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She suddenly stops talking and I see her face grow pained..
“Tina?…Are you ok?” I ask placing my free hand lightly on her shoulder. I can see the pain in her eyes as she glances over at me before focusing on her wine glass in her hand.
“Yes..Well no…I mean I’m angry with myself for wasting 4 years of my life!” she says with conviction downing the rest of her wine in one big gulp.. “Fuck Emma Watson!”
Wow I didn’t see that coming. But then again she has probably been holding this in since she broke up with this Emma person. I move my hand slightly behind her shoulder to give a comforting squeeze letting her know it’s ok.
“Oh Bette..I’m sorry..I don’t mean to dump all of my personal shit on you.. Please forgive me?
“There’s nothing to forgive Tina..Honestly..It’s ok” I try to convince her but she’s steadily shaking her head
“No…No its not..I’m so emotionally messed up right now..I honestly don’t know if I will be able to do this book cover for you Bette..I think I acted too hastily in accepting your offer..I’m so sorry for wasting your time..I don’t think I can do this” she says almost in tears and starts to get up from the sofa but I stop her by pushing my hand down on her shoulder.
“Tina….Wait” I say calmly which makes her sit down…”I can tell you are hurting and I’m very sorry but before you make this decision to leave I want to show you something ok”
She seems like she wants to speak but nothing comes out except a nod. I take that
“Come with me” I say getting up from the sofa and holding my hand out which after a slight hesitation she reaches for. I hold her hand leading her out of the house on to the veranda, down the steps and toward the edge of the cliff where the sun is setting over the horizon sending a burst of orange and purple haze in the sky. “Look Tina..”
I let go of her hand and watch her take a few steps forward before she stops. There is nothing but the sound of the wind and the waves crashing below. Minutes pass and Tina hasn’t moved. I take a few steps forward to stand beside her.