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    Southern Comforts—Chapter 4

    Bette chuckles clearly amused and entertained by the young woman’s arrogance  “Interesting.  So you would lead the gentleman on into thinking you desired their companionship only to rebuff them in the end.  That Tina is not what a true lady of such southern distinction would do”

    Tina scoffs “Like you clearly have any experience in the matter or even the authority to dictate how one should act.  Furthermore, you have said nothing about any such suitor for yourself”

    Bette leans back against the seat and folds her arms “I do not lure any suitor into falsely thinking I desire to entertain such thoughts as marriage.  I also do not desire the companionship of the gentleman variety therefore I do not carry on under false pretenses”

    Tina snaps her fingers in satisfaction

    “Ah ha!…I knew it..You are perverse in homosexuality” Tina asserted cementing her earlier curiosity

    Bette rolled her eyes “Clearly you must want some kind of award for coming to that conclusion all on your own”

    “It was no conclusion. I already knew by the way you admired me.  Your eyes gaze upon me as that of my suitors” Tina surmised as she began to fiddle with the lace of her dress

    Bette chuckles “I suppose the reason for your abrupt fidgeting with the lace of your dress is that I make you nervous.  Or perhaps it’s because you appreciate that a woman whether or not they are perverse in homosexuality as you have stated can innocently admire your beauty”

    Tina chuckles “I am flattered by your admission” then looks at Bette apologetically “..And if my words offended you I truly am sorry”

    Bette smiled warmly “Now that Tina is how a true lady of grace would respond” she said proudly as Tina curled her lips into a small smile “And you did not offend me.  I did not take it to heart.  I absolutely do not care what others think of my choice of companion even though I do not hide it..Of course here in the South it is highly frowned upon so I am careful when I am in public”

    “Do you have such a companion back home?” Tina asks rather shyly not meaning it to sound that way but even though Bette annoyed her she found her to be quite fascinating which annoyed her even more so.


    1. Well, Tina has turned a corner. No sense acting put out by being on the this trip or Bette will not be the only one having a miserable time. Common sense says relax, go with the flow and get along with Bette as best you can and you will soon be on your way home. And if you do a good job of getting along with Bette, she will give a glowing report to her parents and Tina will have her debutant ball secure. But, Tina is obviously not one to use common sense. There is something else that is motivating Tina and her behavior – curiosity! Bette is a unique character – attractive, intelligent, comfortable in her own skin, and admired by all she meets. She has a masculine flair but is most definitely a woman. She is a buisness woman, who is well travelled and has been entrusted with her family’s buisness. This woman is a curiosity to Tina… yet she just has not stopped to consider all she knows about Miss Bette and what she doesn’t know and more importantly what does she want to know? If Tina has any intelligence whatsoever, she should be thinking that Bette Porter could be a very important person to have in her life as a friend at least.

      This is an interesting story….. the reason for Bette to be in Charleston, South Carolina is a little thin but this fiction and I will let that slide. I’m just going to assume that Bette needs to be in Charleston to make a sales call for the steel her family produces in Pennsylvania just as she made at Kennard Plantation and now Tina is with her as a favor to the family. It was obvious by the barbeque at Kennard Plantation that war is coming. But with this chapter, war is here. These two are headed for real danger.

      Thanks for this chapter…. I like the turn in Tina’s attitude. She still needs a little more fine tuning to be the lady she thinks she is. Her questioning needs to polished so that she presents her inquiry without being blunt and insulting. Hopefully we will see some improvement as time goes on….

      Please write soon….. thank you…

      • Thanks Martha for the comment..Enjoy your insight as always

        And the reason for Bette to be in Charleston is exactly what you said. Her reason is to coordinate the amount of steel they are calling for and arrange transportation. It is a business deal even though they have been commissioned and there is a contract she has to deal with. I just did not go into detail in this chapter..More will be explained next chapter as I have planned

        And Tina is a rough gem right now to slowly be polished


    2. Thanks for posting, jlr. It seems that being away from her family lets Tina come into herself. The mask of the spoiled brat dropped and already she’s able to have decent, adult conversations. I’m curious to see Tina grow on this little journey. Just hope they will be safe should war break out, especially Bette as a Northerner.


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