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Chapter 29 Surprises, surprises
The soft voice appears behind her, Bette’s eyes shot wide open.
Am I hearing right? Is it really…
Bette wouldn’t dare to turn around, she gulps back her tears and tries to force a smile, but the unstoppable tears are like a faucet continuously pouring out of her eyes.
No, it couldn’t be real.
The brunette slowly and carefully turns her body around, she cannot accept a second heartbreak. During the short while, thousands of thoughts flashed through her mind. What will Tina look like? An overdose stoner? Still astonishing as always? What should she say? What should she tell her? Should she tell her about Candace? About the promises she couldn’t keep?
Although she turns, Bette remains her head low, her heartbeat raises dramatically as if she was going through a short distance race. She is so afraid that when she looks up, she will again be disappointed.
Two years, she has been living like this; for two years, no feelings, no emotions, no desire…
She missed Tina, she missed her so much, at the point that almost killed her. And now the person she’s been thinking about every day, suddenly appears in front of her, she thinks she will die if this is another illusion…
“Raise your head, Bette.”
Bette shakes her head vigorously, her lips trembling, tears trickle down, hands unable to stop shaking so she clenches them into fists.
“No…you are not…you cannot be…you are not…”
The woman in front of her says nothing, instead, she slowly takes Bette’s clenching fist into her hand, the woman’s thumb gently rubs the back of Bette’s hand.
“And why is that?”
“You…you left me, you are supposed to be dead…I saw you run back to the mansion…how could you…how could you…”
“Bette, darling, will you look at me…please?”
The detective finally gives up, little by little she raises her head but keeps her eyes close, afraid that once when she opens her eyes, that the blonde who’s been occupied her mind the entire time will vanish like what happened in her dream.
“Open your eyes, Bette.”
She cannot cope with another disappointment, her heart is not as strong as usual after all the mess.