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“It means a lot to me too. I know you still need to call Pierce so why don’t I start dinner. I saw that you’re defrosting lean ground beef. What did you have in mind?”
“I was thinking meat lasagna, salad and garlic bread. It’s one of Angie’s favorites.”
“I know, mine too. She says you make a better sauce than me.”
“She never told me that.”
“I think it has something to do with adding wine to it.”
“Cabernet Sauvignon Red, I have a bottle in the wine cooler. Why don’t you make the sauce tonight and see if she can tell the difference?”
“No, I want to taste yours. You can show me how you make it.”
“OK. You know we haven’t cooked together for Angie in years.”
“I know. It’ll be nice.” Tina said leaving the room after reminding Bette that she only had 30 minutes before she was expected to face the press.
Bette dialed Pierce’s number and the reception was as she expected. Her campaign manager was furious. She apologized and let him vent, then she made her pitch.
“Listen Pierce, in hindsight I realize I put you in a very awkward position; another casualty of that part of my personality that just charges ahead, doing what I want with total disregard for the consequences or how it might hurt others.”
“Did you trust Dani more than me?”
“I didn’t tell Dani. She saw Felicity come to my hotel room after the debate on education. The next morning, she called me on it. I couldn’t deny it because stupid me inadvertently picked up the wrong cell phone. I missed several emails that Dani had sent me that morning because I had Felicity’s phone and she had mine. Dani wanted to keep it just between us, so she retrieved the phone. She gave me the riot act about being careless and destructive and not considering all the people that were working so hard on my campaign to get me elected while I was fucking around. I broke it off with Felicity the next day and it didn’t seem relevant to bring it up again.”
“Everything you do is relevant in this political climate Bette. You should have told me. I would have anticipated that Felicity might say something to Tyler to set him off again. We could have gotten ahead of this with your endorsers.”