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Chapter 26 A Woman of Her Word
Alice – OK, you’re right. Time to claim your property!
The gallery owner stands up with an intense look.
Alice – Be cool!
She admonishes the brunette and turns serious.
Alice – Now you know how women felt about you!
Bette nods slightly, looking somewhat embarrassed.
Alice – Come on, go ahead! Love is urgent!
Bette’s bedroom, late night: Tina walks into the bedroom with an annoyed look on her face and takes off her heels.
Tina – It shouldn’t happen again.
She is followed by Bette, who glances at her warily.
Bette – Were you upset?
The blonde sighs.
Tina – No … I was frustrated. You didn’t need to be that forceful introducing yourself as: “I’m her girlfriend!”.
The brunette looks apologetic.
Bette – I didn’t know that she was Natalie’s girlfriend. I thought that she was hitting on you.
Tina – And if she was?! Was I some sort of damsel in distress? You treated me as this fragile thing all night.
She takes off her earrings.
The gallery owner shakes her head.
Bette – No … it’s just …
Tina – I never wanted a man to be my knight in shining armor. And I don’t want a woman either!
Bette – Is it what you thought I was doing?
Tina opens her bag and grabs a nightie, turning to look at her inquisitively.
Bette – I … I hate to admit this because so often I was on the other end of it and hated it but … I was … jealous of you.
The blonde raises her eyebrows.
Tina – Jealous?
The brunette nods sheepishly.
The producer walks over to her and wraps her arms around the brunette’s waist.
Tina – You have no reason to be jealous, baby. I have always been and will always be faithful.
Bette – No, that didn’t cross my mind. I just … I didn’t want anyone touching you or near you.
Bette – I’m not proud of it …
Tina smiles and kisses her softly.
Tina – I have a confession to make … I’m not a jealous person but I didn’t like when you danced with Gwen.
Bette hugs her and sighs.
Bette – I was taken by surprise. I was going to tell her about you and then your eyes said no.