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She was finally able to tear her eyes away from Bette, looking to Alice who was thankfully already looking her way. She projected fear and confusion in her hazel orbs, hoping her friend could somehow silently shed some light on the situation as to why Bette was in the one place Tina would have never expected her to be.
It’s Bette. Alice mouthed silently as if Tina hadn’t already figured that out. She made a gesture for Tina to leave, unintentionally gaining the attention of the distracted brunette.
Tina’s eyes widened with fear and she immediately handed the shaker to Al the customer before ducking behind the counter once more, praying she hadn’t been spotted.
Bette opened her eyes the moment she saw Tina disappear from sight, an electric jolt coursing through her entire body. She didn’t get more than a quick glance, a blur really but there was no mistaking what Bette saw. Or rather whom.
As if she was no longer in control of her own body, Bette mindlessly pulled back from Kit’s embrace and made her way over to the bar. Her heart thumped hard against her chest as she closed the distance, an urgency filling her like no other. Suddenly all the pain she had suffered over the years didn’t matter, all that she cared about was laying eyes on the woman who had stolen her heart so many years ago.
Bette placed her hands on the top of the bar, ignoring the wet sticky feeling under her palms as she leaned over to peer on the other side. Just like that, she was breathless.
There was Tina, sitting on the rubber mats covering the floor with her knees drawn up to her chest. She seemed to be scolding herself, the one-sided whispered conversation made it difficult to decipher the reason why. Either way, it was something Tina had always done when she was younger and Bette couldn’t help but find it as adorable now as she had back then.
“Tina?” She asked despite the unmistakable sight before her, the disbelief coursing through her causing Bette to second guess her own eyesight.
Tina immediately looked up and feigned the best surprised expression anyone had ever seen, “Bette?”
A bright smile immediately spread across Bette’s face and Tina felt her stomach clench at the sight.