi was very interested in theater and stage production. Angie was interested in science and literature and art. The summer conference had solidified her plan to pursue a degree in astrophysics which further narrowed down her college selection process.
Angie also loved tagging along on hikes with her mom and Buddy as well as Maya and her dog Molly. The teenager enjoyed listening to her mother and Maya discussing their favorite novels. It was the day she had enthusiastically entered into their friendly debate about stream of consciousness narratives and William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” that Angie realized her mother’s love of American Literature had indeed been passed on to her. “Did you know Faulkner wrote all 59 chapters in four-hour bursts over the course of just six weeks?” Angie confidently added to the mix. Bette beamed with pride. Maya shook her head having been mightily impressed. Angie’s face lit up. She smiled her biggest Porter-Kennard smile reminding Bette so much of Tina that she paused on the trail just taking in the site of her beautiful daughter. On that very hike on that very day, Angie decided on a double major and added American Literature.
The teenager was also content at home with her mother and Shane and Buddy and often Maya who was now an official member of the family. Maya and Bette had gotten very close which made Angie happy. She held out hope for a romance between the two as she thought Maya and her mom were a good fit. Of course, Angie wanted her parents to get back together. Mama Tee was the perfect person for her mother. She was her other half. And of course, Angie loved her Mama Tee. That was a given. She spoke to Tina every day but had finally accepted that Carrie was a fait accompli. If Mama Tee was really going to marry Carrie, then it was time for Mama B to find someone. And that someone in Angie’s mind was Maya.