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Alice, Nat and Shane were present when Tina and Bette had called Angie. The strain on both women’s faces was evident, but Shane wasn’t sure if it was solely due to Bette’s health issues. Angie took the news about what was happening pretty well. She asked a few questions, but seemed to be watching her parents more than reacting. Tina told Angie they would call everyday so she could see Bette and reassured her that they felt everything was going to be ok. When the call ended on Friday, Angie went straight to her room. Nat told both Shane and Alice to give her room to process the news. Angie, although young, was very perceptive and it was clear she picked up that the situation was very serious at least at this point because of the unknown. Nat had been very supportive of Shane, Alice and Angie throughout this whole ordeal. She had mentioned more than once, that she was worried about Angie. Nat kept reminding Shane and Alice that they needed to stay focused on Angie and her parents would manage themselves. Shane was skeptical when Tina and Bette mentioned the plan to allow Angie to spend time with Jordi. Tina and Bette felt Angie needed the support of her friend as this situation unfolded and they were hoping Angie had learned her lesson with what had happened in San Francisco. Surprisingly, Angie spent most of the weekend moving between Shane’s and Alice’s houses. Angie had strong relationships with both women, but the relationships were very different in their nature. When she needed to talk seriously, she would migrate towards Shane, when she needed to take her mind off things she went to Alice. Angie had voiced more than once to both women that she wanted to go to New York and be with her parents. One thing was clear to both Alice and Shane, Angie’s need to be near family.
Monday’s call came a bit later than usual but it appeared to Shane that the two women had resolved something. Both were more relaxed and the tension that was emanating from them over the last few calls was gone.