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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 16
“Do you regret it? Do you regret coming over?”
Tina shook her head. “No”, she said softly. “Not at all.”
“What happens now?” asked Bette, her brow was furrowed. Tina could practically see the wheels spinning in her mind, the steam floating through her ears.
Tina grabbed at Bette and pulled her close. Bette lay on her back, Tina on her side. Tina placed a hand on Bette’s chest. She felt her lover’s racing heart. “Relax.”
Tina sighed. “I don’t know what happens, Bette. I’ve never craved anyone like this. I had to see you tonight.”
Bette studied her, hoping her eyes spoke words she knew she shouldn’t voice. “You know how I feel, Tina,” she said quietly.
“How do I know that?”
Bette covered the hand that Tina had on her chest with her own. “You feel it here, right?”
Tina sat up, her eyes shining. “What the fuck is happening to me?”
There was no way that Bette could tell this beautiful woman about the life and reality they once shared. She couldn’t tell her about them growing together and centering each other. Couldn’t convey the beautiful serendipity of their pairing in a freshman dorm. Tina did belong to her. They belonged together. In a universe in which Bette had switched realities and timelines, her union with Tina was the only thing she knew that must be right.
Bette turned and sat in front of Tina. She lay Tina down on her back, never breaking eye contact. “What’s happening? You’re scared, T. I’m scared. I promise I will never, ever hurt you.”
//———–The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 16——————-//
Tina waited until she was in the back seat of an Uber Black before she called Henry. He had answered after a few rings, his tone even and kind.
“You on your way home?” he asked.
Her hazel eyes gazed out of the window, seeing a reflection of herself as LA passed by. “I’m sorry, Henry. I have to stay on a few more days.”
He sighed. “A few more days? Thanksgiving is on Thursday.”
“I know. I’m going to do my best to finish up early. I’ll be home for the holiday.”