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“Well, you’ll have to fill me in on that later.” Tina reaches out and lightly touches Bette’s hand. “But this will allow both of us to work on our friendship.”
“Bette, don’t you think we can be friends?”
“You want honesty, well here it is.” Bette sits up straighter and looks at Tina with burning intensity in her deep set eyes. “I don’t just want to be friends with you Tina. I want more.”
“I know you do.” Tina accepts Bette’s statement. “I know you didn’t want the divorce, but agreed to it because I wanted it. Well now…”
“Well now what?”
“Well now we have to like each other first before we can start to heal.”
“I like you plenty.”
“Glad to see you still have your sense of humor, Porter.” Tina squeezes Bette’s hand. “But we have a lot to work through. I’m not naïve to think it’ll all fall back into place easily.”
“No it won’t.” Bette admits. “I’m still very hurt Tina. You can’t imagine what I have been through the past two years.”
“I know my own journey hasn’t been easy.” Tina looks down. “I can only ask your forgiveness and try to prove to you that I have changed for the better.”
“You’re right, it won’t be easy.” Despite it all, Bette has hope in her soul for reconciliation with Tina.
“One step at a time Bette.” Tina tries to get across to Bette her commitment to a future relationship with Bette. “One step at a time.”
The Next Day
It’s was a very busy day on the Porter Campaign Trail. Bette had a breakfast business meeting with an association for the treatment of teen addiction in LA. The premise of the meeting was for Bette to explain her plan for prevention and subsequent treatment and to solicit their support. It went well and the association was impressed with Bette’s proposals. By the end of the breakfast, she had their endorsement.
Pierce and Dani kept Bette active the remainder of the morning with a recap meeting, a long list of items to approve and phones calls to return. They reviewed the latest poll results and Bette was still behind Milner in support, but continuing to gain much needed ground. Dani suggested they step up social media exposure and run a few more ads on popular sites. They had the funds available so Bette gave her the green light to proceed.