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Tina couldn’t sleep, which was unusual for the blonde. She normally fell asleep long before Bette but tonight her brain was in overdrive and rest elusive. Swirling, whirling images danced in front of her eyes when she closed them and kept her mind busy as she turned her thoughts over and over, inside out.
She had introduced Eric to Natalie and now his questions about her later took on a new meaning. The times he was late to meet her for dinner, the last minutes excuses, the averted eyes. And Natalie. The smugness, the arrogance, the coy looks. She vacillated between anger and sadness to apathy. Why should she care? She didn’t care! Fuck him, fuck her, fuck it all.
She lay next to Bette for a long time, the minutes ticking away to become hours, the darkness heavy. She was too hot but kicking off the covers made her feel exposed and she didn’t want to lose contact with Bette’s body. She found some peace there, solace as she listened to the gentle breathing of her girlfriend, the warmth of her, the softness.
She loved sleeping next to, with Bette. Loved the way she smelled, the way her hair felt against her face, the way her body folded into hers. The way Bette would reach for her even in her sleep.
Bette was on her side, facing her, her curls spread out behind her on the pillow, her legs entwined with Tina’s. One hand rested on Tina’s arm, the other curled under the brunette’s chin. She was in a deep sleep, her mouth slightly open, her body utterly relaxed. Tina did not want to wake her.
She carefully untangled their legs and Bette rolled more towards her back, making a whimpering sound as if on some level she understood Tina was leaving the bed, disconnecting. Tina froze to make sure Bette settled and when her breathing resumed it’s rhythm, she got up and put on one of the robes Bette kept by the bedroom door.
She walked barefoot, silently down the hall toward the kitchen, restless. She poured herself a cool glass of water from the pitcher Bette kept in the fridge, leaning against the kitchen counter as she waited for the kettle to heat.