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    Dark Times Are Coming Chapter 4

    Just when Tina thought she couldn’t get more annoyed, she had been taken aback by the insolent things Kelly had just said.  She knew bits and pieces about her and what occurred between she and Bette when they co-owned the Gallery in New York.  Tina wished now that she had asked Bette about the details of the lawsuit. They had thought it was best to leave what happened in New York behind them. They wanted to start fresh in their reconciliation working on communicating better as opposed to sorting through the details of the many mistakes they had made during that time. Tina knew telling Bette about Kelly’s obviously malicious and deliberate appearance would need careful handling. As she continued to listen to Kelly talk about Bette, Tina’s anger became more visible. Her instinct was to defend Bette and she struggled to not say something that she would regret later.  She exhaled through gritted teeth. ”You know, Kelly,” in a low deliberate voice she continued, ”I’m curious, is there a reason for all of this?” She said circling her index finger between them. ”Your crazy accusations and lies are well known when it comes to Bette.”  Tina continued to collect herself but kept her expression neutral, ”I mean.. when are you going to stop being jealous of Bette and the life she has carved out for herself.”

    Kelly let out a chuckle and smiled in amusement showing no qualms about the harsh and embellished things she had just said about Bette. ”Well… I am sure we will never agree on Bette’s character…  And… I’m sure you’re right. You’re not the first to believe what I say is not true. But… you know… there has always been a semblance of truth in what I say.” Kelly cocked her head to the side slightly as she studied Tina.

    The verbally sparring women were interrupted by a sudden bang as the door to the professor’s office flew open, followed by the professor charging into the room.  ”I found them.”  She exclaimed, as she moved aside revealing a dolly with five large boxes. They were put way in the back. I had to get a student to help me put them on the dolly.” She forced a smile as she look back and forth between the two women. The tension was high and all three women could feel it. ”I hope you have a strong driver.” She said as she tried to conceal her uneasiness.

    Tina pulled her attention from Kelly and focused on the professor. She blinked and took a second to find her voice.  She was thankful that this little tete-a-tete with Kelly Wentworth was over.  ”Yes, and I am ready to go.” She forced a smile as she turned back to Kelly and glared. ”It’s been an interesting conversation. I would like to say I enjoyed it, but we both know otherwise.” Their eyes met for the span of a heartbeat, no more.  But that was enough.

    Kelly remained standing for a few seconds. She then rolled her eyes and sat down in a chair that was in front of her. Kelly followed Tina with her eyes as she headed out the door. The professor watched Tina walk out the door and then looked at Kelly sitting in the chair her eyes searching but finding no answer to what had happened between the two women.

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    1. How does Kelly know what she thinks she knows? Is this really the reasons Tina left Bette? Strange…. How does Kelly know Levinsky? There has been no indication that Kelly had any contact with Laura Morgan since her Yale days. Why would Levinsky discuss the request for Laura’s books with just a casual friend. This is a woman who is in the education field where privacy and its protection is the prime directive of the institution.

      How long does it take to shut down a studio or a gallery? Don’t they shut down every evening and every weekend and leave ? Get what you can to work at home and go…. lock the door and communicate by phone, text or email. Half the folks are home sick according to prior chapters so, not much can be done except to prepare to go home.

      Tina’s thought about “how would it look” makes me think about Captain Smith on the Titanic. The objective is to save people from getting sick….everything else can wait. Staying on the job to do a little more will not accomplish that. Tina is dealing with something which is beyond her control. Do what is best to keep your people safe. Same goes for Dani. Of course, we do not know who made the decision to shut down the New York gallery or the European galleries. Is Dani making an executive decision or has she consulted with Bette and received her marching orders from her? She did talk to Bette and James about the books from Laura Morgan…. that was smart.

      This is an interesting story…. but this Kelly thing is irritating. She’s too involved for my taste in Bette’s buisness. If I were Bette or Tina, I’d make a call to Peggy and get this woman a one way ticket to the Caribbean and then make sure she was found breaking the law so the local police could deal with her for a few years. She would soon learn what over the top really meant. She would be an old woman by the time she back to New York.

      Sorry you had so much trouble posting…. hope things are repaired now.

      Oh, and if these were the reason Tina divorced Bette as Kelly espoused, I find that weird that she would want Bette back. Those are things that attracted her and what she lived with for years and then divorced her over and now wants her back as if she could change who she is. I call that insanity. People have a difficult time changing who they are. She either loves Bette for who she is and accepts her for who she is or she needs to give it up and find a better life. Everyone has faults and idiosyncrasies – Bette and Tina have their own. Learn to live with them or go on your separate ways. Personally, I think they are so much better together than apart. I think that the faults each of them have can be overcome and lived with with better communication. But that’s just my thought.

      Love to see more of this story…..

    2. Hey SK,

      Agree with Martha about the Kelly thing – SHE”s over the top & a pure menace to everyone. She’s dangerous & can’t be trusted to put out the trash. And how DOES she know all this stuff – it’s been 5 years according to Tina since they’ve seen each other & probably that long since Bette & Kelly were in business together.

      I understand Bette’s concern for her family & this new disease – look what we have all been through in the past year plus. So it sees that James has contracted Covid – could Julie be next?

      What’s with Bette & the headaches? – Stress or Covid symptom?

      And Tina – you have the books now – get the hell back to LA & your family. People are dying – this Covid is no joke. Protect your team/staff & tend to your family.

      Think we all agree that Tibette is much better together than on their own. Yes, they have faults, but who doesn’t? Now the question is can they cope & deal with being on the ‘same page’? Love has never been the problem – as Martha stated – communication is key. Hope & pray they can achieve that ASAP & for the long haul.

      Thanks for the update.

      Looking forward for more to come our way!!

    3. Thank you for the chapter!

      Yeah, very interesting spat between Tina and Kelly even if i still don’t know the reason for that.
      And yeah, seems Bette’s headpain could be COVID symptoms? But maybe not, because she already had it for quite long without any other symptoms.

    4. Zhenya

      Kelly is just a sociopath who hates Bette because she is jealous of her. Kelly ambushes Tina at the professor’s office. Kelly wants to know what Bette knows because Kelly is vindictive. She will take any opportunity to screw with Bette.

      K

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