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Bette smiled and thanked the waitress who methodically placed the iced tea, bread sticks and menus on the table. She had selected a quiet window booth with a view of the street in the trendy Italian restaurant. As much as she had wanted to try a glass of their house red wine, she had a lot on her mind and needed a clear head. Bette was looking forward to having lunch with her oldest friend but Angie’s call an hour earlier had really thrown her. She needed a moment to process and collect her thoughts.
Over the past two plus decades Bette had experienced a vast array of emotions when it came to Tina from unconditional and eternal love to longing to lust to joy to pride to jealousy to frustration to disappointment to fear to sadness to regret to shame. And more. Bette had felt lonely when Tina stayed in Toronto for weeks at a time. She had felt totally confused when Tina asked for the separation. Tina filing for divorce on top of Kit’s accident led to feelings of abandonment and betrayal. Not attending Kit’s funeral generated a sense of utter disbelief and Tina’s engagement to Carrie led Bette down a rabbit hole of complete emotional numbness. And the loss of the election? The culminating event in a series of events that had resulted in a complete meltdown of sorts. The double dipper drop in a roller coaster ride of emotions. Still. Never once in their entire history had Bette felt… felt what? Anger. That was it. Anger….until now. And Bette of all people knew anger was a wasted emotion.
Angie lettered in field hockey and her team was in the regional tournament which was being played in two weeks, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. She had been named first team midfielder for their region. The midfielder must be able to challenge the opposition goal and score. The ideal midfielder must be able to dribble, pass, shoot, attack, and defend. In short, a midfielder had to be able to do everything the other position players must do, all the while repeatedly running up and down the pitch. For this reason, the midfielder was considered the most challenging position. The midfielder also had to be able to defend and, above all, the midfielder ran continually, requiring superb stamina. Bette was proud of Angie. Her stick speed, ball control, and passing skills were stellar.