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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 56
As her shorter legs worked to keep up with Bette’s pace, Tina realized just how much taller her lover was. Bette had a vice grip on Tina’s left hand, and they were walking quickly through the halls of Cedars Sinai Medical Center. The gallery owner was talking to Alice through her earbuds as they stalked the quiet corridors at 6 am.
At last, they came upon a waiting area and the hodgepodge mix of extended family members. Dylan raced to Bette and she held him tightly. She bent down to her knees and Tina stroked her unruly dark curls.
“You came,” he said.
“I would have been here faster if I could have. Tina got us a flight. She worked her magic and got us here,” said Bette.
Tina bent down and Dylan hugged her, too. He was sobbing, his little eyes swollen from tears.
“Hey Bette,” said Alice, her eyes red and puffy too.
Bette stood up and hugged her. They cried together. It was like déjà vu. Cedars Sinai Hospital yet again. Another loved one flirting between life and death. This time two.
“What’s going on? How are they?” asked Bette.
Tina grabbed Dylan’s hand and walked with him to a chair. He refused to let go of her, holding on to her, sitting in her lap. Tina kissed his forehead and held him tightly. She guessed she was his Bette substitute.
The blonde watched as the rest of the adults gathered around Bette and Alice. She saw an older brown-skinned man who she assumed was Bette’s father. He stood near Patricia. There was an older white couple that she knew must be Sidney’s parents. They all looked distraught. Tina felt her stomach flip. A tall man with curly blond hair and an ever-present 5’oclck shadow sat down next to Tina.
He said quietly, “I’m Jack. Sidney’s my sister. You must be Tina.”
“I am. I’m so sorry about all of this,” she said. She felt uneasy. Afterall, Jack was her competition’s brother. She wasn’t sure how she would be received.
Jack wiped at his tears. “Thanks.”
Tina wanted to ask what was going on, but she didn’t want to do that while holding on to Dylan. She didn’t want to upset him anymore. As it was, his head was against her neck, his tears slipping down her shirt.