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Chapter 45 The Most Distant Course (Final)
Five years later, LA.
“Los Angeles has been very good to me, and I believe it’s my turn to give back to the city that I loved so much. I am a woman, I am a mother, I am gay, I’m the lover of my girlfriend…I understand people’s needs more than others…With that…I will give out all my best to make LA into a better place.”
The huge spotlight hit on her face, loud cheers greeted the conclusion of the speech, the hall resounds with stormy applause.
“Thank you, Ms. Mayor,” The host holding a microphone, returning to the stage. “What a speech, wow! Almost make me burst into tears!”
“Thank you for having me, Alice.”
“The pleasure is all mine, Ms. Mayor,” The host, Bette’s old friend Alice Pieszecki winks at her. “Is there anyone here who wants to ask Mayor Porter any question?
A woman in the audience raises her hand and stands up.
“What’s the motive of you becoming a mayor? I’ve heard that you were a really successful detective before.”
“Indeed, I was doing well when I was a detective.” Bette nods. “However…during those times, I saw too many people, who were struggling for their rights, for safety, and for their freedom, some were still suffering in the dark but we cannot allow that to happen to them and even more, we misunderstood them believing they were doing bad things, while all they were trying to do was to survive.”
The brunette stops for a moment, the recording scene is so quiet, everyone is listening carefully for what she’s saying.
“I’m trying to fight for those who lost their rights…” The mayor looks around the audience. “Lesbians, gay communities, handicapped people, who have been bullied and…for those who are being forced to commit crimes, not all of them are bad people, most of them turned into who they are today due to discrimination, hurt and poverty, not everyone gets a chance like us to have a nice life, sitting in here, enjoying a show… I believe they deserve a second chance to redeem their lives and to make that happen, I couldn’t do it if I was still a detective…”
It is a deep, and serious speech, and only some of those who have been through the ups and downs could understand, but it was alright. Bette knows it’s not easy, and surely there will be protests and questions from people all around, yet the most difficult part is always the beginning, at least she’s trying.