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Bette nodded. “Alice threw herself into her work. She hardly ever stops. Only to sleep. It helps her not to think.”
Dana replied, “Yes. You distanced yourself from everything. Like you closed an emotional door. Whenever it would get hard to do that, you’d get high or drunk. Anything to numb the pain.”
“And Sidney?” asked Bette.
“She feels very deeply. She was crushed by your emotional distance. By Alice’s retreat into work. She just wanted to feel. Her work is tinged with sadness. The drugs help her feel. You and Sidney have always had a disconnect. But when I got sick – – -,” Dana began.
Bette looked down. “And she cheated on me.”
“Yes. She was lonely. When I died, she was devastated. You were all devastated. No one thought I would really die. Everyone thought I’d get better.”
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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 14
Bette had spent the night at Kit’s home. They’d awoken early, making breakfast together and chatting about old times. Dylan was happy. His mom was more relaxed when his Auntie Bette was around. Everyone was smiling. Dylan had asked about his Aunt Sidney and Bette had worked to keep her voice even and kind. She told him that his other aunt was really busy getting ready for the upcoming show. But that she loved him and would contact him soon. Dylan seemed content with that answer.
Bette wondered how she would eventually explain things to him. She hoped Kit would do it for her. Thanksgiving was rapidly approaching, arriving in just 4 days’ time. Kit had already been planning on hosting and celebrating with her extended friends and her mother. She invited Bette, Alice, and Tina to join them. Bette had agreed and when she left her sister’s home, her spirit felt lighter than it hand in quite a long time. She called Tina as soon as she left.
“Hi, Bette,” Tina answered.
The brunette couldn’t see it, but she could feel her lover’s smile. “Hi Sweetie. How are you?”
“Better, now that I hear your voice.”
“Yes. Your voice relaxes me.”