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Bette sat on their bed in her robe working on her laptop, but she was really more interested in watching Tina get ready. The movie premiere was in a few hours and Tina has taken a long hot shower while Bette wrapped up her work emails for their upcoming Gallery opening. Something was off, Bette could feel it. She didn’t know how to respond, sometimes she misread a situation so badly she made it worse. Tina always was there to help her unpack things but now… now she unsure of how Tina was. She was distant, quiet. Needing more snuggles, which was good… but talking less, which was not so good. Something was up and Bette was watching to see what would happen next.
When Tina came out of the shower, Bette looked up from her computer and was a little surprised to see that Tina had been crying. Her eyes were puffy, red. Bette’s heart leapt in her throat and demanded action, do something, it said… make it better. She swallowed, feeling immediately adrift and a little scared. Feeling disconnected from Tina was like being without power through a storm, it was a helpless vulnerable place to be.
Tina avoided looking at Bette, and blew her hair dry quickly and quietly then went to the closet to see what she wanted to wear. Bette frowned, struggling with her impulse to engage, force the issue. She took a quiet deep breath. I can do this she thought, I can… Wait, watch. Patient, she was normally not.
Usually Tina getting ready before a big event involved loud music, naked dancing and a fancy cocktail. A strip tease if Bette was lucky, sexy banter at a minimum and either was fine with her. She enjoyed watching Tina dress – and undress – especially when she was in a playful mood.
There was none of that this afternoon.
That was what first alerted Bette that something may be wrong. Usually the music started before the shower with the slow undressing and impromptu dance occurring. Tina always got Bette dancing, always knew exactly what song to play to entice, tempt… seduce.