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    is this love= chp 117

    Bette stayed with Tina for another few minutes before saying that she was going back to work. Instead she headed to Peabody Towers and after spending some time in Tina’s office picking up some of her belongings like a photograph of her mothers that Bette knew Tina would start worrying about when she remembered it was here – she headed to Peggy’s office. Bette had the advantage of having been coming to Peggy’s office since she was in her early 20’s – she knew everyone and she could go where she wanted without anyone reminding her that she didn’t work for the company. So with no one to challenge her she walked into Peggy’s office and faced her..
    For once Peggy didn’t have the instant greeting or one liners – she looked sheepish
    “You have come to rebuke me “ she said after a few seconds
    “I have come to see what alien life form has landed and removed your brain – what the fuck where you playing at Peggy – what the fucking hell did you hope to achieve – did you really think that either of them would take the bait ? Did you think of what would happen if they figured out what you were doing ? I have always thought that you were the smartest woman I knew – when I started out in business I looked up to you as my mentor – you have fucked up so much this time. How the hell are you going to get out of this shit ?”
    “I have no idea Bette”
    “if this was anyone else I would be calling you every name under the sun for hurting my best friend and my partner – but “ Bette shook her head “You have hurt me too Peggy – I cannot believe how low you were prepared to go. All you are doing is keeping them together by trying to split them up. She is 30 years old Peggy – did you really think she would ever be thrilled at what you did”
    “I stand by what I believe and that is that they are not a couple that has a long tern future”
    “Why the hell are you so suddenly obsessed with long tern futures for her ? When she was 20 and into all sorts of bad shit and had a much less tough exterior than she has now – I could understand you protecting her – she was an innocent and she was exploited – when the hell do you think she was last exploited ?”
    “Dylan and her movie projects that my daughter always backs because she cannot resist her smile and whatever other hold she has on her “
    “Helena is over Dylan”
    “I have heard that before — and she was at her party “
    “And she left that night with Emma – she has finally seen through Dylan . If she had wanted to she could have had Dylan that night – she didn’t – she didn’t even come close to getting snared by Dylan. Peggy – Helena is growing up and you do not get to try and control her life. So what if she is fucking it up – that’s her call – she will only learn by her mistakes. If Emma is a mistake then she will have her eyes opened in due course. You once told me that you couldn’t win every battle – you had to pick the fights you can win “
    Peggy shook her head “I know I screwed up Bette “
    “Tina is devastated “
    “I figured that out – I could have kicked myself when I realised she had heard everything that had been said “
    “She heard enough – she thought Helena had cheated on her mom”
    “How do I undo the mess Bette?”
    “You cannot mess with people’s lives like this Peggy – you might have thought you were doing what you did for the best but you don’t get to say what is the best – this might come as shock to you Peggy but you are not God”

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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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