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“Okay T, I just pulled into the parking lot. I have about 15 minutes to spare but I want time to settle and prepare before Alice gets here.”
“Okay Baby, I’ll let you go. Bette?”
“I know you and Alice have a history. Despite everything, I know you love Alice and cherish her friendship; but Baby, don’t let that love and history cloud you. Don’t let her make you feel ashamed and don’t let her play the victim. You have good instincts my Love – trust them. You don’t have to decide the future of your relationship today. This can be the first of many conversations with Alice. Don’t feel pressured to ‘bury the hatchet’ to avoid confrontation. Leave this conversation open-ended so you can have time to think through and process everything that’s revealed and discussed today. Repairing a fractured relationship doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t rush this Baby.”
Bette breathes a sigh of relief – Tina’s words providing focus, insight, and support to the heavy conversation due to take place shortly. “Thank you… you always know what to say to ground me. I’m often astonished by how well you read me – you always say just what I need to hear at the exact moment I need to hear it.”
“Soul recognizes soul my Beloved. I was made to know you as you were for me.”
Bette wipes the sacred tears shed by the love and profound knowledge in Tina’s words.
“I love you Tina Kennard.”
“I love you too Bette Porter. I’ll be waiting for you at home when you’re done with Alice. Whatever you need, I’ll be there. I’ll see you soon.”
“Okay, bye T.”
Bette is enjoying her cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant – her nerves suppressing her appetite for a real lunch and chocolate always serving to calm her. She’s seated at a table at the very back of the café with enough distance from the tables around her to offer some semblance of privacy for when Alice arrives. Her phone vibrates indicating a message and she reads the text after retrieving it from her pocket.
Relax and speak your truth – that’s all you can do.
I love you!!! xxxxxT ????
Bette smiles brightly at the encouraging words from her girlfriend. She is just about to text back when Alice approaches the table.