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”Thanks for picking me up today and letting me move into your home.”
Bette reaches over the center console of her car and clasps her hand in Tina’s. “It’s our home Baby, and I’m so glad you let me move you all in while you were still in treatment, so I don’t have to spend one more night away from you; and where else would I be?! I’ve been counting down the days until I could drive you home – I wouldn’t have let anyone else be here to pick you up.” Bette takes a moment to gain her composure before continuing. “I feel like discharging from treatment was the end of a book. You’ve grown so much Baby; you’re so strong. I know it’s a lifetime of work, but there’s a hope in you now that wasn’t there the day I saw you on the bridge. Walking with you into our home today is going to be like diving into whole new phase of our life together.” Bette comes to a stop at a red light and looks to Tina with tears in her eyes. “I plan on spending forever with you, and I hope you plan the same. I’m so thankful to have found you; I’m proud of who you are, and I am so, so proud to be with you Baby.”
Bette focuses back on the road as the light turns green while Tina tries to dry her tears and find her words. They ride silently until pulling into the driveway. Bette parks and turns off the car before Tina rests her hand on her face. “You’re so beautiful Bette; not just your body – though it’s flawless – but your soul. You’ve grown too Bette. I hope you see that. You were seeing Dan for years, but it’s only been the last few months that you’ve seem to finally let some of that wall down and work through your own demons. I feel so special that you’ve shared so much of yourself and your story with me. I feel so honored and privileged to hold your heart, and I promise to tenderly protect it always.” Tina softly strokes the tears from Bette’s cheeks. “You don’t have to say anything – I see you – your tears are sacred to me.” Tina presses a whisper of a kiss to her lips. “Now show me my new home.”