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    I Will Not Let You Fall

     

    Her phone vibrated for the umpteenth time from her jacket pocket. She had been ignoring it for long enough, but finally gave in to the persistent device. There were numerous calls from her business partners, from Kit, and also a text message from Shane, which read, ”Hope you’re okay. I’m here if you need anything. If you don’t, I’m still here.” Bette’s eyes watered up a bit, but she blinked them dry quickly. Shane always knew all the right things to say. She then texted her friend back, saying she was okay and thanking her for support. She also called Kit and assured her sister that she needed to be alone for a while. Then she somehow found the strength to return all of the missed business calls, which took quite some time to finish.

     

    On her way home Bette hoped Kit had listened to her and would not be at the house tonight. There was a reason Bette didn’t want to face Kit, being that Bette had a feeling her sister judged her, blamed her secretly for messing everything up. Surely it was true that she had messed everything up, but Kit’s judgemental presence reminded her too much of her father’s, and Bette didn’t want to expose herself to that kind of attitude right now. All she wanted tonight was a good stiff drink or two, a long hot bath, and the oblivion of sleep.

     

    Parking the car in the garage, Bette made her way dejectedly across the front yard, observing the garden wistfully. The flowers Tina had nurtured for an entire year were so beautiful Bette couldn’t look at them without her heart aching. They were going to be neglected soon if Bette didn’t hurry to hire a new gardener. She didn’t want to keep using Kate’s services. Bette had never liked the woman anyway, had only tolerated her because Tina had valued Kate as a friend.

     

    ”I wondered why you waited for so late in the evening to come home.”

     

    The voice called from the porch, shaking Bette down to her core. She stood motionless in front of the porch and held her breath as she watched Tina come out of the shadow and walk down the stairs to be on the same level with Bette, eye to eye.

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    1. So very happy to read this. This was a great chapter. You had me going there at the beginning. By design I am sure. I am obviously so glad Tina is staying. And that they are going to therapy. And that the elephant in the room is totally out there. I doubt Tina can ever entirely forget what happened but is well on her way to forgiving and she loves Bette so much. And Bette? What a range of emotions. Glad she finally went home. Oh how she loves Tina. Is love enough? ”I refuse to give up. I want us to work on our issues. We’ve been through hell and back several times and I think we deserve to be happy at last. We have to stop hurting each other, we can’t repeat the same patterns over and over and over again. I’m so tired of pain and I don’t want to cause you any more of it, too. I want us to get past all of this and just be together, become better together, heal each other, protect each other, love each other.” Healing the pain. Together. So well written.

      I could not help but think about another version of Bette and Tina as I read along. One in the news right now so to speak. I especially liked: “I guess what keeps me with Bette is our special connection. I’ve never felt it with anyone else. It’s really so special to me. Sometimes I think we can’t get any closer than we already are. I feel Bette is my soulmate. I mean, our relationship is very far from perfect, on the contrary, it’s very flawed. There were times when it was unbearable. We’ve come so far, and we’ve gone through so much… But we’re still together, which tells me something. Like, we’re meant to be. At least, I want to believe we are.” Of course, you are. And Bette, our dear flawed Bette is a definite work in progress. She may always make mistakes. But she wants to be better. She wants to be the person Tina deserves. And another passage, Tina as the runner: “She’s always running,” Bette spoke up right away, looking at Dan with frustration. ”All the fucking time. Whenever we have a fight or something bad happens or I say something that doesn’t sit right with her, she can’t deal with it. She runs.” And Tina recognizes this. And she didn’t run. You really struck a chord with these descriptions. Pretty accurate. With Dan’s help they have an excellent chance. The garden is a symbol of life and tending the garden a symbol of the rebirth of their relationship.

      Thank you for returning with this story. You have been missed!

    2. Thank you so much for returning to this story and for a great chapter. Was worried when I saw the Summary but glad that she came home to Bette.

      They are really flawed characters this Bette and Tina but the Story has been an interesting one.

      Look forward to more, meanwhile stay safe.

    3. Thank you so much for this update. I have been thinking about several of the stories on this website which have just taken a very long hiatus in update.

      Thankyou for not allowing Tina to get on that plane. There is clearly hope that Bette and Tina can have a happy future together. Although not perfect and many problems still exist, they are not beyond redemption. Their love for each other is so clearly obvious in your writing….

      I want to make a comment about forgiveness…… Forgiveness benefits the person who does the forgiving. Forgiveness allows a person to move on. It removes the stumbling block which prevents one from doing what they desire to do or to be who they want to be. Both Bette and Tina could use a little forgiveness – for the other and for themselves.

      Thank you once again for this chapter. I really wanted to know what happened and now we do. Hopefully you can post again soon. I would presume this story is drawing to a close….I have really enjoyed it so very much.

      Thanks for

    4. Hi Valerie:

      Great, really great story; I missed this and “Theatre of the Absurd” the other story you wrote and still didn’t finish.

      I understand very well, time is scarce, and life is busy, but I really would like you to keep posting.

      Bette and Tina have grown a lot since the first days of their relationship.

      Circumstances are also different, but it has been hard growing for our wonderful couple.

      Kate is still jealous of Bette, and she would never see her through Tina’s eyes; I think she is in love with Tina, and I believe Bette knows.

      Though there are a few corpses under the rug, I hope they would undercome all their issues and make a life together raising a family.

      Great job, Valerie; I’ll be waiting eagerly for your next post.

      Take care.

      P

    5. Hey Valerie,

      It was such a pleasure to see a update from you! First thing i saw when i awoke!

      So happy that Tina returned home to Bette and that they work through their (trust) issues as a couple in therapy.

      I wholeheartedly agree with the comments of the others.

      I hope you are able to update a little bit sooner the next time.

      Thank you so much for this chapter, it gave me hope!

    6. So, it was great chapter.

      Yeah, i think they both still need to talk with Dan about their past and future, but i think they could do it.

      Still not sure about Kate – is she just good friend to Tina and concern about her, or she has a crush on her and jealous about Bette. Or maybe i just don’t like her character from TLW :)

      So, thank you again and waiting for the next!

    7. Ok saw this in my email bc you and this story are on my favs list and had to come see that you indeed did post… happy dance thank you. I’m going in to work it’s 5:30am but I will read some today. Then I’ll come back and comment but thank you in advance I already know it will be a great read.

    8. Mmm ok I finished late tonight, and as I thought it would be, beautiful. You have such deep thoughts and so detailed I can feel their emotions glad we finally got that reconnect. Although I feel something will happen involving Kate she has an unhealthy relationship with Tina and I feel Tina knows there is a connection that Kate has with her but chooses to ignore it until it comes to a head. But we shall see.
      I hope all is well with you and thank you for the chapter it was unexpected but as always welcomed.

    9. …And on the 54th chapter of this almost 7-year old saga, I finally glimpse a ray of hope for Bette and Tina. I’m glad Tina chose to stay and give Bette and their love another chance. If Tina boarded the plane, that would have been the end of their love story and this story for that matter. This couple has been through hell and back a few times already and I’m so relieved they both finally got tired of living in misery, decided to work on their relationship, be honest with each other though the truth might hurt and start processing their pain, doubts and fears. I’m sure it’s not going to be easy and it will take time and much effort but at least they are finally together (again!), on the same page, on the same road to recovery.

      I also hope that their happy moments will not be short lived this time around. I noticed that each time they reconcile and reestablish their deep soul connection in the past, something terrible happens which prompts Tina to run away and drive Bette to despair. I really hope they’ve already hit rock bottom and are finally on their way to an honest, stable and healthy relationship.

      Thank you very much for writing this intense, at times dark and disturbing, deep and soulful saga and for posting this “ray-of-hope” chapter, Valerie! I appreciate your time and effort in telling this unique love story for almost seven years now. WOW! I hope you and your loved ones are all well. I also wish you’ll have ample inspiration and energy to continue this story and bring it to your desired destination. Please don’t leave us hanging! Thanks again and take care, Valerie! :)

    10. I’m so glad to see an update from you.

      Thank you for keep working on your story!!!

      this is one of my favorites, the one that always makes me coming to this site to see if there’s another new chapter. ^_^

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