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But was it really the finality of their relationship? Was their unyielding love destined to simply die? That Tina didn’t know. But she would have faith to the very end.
It had been a week since Bette was moved to Central California Women’s Facility. The next day after Bette’s arrival to the prison Tina had applied for approval to visit her, barely holding up anymore to see her lover. The approval had been obtained, so Tina had lived and breathed Saturday, the day she had been appointed to come for a visit.
Now it was Saturday and Tina felt hopeful and anticipant, but also restless and uncertain and a little bit afraid. She and Bette would need to have a hard conversation about their future, whether or not it was possible for them to maintain their relationship under such circumstances. Tina was daunted by a result of this conversation.
Alice was sitting behind the wheel of her car, driving Tina to Chowchilla. Tina was glad Alice had offered support and help, for Tina had really needed a friend to go through this, even if it only meant driving with her there and back. Tina thought visiting Bette with Alice right beside would be weird. She was sure that the meeting was going to be emotional, and that they would need some privacy. Therefore Tina had made a decision to be a sole visitor.
It hadn’t been easy to get away from her parents’ interrogative looks and questions about where she needed to go at six in the morning on Saturday, but Tina had convinced them that along with friends she was going to a barbecue party at Alice’s mother’s country beach house.
Her parents had been difficult to live with these last months. They had panicked each time Tina went somewhere other than college. Her father had turned all control freak on her since that day when Bette had been arrested at their house. Police detectives had paid a visit several days later, had asked Tina questions about her connection to Bette, about what kind of a relationship they had, whether Bette told her anything about what she did for money. Tina had hidden everything from them, having told the detectives that Bette never said anything, never done anything suspicious. The detectives had wanted to force Tina to testify against Bette in court, but, thankfully, Albert had prevented the affair using his power, unable to bear his daughter being connected to this case in any way.