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Bette admired the beautiful scenery before her as she sat on a bench at the small park in Auckland. The bench stood under a large oak tree and was facing the lake. The look in Bette’s eyes grew introspective as she began to notice how everything seemed to be different to her now. Although it had been quite some time since she had enjoyed herself like this at any park, she realized that her surroundings appeared brighter now. She found herself savoring the tranquility of the afternoon and marveling at the many things that she realized she had never paid attention to in the past, having been too troubled by her endless problems to just lose herself in the beauty of nature. The scent of green in the air coupled with the sounds of chirping birds made Bette long for peace she had never had, although was just beginning to experience it. Nowadays, her life had settled into a more stable pattern than at any time during the last fifteen years. Now, with day-to-day rhythms established, she had become more accepting of the value of therapy in helping her cope and stay well. She finally had time, energy and resources to move on to the next stage of her life.
Bette had arrived at the park half an hour earlier than Tina had specified. The blonde had texted her in the morning, saying when and where she could meet her to talk. Bette was thankful that Tina hadn’t delayed this conversation any longer. She concluded that Tina also wanted this to be done with and needed some things to be clarified once and for all. Bette knew she owned Tina an explanation, and this time she would be open to talk about anything Tina was willing to talk.
Out of the corner of her eye Bette caught the movement. She turned her head and saw Tina approaching at an unhurried pace. She was wearing sunglasses again, although it wasn’t sunny.
”Hi,” Tina said.
Bette watched her as she greeted back, ”Hi.”
Taking a seat on the bench beside Bette, but not too close to her, Tina let out a soft sigh. For a few seconds they stared elsewhere in silence. Bette then glanced at Tina, her gaze gentle and considering. There was a pause after she turned away to look ahead again before Tina glanced at her too and studied her profile for a moment. She turned away then.