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Out of Closet (TiBette time-travel romance), Ch. 68, Finale part 1
Chapter: Looking back and moving forward (Tina keeps fainting; Bette and Alice share their stories)
Place Orange County, CA
Year: July 19, 1886, midnight
The sound of the church bell in a distance was so unexpected that Bette literally jumped off the chair and looked at the clock. It was showing eleven but the church bells never lied. 1… Bette began running with her heart beating so fast and so loud she could hardly hear the chiming sounds. 2… ‘oh my god, how is it possible? I had plenty of time…’ 3… ‘and I made sure the clock was working…’ 4… ‘no way, I can’t believe Christina did it…’ 5… ‘she must have moved the clock back an hour…’ 6… ‘she did it on purpose so I’ll be late to the portal opening…’ 7… ‘if I don’t make it I’m stuck here for another three months…’ 8… ‘I understand how she feels and why she did it…’ 9… ‘but it’s unacceptable and I will never forgive her’ 10… ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do if I’m not going to make it’ 11… ‘This dress is so heavy, I can’t run faster, fuuuuuuuuuuck’ 12………
In the moonlit darkness of the night, a slim figure in a heavy cloak was crouching by the oak. As Bette ran pass her, Christina signed softly and whispered as soon as she saw the bright and ephemeral sparks, “Forgive me for what I have done. I had to try one more time to keep you all to myself but your destiny is somewhere else. I truly understand it now. God speed, Elizabeth.”
Meanwhile, in another dimension
Place: Orange County, CA
Year: July 20, 2006, early morning
Tina opened her eyes to a bright sun and sighed in content. Something brushed against her shoulder. She turned her head slowly, seeing a mass of dark hair spilled across the pillow. Some of memories from last night came down like a ton of bricks. Tina closed her eyes and whispered in agony, “Oh. Dear. God. Helena…what have I done?”
The brunette was on her side, cuddled behind and Tina turned her head again, trying to see the face of the other woman. Suddenly, the brunette stirred and moaned quietly. Tina’s eyes flew wide open. The sound, the scent of the woman was so familiar and so overwhelming that Tina’s body reacted immediately with pleasant trembles. “Bette?” she whispered.