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She would wait, Tina concluded. She had no other choice. Somehow, she had a feeling that Bette would get in touch eventually. If not, then…then it would be a sign that Bette had moved on, and that they were, indeed, very over.
Tina parked her car in front of her parents’ house and got out. Walking through the gate, she realized her utter unwillingness to come inside and socialize with her family, even with Brenda. She was exhausted and all she wanted was a good night of sleep in her bed. Climbing up the steps, she stopped at the porch railing and took a breath.
She heard the front door open and turned around. Steve came out, smiling at her gently.
”Hey, sis,” he said and enveloped her in a hug.
”Hi, Stevie. I’ve missed you.”
”We don’t see each other lately, do we?”
”Damn job is always standing in the way,” Tina smiled up at her brother.
”For sure. How’re you holding up? You look tired,” Steve said. ”Hollyweird sucked the last drop of life out of ya yet?”
Tina chuckled at Steve’s usual display of hostility towards show business. ”I’m fine. Just had a hard day in the office.”
”You can relax, sis. It’s over now,” the man smiled and hugged Tina around her shoulders. ”Come on in, mom has the table set already. Brenda is telling entertaining stories as usual.”
”Jesus,” Tina laughed, shaking her head. ”She’s full of them.”
”Mom and dad adore her.”
”Yeah…” Tina nodded, falling deep in thought abruptly.
”Hey,” Steve called softly. ”Something else troubling you beside the work?”
The blonde pursed her lips. ”Can I tell you something?”
”Of course you can.”
”Promise not to tell anybody.”
Steve mocked offense. ”You know me, sis.”
Tina’s mind reeled. She knew she could trust her brother. She kept in mind that he had always supported her, had never judged her, so she spoke up quietly, ”I ran into Bette a few weeks ago.”
Steve frowned. ”Bette Porter? She got out of prison?”
Tina nodded and looked up to meet her brother’s alarmed gaze. She suddenly felt emotions rise up in her, having gotten it all out of her system by finally talking to someone. She swallowed and let out a shaky breath.