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“There you are Babygirl; I’ve been looking for you. What are you doing in here by yourself?” Kit asks as she walks into the kitchen from the patio doors.
“Oh, Tina’s going to the bathroom and I thought I’d take a few moments of silence from the madness.” Bette responds.
“That Alice is in rare form tonight. Showing up plastered to a welcome home party – sounds like something I would do.”
Bette looks lovingly at Kit as she takes hold of her hands.
“Sounds like something the old Kit would do. Have I told you lately how proud I am of you? You’re doing so well! I was so scared, Kit. I didn’t know how else to help you, and nothing was working; I didn’t want to lose you.”
Kit cups Bette’s cheek in her right hand as she brushes the slow tears away.
“I know Baby sis, I know I spent years scaring you and abandoning you. I promise I’m here for you now, and I’m not going back to the life I lived. I’m working my steps and making good choices. I’m proud of you too Bette. I know you’ve been going to therapy, and it appears utilizing the therapeutic process more this time around than you have in the past.”
Bette blushes shyly at her sister’s kind words.
“And Tina…wooh… she’s something else Bette. I’m so happy to see you settling down with someone so calm and strong. She seems so sweet and just what you need to get you to relax.”
Bette beams. “She’s so amazing Kit. I can’t begin to tell you how loved and safe she makes me feel. I thought I’d be alone forever; she entered my life just when I needed her.”
Bette tenses briefly when she feels arms snaking around her waist from behind but relaxes when she hears Tina’s voice. “You came into my life at the exact moment I needed you Bette, and I’m thankful for you every day.”
Tina kisses Bette’s back in the middle of her shoulder blades before releasing her hold to stand beside her and speak to Kit.
“I love your sister very much Kit, and I look forward to spending a very long time with her.”
Tina and Bette gaze lovingly at one another. “Forever perhaps…”