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“That’s what scares me. I don’t know how to help her.” Bette slowly removed Xavier and put him into his travel cot he snuggled in and carried on sleeping. Bette was emotional and she didn’t want to transmit that to her son.
“You are helping her more than you can see. She needs time and help. She’s remarkable and she’s come so far. She loves you Bette. You’re going to have a touch road with her and I believe you are both going to get through it.”
“She’s going to need so much help.”
“And you are the right person to help her get that help. Listen Bette. She’s going to feel guilty for leaving you and her son. She’s going to have feelings that she will find hard to express herself. She’s going to relive some horrible memories and maybe her mind is going to go to very dark places, all we can do is be there for her. Which I know is easier said than done. Tina is scared you’re going to leave her,”
“I wouldn’t…” Bette stopped when she saw the look on Shane’s face she stopped.
“You can’t say that. You don’t know how hard this is going to be, how much help Tina is going to need. I know you have no intention right now of leaving her. However, you are not only going to have to think about Tina, you have Xavier and yourself.”
“I’m still in the process of legally adopting him,” Bette said running her hand along her forehead. There was too much going on and she knew that none of this was anyone’s fault.
“Do you want my best advice?” Shane said as she drained her coffee cup.
“Yes, yes please.” Bette replied. Looking at her friend. Glad that she had such amazing people in her life.
“Take everything one day at a time. Don’t try to look too far forward. You need to be there for Tina but at the same time you also have Xavier and yourself. We will all help. We all be here for you and Tina. Just take everything one day at a time.” Shane nodded as she spoke.
Bette smiled at her friend.
“You are right, as always Yoda,” Bette laughed.
Shane smiled. She’d been called that before.
“It’s the only advise I can offer right and I hope and pray it’s the correct advise.”
“I love her Shane, I love her so much.” Bette finally broke and cried. Shane got up and hugged her friend, knowing that she was hurting as well as Tina was.