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Alice and Shane had a costume party last night. No one appreciated my Gallery Owner costume. Alice turned me into a Zombie Gallery Owner. There is something going on with her and Dana, I think they are hooking up in secret, Alice has That Look about her she gets when she has a new fling. I’m worried about Kit, she goes on tour soon and her sobriety is still so new. You always used to tell me that she has to figure it out on her own but I wish she would stay in one place long enough to get some traction going. I also worry about Shane, she is burning the candle at both ends. Alice told me I spend too much time worrying and not enough time clubbing. I took a long hike after that comment. There’s a 5K in your area called the Monster Dash, looks like something you and Dana would do. Miss you.
As they were getting ready to go to bed the night before, Tina asked Bette to go running with her in the morning. She was very specific about the time and dodged any questions about what route or how far. Bette enjoyed running but not the long distances Tina went and when she voiced her concern that she would not be able to keep up, Tina put that to rest quickly. It’s just for fun she said, just for fun.
After making smoothies for them to drink before they set out, Tina laced up her running shoes and prepared two water bottles for the car ride home. When they first started dating they would run together frequently, the activity providing a solid basis for the friendship that evolved over time. It was on a run that Tina first realized she had feelings for Bette and it remained something they did together over the years, although less often recently.
Tina loved running with Bette. She couldn’t pinpoint the moment they stopped doing this activity together but she was resolved to make it a staple in their lives if Bette wanted to. She loved seeing how strong Bette’s body was, the easy way they used to talk while they ran or afterwards when they stretched.
“It’s a little chilly out” she told Bette when the brunette came out in just a tank and shorts. God, she was beautiful. “You might want a light jacket. You look amazing, Honey. Really fit. Have you been swimming?”