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Two minutes before standing in front of the press Bette had taken a deep breath, squared her shoulder and opened the backdoor that would take her on the path around the house to the front gate. She turned and handed Dani’s speech back saying she wouldn’t be using it. When Dani protested Bette just said, ‘trust me’.
Tina and Dani sat together in Bette’s media room watching the streaming video of the speech Bette was delivering just a few feet away. Dani was watching and listening intently while she held the written speech in her hand. Bette was right. The speech she’d written was good but didn’t speak to the compelling reason of Bette’s ‘why’.
As Tina listened to Bette’s heart-felt words and the emotions behind the retelling of one of the most tragic life-events that their family had ever endured she glanced over at Dani. The young woman’s expression of pure awestruck infatuation was clearly written all over her face. This could only spell trouble. Bette Porter had another ‘groupie’.
Although they spent the entire day in Bette’s house Tina and Dani hadn’t interacted much but Dani had seen enough to know that the beautiful strawberry blonde that showed up out of nowhere obviously had more influence on Bette Porter than anyone else that she’d come across in her short time as PR Manager. She was also as important to Bette as Angie was.
Angie, Quiara and Shane had watched the speech live via streaming video from Shane’s house. A few minutes after Bette concluded, Shane received the call from Tina to bring Angie home.
Tina had told Carrie that she might take Angie to the hotel with her that evening but seeing how emotionally drained Bette appeared when she walked back into the living room, she decided Bette shouldn’t be alone.
Bette spoke to Dani briefly, thanked her for spending her entire Saturday managing this fiasco then sent her home. Normally they wouldn’t take a day off this close to the election but they’d both earned it, and Bette really wanted a full day to be with Tina and Angie. Monday would be soon enough to regroup.
Once she saw Dani to the door Bette went to her bathroom and washed up then changed into a comfortable lounging pant set and slippers. She ran a brush through her hair and put on a touch of lip gloss.
When Bette walked into the kitchen Tina was browning the ground beef and had all the ingredients out to start the lasagna. She’d already popped the cork on the wine Bette suggested as the perfect add to the meat sauce. After letting it breathe for about 30 minutes Tina had poured a glass for Bette and herself to sip as they cooked. Bette put on a Gipsy Kings Live in concert playlist of a mix of Italian and Spanish upbeat salsa music to play in the background.
They worked in sync moving from the stove to the chopping block to the fridge or sink as they pulled the meal together.
When Bette heard Volare come on she turned up the volume and started gyrating to the music. Catching Tina’s attention she extended her arms giving Tina that come-hither look. Tina gave her that don’t you even try it look but smirked knowing she couldn’t resist it.
She took Bette’s hand and allowed herself to be twirled as she followed Bette’s lead. It had been an extremely stressful day and it felt good to just let loose for a few minutes. Volare was followed by Bamboleo. The two got so carried away with their salsa dancing that they didn’t notice Angie, Shane and Quiara watching them from the kitchen entryway.
Angie just stared at her parents with a WTF look on her face turning to Shane for answers. Shane simply smiled and winked, then cleared her throat to announce their presence.