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She decided quickly to let Tina go. Bette would be pissed, but she was saving them from a confrontation on the street. If Tina saw them now, she wouldn’t be able to cope. She could be aggressive.
Bette was intense, Shane admired that intensity, but it could be a little all consuming. It was better if Tina didn’t know how fierce Bette could be, even just in her protection of Tina.
So, Shane looked on nervously as Tina ran fast up the street. Bette was in the passenger seat of the Jeep in a minute. She had parked a few cars behind Shane, across the street from Tina’s place.
Bette noticed all of the blinds closed and nodded appraisingly at Shane. “Good”, she said.
She was quiet for a minute and then glanced quickly at Shane, looking away embarrassed.
“She didn’t say much, Bette”, Shane said softly, knowing what Bette was thinking. “Just hurt, you know.”
Bette looked away; she didn’t want Shane to see her eyes.
“We fucked up, Bette.”
“I fucked up, Shane”, she blew a full breath out of her chest, trying to keep her emotions in check.
Now it was Shane’s turn to look away. She hadn’t seen Bette truly upset since her father died. Bette was always collected, in control. Shane felt a little off balance because of it.
“Bette…” she braced herself, “Tina went on a run. Just before you pulled up. She’s on the road. Shit, I didn’t follow her. I couldn’t do that to her. I had to let her go. I’m sorry.”
Bette tensed for a moment, her fists clenched on her lap. Shane saw it and winced a little inside. Then Bette just shrugged and stared blankly out the window. She was completely overwhelmed at the moment. She didn’t know what to do about that. It was dangerous, yes. But she couldn’t control Tina. She didn’t dare to now.
“It’s fine Shane. It’s fine. Thank you.” said Bette, resigned, her voice hoarse and low.
Bette stepped out of the Jeep and got back into her car.
Shane lit a cigarette and pulled away. She had the strongest need to hold her woman tonight. She drove to Kit’s club.