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The Detective turned and quietly left the room, instinctively knowing that the two women needed to be alone, needed space.
Bette wrapped Tina gently in her arms again for a much-needed embrace, sighing as their bodies came into full contact. She felt better having Tina in her arms, felt more in control, more grounded.
Her arms were around Tina’s waist as Tina’s went up around Bette’s neck, pulling her closer.
Tina immediately buried her face into Bette’s warm neck, taking a deep breath and placing her lips against the soft skin. Her shaking subsided as they each took a moment to relish the relative privacy and togetherness.
Finally, some quiet after the hustle and bustle of the morning and the interview with the police. Finally, a chance to breathe and reconnect after an emotional and exhausting night. Finally, it was just them… wives… lovers… best friends.
Both were emotionally shattered and having Tina’s mother arrive now was quite possibly the worst timing either could imagine.
Bette leaned back a little to run her hands up and down the soft skin of Tina’s outer arms, then placed both hands on either side of her neck to run her thumbs over her jawline. Looking Tina in the eyes, she leaned in for a gentle, lingering kiss.
“I will be”
“I’m proud of you Tee” Bette replied, her voice barely over a whisper.
“I am mortified”
“Having those pictures taken of me… I am trying to wrap my brain around all of this…”
“Yes, I know, me too… it’s…. it’s just…”
They could hear louder voices now and Bette glanced out the window to see that Lucy and Shane were now on the sidewalk talking to Tina’s mother.
Lucy was yelling, pointing her finger at Donna. The Detective said something to the police officer then got in her car and pulled away.
“Fuck. How did she know where we live?”
“I don’t know Honey; I haven’t spoken to her in like ten years… she has never even met you”
“I know. This will be our first introduction. I think you should stay in here, I will handle this, ok?”