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Chapter 14 The Parent Trap
Tina’s apartment, evening: Tina is in the kitchen preparing dinner while her mom sets the table and her dad watches TV.
Tina – What are you guys going to do tomorrow?
Dad – It’s a good question. What should we do?
Tina – Have you been to the beach yet?
Mom – Well, we have beautiful beaches in North Carolina. And I didn’t bring a bathing suit.
Tina – You could do some shopping. How about checking Rodeo Drive, Mom?
Mom – Isn’t it expensive?
Tina – You don’t have to buy anything. You can check the latest fashion trends.
Mom – Yeah … I would like to see it!
Dad – I would also like to see some art.
Tina – Well, you can go to MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s a beautiful one, Dad!
Dad – That’s good! We haven’t been to that one yet.
She presses her lips together.
Tina – Or if you prefer a smaller place, you can visit a gallery. There are wonderful galleries in LA.
Mom – A gallery might be nice. Museums are too tiring sometimes.
Dad – Yeah, we can do that too!
Tina – A friend of mine has a beautiful gallery, Dad! She has a knack for discovering the most amazing new artists.
Mom – You have the most interesting friends, hon! I’d love to see your friend’s gallery!
Tina smiles to herself.
Tina’s apartment, night: Tina is making a phone call, looking concerned.
Tina – Hi Goldie!
Meg – Hi Belle! How are you?
Tina – I’m OK. And you?
Meg – Are you guys golfing with us this weekend?
Tina – Uh … Eric and I broke up, Meg.
Meg – Oh, no … I’m so sorry, Belle. Are you OK?
Tina – Yeah … I’m OK.
Meg – What happened? I thought that you were solid.
Tina – You know … just one of those things …
Meg – Umm… let me guess: you broke up with him.
The blonde sighs.
Tina – Yeah …
Meg – Well, why don’t you come over anyway and tell me all about it?
Tina – I would, but my parents are visiting and you know how it is … no time left!
Meg – Oh, I haven’t seen them in so long! Why don’t you bring them with you? We can have a barbecue later.