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    Echos of the Past Chapter 3

    The waitress glanced at Tina who nodded her head in approval.  ”I’ll be right back with another cup,” the waitress paused as she looked around.  ”The usual ladies?”  Bette, Tina and Shane nodded affirmative. 

    ”Pancakes for me.  I don’t know when I will have time for lunch.”  Angie smiled as she looked down blushing. 

    Shane continued to look around watching her family.  Everyday Tina and Bette settled more and more into their relationship and their role of being the center of their framily.  It was comforting knowing that things had finally gotten themselves where they should have been all along, Shane thought.  She was worried for a long time about Bette.  Tina was so lost and her behaviors had impacted Bette and Angie so significantly that both Shane and Alice were not sure if either would recover from what Tina had done to them. But Tina was Tina and in the end after all the obstacles she faced, she was able to get back to where she wanted to be, where she should be, with her family, with Bette.

    Bette reached for her coffee and furrowed her brows as she took a look at what Shane had been reading.  ”Hey,” looking at Shane, ”Isn’t that a review of Dana’s?”  Bette said taking the Magazine from Shane.

    ”A review of Dana’s?  Why didn’t you tell us?”  Alice squealed over hearing Bette as she, Nat and Nat’s two children walked up to the table. ”What does it say?”

    Bette began to read, ”While most restaurants are wrapping up from lunch and prepping for dinner between 2 and 5 p.m., the gregarious folks at Dana’s are waiting to welcome the afternoon strays.  As you sip one of the flavorful cocktails, you’ll be entertained by the menu’s flirty double entendres and tributes to the owner, Shane McCuchinson’s family, one of which is the namesake of the popular establishment.” Bette paused and lifted her head smiling at Shane.

    ”Is there more,” Angie asked showing her excitement about hearing the positive review that gave a real feel for Dana’s.

    Bette continued, ”Favorites include Angie’s Eggs – a skillet with potatoes, green peppers…”

    ”Hey mine is a favorite,” Angie squealed as she clapped.


    1. Nice chapter…. now we know a little more about Bette. She is obsessing over finding this painting project. She misses her younger days when risk were never factored in to her decision…. don’t we all. However, some of us realize that not evaluating the risk can be dangerous to our well being. That is what happens when you gain a spouse and a child and a profession in which you are in charge. Its call accepting adult responsibilities.

      Despite what Bette thinks, she is still that young woman she was in college. She had just allowed common sense to rule rather than excitement and adventure.

      I’m concerned about this virus…. no help in New York, Shane is short staffed and much of Tina’s production is shut down. The curtain is about to drop on their public lives. Hopefully they can operate from home for a while and have some time to gain a real understanding of what split Bette and Tina up and what they need to do to have a secure long term life together.

      Love to see more….. chapter too short….

    2. Good chapter. We all make choices, don’t we? And many of us reach a point where we revisit those exciting times when we were younger. That’s natural. And, Bette had an exciting life to be sure. It’s fine that Bette has found something that so excites her and reminds her of that time as long as she keeps it in perspective. She can’t let it get away from her. As Martha says she has responsibilities. And the virus is coming. Well done.

    3. Martha and Billy

      Thanks so much for the feedback. I am really trying to stay true to their ages and weave in some of the complex issues we go through as we age.

      Reflection and regret are probably the two biggies. I am glad you are enjoying this story. It is different for sure, but I do plan a surprise at the end.


    4. This is a great chapter, Supe. It advances the plot and fills in some background info to explain motivation and decision making. You are the first to tackle THE virus so kudos to that (unless I missed someone else writing about it?) and I imagine that will play a bigger part as we continue through the story. It’s a good way to force them being together and spending time dissecting what went wrong. Keep writing – you mentioned some new techniques, can you share what you changed? I have some theories but want to see where you were headed with that. Looking forward to more!

    5. Hi SK,

      Great update & the story is starting to take shape.

      We all have introspect at a certain time in our lives & it seems that Bette is at that stage at the moment. And is Tina’s concern for the changes she sees in Bette foreshadowing of things to come??

      Covid – courageous of you to tackle. Proteonomics also included it in her story – Lockdown – which she started last May. It is a challenging topic & cheers to you for attempting to include it in your story. And how will Covid affect their relationship ?

      So glad you included James in the scene at Dana’s!!

      Looking forward to how this all plays out.

      Great job.

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