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    ‘You see the message from Angie?’ Bette asked.

    ‘The one about Thanksgiving?’

    ‘Yeah.’

    ‘Yeah, I saw it,’ Tina said, putting her book aside.

    Bette got into bed, a little gingerly, and lay on her back staring at the ceiling. Tina moved to lie on her side, her head propped on her hand.

    ‘It doesn’t mean she’s not coming to the cabin,’ Bette said.

    ‘No,’ Tina agreed.

    But they both had a sinking feeling that it did. That when Angie said she was worried about her papers, and that Nik was staying in Cambridge over the holiday, she was preparing the ground.

    Bette continued to stare. Tina watched her chest rising and falling. Then she put her hand on Bette’s stomach. Instantly, Bette picked it up and drew it to her face. Kissed it, held it gently against her chest then turned to look at Tina.

    ‘What about you?’ she said softly. ‘Are you okay?’

    Tina gazed at her wife. ‘I’m fine.’ She smiled. ‘Although . . . I did have an interesting moment with Sasha tonight.’

    Bette raised an enquiring eyebrow. And so Tina related the story of how Sasha had caught her watching the trailer, but couldn’t see it.

    ‘She couldn’t see it?’

    Tina shrugged. ‘I think she saw a black screen.’

    ‘So . . .’

    ‘Maybe we’re the only ones.’

    They stared at each other for a long moment, and then both started laughing, or, in Bette’s case, laughing and wincing.

    ‘Poor baby,’ Tina smiled lovingly.

    ‘Imagine that,’ Bette said, ignoring the sympathy. ‘Imagine if we really are the only people who can see it? What would be the point of that?’

    ‘I have no idea,’ Tina said, and then she was ambushed by a yawn, so she released her hand from Bette’s and moved to switch off the light.

    The room was dimmed into a familiar amber-grey. Tina kissed Bette and then turned on her side. Bette snuggled up behind her.

    Strange day, she thought, with the show reappearing like that. And Sasha not being able to see it and Tina so excited that it was back. But then Tina had always been more affected by it. And in the year since it was last in their lives they’d seen a child leave home and Tina enter fully into the maelstrom of menopause, which meant Bette took her moods more seriously, and wanted, most days, above all, to be a force for good. A calm presence. An agent of harmony. In other words, she caved a lot.

    ‘When’s the first episode?’ she asked now.

    There was a pause while Tina caught up. Then:

    ‘Friday night,’ she replied.

    ‘A week tonight?’

    ‘Mhmm.’

    Bette squeezed Tina gently. Tina pulled her wife’s arm closer round her body. A wordless exchange of affection and support. And then Bette spoke again.

    ‘I wonder what Fake Bette says to make Fake Tina so upset?’

    ‘I know . . . Maybe she doesn’t say anything?’

    Bette chuckled. ‘Or something dumb. Or just “no”.’

    ‘You think she’d just say no?’

    ‘I wouldn’t put it past her.’

    ‘But Fake Bette loves Fake Tina.’

    ‘Loves her, yes, but is she in love with her?’

    Tina half-turned round. ‘Are you saying she isn’t?’

    ‘I’m saying that admitting you’re in love makes you vulnerable. I’m not sure I would disclose it to Fake Tina under those circumstances.’

    ‘Hmm.’

    Tina pondered this a moment, and then fully turned round so she was facing Bette. In the muted light of the room the contours of Bette’s sculptural beauty made Tina’s heart swell. Because she knew it wasn’t skin-deep. That Bette’s soul was beautiful, too.

    ‘You know you don’t have to watch it,’ she said softly.

    Bette gave her a long, loving look. ‘Actually, I do,’ she said. ‘Because, as I told you last season, it’s the eighth natural law of the universe: all Bettes want to be with all Tinas. Even if they’re watching crappy TV.’

    Tina laughed. And they kissed. And the waiting for Friday had begun.

    Comments

    1. Hey pal,

      Agree with you that all Bettes want to be with all Tinas no matter where or when or in what universe!

      So glad you decided to continue with this series – we’ll need it in the barren episodes Tibette isn’t in this season.

      Time marches on for the Real Tibette Family too as the kids get another year older & Angie is off to college. Thanks for the update & I look forward to reading more of their changes as a family & about Tina’s new position.

      They need to take time for themselves – life will always get in the way if you let it.

      Loving it already & my eternal thanks.

      Keep safe.

      P.S. – the stars are out!!!! Ha!!!!!

      • Hello, my friend! *waves* Thanks for reading this and for your encouragement to write these again. :-)

        I will try my best to make these entertaining and enjoyable, and of course you are right about ‘time for themselves’, haha… but a little pent-up desire is always fun, right?

        Take care and thanks again
        L

    2. Your work is always amazing.

      Looking forward to this series and your take on this Tibette season.

      Will you have this Real Tibette renew their wedding vows too? It’s been 25 years for this Tina and Bette too. Just a thought.

    3. Hey Largo,

      What a great surprise, i didn’t expect a chapter so soon! Thank you for continuing this fantastic story and yes please i hope you have the time to write a chapter each week!

      If the rumours are true about Tibette being in only the two first and last chapters we need a chapter every week they are not in the episode. They surely know how to attrack and push viewers away.

      They care my friend!

      • Hi Bibi! *waves* Thanks for reading this and for welcoming these stories back. I”m so pleased you’re happy to see them again. :-)

        I will try and go a story every week, especially if we really are getting nothing for weeks on end…. As you say, they really know how to annoy the hell out of Tibetters, lol

        Have a good week, my friend
        L

    4. Hey Largo, what a pleasant surprise! Thank you for bringing back my favorite couple and family. Good to see that Kit is still part of the family and that Big Bad Bette is afraid of vampire movies ( so Am I). What ever you give us will surely be better than the dribble Gen Q will provide. Three episodes ? God, they will finally kill the golden goose. So, bring it on! We will love you for it!

      • Hi majicspider60! *waves* Lovely to hear from you again. And thank you for welcoming back these stories. :-)

        Writing Kit is fun and I’ll have to try and find more stuff for her to do, so we can see her more, I think. I thought it would be fun to make Bette scared of vampires bc JB loves them, haha

        I do hope the rumours about how little Tibette we’re getting are misdirection, but either way I will try and enjoy what there is! And have fun with my alternative family!

        Thanks, as ever, for reading my writing and for commenting. It is so appreciated. Have a good week!
        L

    5. Hey Largo, today is my birthday and what a great gift waking up to a new chapter of the ‘Real Tibette’ stories. I was so hoping you would continue the wonderful adventures of Bette, Tina, Angie, Ben, Sasha and Solly. I fell in love with this family last season and reading their viewpoints definitely made GenQ more bearable, but not even this treat can make up for the horror show of season 2. I’m one of the skeptics that won’t bother putting much stock in season 3 just to be disappointed. Even reuniting Bette and Tina and even if there is a wedding, I know they will not give it the airtime and celebration it deserves and definitely won’t give us any real resolution about what happened in the 10 years previously to get them to the point of divorce. It’s more about ratings and views and not motivated by heartfelt and genuine character portrayals. However, don’t want to rain on your parade as I see you’re very excited for their endgame, and I hope you and the many fans out there get it. In the meantime, I will look forward to your stories as often as you have time to write and post. Thank you for sharing your talent!

      • Happy Birthday for yesterday, my friend! I hope you had a good day, with cake! :-)

        Thank you for reading this and welcoming these stories back. That means a lot to me and really encourages me to try and do a story every week.

        I hear what you’re saying about being sceptical for S3. I agree with you that there simply isn’t enough screen time to do a reunion in anything but a rather unrealistic, superficial way. And there was no need for any of it. No need for the divorce, no need for Kit’s death, no need to misuse Carrie and Pippa so cheaply. But ugh, don’t get me started….

        I’m looking forward to seeing JB and LuH as Bette and Tina again, in scenes where they’re able to show affection and love for each other. The visuals are what excite me, not the story as such. So I will enjoy that, I think.

        Thank you again for your comment. It’s such a pleasure to be a writer in this fandom. Have a good week!
        L

    6. Love this Largo. You truly shine with this story, I always want the chapter to continue. Looking forward to reading about these two react to each episode (whether it’s four or ten LOL)

      • Hello BK, my friend! *waves* How lovely to hear from you. I hope you are well. :-)

        Thanks for reading this and for encouraging me, as always. It is so much appreciated. I will try my best to write something entertaining. It will be SO much easier now that I can actually see the episodes, lol

        Take care and thank you again
        L

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