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Bette and Tina had suffered many a disappointment throughout the years, but when they stood at the Trailways Bus station waiting for the young mother of the baby they were adopting to get off the bus from Nevada to then realize that she’d never gotten on, it was akin to the hopelessness of losing their first child to miscarriage. They’d renovated their home to make room for a baby. They arranged for Marci to come stay with them for two months so that their son would be born in California instead of her home state where same sex couple adoption was not legalized.
The night before, Bette and Tina were laughing and dancing and competing against their friends in a dance-off at the Hit club, which hosted a two-day fund-raiser to benefit LGBTQ youth. While they were amidst it, Bette was able to forget her troubles and just be in the moment. In the early morning hours once the dance competition was over, and everyone was bleary-eyed from lack of sleep Bette was confronted with a reality that she could no longer retreat from. The gravity of keeping a secret from Tina was taking hold. She suggested that they relax in Kit’s office for the couple of hours before making the drive to the bus station to pick up Marci.
She needed to tell Tina something that had happened weeks earlier, something she’d forgotten about and didn’t think was important until Jenny Schecter approached her when she arrived at the club and asked if she’d confessed to Tina about cheating with Kelly Wentworth. Bette’s initial reaction was shock and then she got angry. She told Jenny that nothing happened between her and Kelly, and whatever Jenny thought she witnessed was misinterpreted. However, Jenny wasn’t easily swayed. She told Bette that she knew that she was trying to be a good person but had obviously failed Tina and if Bette didn’t confess, Jenny felt it her duty to tell Tina what she saw. Bette attempted to tell Tina while they were dancing, but then Alice kept interrupting, so Bette ended up not saying anything. She spent the rest of the evening trying to keep their distance from Jenny who was taunting her every time they made eye contact and mouthing ‘have you told her yet?’.