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    is this love= chp 117

    “I will go and get them – when Helena and Emma came to the gallery Helena had a small blue crate with a few files and some coffee mugs and bits and pieces – she isn’t going to be back there for a while. This seems to the final straw for her “
    Tina pulled away and paced around the kitchen “Why the hell is Peggy doing shit like that – did she think it would work ?”
    “She must have thought that one of them or both of them would take the bait and it would split them up”
    “Silly, silly bitch – I told her at Helena’s party that they would only get bored with one another when everyone wasn’t interfering and having opinions. I said to her that they would get fed up with one another”
    Bette took a bottle of water from the fridge and watched Tina as she wandered around
    “Helena said yesterday that she didn’t know whether Emma was the one. You would think they would know by now or at least have some clues. I have to say that this might have worked if they hadn’t kept in touch a lot – they do apparently. Your mom is smart – she is going to smell a rodent when some young girl starts giving her the come on “
    “Yeah – I guess so but would you know if someone was coming onto you out of genuine interest or because they are being paid ?”
    “I have no idea babe – I would assume that if someone came onto me that they were genuine – or malicious if they knew that you were my girlfriend.”
    “My mom has worked with criminals most of her professional career – she has to have picked up some tricks of the trade – who would have thought that her suspicious nature would come in handy”
    “I am glad that they both didn’t take the bait. If they are going to make it work or decide that there is no future then it has to be on their terms. But my main concern is you Tina”
    Tina stopped pacing around and looked at Bette
    “I really cannot see that I can work for her”
    “I understand that – my point is that you do not have to tell Peggy where to shove the job just yet – lets go on holiday and have fun and try and put it out of our heads. How many times have you and I said that we need to spend more time alone and to let everyone else just get oh with their lives”
    “So what do I do with the rest of my life Bette?”
    “Lets get over today – its been a huge shock for everyone and everyone needs to calm down. Could I make a suggestion ?”
    “Sure “
    “Call your mom to tell her that you are okay – Helena was worried that you might punch her”
    “It crossed my mind “ Tina said dryly “Any chance of a drink ?”
    “Sure – why don’t fix us something to eat and we can have a drink”
    “I have a better idea – lets find a bar – have some food and have a few beers”
    “Do not get me too drunk – I have to clear my in-tray – Helena offered to run the gallery while I was away”
    “What did you say ?”
    “I told her to show up tomorrow morning wearing a smart suit and carrying her resume”
    “Where either of you serious ?”
    “I have no idea if she was serious – I can call her later and ask if she really did want to do some work for me – she is going to be bored without something to do. And trust me – if Helena gets bored that is when she might start thinking about being bad”
    Tina sighed “I know they are happy in their own way but you and I don’t seem to have dealt with much else other than their relationship”
    “Well you and I are okay – that’s all that I care about – you not having second thoughts about moving in with me are you ?”
    “No – I guess I will not be doing the MBA now but I still think that we should live together – it’s the right thing for both of us “
    “It is – and even if you decide that working for Peggy isn’t for you then you still have something good to put down on your resume. I have faith in you”
    “You had faith in me when I didn’t have faith in myself – thank you Bette”
    “That’s what partners are for” Bette went over to Tina and kissed her lovingly on the lips
    “Nice “ Tina said appreciatively
    “Glad you approve – now what are we going to do ?”
    “Well what I want to do is get very drunk and forget about everything but – I do have a lot to do before we go away and I know that you really should be at the gallery”
    “I left James in charge”
    “All the same – you have a lot to do don’t you ?”
    “Yes- but I can put in a long day tomorrow and maybe it might not be a bad idea to get Helena to help while I am away. We were going to get someone in just to do the reception duties “
    “I cannot see Helena as a receptionist can you ?”
    “Not really but it’s a funny image”
    “You go back to work, I will ring mom and then I will go to my place and start packing – and tonight I will take you out for dinner and maybe a movie”
    “Thanks “
    “No – thank you for everything”
    Bette put her arms around Tina and hugged her “It will all work out all right you do know that – you are too good at what you do “
    “Not sure a recommendation from you about what I am like in bed is really an impartial analysis is it ?”
    Bette laughed “No but we can get Helena to write you a reference”
    “Her being my step mother at the moment makes that no less neutral”

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    1. Great….Great dialogue between all of them. Peggy is getting just what she deserves.

      How do you straighten this mess up Peggy? I think Tina is pretty pissed!! Bette is doing the right thing by asking her to leave town before she resigns. A cooling off period is appropriate. If she still as angry, then a resignation can be handed in any time.

      Perfect Chapter…. Thank you… Love this story…

    2. Not sure how I feel about this story right now. From a readers viewpoint I’m thinking if this kind of drama continues it will eventually destroy what Bette and Tina are working so hard to build. Tina needs to spend more time with Melvin and Rosemary – normal people. Between Emma and the painting and now Peggy stirring the pot to the extent where Tina probably has no job – it is just too much. How can Tina truly enjoy being away when she has lost so much? She can’t. It’s incredibly unfair to her. Tina needs to talk to Peggy before she goes away. Maybe a little honesty from Peggy is in order. Otherwise it will be a miserable vacation. Bette can’t hand hold Tina through life. Helena can’t fix it for her. Emma can’t fix it. Peggy is the only one and even she can’t fix it but she can explain herself. Right now Tina is at less than zero having quit the bookstore job. Bette should realize that Tina needs this before they go away. Need to untangle these characters. Please.

      • Billy,
        Tina is still a very young woman just beginning her professional life with an Ivy League education and some inheritance so she would not starve but would cover her basic needs in life (food, shelter & clothing) until she finds something she wants to do. And if that runs out, Emma may want to “loan” her money to tide her over. Tina is talented, smart, nice looking and industrious. Sure this incident will knock her on her butt for a short period of time. But it will not keep her from being who she wants to be. She has a multitude of options. She lives in New York City which is home to 20 million jobs. Surely there are a few that Tina could snag which would be to her liking. Or, she might decide to go do her masters program and pay for it out of her inheritance if she believes that will benefit her in the future. The job at the bookstore and with the Foundation fell into her lap with very little effort from Tina. Wonder what would happen if she actually went out and searched for the job she wanted using all her friends and contacts or even hiring a headhunter?

        This would be a severe disappointment, but I do not see Tina wallowing in her misfortune for any long period of time. It is not this job who defines who Tina is. Its Tina and her relationships who define who Tina is. It is one of those things that happens in life. And if it does affect her relationship with Bette, it will be because she allowed it to.

        I find Tina’s ethics to be wonderful. There are not many people who would give up a salary and benefits with a prestigious organization as a top executive in New York City at the age of 27 over unethical behavior of their boss. Most would find a way to rationalize the behavior and look the other way and take the job.

        My question now is: Will Tina think lesser of Bette if Bette continues her art dealer relationship with Peggy? I think that would effect the relationship as I am sure Peggy is a large percentage of Bette’s revenue. And Bette’s assets are in her apartment and her gallery.

        In the end, Tina has a lot going for her. She certainly does not have less than zero. She has a temporary setback on her career path, that can be overcome in a short period of time. In the meantime, she is not hurting financially. She still has her friends and Bette and her mom. And if the job was that meaningful, then she has the option of not resigning.

        • Thanks Martha. Well said. You are very insightful. I was thinking more from a self esteem, psychological standpoint than financial. Tina is definitely Kate’s daughter; she is honorable and feels things deeply; she is vulnerable. That’s why I think speaking to Peggy before she goes away with Bette would be beneficial. I do not see Tina turning this off when they go away. Do you? The loss of Kate was so huge for Tina. She is still a little lost. Emma speaking her displeasure at Tina’s choices and seeming lack of motivation did not help in her mourning Kate. Sure Tina has money and will not starve. Yes she is still young. And she is bright and has a good education. She could have joined the law firm. To me it is so much more than financial. Maybe she will shake it off and I am entirely wrong. Hope she does. But if the situation with Peggy is not resolved beyond Tina not taking the job and Helena quitting I stand behind it leaching into Bette and Tinas relationship and Bette’s livelihood. Bette has already spoken to Peggy and hopefully that relationship is not severed. Bette loves Peggy. Peggy loves Bette and listens to her. Maybe a little honesty from Peggy can set this right. Maybe sharing how much she wants grandchildren can help. Love this story so much just not this turn of events.

          • While on vacation, they will discuss Peggy from time to time during. some part of the first few days, But after a few days, they will completely avoid the topic. They will have said all that can be said. Bette is more of the obsessive or worrier than Tina. Tina will move on to topics on the future. Bette & Tina will after a few days act as if the outside world does not exist. This is the nature of a dreamer. They may make some decisions with respect to their future on this trip or they may just do a lot of what ifs to determine the other’s thoughts and attitudes toward things. Within a couple of days, they will be so into each other that New York will seem like a distant planet.

            My thoughts are that Bette and Tina will have a preliminary plan of how to get Tina a job before they are served their last drink this afternoon.

    3. Got to feel for all of them. Peggy has let them all down in a terrible way. Everyone will be affected by what Peggy has done. Yes, I can see that it could have long term problems for Tibette as Bette does rely heavily on Peggy’s contacts & influence for her business. But she can still run a lucrative business without Peggy’s help if needed.

      Tina is so hurt & disappointed. Her sense of morality & protecting her mother is obvious. Glad that Bette explained to her that Helena did not accept the temptation & stood by Emma.

      Looking forward to how Peggy tries to apologize for this.

      Thanks for writing. Love your stories.

    4. Looking forward to how Peggy tries to get out of acting so badly.

      Love how Bette stands up to her and calls a spade a spade.

      Tina will be made the stronger by this and she should go on holiday and let Peggy stew.

      Looking forward to your next post of Drama, your Majesty!
      Stay safe

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