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Paris, months ago
‘What are you doing here?’ I growl when Helena makes her grand entrance into my bedroom dressed in Dior and smelling like Chanel, and cover my eyes when she jerks the curtains open inviting unwelcome sunlight in. When I heard the front door open I didn’t even care to sit up, thinking it was Renee again to force one of her soups down my throat, sitting next to me, watching over me until I finish the whole bowl, like I’m a kid.
‘That might be a valid question considering I’m standing in your bedroom but more importantly; what are you still doing in bed at 2PM?’ She sniffs and opens the French balcony doors.
‘Leave me alone.’
‘It’s a marvelous day outside. Darling let’s go drink Champagne at the Ritz with Renee.’
‘Have fun.’ I pull the blanket over my head and turn my back to her, wishing they would all just leave me alone and let me sleep. If only I could.
‘I always told everyone you’re the most fun person I ever met. Don’t tell me I was wrong.’
‘That person doesn’t exist anymore.’
‘Hm. You know I’m not sensitive for dramatic statements.’ She snorts and snatches the blanket off of me. Ignoring her looking down on my flannel PJ’s with a mix of disdain and pity I reach for the blanket and curl up into fetal position again, searching for the tissue under my pillow. I lost all sense of time, probably I’m laying like this for weeks, barely recalling the moment I landed on Charles de Gaulle when Renee wrapped her arms around me and Helena’s driver took over my luggage. I still don’t know how they knew I would be there, the only person who knew was Bette. But I just can’t imagine she cared enough to inform them.
‘Please just go.’
‘I’m calling the nanny to bring Maddy over. You would like her to see you like this?’ Helena says with a fine sense for my soft spots, befitting a best friend.
‘That’s low, even for you.’ I say through gritted teeth, leaning on my elbow. ‘Hang up.’
‘Yang, it’s me…’
She covers the speaker. ‘Are you going to talk to me? Otherwise Maddy will be here in no time.’
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Thank you for the chapter, i really enjoyed this one. Sometimes Tina need to stop overthinking
Another great chapter. Enjoyed Bette & Tina’s interaction with Helena and Winny – very entertaining, at the same time it revealed so much, as Helena said about the night being therapeutical. Very well-written.
My favorite line –
“When I asked her to marry me I knew I would only ask that question once and only to her.”
Bette and Tina need to have some long discussions…. they need to have discussions about their expectations of the other. What role will their careers take in their personal lives? Do they really want children and if so when? Where would they like to live and why? What are their hopes and dreams? What is it that they most fear? How can they remind each other how important they are to one another – beside lots of sex.
They need to have one discussion about the past and then put it away…. take ownership for their own mistakes and choices. Become aware of the signs that things are not right and need to be adjusted. Put their lives on a reasonable schedule – no more of this move to a new city, getting a new job and trying to have a baby all in the same year. They need to schedule some family time and some couple time. And they need to learn to communicate… almost to the point that they empty their minds to each other and hold nothing back. They need to share the duties of house and family together… neither of them totally responsible for say the cooking and the laundry. Joint project builds connection…. and they need connection.
In this chapter, Bette describes what marriage means to her – a life time commitment to one person. That says to me that Bette will never instigate a divorce… if there is to be a divorce, Tina will have to start the process. And even if divorced Bette will never marry again. Those are truly remarkable sentiments for a person in this day and time. Of course if divorced, Bette might see other women. She just won’t purpose to another woman. That is how she feels at this time. I believe she is sincere and I also think that Tina is hearing this for the first time. She probably had no idea how Bette felt about marriage. I find Bette’s sentiment admirable….
Thanks for the chapter…
Loved the discussion about marriage and how Bette thinks about it. I also believe in a lifetime commitment.
I soooo love Helena in this chapter! :)