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Bette’s recovery had been quick, but not surprising given Bette’s health conscious habits. Her daily routines easily transferred to the management of her recovery. Tina sadly watched how Bette’s emotional barriers returned as she gained her physical strength. They were talking and Tina saw this as a small seed of hope burrowed deep in the shattered remains of the love between them. Seeing that Bette no longer needed the physical assistance, Tina decided it was time for her to move to her own home. Angie was not happy about this decision as she was enjoying living with both her parents. Angie had said on multiple occasions that she was not happy with their separation and felt that it was crazy to be apart when they obviously loved each other. The simple perspective of one so young Tina had thought at the time, but Tina knew that when parents stay close the children will be happier and healthier for it, almost an unintentional by product of that closeness. Tina watched as Bette threw herself into her work to avoid dealing with her emotions and specifically dealing with Tina. Bette was grateful that Tina came to her side when she needed her, but Bette was bound to her fear. She could not allow herself to open up to love that was buried in her soul. This was all a response to Tina telling her she was getting remarried. Although Tina backed out of the engagement, the damage had already been done. Bette’s heart was broken and her mind was still reeling from all that had happened. Tina felt that moving to her own home may be best for both their emotional well being and give Bette the needed space to sort it all out. She had begun to see Bette’s awakening desire for Tina in her eyes, as Bette’s resolve had begun to diminish. Saying that Bette loved Tina was too simple, their connection was an involuntary, indescribable force, Tina was Bette’s mate and there would never be another for either. How Tina lost sight of this was lost to her. She was now left with trying to rebuild some semblance of a relationship from the ruins left behind. Tina felt her continued presences and reassurance would assuage Bette’s many worries. Tina knew to regain Bette’s trust, she would have to show she would not leave again, and that was going to take time.