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Shane smiles happily and relieved before turning serious again.
“You’re right Tina, we have to go, but we have to plan this out. We can bet Candace is probably looking for her too, so we can’t risk leading her there.”
Tina gets up and begins to pace, thinking of a plan.
“Okay, here’s what we’re going to do: I want you to call Kit and tell her to find Candace and Alice, but don’t approach them, just have her tell us where they are and follow them until we can get at least 30 minutes out. I’m going to pack a bag and arrange a rental. We’ll take the safe with us. We’ll drive up there today when Kit gives us the go ahead, and then you can drop me off there. Once I’m there, it would be helpful if you could buy some groceries – enough for a week – and leave them on the cabin porch. I know she’s your friend Shane, but she’s fragile and I just want to piece her together a bit before she sees anyone. I don’t want her to feel ambushed again.”
“You’re right Tina, she’s going to need some time to feel safe and get herself together. She’d feel too embarrassed to have an audience to more of her pain. I want to help her and letting her have time alone with you is the best way to do that. Plus, I think it’s best if I can be back here to keep an eye on the house and Candace and Alice. I don’t want any more surprises, and me being here can help cover the fact that you’re not to keep them away from the knowledge that we’ve located Bette.”
“Yes, exactly. Oh, thank you for understanding Shane.”
Tina brings her friend in for a tight hug before pulling away and heading towards the closet.
“I’m going to pack for Bette and I – I’m sure she doesn’t have anything with her – and you go call Kit. Don’t tell her about the cabin or anything… just tell her we may have a lead and are looking at the airport.”
Shane looks questioningly at Tina.
“It’s not that I don’t trust Kit, but I don’t know her that well, and her and Bette are really just rebuilding their relationship. I don’t want to risk her letting something slip if Candace or Alice approach her. The less people that know about the cabin or that we found her, the better. So, let’s just keep it between you and me. Everyone will know she’s been found when we come home.”