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Tina rested her head back against the car seat, her eyes closed. Her fists clenched. Her mind was racing. She had decided to try and think about her breathing, she was taking slow deep breaths to try and level everything out. This was a big weekend for her. A massive step forward. A couple of days away from hospital which had recently become her safe space. She knew she had to take these steps forward if she wanted to come home full time. If she wanted to start living her life again.
Bette looked over at her wife as she turned onto the road that led to their house. She knew that Tina was finding this difficult. She hadn’t been home since she had walked out of the house six weeks ago. Bette turned the car onto their long drive, and she watched as Tina slowly unclenched her fists like she knew where she was. Her eyes were still tightly closed. Bette pulled up in front the house and switched of the engine.
Bette gently reached over and took her wife’s hands into hers. Very slowly Tina opened her eyes and turned to her head to look at Bette, Bette smiled gently.
“Welcome home Ti,” Bette said softly.
Tina smiled softly.
“Thanks,” Tina looked around at the house. A home she loved; she could see that it hadn’t changed. This was still the house that her and Bette had built together.
“You okay?” Bette asked, not wanting to push her.
“I think so, erm.” Tina looked down at her hands, at her wedding ring. “Is Xavier okay?”
“Yes, he is inside with his nurse, It’s Sarah-Jayne today.”
“I feel like I’m a little useless,”
“You’re not. This is about a slow and steady recovery to ensure that you can come home full time.” Bette smiled softly at her wife. Reaching over she gently moved a stray piece of hair out of her face. Tucking it behind her ear.
“It does feel nice to be home,”
“Do you want to go in?” Bette asked smiling gently.
Tina slowly opened the door and got out of the car, forgetting about her bag in the bag. She walked towards the front door. She turned taking in the clear air. She took a deep breath. It was freeing to be back on her ranch. She watched as Bette brought her bag