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Bette was still lost in the memory, the emotion and her admiration for Tina that she didn’t hear the repeated calling of her name from Dani.
“Bette.” Dani calls louder for the third time. A perplexed look on her face.
“Y…yes. What?” Bette answers as she redirects her attention and looks in Dani’s direction. Her eyes trying to refocus. Her mind and body jumbled.
“Are you okay?” Dani asks. “Your face looks flushed.”
“Jesus. Probably a… uh…hot flash.” Bette replies in a shaky voice, trying to dismiss the raging inferno in her veins at that memory from the past. Fuck, calm down. She picks up her nearby battery operated hand fan, turns it on in an attempt to cool herself down. Get a hold of yourself, she thought.
“You need something to drink?” Pierce asks.
“Uh, no…no, I’m good. But thanks.” Bette forces a smile for her team. “Dani, sorry. Uh, what…what were you saying?”
“I have a list of things we need to discuss about these events you want to attend. Q & A items, points you want to express. We need to get these done this afternoon.”
“Yeah, Okay, okay.” Bette nods. “If you have them with you now, let’s get started. Uh, Pierce, you need anything else from me at the moment?”
“No, I’m good.” Pierce replies as he stands to leave as well. “I’ll check in with Jason and give you a recap around 6.”
Bette takes a deep breath. She needs to refocus on her campaign and get thoughts of Tina out of her mind for the rest of the afternoon. Yeah, right she thinks to herself. Turning toward Dani she tries to smile.
“Okay, what’s first on the agenda?”
Day 2 – Tina Meets Jordi that Afternoon
Before Tina picked up the girls from their classes, she contacted the hotel and cancelled her reservation. She paid for the one night stay and a penalty fee for the cancellation, but she thought it was worth the money to stay with Bette for the next two weeks. It would give them the chance to talk about so many things. Maybe they could find some common ground and work on their relationship for the future.
Tina had driven to Angie’s new high school and had picked up her daughter and Jordi. She wanted to get a better handle on who Jordi was and what she was like apart from what Angie and Bette had told her. Her sources had pulled up some Intel on the teenager and her family and found out that Jordi had some issues at the schools she had attended previously. From the report Tina had received, it appeared that Jordi’s parents had high paying jobs and spent tons of hours advancing those careers. Maybe that was why Jordi had rebellious behaviors and frequently got into trouble. But Tina wanted to hear Jordi’s story from her. Tina was determined to find out and set some rules in place for both teenagers.