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The gallery owner looks distracted, a half smile plastered on her face.
Alice – Hey! Wake up!
Bette – Uh …?
Alice – You are dreaming.
Marina – You look tired.
Bette – Uh-huh … I need to rest. And I’m going home!
She stands up.
Marina – You work too hard!
Alice – I wish I had that kind of work!
Bette gives her a knowing look.
Alice – Yes, you work too hard!
The gallery owner leaves.
The café owner turns to Alice.
Marina – What’s going on?
Meg’s house, morning: Brad and Tina’s parents are talking by the pool when Meg and Tina bring the drinks.
Mrs. Kennard – And we also visited a wonderful gallery yesterday and spent a delightful afternoon with Tina’s friend, Bette.
Meg looks at the producer with curiosity.
Meg – Who is Bette?
Tina presses her lips together.
Tina – Uh … Bette Porter … The Bette Porter Gallery. I met her through Eric.
Meg – Ahh … Eric loves his art!
Mr. Kennard – Such a warm and intelligent woman.
Brad – Isn’t she that beautiful dyke?
The producer looks nervous.
Meg – Oh yeah … the one that you have a crush on. We saw her being interviewed during Gay Pride. She is stunning!
Tina’s parents look shocked.
Mrs. Kennard – Bette is gay?!
Brad – Yes, she is K.D. Lang’s girlfriend!
Tina chuckles nervously.
Tina – Bette would never date K.D. Lang!
Everybody looks at her inquisitively.
Meg – Why not?
The producer looks embarrassed.
Tina – Uh … I’ve seen the women that she dates. She doesn’t date butches.
Mrs. Kennard – What is a butch?
Brad – The manly ones, Mrs. Kennard.
Mrs. Kennard – I thought all of them were manly. I can’t believe Bette is gay!
Mr. Kennard – She is so beautiful! She doesn’t need to be gay.
His daughter rolls her eyes.
Tina – Women are not lesbians because they can’t find a man, Dad!
Mr. Kennard – Why else? When a woman looks like a man, I understand, but Bette could have any man she wanted.
Mrs. Kennard – It is so wrong! What a shame …
Tina – It is not a choice for them, Mom! It is who they are.
Mrs. Kennard – It’s wrong! You should be careful with whom you associate, honey. People will think that you are a lesbian too.
Tina – Let them! I don’t mind. I’m not going to let sexual orientation dictate my friendships and the meaningful people in my life.
Meg – We have gay friends, Mrs. Kennard. It is not unusual in LA.
Mr. Kennard – Too common if you ask me. Too much Hollywood influence!
Tina sighs with frustration and looks upset. Meg exchanges an understanding look with her.