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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 35
“It’s weird, right?” asked Bette.
She was wearing her white earbuds as she let herself into her home. As the Wednesday evening faded to dusk, she walked inside and closed the door behind her, a stack of unread mail in her hand.
“It’s weird, Bette,” Alice replied.
Bette placed the mail on her kitchen coffee and then headed to her room to change.
“What do you think I should do?”
“You know what you should do,” said Alice.
Bette stood in her walk-in closet, unbuttoning her dress shirt. “I don’t want to.”
“No shit. I know you don’t want to. Confronting Tina means you burst the bubble of make-believe that you two have been living in. You just told me that you only see her at night. She just comes over to sleep with you.”
Bette answered, “Yes and no. All we do is sleep. Literally, sleep. No sex. She just holds me. Or I hold her. It’s nice Alice. I sleep all through the night.”
“But she disappears on you during the day.”
“Well yeah. But she’s tied up with some things right now. She told me to expect this.”
Alice was on her living room sofa, lying flat on her back. She shook her head at her best friend’s naiveite.
Has she always been like this? she asked herself.
She wanted to scream at Bette: “This chick is playing you!”
But she couldn’t do that. Bette was head over heels for this woman. Alice thought of her as wishy-washy, hot and then cold. On the one hand, she showered Bette with attention and had literally clothed and fed her in support of the art show debut. Yet, Bette admittedly hadn’t seen Tina during daylight hours in nearly a week.
“She’s going out of town for a few days anyway,” said Bette.
Bette shrugged. “She didn’t really say.”
“And you didn’t ask?”
Bette chewed on her lip. “No. I didn’t ask.”
“Bette…who are you becoming? That’s not like you.”
“Where’s the alpha who always asks the tough questions?