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”So what happened in LA anyway?”
Bette tensed at Tina’s question and was thankful that the blonde didn’t see her reaction. Tina had her eyes closed while she basked in the glorious sunshine. Bette wondered why Tina would want to ruin their pleasant mood to talk about the much unpleasant past.
They were spending the day together, swaying and rocking peacefully in their rented rowboat in the middle of a lake. Bette looked at the oars dangling idly from the oarlocks, which created a steady, somewhat relaxing rumbling sound. She kneaded the back of her neck with unspoken discomfort Tina’s question evoked as she contemplated her response.
Tina shifted her head against the pillow slightly, but didn’t open her eyes yet as she lay on the boat’s wooden floor. ”You don’t have to answer. Sorry.”
”No, no, it’s…” Bette hurried to dissolve Tina’s worries, although wishing she could just agree and not answer. She felt bad rejecting Tina’s curiosity. ”…It’s fine.”
”I mean… I’m asking because I remember you promised to tell me once you came to New Zealand about what happened in LA. But it’s okay if you don’t want to tell me anymore. I understand,” Tina proceeded to explain in a nonchalant manner.
”Yes, I remember my promise, so I’ll tell you,” Bette reaffirmed gently, yet a bit half-heartedly.
There was a moment of silence.
”Okay,” Tina said then, her tone indifferent as if she was no longer interested but forced to listen.
”Well…” Bette began with a sigh. ”That night when I was supposed to come home to you from Ayola’s place, I was captured by someone. Remember I told you that I felt like someone was following me around town? I thought I was just paranoid, but it turned out to be true. It turned out to be Helena.”
Tina opened her eyes and stared at the brunette.
”She wanted me to work for her,” Bette added.
Tina was frowning. ”Work for her? I thought she worked for the DEA?”
”She was a double agent. She was serving as a DEA undercover agent and at the same time was working for a major criminal organization.”
Shaking her head, Tina looked away with disdain.
”That night she threatened me to harm you and put me back to prison if I didn’t agree to work for her,” Bette continued. ”I needed to make sure you were out of her reach, so I decided to send you away to New Zealand.”