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Tina is overwhelmed by the care this stranger is showing her. She’s confused by her
own feelings – she should feel unsettled by what this complete stranger is saying to her, but
she’s not. She can’t explain the connection she’s feeling to Bette either. ”I… I feel it too…
but I…” Tina looks down, tears falling from her eyes. ”I don’t think I can take anymore…
they… he wouldn’t stop… I tried…” Tina’s body shakes as she becomes too emotional to
Bette brings her into her arms. ”Please… tell me your name?”
Tina tries to calm herself enough to speak. ”T- Tina…” She chokes out.
Bette holds her tighter as she strokes her head rested on her chest. ”You’re safe now
Tina. I’m right here. Breathe Baby; you’re safe.” Bette coos surprised by the endearing
terms she’s using. It’s about 15 minutes of Bette’s strong embrace and soothing words before Tina has calmed down. Bette has a sinking feeling as to what occurred to bring Tina to this bridge.
She decides she needs to confirm her suspicion. ”Tina?” Bette pulls away to look in Tina’s
eyes. ”Could you tell me… were you raped?”
Bette sees the tears silently fall from Tina’s eyes. She drops her head, breaking eye
contact as she speaks barely above a whisper. ”Yes.”
Tears fall from Bette’s eyes as she pulls Tina back into a tight embrace. ”I’m sorry
Baby, I’m so sorry.” Bette holds her for a few minutes, both silently crying before she
speaks again. ”I’m taking you to the hospital.”
Tina shakes her head vigorously as she pushes Bette away. ”No! No, I don’t want to.
It won’t even matter.”
Bette pulls Tina back to her and softly cups her face. ”I need to help you, and this is
the only way I know how. Please…” Bette speaks emotionally. ”Please let me help. I
promise I won’t leave your side the entire time. You won’t do this alone.”
Tina stands silently for a moment before deciding to trust her newfound friend.
”Fine… how much worse can things get anyway.”
Bette chuckles trying to ease Tina with some humor. ”So, you’re a glass half empty
kind of girl? That’s okay; I can work with that.” Bette says winking at Tina. ”Well, I’m
parked a few minutes this way. Are you okay to walk with me to my car?”
Tina smiles lightly. ”Yeah, I can walk.”
Bette beams as she takes Tina’s hand in hers and begins to walk back the way she
came. ”You’ll feel better once you can sit and relax in the car.” She gives Tina’s hand a
gentle squeeze. ”Everything is going to be okay. I promise. I’ll take care of you.”