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The smile Tina gave her was like the sun coming out from behind the clouds. “You have a gardener? That is a crime, Bette Porter. I will gladly take over that responsibility if you’ll let me”
“It’s yours if you want it, Tee.” Bette replied seriously, she enjoyed making Tina smile. Her hand found it’s way to Tina’s hair and she stroked it, her fingers playing with the long strands by her shoulder.
“I like it when you call me that, I’ve never had a nick name before…” Tina said quietly.
Bette kissed her on the shoulder, playfully, friendly. “It suits you” she said.
Flowers and bags of soil were unloaded and carried to the backyard where Bette showed Tina her “garden”.
“There’s nothing here…”
“What do you mean? There’s dirt, see… and space and…plenty of light in the morning…” Bette glanced at Tina then winched. “Ok. It’s pretty bad, right? That’s why I hired a gardener, but now… it’s your job.” She gave Tina her most winning smile, Tina responded with a reproachful look and begin rooting around in the weeks to see what was there.
If Bette was being honest with herself, she had mentioned the idea of Tina helping with her garden only because she didn’t know what else to say when Tina finished describing the events of her date with Eric.
Seeing Tina cry and hearing the ugly things Eric said about her body made Bette … angry, furious really. She felt such a jolt of protective energy soar through her as Tina laid her head on Bette’s shoulder that if Eric had been standing there, Bette would have happily reduced him to a pile of ash. Then danced on the remains. Bette had never felt that way about anyone before, other than maybe Kit.
So she did what Bette always did when strong emotions confused and scared her, she took action. Tina had mentioned in one of their late-night conversations about needing to go see her Grandmother to help with repotting a plant.
The idea to distract Tina with planting seemed the perfect avenue to give Bette some time to examine the feelings that seeing Tina upset had aroused in her.
She was pulled from her thoughts by Tina, who rose from where she was crouched and held out her hand.