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Tina was finishing up a dinner meeting at Cafe Manhattan when her phone buzzed. ”Hi Baby,” she said as she grabbed her purse and jacket. ”How are things at home?” She said as she tucked the phone between her shoulder and ear to slip her arm through her jacket.
”It is fucking nuts around here. Los Angeles is unrecognizable. I told you about the stay home order that was announced by Governor Newsom. You know people are scared when they follow the rules.” Bette paused, ”The streets are practically deserted… Angie is struggling and very upset… She is afraid this is going to impact her ability to get into a college. I told her to stay positive, but I honestly don’t know what will happen. Shane and Buddy are now staying with us too.”
”Yeah, I don’t know what is going on around here. I mean, what is this thing about toilet paper?” Bette sighed, ”I didn’t think it was a good idea for Shane to be alone in that monstrous house of hers.” Tina was quiet. Bette said anxiously, ”Tina are you there?”
”Yeah… Yeah I am here.” Tina had gotten lost in thought at the words Bette had said about what was happening in Los Angeles. She needed to get home, she thought as she stepped out of the Cafe and felt the snow that had been covering the city for the last hour brush across her face. Shit, she thought. This was all she needed. What if they ground the planes? ”Hold on,” Tina said as she glanced around for the Valet. A few seconds later she said, ”Sorry, I needed to get a Cab. How is James? Did Dani get home ok?”
Bette sighed, ”Dani is fine.” Tina could hear her let out a long slow breath. We still don’t know for sure about James, but they think it is the COVID. He is home in isolation. I spoke to him last night. He said it feels like a truck hit him… Julie is very worried, but she said that so far he seems to be moving through it… Babe… seriously… you have got to get home. They are talking about shutting down the airports,” Bette said thick with worry. She was trying hard not to be pushy or controlling, but she was losing her patience with this situation. This broken world kept turning and she was not going to let this craziness pull them apart. They shared the silence for a good long moment. Tina then heard the doorbell and Angie yelling, ”I’ll get it.” She laughed to herself thinking well some things are still normal. She could hear Bette talking to someone. ”Sorry, ”T”, that was the food delivery. Can you believe this, we are having everything brought to us. It’s surreal, we haven’t been out of the house since the beginning of the week. Shane has shut down Dana’s and she doesn’t know what is going to happen to her business. Anyways,” Bette said exasperated, ”Please ”T”, I’m worried for your safety.”