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Tina let herself into Bette’s house with a bag of groceries. It was her turn to cook Sunday dinner. Tina had been looking forward to family dinner all week. Her schedule had become more demanding and she was finding it more and more difficult to coordinate family time. She called out Bette’s and Angie’s name as she walked into the kitchen and put the bag down along with her keys and purse. She looked around and saw two boxes on the dining table and then her eye caught Bette sitting outside on a bench swing that had been set up for the view of the cityscape. It was dusk and the lights across the city were just coming on as Tina walked out towards Bette. Tina had come to understand that Bette would come out to this bench and sit when she had things on her mind. Tina recalled how she had insisted on their 2nd home in Los Angeles having a view. Bette had always been one to stare out in space when thinking and Tina had thought it as a must have for their new home.
”Hey, you ok?” Tina asked as she sat down next to Bette.
”Yea,” Bette said as she took a drink of red wine. ”Just tired.”
Tina furrowed her brows as she looked at Bette.
Bette knowingly smiled, ”It’s been a long day. I am ok, really.” Bette paused, ”Angie called she is held up, so we have a little time before you need to start dinner.” Bette looked out again across the cityscape. ”What do you have planned?”
Tina, trying to be humorous, decided to make stir fry. Bette and Tina had a long history of burning stir fry and Tina thought her and Bette’s relationship had gotten to the point that this kind of humor would not cause any misunderstanding.
Tina got up as she said, ”stir fry.” Tina paused held her breath and watched Bette’s reaction.
Bette looked up at her from the corner of her eye and raised a smile. ”Good choice, I haven’t had a good stir fry in a long time.”
Tina let out a breath and smiled, ”I am gonna go grab a glass of wine, would you like me to pour you some more?”