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[ THE PLANET – 12:30 P.M. ]
“So how was it?” Alice asked Bette across the table.
“Meeting Tina’s friends?”
“No, the salad you’re eating… Yes, meeting Tina’s friends.”
“It was…interesting. But it wasn’t just friends who showed up,” Bette said.
“What do you mean?” Shane asked sipping on her third straight coffee.
“Well, Tina dated one for most of her teen years. I actually don’t know how long they dated for…”
“… you jealous?” Alice asked with a smirk.
“What? Why would I be jealous? I mean, I’m the one who is with her now,” Bette said trying to brush off Alice’s comment.
“Oh come on. Tina’s ex shows up…which means that they still talk and are still close and you’re trying to tell me that doesn’t make you the slightest bit jealous? I don’t believe it,” Alice replied shaking her head. “You can’t tell me that you spent a few hours with them and you didn’t completely eye her ex.”
“Fine…Yes, I did take notice when Tina introduced me to her but why the hell would I?”
“Something is bugging you…something more than just meeting the ex…who’s name is?” Alice asked.
“JJ…Jennifer something. And it’s just, I don’t know.” Bette replied playing with her salad. “They seem really close. At first, I thought ‘Oh maybe they are like you and I’ but it seems more than that. It’s like they have this…connection….a history.”
“And you don’t like that?” Shane asked already knowing the answer.
Bette bit her lip and stared at the two women across the table. “No…They just seem to, I don’t know, fit together. When they first hugged, they were both crying. Then at the bar, they had this drink which I didn’t know what the hell it was, but they made it like it was a ritual or something.” Bette tried to explain. “I feel like it was more than a high school fling.”
“Maybe it was…but it’s the past, Bette,” Shane said.
“It is? You know, when we were saying goodbye to the group, I heard Tina say that she loved JJ.”
“Well, I mean they dated in high school, right? If they’re still talking now that’s like what? 15-16 years of friendship. Of course there is still love there,” Alice replied.