This story has been set to a rating of R. Age verification is required to proceed.
She hugged Tina’s head to her chest, again running her fingers through her still damp hair, her brain whirling. This was not the reaction she anticipated.
But her actions only seemed to make matters worse, Tina ducking her head out of Bette’s grasp and standing to put distance between them, pacing.
Now normally, Tina was not a pacer. That was Bette’s specialty.
Bette’s long legs would eat up ground as she moved back and forth, the movement providing energy to her thoughts. She could avoid eye contact that way, think better. She felt like she was doing something about whatever it was that caused the pacing to begin with in the first place. Her anger pulsated out of her, like a stone dropping in a pond, the ripples of anger extending beyond Bette to everyone around her.
Tina’s anger was still. Silent even. She was the crocodile under the water, silent, fierce, unpredictable. When she erupted, it was sudden but with power. Bette remembered the fight they had the night of Provocations, where Tina went from sitting silently on the small couch in their room to slapping her… or the time she flipped the table at The Planet. Her anger burned on a long fuse to ignite spectacularly but once exhausted, fizzled out.
Bette watched Tina pace the small office and felt her throat get tight, her worried eyes following the movement of her pregnant wife.
What have I done?
Looking for Boo was not meant to cause distress to Tina. It was meant in the sweetest of terms, the kindest of gestures. It was meant as a gift of sorts, purely given for the sole reason that Bette thought it would bring joy… peace even… to Tina to know where Boo went and why.
Finally, after what felt like hours but was probably only a minute or two, Tina faced Bette. She wiped her nose with the back of her hand, her eyes red and her face tear stained.
“What have you done?” Tina repeated, the quietness of her voice not hiding her anger, her frustration.
“It was supposed to be a surprise. James and I are… I mean, we were… looking for Boo. I wanted to surprise you, Tee. Baby, that’s all.” Her hands came up in a placating manner, almost reaching for Tina.