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After spending an hour running Tina went home, had a long shower and went shopping. She was going to cook for Bette tonight and she wanted to make a fuss of her – it was a simple thing but it mattered to her to show her partner how much she meant to her.
Tina was chopping mushrooms when someone knocked at the front door. It was unlikely to be Bette unless she had forgotten her keys.
“Hello Tina “
“Hello Helena – if you are looking for Bette she is still at work “
“I want to talk to you “
I can’t imagine what about Tina thought
“Come in “
Helena came into the house. Tina went back to the kitchen and picked up a red pepper and cut it in half and started to de-seed it.
“Are you here on my mother’s orders ?”
Helena smiled “Yeah “
Tina laughed “Let me guess – you come in peace and you just want to tell me how I am misjudging my mother and her intentions are nothing but honourable “
“They are “
Tina flicked a look at Helena “You must really love her “
“I do and that’s got nothing to do with it “
Tina put the knife down and turned to face Helena
“Okay – lets hear how I should still be working for Peggy”
“I can see why you are upset at Peggy but its just how she is”
“And that excuses it ?”
“No – but it also doesn’t mean that if affects you “
“Why is it that Rosemary, Melvin and Bette all see why I feel the way I do and you and my mother and Peggy cannot see what they can. ?”
“I understand her – I was half expecting it “
“And that makes it right ?”
“No – but its Peggy and the way she is “
Tina was exasperated “I do not get this – everyone tells me that its just good old Peggy and its what she does and how she is. She doesn’t get to control people just because she has the money – you should be telling her that its not on and that she cannot control your life “
“I quit “
“Yes – but you want to bet you will be back after a period of time when everyone has calmed down and everyone can say that Peggy has learnt her lesson. It might be how you and Peggy do things but I am not going to be a part of it. I don’t want to work for someone who would do what she did. “
Helena sighed “I know that you think its odd and yes it is – but when you have a mother like I do you learn to take her tricks in your stride and realise that she is doing it for the best possible motives “
“So it’s the best possible motive that you and mother are split up ?”
“It didn’t work “
“She said that. Look – the games that you and Peggy play are between the two of you. I just do not want to be dragged into it and its as sure as hell that I would be”
“I wish you would re-consider – mom thinks a lot of you “
“And she doesn’t think a lot of you ?”