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Bette: She needs you in her life. She loves you, Tina.
Tina: Yeah, I need her too. I am just now seeing how much I need her in my life.
Bette: Well, let me know and I have a car meet you.
Tina: Bette, I really need to rent a car so I can do some errands. So, I will rent a SUV instead.
Bette: Yeah, you will need a vehicle. We both will need a vehicle.
They finish their breakfast, cleaned up the kitchen. Bette called the cabin manager and told him they were leaving and that there was still a lot of food in the fridge and asked that they give it to someone who needed it.
The car arrived at 8:00 am. On the way, they teased each other about the look on their faces when they arrived at the cabin on Friday evening.
Bette: Tina you looked like you were looking at a ghost.
Tina: Well, your look was not exactly welcoming either. You seemed to be just as shocked as I felt.
Bette: I know this was not the most fun you have ever had on a weekend. But however this happened, I’m glad it did.
Tina: Yeah, let’s just see where this takes us. I’ll call you to let you know I made it home safely.
Bette: I’ll call you as well. I’ll be home around 4:00 pm Pacific Coast Time. That will be what 7:00 pm East Coast Time. That won’t be too late, will it?
Tina: No, I should be home about then.
They arrived at the airport. They both went to the customer service desk to get their tickets. Bette needed to go to the International Travel desk. After they went to the security area for the domestic flights.
Bette: Well, Tina. This is good bye until we see each other again. You have a pleasant flight.
Tina: Oh Bette, thank you for this weekend. I will call you soon, I promise. You have a good flight home and kiss Angie for me.
Bette: Oh, I will. I guess, I have to tell her that I was with you all weekend…
Tina: Yes, and I need to have a conversation with Helena…I think she did us a favor. I now understand some of what the effect of my actions have caused. I have been made aware that Angie will not be a child very much longer. And I am aware of you and what our relationship is and what it is not. None of which I would be aware of without our conversations. Now, what I really need to do is to put my life in order and determine who I am and who I am going to be.
Bette: I need to get to the international gates. Goodbye Tina. I do love you, you know.
Tina: Yeah, I know. And I love you too.
They both turned simultaneously and walked in the direction of their security check points and their gates. They were homeward bound after their weekend at the cabin.
Postscript: This story is meant to be an opening salvo as to Bette and Tina’s future. For me, there is no way that a single event or conversation would ever completely resolve whatever issues they had which brought them to a divorce. Resolution of those issues would take time, understanding and a willingness from both of them to make that happen. My intent was to leave Bette and Tina without a clearly defined goal of what their future relationship would be. At this point, I do not know what either Bette or Tina wants for their own future. They do love each other, for that there is no doubt. But the path toward friendship or something more is going to involve a little more than just a sudden decision by either of them or a declaration of desire. There are a lot of moving pieces in their lives which will need to be stilled before they can move on to be the people they want to be. And whether their futures include the other is yet to be determined. Thanks for reading.