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Tina is reading through yet another mediocre script in their home office. She glances at the desk clock for what feels like the millionth time. 4:12 PM it reads… 4:12 PM… Tina sits concerned. Bette’s lunch was at 12PM – she thought for sure that Bette would be home by now. She debates calling her Love but decides to wait – maybe she just needed some time alone to process. I’ll give her another hour.
Tina decides to get up and start on dinner. As she walks toward the kitchen, she stops in the living room to straighten up the couch pillows and magazines. She walks toward the front window to adjust the blinds and notices Bette’s car in the drive. She looks on for a while, waiting for Bette to exit the car, and becomes concerned when she doesn’t. She makes her way outside and walks toward the vehicle. Bette is sitting in the driver’s seat with her hands firmly gripping the steering wheel. The car is off, and Bette appears to be lost in thought staring straight in front of her.
Tina runs her hand along the hood of the car on her way to Bette’s car door. Feeling that the car is completely cool to the touch she wonders how long Bette has been sitting in the driveway. She calls out Bette’s name, but when she receives no acknowledgement, she opens the door herself crouching down until her head is slightly lower than Bette’s so she’s looking up at the brunette. She sees the slow tears, the hurt and confusion on her face. “Oh Baby.” Tina breathes out. She wipes a few tears from Bette’s cheek with her thumb before turning her head towards her. The full view of devastation in the soulful orbs brings tears to her own eyes. “It’s going to be okay Baby, I promise, everything’s going to be okay.”
Bette tries to speak but her voice is too strangled; “T…” is the only audible sound.
Tina reaches in and undoes Bette’s seatbelt. “Just breathe Baby, just breathe. Let me help you inside and then I’ll run you a bath. You look exhausted.”
Tina smiles lovingly at Bette. Bette nods unperceptively and allows Tina to move her how and where she wants. Once inside, Tina guides Bette to sit on the end of their bed before going to the bathroom to run a bath. She lights several candles and pours oils, bubbles, and salts into the tub. She strips out of her own clothes and puts a robe on before turning the water off and going back to her Love.