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    is this love chp 121

    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 ?”

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    1. Well done Tina… now Helena needs to go tell Emma to back off. Leave Tina to make her own decisions and live her own life. Emma job as chief caretaker and decision maker for Tina is over and has been for several years. If Emma wants any kind of relationship, she needs to understand that it is not Tina role in life to do what her mother thinks is best, no matter how well intentioned and how strongly she believes it to be for the best. Emma just needs to let her daughter live her life and offer advice when asked.

      I know this is fiction, but I found the base salary of $90,000 per year incredibly low for a top executive position in New York City that required a 50 to 60 hour per week time commitment and much travel. Throwing in an MBA as perk plus other normal executive perks still puts it into the low end of compensation for such jobs. Compare Tina’s offer to say the Communications Director for the White House – its a high hour demand, much travel, leaving little personal time for family. That job pays $175,000 per year and is considered low pay for such demands but is limited by law to that level of pay. Peabody Foundation is competing for Tina with similar free market employers whom they perceived to have superior skills and has been given a test run. Further, if Bette is not clearing over $250,000 per year after expenses (lease payments, salaries, supplies, utilities and taxes), she would be hard pressed to meet her personal life style expenses – restaurants and bars, weekends away, gifts to parents, and three week away in the West Indies. Living in New York City is not cheap. And since all indications were that Tina’s offer was higher than Bette’s annual take from her gallery, the figure came in as a surprise. Based on that, Peggy’s offer does not carry the attraction that was indicated. In fact, it would be a no brainer to turn it down. In defense of the offer, I would presume that Tina’s salary from the book store and her part time position at the Peabody would probably total only about $75,000 per year tops. So $90,000 would look like a significant increase. But Tina should not be comparing the new job to the what she was doing. She needs to compare the new job to similar situated jobs with the same requirements and skill sets in the geographic region. And if Peabody Foundation really wants Tina, they would at least meet competitive rates for similar jobs with similar skill sets in the New York area.

      Sorry, that’s a bit technical

      I love the story…Tina is doing great. Hang in there. And keep it rolling.

      • Kinda witcha on whether there was a simple “typo” on Tina’s base salary, but I personally was a “government” worker so not knowledgeable as to what private-sector executives would earn for NYC. Is $190k more true to reality??

    2. Love this story. Good for Tina. Glad that she kept her plans to herself. But admit to trying to sort it out. Emma is so pompous. Really despise that woman. Always trying to tear her daughter down. Shameful. It’s all about money and power. She acts ashamed of Tina when she should be very proud of her and that is just terrible. She claims to have good intentions but clearly that is not the case. Kate is probably the only one who was ever able to put Emma in her place – and now it is probably Rosemary and Melvin and Bette and maybe finally Tina as well.

      Also, this is not an excuse, but at least Peggy has a more personal reason for being concerned about Helena’s relationships: past financial use and wanting to one day soon have grandchildren. Helena’s judgement isn’t that great having invited Dylan to her party. Why did she do that? Peggy sees it. Even Bette knows this about Helena and she knows why Peggy feels the way she does. This does not excuse Peggy at all. Helena deserves to make her own mistakes. But Peggy has seen Helena as rather weak in the past and used and hurt by women interested in her for her money. Of course this is not the case with Emma but Peggy also believes a grandchild is off the table while Helena is with Emma. At least Peggy has motives that are somewhat understandable. Peggy feels badly about Tina. Emma is flippant. Tina should not break ties with Peggy. Emma is just plain mean.

      This being said, Helena coming to talk to Tina is pretty strange in my book. I am actually disappointed in her. Also disrespectful to both Tina and Bette. She has quit the Peabody Foundation for the time being claiming she wants to see what else is out there. She also knows it is hers whenever she chooses to return. Nice problem to have. She tells Tina that she understands and accepts Peggy for who she is as well as her intentions. That is fine for Helena. That is Helena’s choice. I even get it. That is their orbit. But Emma and Tina is a different matter and should be off limits. Frankly Helena doing Emma’s bidding is kind of creepy if you ask me. Helena wanting to be with Emma at all is odd. Seems she has gone from one controlling woman to another. Helena decides to get out from under Peggy’s thumb only to take orders from Emma? This is not a truly free Helena. Helena knows she is wrong to try to convince Tina but will she double team Tina or anyone else whenever Emma barks? What attracts Emma to Helena? Remember she wanted to fix her up with Tina. I wonder how Emma will ultimately react to an unemployed finding herself free spirit no longer attending society functions Helena? What if Helena decides to do charity work? Interesting times ahead. Love it!!!

      • Billy I agree
        I think it was strange that Helena came to talk to them too. Also that Bette didn’t get upset with her, given that Rosemary in another chapter said Helena said something to them as well. Too bad, this should be a really happy time for Tina… moving in with Bette and finally finding her path to a great career that she will be really good at. I feel for her, a meddling mother, a meddling best friend of her partner and having to leave a job she seemed well suited for. Just as she is gaining some confidence too.
        Great story Ally, even better because we don’t have to wait too long to get the next installment. Thank you so much for this break away from a crazy world…

        • Yes it is a bit overwhelming. And they return to a pile on from both Emma and Helena. Helena should not have bypassed Bette. No wonder Tina has moments of doubt about Bette and worries that she will finally get tired of all of the drama. Poor Tina. Not sure what it will take for things to calm down. Bette is so easy going about it. Will she stay that way?

    3. To me, EMMA is NOT, no matter her words, interested in doing “what’s best” for Tina! Not by a long shot. She kept saying that what happened was between herself, Peggie & Helena Y E T she sends Helena to supposedly fortify her trifling argument. 🤮

      She clearly doesnt “really” give a flip about Tina nor the effect her intrusions may have in diminishing the relationship between Tina & Bette, should Bette fall into disfavor with her up the road. Emma will eventually set Tina up to have to “choose” between herself & Bette . . . And she will loose!

      Emma’s motivation is money/things first. Period. From the jump, Emma was set to displace Bette by “tempting” Tina with Helena because Peabody’s have lots of 💰💰💰; so it’s no wonder she quickly forgave Peggy for the shit she pulled 🤨

      Gosh I’m glad Tina pressed through the heaviness that her Mom has used to make her feel like a “teenager” who’s decisions and choices are ridiculed. A SUPER revelation from Tina is that she DOESN’T have to share her dreams with everybody. Thrilled that Emm couldn’t get Tina to spill the beans. Emma’s “dream” is to FOREVER control Tina’s every step 😡

      As is true in real life, NOT everybody understands or approves of your dreams, because your impact is revealed when we fulfill our dreams, our way. Keeping some dreams in the safe cocoon of our own thoughts is a MUST more often than not, E S P E C I A L L Y when a domineering, abusive person is in our life.

    4. Thinking about Bette . . . How it “seems” like she may be blaise in not commenting, nor jumping in to “defend” Tina. I think she just has years of experience in watching a domineering/controlling person like Peggy operate. Especially when it comes to manipulating Helena

      She’s a friend to both women but for different motivations. I think Bette has also spent innumerable hours talking to her parents and has heeded wise counsel to stay as much s is possible, out of other people’s’ business.

      I think she is also forever diligent in knowing that either of these two women could or would allow themselves to become antagonist with respect to her and Tina. She KNOWS that Tina is her future.

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