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“Come in Shane,” Bette said, moving out of the way to let her friend into the house. Bette closed the door. They walked into the kitchen and Bette switched on the coffee machine.
“How are you holding up?” Shane asked as she sat herself onto a stool at the kitchen island.
“Not great, I’m worried sick about my wife, my baby boy is doing okay but he is tiny and I feel like I’ve let Tina down.”
“Tina feels like she’s let you down,” Shane said slowly. She could see that her friend was deeply troubled.
“Tina’s mental health let me down not her. I couldn’t see her falling apart. I didn’t think that the small things she did were triggers, to a wider picture. From what the doctors are telling me, Xavier being early and sick has been the straw that broke the camels back as it were.” Bette started to make coffee for them.
“Tina thinks you will never trust her again,”
“Because she left?” Bette asked,
“It has scared the crap out of me Shane, My wife. The woman I love more than the world got up in the middle of the night and left because she thought we would be better off without her. That scares me. Trust will have to be rebuilt and I know we’ve got a long ass road to go. I want the best for her. I keep thinking what if Xavier and I are not what’s best for her.”
“You can’t think that way. You and Tina love each other. She told me to tell you that she is sorry, that she loves you and Xavier, and she wants to get through this.”
“She will get through this.” Bette said, she poured the coffee. “I know she will, she’s a very strong woman. It breaks my heart to see her the way she is right now. I never thought she would leave Shane. I never thought I’d wake up and my wife, the woman I love beyond belief had gone. She left everything, me, her son, her art. She just left.”
Shane could see the pain in Bette’s eyes as she passed her a mug of coffee.
“In her head she thought she was doing the right thing,” Shane remarked.