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Last night I braved Milk with Alice and Shane. It was ghastly. Crowds, lines, people everywhere. I will never go again without you. Kit said I was meat tagged, it felt more like a meat slaughter. I tell you this for the purpose of making it clear that I am waiting for you, Tina. I have never been patient. The yoga helps. The wine doesn’t. Shane helps. Alice tries. Work helps. James puts up with me, bless him. You used to say that the Gallery without James is like art without a canvas. What about me without you?
Kit hosted a Drag Queen Christmas night at The Planet and the whole crew was in attendance, singing along loudly and off key to “I Saw Mommy Kissing Mrs. Claus” from their table by the stage. Bette was wearing a deep red wrap around top that showed off her cleavage and waist with dark Levi’s and Tina decided that red was her most favorite color in the world. That Bette’s ass in those jeans was a crime.
Tina’s emerald green dress clung to her curves and Bette could not take her eyes off the blonde, one hand always touching Tina’s back or arm or hand. Their happiness followed them around like a cloud of unrestrained joy, infectious to their friends.
Bette got up to go to the bar and get another round, kissing Tina on the side of the head before she rose, holding on to Tina’s hand as long as possible before letting go.
“God so fucking cute” Shane drawled, her arm around Carmen as she spoke, smiling at Tina.
“I haven’t seen Bette look that loved up since…”
“… don’t finish that thought, Al, if it doesn’t end with the words… since the last time she was with me…”
“Alright, alright. She’s happy, TK and that is a damn good thing. What are you going to do about the pack of women who don’t know she’s off the market?”
“What do you mean?” Tina finished her drink, glanced at Shane who shrugged.
“Look…” Alice used her eyes to get Tina to look behind her at the bar. “She’s surrounded.”
Tina shifted in her seat to get a better look, and it was true, Bette was surrounded. She had many admirers, some Tina knew, and some that were new to the scene. Bette was laughing at something one of the women was saying but kept a respectful distance away from them, her hands holding two drinks as she answered the woman.