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“Someone else,” said Dan.
“Kate?” Bette asked with questioning eyes.
“No, Bette,” said Tina. “It was you.” She looked up and met Bette’s eyes with a vulnerable glance and a sideways smile. Bette furrowed her brow, her face softened and she tilted her head to the side. For a moment they forgot Dan was sitting there.
Breaking the silence, Dan stated,” Well it is clear to me that whatever the reason you two separated in the first place is a thing of the past. I can see sitting across from you how you are feeling about one another. Tina, how do you feel about Bette, and what are you afraid of?”
Tina and Bette both let out a small chuckle at the question, as they had discussed in the elevator a few minutes ago that very thing. They knew Dan would ask them each what they were afraid of and what they wanted out of the situation.
“I wasn’t prepared to admit it until now, but I love her.” Tina paused to look over to Bette. “I always have, really. And I am just afraid of fucking it all up and hurting Jodi and, if I am honest, being ‘the other woman’ in this situation. I don’t want to break up Bette and Jodi but I can’t help the feelings I am having. I just don’t know what to do.” While speaking, she was motioning emphatically with her hands, placing her hand on her heart at crucial moments.
“I see,” said Dan. “And what is it that you want?”
“I don’t know,” said Tina.
“I think you know,” said Dan. “You know what you want but you are afraid that what you want is not allowed – that it is against the rules somehow. And now you are here asking permission to have the feelings that you are feeling. Is that an accurate statement?”
“Yes,” Tina said in a very small voice, “on both accounts.”
Bette was amazed at just exactly how Dan was able to articulate what she suspected was the truth in just a few simple statements. If she was honest with herself she felt the same way.
“Bette,” Dan said turning his attention to the brunette in front of him.