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“Hello?” Angie calls out as she walks into the house. She continues to talk as she moves toward the dining room. “Mama B? Mama T? I know I’m late; I forgot you wanted to have lunch. I was with Jordi and–” Angie stops short when she enters the room, not expecting a third persons presence. “Oh… um… Carrie… what are you doing here?”
“Hi Angelica! I’m so glad to see you again! I’m hoping we can spend some time together while I’m here – you know, just us?” Carrie says excitedly.
Angie immediately feels the discomfort in the room. She glances toward Bette to see the forced smile. Wanting to provide her Mama B with comfort and support, she strides to the empty seat next to Bette – directly across from Mama T and Carrie – pulling the seat flush to Bette’s before sitting down. She slides her clammy hand into Bette’s fidgety one before looking toward Carrie with disinterest. “I’m pretty busy and wanted to spend my free time with my Moms… alone.” She says sharply. Her gaze shifts to Tina with a look of thinly veiled anger. “Mama T’s not here often, so when she is, I like for us to just be alone and spend time as a family.”
Tears prick Tina’s eyes as the hurt behind Angie’s words wash over her. She tries to swallow back the emotion. “Angie…”
Bette notices Tina’s shift in demeanor. Her desire to always protect Tina comes to the fore as she looks to their daughter and begins speaking. “Angie, that wasn’t necessary.” Bette gently tucks the loose curls that had fallen into Angie’s face behind her ear, keeping her hand there to caress her cheek. “I know – we know – it’s been hard having Mama T not physically here every day, but you know she loves you. She talks to you everyday and checks in with me to ensure you’re okay. You know she’s always here when you need her. You called her after your play and she dropped everything, without hesitation, to be here for you.” Bette quickly glances to Tina. Tina nods appreciatively while she continues. “We are a family…” She says softly before turning back to Angie. “… and we’ll always be there for each other. Right?”