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    Patience

    Bette started crying again. And like a good big sister, Kit rocked her and let her get it all out.

    Neither of them heard Bette’s phone ding.

    ***

    “Listen to this…,” Tina said into the phone.

    “Hi. The show is doing extremely well. Completely sold out and we’ve received great publicity. Yes, it wraps in 3 weeks. And then KiKi’s installation. James will be in Vancouver next week to prepare and ship the pieces we picked. Fingers crossed KiKi doesn’t try to change anything else. I have been eating. Shane shows up like clockwork with bags of food and random items magically appear in the refrigerator. Apparently, they don’t want to find out what “or else” means. How are you? I hope the shoot went well.

    Then she signed it B. B! Is that for Bette or Baby? Ugh!” Tina exclaimed.

    “Tina, why are you so agitated about this text? I thought you wanted more communication from Bette,” Julia asked.

    “I doooo but what does it mean?”

    Tina exhaled loudly.

    “It sounds like she cracked the door a little. But it is not your place to kick it down or barge in. It’s your job to make her want to open it a little more each time. Remember, you are being patient and allowing her to come to you instead of you charging at her,” Julia said.

    “I don’t charge,” Tina huffed.

    “You charge.”

    Tina rolled her eyes.

    “Let her come to you. At her pace. On her terms. Show a little resistance. Be patient,” Julia said as she ended their session.

    Tina stared at the Fawn print for a very long time after she got off of the phone with Julia.

    “Show a little resistance,” Tina mocked Julia and ran her hand through her hair.

    Patience was not one of her virtues. Tina was famous for spoiling surprises, jumping to conclusions, blowing up at the smallest things, opening presents early and for basically, being a brat. Bette called her out one Valentine’s Day.

    “Baby! Is it time for presents yet?” Tina asked a little too excitedly.

    “Nope. You have to wait. Three days,” Bette kissed her on the forehead.

    “Ugh!!!!” Tina groaned.

    She had searched the house for days and hadn’t found her present. Bette came home early the day before Valentine’s Day and the house was ransacked. Bette went to the bedroom and Tee was lying under the covers.

    Comments

    1. You write a really good Bette and Kit. And Bette needs her big sister: “You’re my sister. Tee was supposed to be my…everything. But she betrayed what we had. Instead of talking to me, she shut me out. Instead of running to me, she ran away from. She promised she’d never run away. Instead of loving me, she gave up on us. You never gave up on our sisterhood. You are the reason we are in a good place. You never gave up. Tee didn’t even try.” Bette said through her tears.”

      Ugh! My heart breaks for both Bette and Tina but really hurts for Bette. You depict a Tina with a fairly quick temper who is quite opinionated. She’s actually quite a hand full. It will take her getting out of her own way to fix things with Bette. She can’t force this. I understand what Alice and crew are doing but I don’t like Bette being tricked. Like I said, this can’t me forced. Yet they do need to talk face to face and to do that they need to be in the same location. Let’s hope this turns out to be a positive move. We know Bette is hurting but maybe softening and probably wants to see her. Baby steps.

      Good chapter. Very good story. Vancouver here we come.

      • Thank you so much, Billy.

        The Bette and Kit relationship is instrumental to this story. The way they have navigated being sisters after some conflicts early in Bette’s adolescence sets the tone for how Bette chooses to walk in relationships. Her pitfall is hiding behind her walls, but with Kit as a sounding board and a mirror, she recognizes when she’s doing it fairly quickly which is why she was so hurt when Tina pushed her away. She tried to be there but Tina wasn’t in the space to feel Bette’s love. And that’s hard.

        I agree about the tricking but they’ve got to be in the same space…at least in the same city…heck the same country. Bette’s gonna be a lil riled about the trickery but hopefully, in the end, it has a great outcome. They have a long way back to each other and they are definitely taking the long route.

        I have outlined the next 3 chapters and it’s about to get rocky….but in a good way…hopefully.

        Thanks for reading.

    2. Really like the Kit Bette relationship and enjoyed this Chapter.

      Found James and Alice’s interaction very amusing too.

      Looking forward to Bette and Tina meeting again.

      Thanks for posting and more soon please
      SG

    3. Wow… I’m beginning to find this Tina somewhat irritating. – ransacking the house to find a Valentine’s gift? Getting irritated about what I would say was a perfectly fine text message? This girl thinks she some kind of deva or something? She seems a bit narcissistic – Bette should instantly conform to her wishes or she’s pissed? This girl needs to grow up and start accepting that people do not always behave in the manner we wish them to. Tina is not the center of the universe, no matter what she thinks. She needs more than patience – she needs some self discipline and realize that she needs to earn Bette back and a few text messages is only a knock at the door. Why is she such a spoiled child? Accept some responsibility for your own behavior Tina…. do something to show that you were wrong when you jumped to conclusions, ran out the door without a conversation, moved to Canada on a whim. And further you do not seem to be able to humble yourself into realizing how much damage you have really caused. Frankly, I believe you deserve to be suffering right now. Bette sure is.

      Good chapter… but wow…. what a spoiled child Tina is….

      • Yes!! This is exactly what I wanted to convey. Remember that episode when Tina flipped out and thought Marcus’s girlfriend was after her and she was super paranoid and kept calling Bette. This is a hat tip to that. Tina does need to humble herself and this next chapter might just be in the wake up call that she needs. LOL. I’m so happy her brattiness struck a nerve.

        Tina has apologized several times. But Bette needs more than that. Tina is going to have to show how sorry she is through her actions. Hopefully, I will be able to weave it just the right way. Fingers crossed.

        • Oh, you are so correct. That was very important for Bette and she dropped everything for Tina only to learn the girls had it covered and it was nothing. Tina didn’t seem sorry in the slightest. That always bothered me. Bette never got any credit for what she did. Brattiness. And, like Martha said, thinking she is the center of the universe. I’m glad you are going to have your Tina really have to confront her behavior. Patience is right! And your readers get the benefit of it taking some time. Write away.

    4. Awesome Story and sorry that i couldn’t find the time sooner to read and comment.

      Bette is so hurt and struggling with her opposed feelings, her love for Tina and her trust in Tina. Thank god, she has a lovely sister in Kit and her friends.

      I must confess that I think Tina is a spoiled brat who wants everything the way she wants it. Some self-reflection is still too much, she says to give Bette all her time, but in the meantime she is whining and doubting everything and it is difficult for her to accept advice. Tina, wake up and do some work on yourself before you try to win Bette back.

      Alice is an crazy woman, but good friend, who tries everything to get Bette and Tina into a room so they can mend their relationship, but Bette isn’t going to like this. The road to recovery will no doubt still be over rocks but in the end I hope they get their happy ending.

      Love your story!

      • Yes, Tina is struggling too. The POV of the story is through Bette’s hurt. But Tina’s hurt needs to be tapped into too. They both have unresolved issues from their pasts. Also, Tina’s brattiness was only exacerbated by the way Bette treated her. Bette adores Tina so much that she would do anything and everything for her. Tina knows this. But now, Bette is taking a step back and allowing herself to process her own pain. Tina doesn’t know how to navigate that. Bette has always been all about Tina until now. That’s why it’s so hard for Tina to accept that Bette is not forgiving her instantly or trying to make it all better. So layered.

        Bette isn’t going to like being tricked. But I’m hopeful she will understand why her friends have set her up.

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