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“Bette! You’re not listening to me again. We have been over this a hundred thousand times. Equal split… equal… Bette… that means half of everything…”
“Equal is such a vague term, really. It can mean anything. If you think about the term equal is about appropriate resources and quality and status.”
“What the fuck does any of that mean?” Tina’s eyebrow arched incredulity as Bette looked back at her innocently. “Don’t wordsmith me, Bette Porter. I rewrite scripts for a living.”
Bette smirked, she liked when Tina got fired up over something. She liked the raised eyebrow, which she was learning could mean so many things. It was incredibly sexy. She wondered how far she could push her and still get laid this afternoon.
“I am giving you half the bills, Tee… the cable bill and the heating bill. I will handle the rest….”
“Seriously? That’s not half. Not even close to half. We talked about this…” Tina ticked off her points on her fingers… “you barely watch TV which means the cable bill is negligible and we rarely need heat in LA. You won’t discuss pool maintenance, the water bill, or lawn care to name a few other expenses. Come on, Honey, please…. half of everything means exactly that, there is nothing vague about it…”
Bette shrugged, noticing the new pale pink polish on Tina’s nails. It looked pretty next to her skin. She liked watching Tina’s hands, loved when she talked with them. “Fine. What? Fine. But the mortgage is my responsibility.”
“Je-sus. Bette. You have the hardest head of anyone I know. Half. Of. Every.Thing.” Her cheeks flashed pink and her eyes narrowed. Bette stuck her ground, now bringing up her own proposal.
“Really Tee? Are you sure about that? You’re also covering Grannie Ellie’s expenses. Are you going to let me pay for half of that?”
Tina paused, taken aback. She sat back in her chair with a huff, her fingers playing with the calculator as she considered Bette. Bette’s eyes were dancing in that lovely, I-got-you way she had when she was winning an argument. Captain of the Yale Debate Team and proud of it.
Tina had not factored Ellie’s expenses into the equation. “Would you do that?” she asked quietly, incredibly moved that Bette brought it up. She knew Bette cared about Ellie and the feeling was mutual, but she never thought in a million years that Bette would be willing to contribute to the cost of her housing.