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Chapter 38 Nothing but the Truth
Bette Porter Gallery, main room, night: Bette returns to the main room and walks over to David Ross.
David – Once again you found gold, Bette! His work is magnificent! The more I study these paintings the more in awe I am!
Bette – Thank you, David! I knew you would appreciate his art.
Tina comes back into the main room, closely watched by Eric, who looks upset.
David – As I am in awe when I look at both of you together.
He discreetly points to the blonde with his eyes, as she walks by and gives Bette an intimate look.
Bette – Tina is a good friend, David.
David – I am sure that you are good friends by now but …
He smiles teasingly.
David – … I know you better than that, my lovely! Particularly when the two of you are sneaking to the back room for a secret rendezvous.
She chuckles and shakes her head.
Bette – I could never fool you, could I? We are keeping it to ourselves for now, David. I would appreciate your discretion.
He nods with a smile.
David – Like I said: a beautiful couple. Congratulations, you look happy!
Bette – Thanks, I am!
Bette Porter Gallery, main room, night: Tina walks over to Meg who smiles teasingly.
Meg – Long restroom break …
Tina – Not too long, was it?
Meg raises her eyebrows as she glances at the blonde’s neck.
Meg – Excuse me, Miss Kennard, but I think you managed to get lipstick on your neck.
She wipes the lipstick with her thumb and winks at her friend.
Tina – Oh gosh! Here?
She nervously wipes her neck with her fingers.
Meg – Uh-huh.
Tina – The office was in the dark.
Meg – Ahhh …perfect! Hopefully she doesn’t have any on her neck.
The blonde raises her eyebrows and thinks for a moment. She laughs and shakes her head.
Bette Porter Gallery, main room, night: Alice and Marina are talking when Alice points to Mark with her eyes.
Alice – What do you think?
The café owner turns to look.
Marina – The one in a blue jacket? Umm … attractive.
Alice – Cute, cute, cute!
Marina – Are you having one of your male cravings?
Alice – This one is worth it!