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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 34
Bette sent Alice ahead into Villa de Mujeres while she took a few calming breaths and worked through a relaxation exercise on her phone. Dr. Burrows had given her advice that she’d found useful. She popped a piece of gum into her mouth before she exited her blue coupe and locked the doors.
You can do this, Bette, she told herself.
It wasn’t until her hand was on the door of the building that she realized she wasn’t ready. She didn’t want to see Sidney. She wasn’t prepared to forgive her and didn’t want to hate her. She wanted to be able to move on but found she just wasn’t there yet.
Tina’s cryptic behavior hadn’t helped. If anything, Bette now questioned everything.
She paced for a while in front of the building, finally sending Alice a message that she couldn’t walk inside. Alice called her.
“Bette, you don’t have to come in,” said Alice.
“I just can’t do it, Al.”
“Then don’t. Stay there. I’ll come out.”
“Wait! She needs this. She needs someone. Just stay with her. Talk to her. Make sure she’s okay. I’ll be here. Just take your time. I can’t be there, but I need you to be there.”
Alice nodded. “I’m here. I understand.”
“Okay. Thanks Alice.”
They disconnected and Bette found herself walking around the grounds. The place seemed peaceful and she could smell the salt of ocean air. In the distance was the soothing crash of waves. Villa de Mujeres looking like a resort. She hoped it was helping. There was a part of her that still loved Sidney and wanted the best for her. She’d known Sidney for her entire adult life.
And while she wanted Sidney to get better for Sidney’s own sake, the desire was also selfish. The more stable Sidney became, the easier it would be for Bette to move on with Tina. Her phone buzzed and Bette looked at the text message she had from Alice.
Alice: Go home and relax. I’ll have Tasha swing by later.
Bette: Are you sure?
Alice: Yes. Love you. I’ve got this. We are actually having a good time.