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    Ebbs and Flow of Life Chapter 27

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    Two hours later

    Bette and Tina found themselves circling around the block, parking was definitely a commodity in Silver Lake.  Cars, bikes and pedestrians moved around each other all maneuvering to get to their destination.  ”There,” Tina said as she pointed down a side street.  Bette slowly turned the car and made a quick U turn easing into the spot just vacated by a Toyota.  Bette smiled, a perfect collaboration.

    Bette and Tina walked into Dana’s grill hand in hand. 

    ”Shane should get Valet parking for this place,” Bette complained as she scanned the room.  ”Wow! This place is amazing.  I would have never guessed she could have pulled this off after seeing all the problems.  A full patio bar and restaurant with a dance floor.  This place is going to be rockin’ at night.”  Bette said with a proud smile. 

    ”It’s got the perfect combination of ambiance.  I love the feminine inspired art and those chandeliers.”  Tina gave a laughing smile as she continued to turn around taking in the entire place.  ”Look Bette, the outdoor patio bar has two fire pits and foliage cascading all around.”

    Bette continued to look around trying to catch Shane.  She saw Tess busy at the bar and Dani and her friends in the far corner, but no Shane. 

    ”There,” Tina said as she caught Alice’s eye and waved. 

    Bette and Tina made their way to a large table.  Alice and Nat were already seated.  There were three seats to Nat’s right and three seats to Alice’s left.  Bette and Tina took their place next to Alice. 

    ”Why so many seats?” Bette asked as she slid into her chair. 

    ”Gigi is bringing the kids here for the exchange,” Nat said.

    ”What took you so long. We expected you guys a half hour ago,” looking back and forth between Tina and Bette. A rise smile came across her face. ”What have you two been doing?”

    Tina blushed while Bette gave a smirk with a glint in her eyes.

    ”Yeah, ok, you guys are forgiven. I remember what it was like in the honeymoon stage of a new relationship,” she laughed as she handed Bette and Tina a menu.

    Nat smiled as she nudged Alice.

    ”OMG, I love Shane. ”Look Babe,” Tina leaned over while showing Bette the menu with a smile on her face. 

    Bette looked and smiled.  ”Kit’s Strawberry waffles, Tina’s Pancakes, Angie’s special eggs and Alice’s secret Mimosa,” Bette paused, ”Nice.”

    ”Baby, you missed one.  The legendary Bette Porter stuffed Crescent,” Tina smiled leaning over and giving Bette a kiss.  ”A legend in her own time for sure and she is all mine.”      

    A young women with pink hair, colorful inked snake that wrapped around her arm and a beaming smile came up to their table. ”Good morning ladies, my name is Kat and I am going to be your server today. What’s your pleasure on this glorious Saturday morning.”

    The girls looked at each other and smiled. One by one they gave their orders. Kat returned a few minutes later with coffee all around.

    Shane walked up a few minutes later and plopped herself down next to Bette. ”Well?”

    Alice jumped up and gave Shane a big hug. ”This place is amazing. It feels like we are home again.” Alice said with a beaming smile that reached her eyes.

    ”She is right, this place is amazing.” Tina smiled. ”I like what you did with it and the over all feel is great.”

    Bette looked over at Shane with a big smile and nodded her head.

    ”This place is already popping,” Nat said as she looked around seeing all the tables filled and a line out the door.

    ”Are you going to be able to sit with us and have breakfast?” Alice asked hopefully.

    ”Of course, Tess has everything under control.  I am not really hungry, but I am ready for my double espresso.” Shane smiled, ”and I wouldn’t miss breakfast with my family for anything.”

    Comments

    1. SuperK,
      I felt like the overall ambiance of this chapter is likened to how masterfully Shane created Dana’s bar & grille with the feeling of the family gatherings that the girls love so much.

      I like how Angie is still stepping out to meet new friends but is able to be civil and cordial with Jordi. I like Angie’s willingness to heed Jordi’s warning to not drink the punch that likely contained alcohol and thereby avoid anything go ‘sideways”.

      I chuckled when Angie had been observing her Moms and noted that neither seemed to be “put together: with every hair in place in the mornings at breakfast. Which of course translate that they are at the very least sleeping in the same bed and perhaps NOT just sleeping 😜.

      With Shelly telling Tina about the “rumors” flying around in Vancouver, I feel like Carrie may still have a sizeable dosage of hurt still in her soul, and may end up collaborating some sort of “embarrassment” for Tina at the Emmy’s.

      Hope Tina remembers to ask Ang about what she heard at the party. If Tina haas a check in her spirit about whats-his-face and that Angie should not be around him, then she needs to HEED that warning.

      • D

        Right from the beginning I planned on Shane having something other than a bar. I think it opens up for so much more stories and yes Sunday Brunch is on again and maybe coffee every morning before work.

        I went back and forth about the pool party, but I needed a place to have a jerk and it worked for the story and who better to have to process homophobia but Angie.

        K

    2. Trying to unpack my thoughts. Really hate when a so called friend or co-worker spreads hurtful gossip. Not cool at all. I would not hire her Tina. Feel badly for Tina that anyone would gossip about her going back with Bette for money. That is not only petty but also untrue. Also ironic as money IS or has been as issue between them in the past. Maybe Tina shared this with Carrie? Didn’t Carrie make some nasty comments about Bette? Sounds like hostility spread by Carrie. At any rate, Tina is highly successful and a power house in her own right. I think Tina knows this about herself and I just hope she does not allow hurtful gossip to steer her off course. I suspect she will win the Emmy and that will put to rest any possible issues. Take that Carrie! Glad that Angie did not drink the punch and essentially dodged that bullet. She is still young and naive and a little gullible. Hence Bette worrying. That’s what parents do. Yet it also seems Angie recognizes homophobia when she sees and hears it and is very willing to stand up to bullies. I hope Bette and Tina’s week together goes well and Tina moves back in. Again – talk to your counselor if necessary- do not allow gossip to enter your brain. It is time to literally put it all to bed. Love that they now have Shane’s version of The Planet. Home away from home. The pieces are coming together.

      • B

        I think Shelly did a good thing. Tina is headed back to the location, I would think she would like to know what is going on before she gets there.

        Gossip happens everywhere, but who likes to be surprised with it.

        Our girls a one step closer.

        K

    3. Hey SK,

      Great to see your update.

      Tibette continues to move closer together & now on the verge of living together again!!

      Ruxford is a sleazy SOB & hopefully Tina is done with him.

      So could it be that Carrie is causing these mean spirited comments about Tina in Toronto? So glad she came to her senses & dumped her.

      Very good scene with Bette & the 2 teens – Go Bette!!!

      Thanks so much!!!

      Take care.

      Collins

      • Collins

        I think it came together pretty good. A week together will be a learning opportunity for both.

        It was fun writing the scene with Tina and Bette parenting Angie. A day in the life… normalcy.

        K

    4. SUPE
      Lovely chapter. Two really intimate moments, so different in tone and action and yet each representative of the progression. The first, B coming home, excited to see T and start their week together only to find that T has fallen asleep, so she finishes her work and crawls in to spoon T for the night. So sweet and yet such an act of love. No resentment, no guilt. Just, hey there – you’re tired I will let you sleep. So simple yet so loving at the same time.
      And then the second one, the shower. Just as intimate but for obvious other reasons. Well written.
      They are coming together, piece by piece. Looking forward to the next chapter=
      BK

    5. This is a lovely chapter describing the budding relationship between Bette and Tina. They are getting to the normal life activities of being together as the once were. They are enjoying each other’s presence without having a conversation or an intimate moment. That is a good thing…

      What happened at the Starbuck’s between Ruxford and Tina? Alice had been delayed in traffic so there was more time than anticipated however there was no conversation? Or we just not privy to what they said to each other. It is obvious that he is a homophobic bastard. And it is obvious that he is scared that he may have blown his project up by trying to meet Tina at the airport. But exactly what happened at the airport?

      I felt a little lost after the last chapter when they were leaving the gallery party and had gone to the beach and then we find our girls a week or so later coming home from Toronto and New York. I’m going to have to go back to the previous chapter, as I did not realize that Bette nor Tina had a trip scheduled.

      It seems that Carrie is still bitter over the breakup if she is out putting rumors out about Bette and Tina. Tina needs to resolve this if she is going to be in Toronto for any amount of time for her job. She can do this without seeing Carrie…. she needs to talk to Bette about what to do. If she ignores it, it will come up again. Nothing worse than a woman’s scorn….

      Thanks for the chapter…. look forward to the next one…

      • Martha

        Tina’s trip is mentioned a few time in passing. It is a routine trip wrapping up the 3rd season of Golden Chalice. Bette’’s trip is just a business trip.

        Hope that helps.

        K

    6. Hey K,
      I so loved this chapter. I agree with you that at least Shelly had Tina’s back. Better to know that people are talking smack than not know.
      Regarding Ruxford, ooooh, I hope that Tina has that conversation with Angie, now that Tina knows that that the prick met her, and I hope Angie tells her what he was really saying. Loved Bette’s cops renting skills. I can totally see her as the enforcer. And what a great moment for Jordi to redeem herself by saving Angie from that whack ass party. And I’m so excited with this arrangement for Bette and Tina to stay together for the whole week. Can’t wait to see them grow that final bit to bring them to that place of forever.

      Risky

      • Risky

        The chapter itself is more of a transition setting up the final, but it was fun to write. It was the first time we see our girls really parenting together. Up until this point we see them doing it separately. I was smiling the whole time I wrote that whole scene. There were two parts I liked the best, first where Bette defers to Tina when Angie tries to split and then Bette at the door.

        Tina in the end “Brutal”. LOL

        K

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