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Shane was sitting on one of the loungers when Bette emerged from the pool.
“How long have you been here?”
“Not long. How long have you been in there?”
Bette shrugged. Shane handed her a bottle of beer.
Shane knew that meant at least an hour. She looked at her friend. Bette seemed relaxed but she knew better.
“Yes. Why do you ask?”
“Why do you think?” Shane said in her Shane way.
“It’s just dinner.”
“It’s never JUST anything when it comes to Tina for you. Seriously, how are you?”
“I don’t know. Ever since she popped up at the opening, she has been popping up everywhere. I can’t stop thinking about her. I can’t stop seeing her. It was easier when she was in Vancouver.”
“In a sense. At least I could reconcile it in my mind that she lived in Vancouver which is why she wasn’t living in our house with me. Now…”
“Now, she’s back in LA and she’s not living in your house with you.”
“Exactly and it’s fucking with me. I told her I wanted to spend more time with her.”
“To date her.”
“Yes. To date her. Then she drops this bomb on me that my entire family has been lying to me.”
“I know you thought you were being helpful but I still feel betrayed.”
“Feel what you feel. You are entitled to your feelings. I just hope you know we did it from a place of love.”
They both took a drink. Bette took a deep breath and exhaled slowly.
“What time is she expecting you?”
Shane checked her watch. It was a little after six.
“Okay. I’m gonna go so you can get ready. Need anything?” Shane asked as she stood up.
Bette shook her head no.
“It seems as though the love is winning. So, you need to make a decision. Things can’t stay this way…for too much longer. Ya know?”
Bette nodded and looked down.
“Really give these dates a chance. Okay?”
“If you do decide that it’s all too much…being with Tina…”
Bette raised her eyebrows in anticipation. Not sure what the younger brunette was about to say.