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Tina took a long hot shower Monday morning. It was early and she was a little sore after the two runs over the weekend. She chuckled to herself remembering Bette gamely showing up at the trail Sunday morning for their run.
Tina was admittedly an avid runner, Bette more a novice. It was a beautiful day, the air crisp but not too cool and the skies blue. Tina picked a trail near both homes, a loop where she could go faster or longer and overlap Bette if needed in order to get the distance in.
Bette enjoyed running 3-5 miles once or twice a week, she was more a swimmer than a runner, but she was in fantastic shape. She looked great in her tank and running shorts, her long legs a light chocolate color that went nicely with the black shorts and top.
They started out together, Bette’s longer legs making up for Tina’s quicker pace. At the four-mile mark Tina let Bette know she was going to pick up the tempo but would find her when she circled back. As she came around the bend thirty minutes later, she was surprised to find how happy she was to see Bette walking along the trail ahead of her.
She enjoyed their companionable talk while they ran earlier and spotting the long lean figure ahead made her speed up until she stopped next to her.
They found a grassy spot to stretch and drink water as they chatted about the art show Bette attended the night before. Bette removed her shoes and leaned back on her hands, her head tilting up to enjoy the sun, her eyes closing.
Tina’s eyes wandered down the long neck to the hint of a black sports bra under her running tank, Bette’s chest sweaty. She looked so at ease, so content there in the sunshine with her long hair pulled back and her body relaxed after their stretch. So beautiful.
“I don’t think we should be seen together like this anymore” Tina said seriously, Bette’s head snapping up to look at her.
“What? I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable; I know you just want to be friends and I really respect that…”