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    Why Are You Here?

    Why Are You Here?

    Chapter 1 – The Plan

    In early January of 2020, Helena and Dylan spent some time in Malibu and decided to get together with the gang and catchup with each other’s lives.

    Shane was in the process of hiring a new manager for Dana’s. Shane’s marriage to Quira was on the rocks as she wanted a baby and Shane was not interested in becoming a parent.

    Alice was having problems with her studio as they did not believe her show “Alice” was getting the numbers they thought she should be pulling in and had decided to send her a new producer to see if things could improve.

    Bette had decided to throw her hat into the ring to be mayor for the City of Los Angeles. A special election would be held on the 2nd Tuesday in April, but Bette would not go into full campaign mode until mid-February.

    Angie had been hinting to Bette that their life would be so much easier if she could get a car for her senior year and she would prefer to have a vehicle for the summer. The idea was new to Bette and she did not have an immediate response for Angie. She did not want to make any promises until she had consulted with Tina. And Tina would be on hiatus during March and possibly earlier, but Bette did not know.

    Bette Porter and Tina Kennard were no longer a couple.  They had been divorced for some two years after seven years of marriage and almost thirteen years of living together prior to their marriage.  Twenty years of being a couple and it had all ended with a divorce decree. Their life together had its problems. There had been two major periods of separation. The first one lasted seven months. The second one lasted a little more than a year. But they had worked out their problems and resumed their life as a loving couple and the parents to Angelica. That is until early 2017.

    In 2009, the couple moved to New York City and were married soon thereafter. With the help of Peggy Peabody and her wife Marilyn Stockman, Bette and Tina quickly settled into their lives in New York City.

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    1. It is a challenging task to take on the Generation Q nonsensical plot line, especially Bette and Tina ever having gotten divorced. You have written an interesting “moment in time” offering the readers one possibility of what happened. I would imagine from your description that the cabin is a small claustrophobic place and Bette and Tina are both nervous and somewhat kinetic in the way they interact with one another and move about. Neither able to relax. Trying to respect each other and each other’s space. Watching the clock. Watching the snow. With nowhere to go. Also, it is next to impossible to make sense of the Tina that Marja gave us. No one recognizes her. I think you have given it a very good shot. I also appreciate the way you wrote Bette struggling with her emotions and all of the hurt. Tina is a mystery. Why would she ask Bette if she loves her? Bette’s reply is spot on. She loves Tina but no longer knows her. She loves her because she is Angie’s biological mother. She was able to remain respectful to Tina but also get to the heart of the matter: Why did you leave me? Why did you leave Angie? That’s tough stuff. It would have been much easier to write a story that pretended away the fiasco that was Gen Q. You took it on. Well done, Martha.

    2. Billy,

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Gen Q, for me, simply decided Bette and Tina were divorced and never fleshed out why that happened. IMO, the writers never believed that they would need this backstory when they put it into the script. But for a couple as iconic as Bette and Tina, they should have known that sooner or later, they might have to reveal that backstory. But in true Gen Q fashion, it never was addressed.

      So when Laurel returned for Season 1, the writers have Tina give an explanation to Angie that she needed to find herself. And then another explanation to Bette which said that Bette simply overshowed her very existence. Neither explanation rang true for me. And I accepted Bette’s declaration to Shane under the influence of marijuana, that she did not know why Tina left and that Tina had never offered an explanation. So when they brought in Carrie, I was even more confused as to why Tina left and who Tina Kennard was. And despite some of the fan’s responses of adoration for Carrie, that relationship simply did not reflect the Tina Kennard I so adore and love. And then in Season 3, where we get our reunion and wedding which I desperately wanted, but the path seemed more like a fairey tale than anything which could be close to reality or reasonable. The conflicts were between Bette and Tina seemed artificial and were put aside with a few soft words. Determining what the conflicts were required the most vivid of imaginations and the ability to take the darkest moments of their past and project it to their present. Bette and Tina have a long and rocky history. But the Bette and Tina I know would never dig into that bag of history and use their bad behavior as a club to justify current behavior. I feel this is particularly true for those issues which they had analyzed, apologized and forgiven the other for. Whatever the reason for Bette and Tina’s divorce, it had to be something new or something we are completely unaware of. And I do not completely explain why the separation and divorce happen, I at least ask the question. And I still believe that question can only be answered by Tina.

      I am glad you mentioned the cabin. Its a place designed for no more than 4 people as a temporary getaway. I imagine the dinning table has 4 chairs in a standard square shape. The kitchen is a galley style kitchen in which it starts to get crowded with a second person. I imagine that the main purpose is to provide housing for skiers visiting the area during the winter and hikers during the summer.

      Addressing this aspect of the Gen Q story is not easy. I think that getting into Tina’s mind and understanding her motivations, her thought processes, and the environment surrounding her when she made her choices is a difficult place to go. For me, the things which might explain this seem so unfathomable that I cannot make my mind go there. Things such as cheating, falling out of love, mental illness or shear boredom with the relationship simply cannot be possible in my world for these two. And they are far too intelligent to allow a misunderstanding to keep them apart. Bette and Tina have been through too much and have weathered too many storms to believe they would ever purposely pursue a path that would destroy their relationship. I also believe that it is simply not possible for the two of them to make any decision in which they did not consider the impact of such on the other. They simply love each other too much for that. So the bottom line is that we the writers are left to try to explain the unexplainable….

      My thanks for your continued support….

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