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Rosemary frowned “Yes I know about that “
“Hello again “
Tina came in carrying a tray with three coffee cups on – there was also a plate of cookies.
Tina sat down beside Bette and the brunette put her arm around her shoulder. Rosemary smiled – they looked like they had really had a good time. It was no more than they deserved – they really had found something special when they had found one another.
“You two look like you have had the best time”
“It was the best time “ Bette agreed
“It was lovely Rosemary – such a different pace of life – get Melvin to take you there”
“I will see what I can do – that hotel looked lovely in the pictures you sent us Bette”
“It was as good as it looked”
“Well the two of you certainly looked relaxed – I do feel a little guilty bringing you back to reality “
“Its okay Rosemary “ Tina said smiling
“What’s up mom ?”
“While the two of you were away we have been lobbied by Emma and Helena and Peggy – separately to try and talk you Tina into not resigning from the Peabody Foundation”
“They are wasting their time “ Tina said
“What have they said mom ?”
“Well Emma is feeling guilty that Tina is going to resign because of a spat that she considers to be between Peggy, Helena and her. Helena feels that Tina is getting dragged into a fight that is between her and her mom and Peggy just doesn’t want to lose you and is upset that you found out what she had done “
Tina sighed “I don’t want my mom to drag you two into this Rosemary “
“Well we have been “
“What do you make of it mom ?”
“Well I was appalled when you told me what had happened Bette and since then we have heard other interpretations of events from the others and as much as they want to whitewash things they cannot take away from the fact that what Peggy did was shocking.”
“Is my mother trying to excuse what Peggy did ?”
“That is what it sounded like to Melvin when Emma cornered him at some law society thing a couple of weeks ago. He is shocked at what Peggy did – but as you know Bette – she has form for pulling stunts like that directed at Helena’s girlfriends. From what Melvin gathered from Emma she in adamant that what happened has got nothing to do with Tina and she shouldn’t suffer which she will because without the job offer she has no college course and no job “
Bette squeezed Tina’s shoulder – this could lead to a Tina tantrum at the worst and a rant at the least.
“I am a grown woman “ Tina said “ I will do what is best for me and for the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. What I will no longer do is be treated like a small child – a small and rather slow child who cannot be trusted to make decisions. I am sorry that you and Melvin have been dragged into this “
“Its not your fault darling”
“What did you say to Emma – what did dad say to Emma ?”
“Your father had been drinking brandy when he was assailed by Emma – words were exchanged – your father said something on the lines that Emma had been a bossy so and so at college and all that had happened in the intervening years was that she had widen her range of people she liked to bully “
“Ouch “ Bette said knowing that her normally placid dad had been known to tell people some harsh facts when he had been drinking brandy .
“Mom is a bully “ Tina said“ She hides it and I do think that for the most part she does it for what she thinks is all the right reasons – but she is – she is a border line bully “
“I take it you were not as forthright “ Bette said to her mother
“I have told all three of them the same thing – that its is not their decision to make. If Tina doesn’t want to work for Peggy then its her call “
“Thank you Rosemary “
“Thanks mom “
“It’s a shame – I was hoping that maybe when you went back to school it might encourage my daughter to think about doing the same “
Tina looked up at Bette and they nodded
“Well actually we have been talking and with Bette’s love and support – I am going back to college – full time in January with any luck “
Rosemary’s beaming smile was genuine “Darling that is the best news – tell me all about it – what is the course ? how are you going to manage -tell me everything “