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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 32
The anti-anxiety medication seemed to be helping. Bette had felt calmer and surer of herself as the week progressed. She’d had a lunch appointment with her sponsor, a gay man named Victor. He was very kind and had shared part of his dark past with her. He had been clean for 8 years and she promised him that she would call him if she needed.
His warm brown eyes had crinkled when he said, “Hell, you can call, text, or send a smoke signal. As long as you get ahold of me. I’ll be there for you.”
Bette had laughed and they’d parted ways with smiles on their faces.
She’d even made amends with Max, showing up to The Planet bearing a toy wrecking ball truck, card, and a chocolate chip cookie bouquet. The inside of the card had said, “I’m sorry for wrecking your place. Your favorite customer, Bette Porter.”
Max had smiled at her, his blue eyes twinkling like gems. “I could never stay mad at you,” he’d said.
They had sat together in his office and Bette had filled him on just why she’d lost her cool. She promised that I wouldn’t happen again. Max told her that Shane had refused to talk to the police and had insisted that nothing happened. It hadn’t mattered that her face looked like she’d run into a brick wall, her lips were sealed.
And while Bette had been making progress and slowly mending a few broken fences, she’d continued to build that wall between Tina and herself. She’d been distant and standoffish, doing her best to push Tina away. It had all been so simple in her old life. Now she was so unsure of herself and the way her body and mind responded to the world around her. She didn’t trust herself not to destroy things with Tina.
After a few days of Bette dodging all forms of communication with her, Tina made her way to the gallery at around 10am on a Friday morning. The front desk clerk, Maxwell, had been happy to see her. He gave her a big hug and thanked her for providing lunch for everyone before the show.