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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 49
They left the rehab facility and drove to Bette’s house, dropping off her blue coupe before catching an Uber to the airport. It was two days after the Christmas party and their reconciliation. Though Tina had a few items at Bette’s home, she needed a lot more, especially real winter attire. They decided they’d shop together in Toronto, avoiding Tina having to risk running into Henry. Tomorrow was Christmas Eve. Tina had spoken with Joyce Wischnia who had agreed to serve Henry with divorce paperwork later on in the day.
Tina had refused to give up the security team while they were in LA. She had given instructions for them to follow her and Bette to the airport and to be present upon their return. She felt they’d be safe in Toronto. When she was on set for filming, she’d usually be on the north-western side of Canada, in Vancouver. This visit would be unexpected by her family.
And though they could track their whereabouts, she knew she’d been somewhat successful in throwing them off her trail. And with Joyce and her PI lined up to deliver incriminating ultimatums, she was comfortable that she and Bette would be safe while abroad.
Bette was brimming with happiness. While she had often longed for her time spent with Tina in 2005, there was most definitely a huge benefit to their partnering in 2019. While Tina had been extremely closeted and hesitant to display affection publicly in her old reality, 2019 Tina had none of that heterosexist pretense. She had reached for Bette’s hand the moment they stepped away from the car, heading into the terminal.
As Bette stood in line waiting to check the one bag they shared, Tina stood behind her, her hands on Bette’s hips. After making it past security, they relaxed in the airline’s lounge. Tina sat on a white, pleather couch while Bette got them snacks and drinks. She returned to her girlfriend, handing Tina a vodka cranberry, a sprite in her opposite hand.
Tina looked at her, question marks in her eyes.
Bette sat beside her. “Vodka cran for you. Sprite for me.”
“Is this okay?” asked Tina.