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Tina’s chest instinctually tightened at the question posed by her daughter. She had hoped to relax with Angie for a little bit before talking to her about her breakup. She knew Angie had gotten close with Carrie, and she wasn’t sure how her daughter would take the news. She was even more concerned that Angie would process it as another loss, and that caused even more dread to fill the blonde’s chest. Her daughter had lost so many people already. She hated that she was about to be the cause of yet another one of her daughter’s heartbreaks. Well, I guess I just need to jump in, she thought.
Tina put her phone down on the coffee table and turned her body on the couch to face her daughter. Angie turned and mirrored Tina’s position. Tina reached out for her daughter’s hand, establishing eye contact before beginning.
”I was hoping to spend some time with you tonight to catch up, but I also came by this evening because I have something I need to share with you.” Tina took a beat and let out a breath before she continued. ”Carrie and I broke up last night Angie. We’re not getting married. We’re not together anymore.”
Angie sat stunned for several moments. Tina brought her right hand up and gently tucked some curls behind her daughter’s ear.
”Tell me what you’re thinking Ang.”
Angie was dumbstruck. She didn’t see this coming. She shook her head in disbelief.
”What? I mean… who?”
Tina jumped in trying to make sentences out of Angie’s utterances.
”Who broke up with who?”
Angie nodded to indicate that’s what she wanted to know.
”I did. I broke up with Carrie last night.”
Angie was again flabbergasted.
”Why Mom? Why did you break up with her?”
”I wasn’t happy Angie.”
Angie was dismayed. This made no sense to her. ”That’s not true Mom! I saw you! You were happy and whole like what you wanted. You said that’s why you left, that you needed to find yourself. You did that, and Carrie supported you.”
Tears welled in Tina’s eyes but she fought like hell to hold them back.
”No Angie. I know how it looked from the outside, but it’s not that black and white. I wasn’t happy… I was far from happy.”