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Is this love
New York City
Emma Kennard looked with sadness at her daughter – yet again Tina was in floods of tears over her damn girlfriend. If she thought for a second that she would get away with it she would strangle Stephanie bloody Braun with her bare hands. Emma handed Tina a tissue and sighed.
She loved her beautiful and kind daughter but there were times when she wished that Tina was a bit more ruthless.
“Tell me what she said”
“She was so angry with me for staying late when I should have been with her at the show”
“Why did you stay late?”
“An old man came into the centre and he needed help because his daughter was very sick and he didn’t have the bus fare to Newark “
“Where none of the other helpers there?”
“A couple but they had to leave “
“And you had to leave because you had to see your girlfriend perform in her play “
“I know – I kept trying to get him to leave but I couldn’t “
Emma knew that Tina wasn’t as weak as she was sounding at the moment but every row with Stephanie did this to her. Every time they had a fight Tina thought it was the end of the world and she crumbled. By Emma’s estimation this was the third time this month that she had arrived for lunch with her daughter and discovered her in tears.
“You have a right to a life Tina “
“I know but this man was so upset about his daughter and I had to help him “
“Did he get the fare to Newark?”
“I put him on the bus myself “
“What time was that?”
“And Stephanie’s show starts when?”
“What time DID you arrive?”
“It took you an hour to get from the bus station to the theatre?”
“I had to go and change “
“Well at least that’s something “
“But Steph said that she would rather that I had arrived wearing what I was for work and be reasonably on time “
“Presumably if you had done that, she would have complained about how you were dressed “
Tina smiled and took a sip of her coffee
“She isn’t that bad “
“She is a bad imitation of what an actress is supposed to be “
“You know that I don’t like her Tina “
“I know “