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Tina sighed as she gently ran her fingers over the photo of Dana, “I haven’t been out to L.A. in 5 years… I- I don’t know. This is my priority, right now. After we nail the UnSub… then I’ll figure it out.”
“You want to see her,” AJ said, looking at Tina. “You want to see Bette.”
“Yeah,” Tina smiled, the hatred and feeling of being heartbroken left 4 years ago. She had forgiven the brunette.
She had let go.
“How do you think that’s going to go down?” Will asked, coming up from the narrow hallway and sitting across from his partner.
“Honestly? I’m not too sure,” Tina shrugged with a soft smile. Her hazel eyes have darkened over the years… maybe a sign of getting older- or maybe the sign of seeing the stuff she did. Her mindset was different… she was different. “The first year I came out here was hard, but I realized that I had to regain my independence… the strength that I had lost. Working these cases again made me realize that while time may be infinite… we aren’t.”
“No use of holding onto pain,” Greyson smiled, coming near the group from the back of the jet.
“Exactly… you just… you let go,” Tina smiled- tilting her head to study the group. “I’ve done a complete 360 since moving back out here. It’s been a journey of finding myself…being free. I’ve lost love… I found it again… lost it again,” the blonde laughed, shaking her head. “I’ve met the most amazing people and the most heinous people. I’ve learned so many things… I wouldn’t trade any of it- I just hope Bette has done the same with the same support I got from you guys. I would love for her to be happy.”
Greyson smiled at his daughter. In the 5 years since she’s been back; she’s had a sense of total control and freedom. She’s been more open to her emotions; both good and bad. She’s the top criminal profiler in the entire Bureau. She’s been promoted to acting Unit Chief and taken over this squad while Rob has been away. She looks at her personal and professional life as lessons… and she doesn’t take anything for granted.
“So…anyways,” Tina said, looking at the group on board. “Benny, Ivy, and Greyson, you guys get set up at the station. AJ and Delia, you guys go to the M.E… Will… you’re with me.”
“Yes, ma’am,” they all said in unison… Will smirking at the blonde.
Tina rolled her eyes- a small smile gracing her features, “Alright… let’s nail this son of a bitch.”
“And get some closure… once and for all,” Delia added, cocking her head to look at the blonde.
Tina nodded and smiled at her, “and get some closure.”
“One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss, or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.”
Author’s Note: Y’all… I never, ever, fucking ever understood why Bette continued to see Candance after losing Tina. I took this to a personal level lol.