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#FanficChallenge #Ep7 – With or without you
“You are fucking nuts Kennard – why would you want to tell Angie with Carey and Bette unless you are trying to break her heart more than you did when you walked out on her “Alice was visibly cross. Tina winced – she had hoped that lunch with Alice and Shane would heal some of the wounds that she had caused when she had left LA for Canada and she wanted to tell them that she was getting married.
Tina looked to Shane for support “Why do you need Carey there ?”
“Because she is going to be my wife and that means she is going to be a momma to Angie “
“I repeat again Kennard – are you fucking nuts? Why would she call your latest woman MOMMA “?
Tina frowned “I am trying to do the right thing for my future wife and she wants a good relationship with my daughter “
“Your daughter is more than capable of making her own mind up “
“I just feel that by telling her as a threesome it will be easier for everyone “
“THREESOMES are rarely easier for everyone “said Alice with some feeling
“Not that sort of threesome as you know Alice – I want what is best for everyone “
Alice drained what was her third scotch and fixed Tina with a cold look
“And how is this oh so cosy arrangement best for Bette? “
“Because we are co-parenting “
“How did Bette take the news? “Shane asked knowing the answer already as she had sat up all night with Bette who had taken it as badly as Shane had expected
“She said she was happy for me “
“Which is the sort of socially acceptable claptrap that you would expect her to say – she is the mayor in waiting – she isn’t going to say anything other than that she was delighted for you “Alice said harshly
“Bette said she wanted me to be happy “
“Which in Bette’s book until the day she dies will be with her “
“No – she knows it’s over “
Shane sighed “You two have been over a lot of times “
“It is over – we are divorced – she has accepted that “
Which was the opposite to what Bette had said to Shane over a bottle of scotch the night before. Bette would never be over Tina and Shane knew that Tina knew that – she just wasn’t prepared to admit that
“So, what did Bette say to this insane idea that you three tell Angie that you are getting married?”
“She asked for a few days to think about it “Tina replied softly. Deep down she knew how hurt Bette had been – she had seen everything that Bette had done to hide the hurt but Bette didn’t have a poker face all of the time and she certainly didn’t have a poker face over their relationship. Tina knew she had hurt Bette when she had told her as deeply as she had broken her the day she had told her that she wanted a divorce because she had met someone else. Tina knew Bette better than anyone else – it was just that at that moment she wished she couldn’t see the pain that Bette was in because she knew she was the reason for it.
“You cannot tell Angie with Carey and Bette present “Alice said finally as if that concluded the matter
“So, what arrangement do you suggest as you are such the expert on non-traditional relationships”
Tina snapped back
“You got into this mess Tina – -you get out of it “
“Thanks for your support Alice”
“I had to pick her up after you left – Shane was cutting hair in Paris and Bette was dealing with a sister who was taking heroin – Helena and I held Bette together and spent hours with her. I know that the last thing she needs right now is more pain “