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    is this love chp 121

    “Not as much as she does of you. I do not have the business skills that you have and I have only worked for her. You have an impressive resume “
    “I don’t want to work for someone who would do what she did to you and my mother. I know this makes me a freak as far as my mother is concerned but I cannot help that. I think its for the best that I don’t work for Peggy”
    “I tried to tell Emma that you were not someone who changed your mind “
    “So why are you trying to persuade me ?”
    Helena grinned “So I can say that I did”
    Tina laughed “Are you hen pecked Peabody ?”
    “No – I know that she is concerned that you two of you rather spark off in the worst way”
    “Yes- she makes me feel like a bloody minded teenager”
    “That’s mothers for you “
    “True “
    “I respect your decision Tina – I wish you were going to be there to watch her back for her”
    “If you feel that way why don’t you go back ?”
    “Because I am 30 and I need to do my own thing for a few years – I will go back eventually but I need to do my own thing and mom knows that “
    “I can understand that “
    “What are you going to do then – your mom is worried “
    “My mum took it badly when I said that I didn’t really want to talk about it and she got snide which only manages to get me to regress to being 14 again”
    “So you are not telling her ?”
    “No – its something good. You can go back to my mother and say that its not a crumby little job. Its not working for a charity which she always thinks is beneath me. I just don’t want to talk about it until there is something to talk to about.”
    The front door opened and slammed
    “Tina “
    “In the kitchen Bette “
    Bette came through looking every inch the business woman in a business suit and carrying her briefcase.
    “Ah “ Bette said “My two favourite unemployed women – have you come to see if we have some food going spare Peabody ?”
    “I don’t think I will be needing any of the food parcels that my family distribute every week to 100 needy families “ Helena said
    “You sure ?” Bette smiled
    “Certainly “
    “Helena has been sent by my mother – we had a disagreement earlier “
    Bette raised an eyebrow “Ah – let me see – your mother tried to talk you into taking the job for Peggy and you told her to get knotted. There was a exchange of views and no one agreed to disagree. “
    “She also asked me what I was planning to do “
    Bette smiled “And you wouldn’t tell her”
    “I don’t blame you “
    “So – is this an audition for the UN Peace Corps Helena ? Not a job that I would say that you are wildly well qualified for”
    “You never know unless you try “
    Bette kissed Tina on the lips “You okay ?”
    “Yes – it was just a standard run of the mill row between the two Kennard women. I am okay – I went for a run and burned my anger off”
    Bette nodded “Good “
    They kissed again. Bette looked at Helena
    “Do you want to stay ?”
    “No thanks. We are going to the theatre tonight”
    “Get mom to back off. I am only doing what you are trying to do Helena – live my life without my mother’s interference. I know what I am doing and I have Bette’s backing”
    Helena looked at Bette. The brunette looked very calm but determined
    “I want what’s best for Tina – I know that Emma does as well. But Tina is making the decisions and I am just supporting her”
    Helena nodded “I know that. Emma is more like my mom than either of them would ever like to admit – I better go. I hope that whatever you want to do comes off “
    Tina nodded and watched as Bette followed Helena to show her out. When Bette came back Tina had gone back to de-seeding her pepper. Bette picked up a piece of mushroom and popped it into her mouth.
    “So what happened with your mom ?”
    “She was interfering “
    “You okay ?”
    “Yeah – there is no way on earth now that I am going to tell her what I want to do untl it’s a done deal “

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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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