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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 46
Alice pulled Bette into a hug the moment the brunette stepped foot across the threshold of her home. “Don’t you ever do that again!”
Bette hugged her back. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have left like that.”
“No, you shouldn’t have.”
“I love you. I’m always here for you. Whether you like it or not.”
Alice let her pull away. “We had a nice party, lots of guests, a beautiful tree and then all hell broke loose.”
Bette’s voice was quiet. “What am I going to do? I love her. I love her so much. The thought of her with him is driving me insane.”
“One day at a time. Don’t let one moment define your future. If you love her like you say you do, then you’ll have many more moments. Let those be happy ones.”
Bette sighed; her heart still heavy.
“Sit down with me,” said Alice. They sat by the Christmas tree; their legs folded.
“Do you understand why she did it?” asked Alice.
“I understand, Al. I’m just…I’m hurt.”
Alice held her friend’s hands in her own. “Don’t you think it hurt her, too? Don’t you think it hurt her to use her body to keep everything together? Do you think she liked it?”
Bette frowned. “I don’t know.”
“You do know.”
“Maybe she didn’t,” said Bette.
Alice smiled softly at her. “A little birdie told me you two made love all day. Does that seem like someone who would enjoy an obligatory fuck?”
Bette shrugged. “Well, little birdies shouldn’t talk. And I don’t know.”
“You do know!” said Tina. She was standing in the room, looking down at her lover and her newest advocate.
“I don’t want to see you,” Bette whispered.
“How long are you going to punish me?” asked Tina.
Bette shook her head. “I’m not punishing you. I hate myself. I hate how I feel. I feel weak. I can’t trust myself with you, Tina. And, I can’t trust you.”
Alice chose that moment to sneak away. She retrieved Tasha from the master bedroom and the two of them settled themselves in Bette’s guest room.