Title: A Second Chance at Forever
Author: justkeepswimming [ Send a Private Message ]
Content Rating: G
Disclaimer: Borrowed characters
Author's Note: The comments are making me laugh - thanks for that. The last time I was writing fan fiction, I was able to sit down and write for uninterrupted periods of time. Now I have a toddler to entertain, so I am only able to write in 10 minute bursts. Thanks for reading. I look forward to finding out how this story ends too.
Reading your comments is certainly inspiring. It's a much harder gig for me to organize time to write this go 'round, and my remuneration *is* reader reaction.
Have a great day.
Summary: Ch 3 Bette attempts to open up to Tina
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A Second Chance at Forever by justkeepswimming
Angelica hugged Tina back. She reached out to Bette in silent invitation to bring her into the embrace. Bette joined them on the sofa for the group hug before they somewhat awkwardly ended it to prepare their first family dinner in years.
Angelica curled up in front of the television for after school shows - a rare event indeed given her propensity for reading as entertainment. Bette made her way around the kitchen getting dinner on the go.
"You're sure I can't help somehow?" Tina asked.
"If you're interested in sharing some wine this evening, you could uncork the bottle of your choice," Bette suggested.
"What's on the menu?" Tina asked as she stood and walked towards the pantry. She was somewhat relieved at Bette's suggestion. A glass or two of wine would take the edge off of her reticence at being there. It felt...the same as it ever did. Being in this house again, with all of her routines falling into place from so many years earlier, was disconcerting.
"Grilled salmon, asparagus and sweet potatoes," Bette replied. "But I know you prefer red, so don't be swayed by the fish..."
Tina pulled a bottle of bold California zinfandel from the rack and paused to remind herself where the corkscrew was. She realized it was in the drawer in front of where Bette was standing as she trimmed the asparagus. At least...it used to be. She glanced down towards its presumed location and returned Bette's eye contact.
"Oh yes, of course," Bette stepped a quarter turn away from the drawer, the paring knife still in her hand. She nodded towards it. "It's at the front."
Tina retrieved the utensil and proceeded to open the wine.
"Would you like the first taste?" Tina held a glass towards Bette, after having poured a couple of ounces into it.
Bette silently reached to grasp the bowl as Tina held the glass's stem. Her pinky finger grazed Tina's index finger as the exchange was made. They both noticed, but they both pretended not to.
"Lovely choice," Bette complimented after tasting the proffered selection. She waited for Tina to pour her own glass before reaching for a top up. "Thanks for saying that to Angie...about being as committed as any married couple."
"People break up, I don't know that a legal document has much to do with it," Tina was surprised at the direction Bette decided to take their conversation.
"So you don't think it would have made a difference if we were legally married? Do you think we would have tried harder?"
Tina took an uncharacteristically large drink from her wine to steel herself for what was shaping up to be an intimate look at their past.
"I've heard people say it's different when you're married. That you feel there's more community support for the institution of it all. But as for us - who knows. I thought we did our best for who we were then," Tina said.
"And who were we then?"
"New parents," Tina replied. "Caught up in all the changes that come with motherhood."
"Lots of good came from our time together," Bette said.