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Chapter 26 Somewhere in the time
“Bette? Bette? Bette Porter!”
Being startled out of impassivity, Bette covers up her embarrassment by several coughs.
Alice Pieszecki, Bette’s best friend, one of the members of the old group “The Golden Circle”, now being one of the famous reporters in West Hollywood. Basically, she can earn a very good amount of money only by writing a simple article.
“Jez, where are you, you seem like drifting away!”
“Sorry, where are we?”
“We are talking about your promotion! Bette! You’re barely listening, right? Dane?”
The other brunette nods. Dana Fairbanks, she is Alice’s girlfriend, a professional tennis athlete, won dozens of trophies, endless sponsors and a large crew of fan club.
“Y-o-u-r p-r-m-o-t-i-o-n, Bette. There are no other people can be an official detective in such a young age like you! It’s a huge honor!”
Dana looks at her girlfriend’s best friend, she might not as fast reaction as Alice, the great and subtle observation she has instantly sense that something’s wrong with the beautiful woman.
Bette turns her head. “Yes, Dana?”
“Are you happy?”
Bette gulps, she looks straight at the athlete. Her new friends’ face might seem innocent and naïve, but those eyes…those eyes are sharp and direct, the dark pupils are distant and firm, just like Tina.
Tina…Tina Kennard, the love of her life…
“What? Al? What?”
“Are you even listening?”
“Listening to what?”
“Dane just asked you a question.”
“No worries,” Dana smiles.
“What happened to you? Bette? You always seem to have a far-away look in your eyes.”
“Honey, leave her alone.” Dana warns.
“What? Now you are on her side?” Alice argues. “You suppose to support me.”
“I do support you, but not now.”
“Why not now? You knew Bette, you knew how she just disappeared nowhere for more than a year, and later she suddenly appeared in front of us as if nothing happened, she didn’t even want to tell us what the hell happen and what did she do or where she went to! And it’s been like what? More than three months? Still won’t say a word!”
“Maybe she needs time, baby.”
“It’s been a fucking long time, Bette. Now you’re getting the promotion for no reason, the Casanova seldom get laid, you are not the player like the old time, you even decline the girl I’ve introduced to you! It’s really hurt my feelings!”