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I need someone’s lips
To feel next to mine
I need someone to stand up
And tell me when I’m lyin’
‘Y’know, you’re nothing like her,’ Tina said eventually.
Bette’s body vibrated with her laugh. ‘I should hope not.’
Tina smiled too, but the truth was she was felt troubled by what she’d seen.
‘She was hard to watch,’ she said.
Bette said nothing, knowing that – despite what she’d said – their being close like this had unlocked Tina’s tongue and now, given space and time and loving arms, she’d get it all out.
‘So you know Gigi?’ Bette made an mhmm sound. ‘The same Gigi who didn’t answer Fake Bette’s booty call because she was seducing Dani?’ Mhmm. ‘Well, they’re at this karaoke night at the bar and Gigi asked Fake Bette what went wrong with them? How come they weren’t fucking in the bathroom right now?’
Tina laughed. ‘I know, I never got that being sexy, I think it’s gross . . . Anyway, here I think it was code for how come they weren’t even fuckbuddies any more, trying to find out why Fake Bette was being so cold towards her.’
‘Can’t take a hint, huh?’
‘Well, this I agree with. I don’t know why Fake Bette had to freeze her out. Why she couldn’t just say, “Hey, look, I think I’m done with this. It was fun, have a nice life.” Why she had to be so cold.’
Bette thought for a moment. It was hard, having not seen what Tina was talking about, but she knew her old self too – the self Fake Bette grew out of.
‘What did she say?’
‘She said she needed “more”.’
‘So she thinks dating someone young enough to be her daughter, and who was chosen for her by Alice, isn’t gonna work out long-term? Well, congratulations, Captain Obvious.’
‘I guess. But then she also said to Fake Alice and Fake Shane that she thought they weren’t exactly some epic meeting of the minds.’
Bette raised her eyebrows. ‘Oh . . . well, that’s unambiguous.’
Tina raised her head and looked at Bette. ‘What do you think she meant?’
‘Isn’t it obvious?’
A beat, and then they both laughed. Tina put her hands around Bette’s neck.