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Kaitlyn nodded. “Ex-actly.”
“Well, I’m fine.”
Tina’s older sister shrugged. “Have it your way. Just please don’t wig out on me. I don’t want to have to help Mom cook all this shit by myself.”
Tina sighed and returned to the task at hand. When the cheese was grated, she moved on to chopping veggies. When Tracey Kennard returned, the pies were ready to come out of the oven. Tina removed them and sat them on the counter to cool. Tina felt jittery and sad and excused herself. She walked into the downstairs bathroom sat down on the closed toilet lid.
She called Bette for what seemed like the 100th time and was surprised to actually hear her lover’s voice.
The sound of Bette’s voice sent a wave of mixed emotion running through her. “Hi.”
“Are you okay, T?”
“Am I okay? Are you okay, Bette? I’ve been worried about you,” said Tina.
“I’m fine, T. I sent you a text. I told you I was staying with Kit.”
Tina gritted her teeth. “You….are avoiding me.”
“I’m not avoiding – – -,” she began.
“I’m not an idiot. When we were 2000 miles apart you answered every call. I didn’t even speak to you after I left your house yesterday.”
Bette’s voice was shaky when she replied, “I’m not avoiding you, Tina.”
“Why are you upset? What is going on? Is it something with Sidney?”
“Nothing is going on. Let’s talk later, okay?”
“Bette, please talk to me. I feel like I’m going crazy. Are we over? Is that what’s going on?” asked Tina.
“Tina, you have no idea what you mean to me.”
“So tell me, Bette. Talk to me. I miss you. I’m worried about you. You’re shutting me out. Are we over? Is that what you’re not telling me?”
“Tina – – -,” Bette began.
“No! Just tell me the truth. For the past few days it’s been me and you. Now we’ve never been further apart.”
“Okay?” asked Tina.
“You’re right. I’m avoiding you.”
“Why? Why are you avoiding me? Please talk to me.”