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”Where the hell are you even going, Bette?”
Bette hurriedly zipped up her bag. ”South Carolina….”
”I thought her mom said that she wasn’t there?”
Bette shrugged. ”She did, but I just… I need to see for myself….”
Kit once again took a deep breath as she looked at her desperate sister. ”I’ll drive you to the airport….”
After what seemed like the longest flight she had ever taken, Bette rented a car and, with the help of Google Maps, drove to the house she had only been to once in her life. She slowly pulled up to the Kennard household and cut the engine; after taking a few cleansing breaths, she stepped out of the car and strolled up the walkway. She climbed the stairs leading to the porch and rang the doorbell.
After a few beats, the door opened, and Bette stood face to face with Carol, Tina’s mother.
Carol wiped her hands on a dishtowel and sighed. ”What are you doing here, Bette?”
Bette gently shrugged. ”I uh……. I’m sorry to just show up like this, but I need to find Tina…”
”I told you when you called a few days ago that Christina is not here. You came all this way for nothing because my answer is still the same, so if you would excuse me, I’m busy….”
Carol stepped back inside and tried to close the door, but Bette blocked the move with her foot. ”Carol, please, I don’t know where else to go…can you point me toward Richard Jr. or Becca’s house?”
”I can guarantee you Jr. or Becca won’t be keen on helping you locate Christina Bette. You broke their sister’s heart, and if Tina hasn’t told you where she is, we’re certainly not going to.”
”S…so you do know?”
Carol sighed. ”Go home, Bette….”
”I have a room at the Hilton not too far from here. If you hear anything, please just let me know. I just want to know that she’s ok….”
Carol’s demeanor softened a bit when she heard the desperation in Bette’s voice. ”If I see or hear from Christina, I will let her know that you came by… Okay?”
Bette gently nods. ”Thank you…”
”Goodbye, Bette….” With that, Carol closed the door.