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Tina walked down the sidewalk as fast as her legs could carry her, ignoring the uncomfortable burn in her shins as she tried to tune out the brunette behind her.
She made a sharp turn into a street that led to the pier, the sound of pounding footsteps directly behind her.
“Tina, Tina, Tina” Bette desperately grasped Tina’s elbow as she finally caught up, her next word coming out in a huff of air. “Please”
“No” Tina forcefully tugged her arm free as she looked up to Bette with a mixture of anger and pain. “I told you to leave me alone”
“I know” Bette breathed as she held her hands up to show that she meant no harm, “And believe me, I thought about it but I can’t”
“Why?” Tina asked with frustration, her lip quivering and Bette found her heart break just a little bit more.
“Because-” In an instant, Bette’s mind went blank. As much as she had wanted to say to Tina, words seemed to escape her.
What could you say to someone you hurt more than you could ever imagine? What words would express the agonizing remorse you felt? Sorry would definitely not be enough.
Having no patience for the brunette, Tina scoffed and turned to resume her walk to the pier. She made it all of two steps before Bette was back at her side though it didn’t slow her movement.
“I was an asshole okay?” The brunette burst out, as she tangled a frustrated hand in her hair and kept pace beside Tina. “You were right to call me one and I wish it weren’t true but it is. You didn’t deserve any of that back there and I’ll always regret what I said but you have to believe me, the last thing I wanted was to hurt you”
“Yeah, well you did”
Bette’s feet rooted her in place as she watched Tina descend the wooden ramp to the lower part of the pier, unsure if she should follow.
There was no telling how the blonde would react should she approach especially considering Bette had nothing else to offer but more apologies.
She sighed and placed a shaky hand on her forehead, pushing it back and into her hair as she sighed.