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Angie had never lacked in self-confidence and when she set her mind to something she tended to excel. Still. These past few months had been eye opening for Bette as she watched Angie truly coming into her own. And this upcoming tournament? This game was important on so many levels. Angie had become an integral member of the team. The school, in fact, the entire Silver Lake community, was depending on her. Scouts would be present. Plus, the game meant the world to Angie. Bette sighed long and very deeply. Yes, it most definitely mattered to Angie. And in the grand scheme of anything else even remotely going on in the lives of either Bette or Tina, Angie was all that mattered. Whatever was going on, whatever had happened, whatever this was, it had to be remedied. Today.
Bette played with the menu. Not reading the words. She became lost in her thoughts. Once again, her anger began to slowly creep back in. How could Tina be so selfish? Maddeningly, annoyingly, frustratingly selfish. Tina had played sports in both high school and college. She knew what this game meant. Tina had not missed one of Angie’s middle school field hockey games. Hell, she had even scouted the opposing teams. She had loved the team spirit and the camaraderie and the competition. How could Tina demand that Angie walk away from her team and her responsibilities and miss the game by going to Toronto for Thanksgiving? And for what? To prove a point? Take a stand? For a holiday that was not even celebrated in Canada. Yes, this was Tina’s designated Thanksgiving with Angie. But wasn’t there a way to strike a compromise? Have Angie go another weekend? This was about what was best for Angie not what was best for Tina. For the umpteenth time Bette passed go without bothering to collect her $200 prize. This was most assuredly not a game. What in the world was Tina thinking?
Bette sighed and looked around the restaurant at nothing in particular. No question that the divorce had hit Angie very hard. Not until Tina came into town during the so-called election crisis to announce her engagement had she offered Angie any kind of explanation. And she had yet to utter one word to Bette. At first Angie believed that her Mama B had been holding back information to possibly protect her but as time passed that all changed. It made Angie sad to realize that her mother really had no idea. Angie and her Mama B were bonded very tightly in both their confusion and sense of abandonment. Bette knew that Angie’s relationship with her Mama Tee had suffered a great deal. The trust factor had most definitely been broken. And this event would not help.