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“There is nowhere else on earth I would rather be “Tina replied honestly
Bette followed Angie who had taken hold of Tina’s hand and lead her through to the room where the picture was resting on a seat. Bette loved the picture – it had brought her to tears several times already – and it would always have that effect on her. She was really fascinated to know what reaction it would stir in Angie’s other mom.
Bette also needed thinking time – she had not expected Tina to show up – but there had been a tiny grain of fantasy that hoped she would. Carrie had ended the engagement – and she had done so because of Bette. Bette did feel bad – but not as bad as she should
Tina was blown away by the picture – she cried – she hugged Angie – she cried more, and ten minutes passed as Marcus’s picture of his biological daughter had totally taken over the thoughts of the three women.
“I cannot wait to show this to Carrie “Angie said
The comment dropped like an atmosphere bomb
“Eh “Tina looked at Bette and at Angie
“The wedding is off “
“WHAT – MOM – NO “
Tears started in Tina’s eyes
“Oh mom -no – that sucks “
Angie grabbed her mom and hugged her tight. Tina was sobbing and Bette felt bad for not feeling bad enough. She backed out of the room and went back into the kitchen. She opened the fridge and took a bottle of water and took a long refreshing drink. Bette desperately needed to get her feelings into some sort of order. Shane’s words kept swimming through her mind
IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME TO WIN HER BACK ITS NOW OR NEVER
Well, it was now and holy fuck the last few hours had changed both their lives. Did Tina want her back? That was the question – Bette didn’t need an answer to the question “DO YOU STILL LOVE ME “Tina did love Bette – Bette had seen it in Tina’s eyes for brief flashes in the past few weeks. But those flashes had been so brief that it had been easy for her to dismiss the clues – she could mistake them for the love they shared as parents to a truly amazing daughter.
But in Dana’s only a couple of hours ago she had seen it – she could not have seen it any more clearly than if it had been on a 50ft billboard. Tina loved Bette – she would always love her – she might not always like Bette, but she would always love her.
That had been the first blow to the solar plexus – the second had been the instant she had known that the scene between the former married couple had been witnessed not just by Carrie but by Pippa.
Just like Carrie’s words had been final – she would never forgive Tina for what she had heard – and Pippa would never forget the scene. Neither relationship was salvageable – both relationships had hit icebergs of Titanic proportions.
Bette removed her earrings and dropped them into the pocket of her jacket – she went upstairs quickly and got changed into casual grey slacks and a comfortable black shirt. She left her make-up on – she didn’t have time to remove it before she went back downstairs and went to see how Tina and Angie were getting on. Tina was sitting alone staring at the painting of Marcus
“Where is she ?”