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San Francisco, a week later…
Why do we have funerals anyway? Why can’t everyone who knew Avery just say goodbye to her on their own time, not mine? Fuck…my leg is killing me. Norco isn’t cutting it. Scotch or another pill?
Bette struggled to reach into her pants front pocket to fish out the bottle of pain pills. The hard back of the pew wouldn’t give way to ease her task, and she was doing her best not to tip her leg off the knee walker her medical insurance sprung for to help her get around while she recovered from her broken ankle.
She didn’t particularly care for the Norco, they made her nauseous, not to mention constipated. Bette hadn’t taken a decent shit in days, and that made sitting in a hard pew even more uncomfortable. The pills, though, would have to do for now because she figured the guests paying their respects to Avery would frown on it if she took the occasional swig from the flask tucked safely away in her coat pocket.
Normally, putting on airs was loathsome to Bette, but Avery’s rarely seen homophobic parents were sitting in the next pew over, and she wanted to keep the peace at least for the next hour. As if sitting through speech after speech that reminded her just how wonderful of a wife she had lost wasn’t bad enough, Bette had to do it sitting a few feet away from the two people who never accepted her as Avery’s wife and thought her very existence was an abomination.
The only saving grace was that Eric took it upon himself to organize the service and reception at The Tap. He made sure everything was the way Avery would have liked, not her parents. If they had their way, some priest Avery never met would be granting her absolution for her sins, of which loving and marrying Bette would be at the top of the list.
Besides a strong showing from their fellow men and women in blue, many neighbors, friends, and staff members from The Tap filled the large chapel at the funeral home and then some. If Avery were alive, Bette was sure she would have been ordering around the staff to direct foot-traffic and bring in extra chairs for those standing.