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Tina woke up in a sweat as her senses finally assimilated to the new day, knowing that there was the edge of a dream still playing on the frayed ends of her consciousness.
As she reached over to get the buzzing phone that had interrupted not only her sleep, but that haunting feeling of a strained dream, she looked at the time. Only four hours had passed.
Four hours since she received the devastating news that Dana was gone. Gone.
She felt the bitter sting and the tears pool in hers eyes as she glanced at her phone screen, squinting at the brightness. It was the studio, but she couldn’t be bothered with answering Aaron. Her hope had been that it would be Agent Williams from the LA FBI offices with new information on what had happened the night before.
Dana was gone. She swallowed thickly and her throat muscles drew up and tightened at the sheer absurdity of that thought.
How she had loved her friend.
Dana had been her best friend since her junior year in college, when she was still so new to LA. They were young and dumb, but full of inspiration and energy. Two young women ready to make their mark on the world. They fell into an easy friendship, having been introduced by mutual friends at a beach party in Malibu.
Dana was only recently out when they met, with parents as homophobic as Tina’s were. So they had that in common right away. Tina had laughed until she cried at Dana’s stories of her religious, conservative parents’ futile attempts to set her up with handsome, well to do young men. They met every Saturday at the gym as both of them had such respect for their bodies. Tina a natural runner with firm toned legs and a flat strong stomach, and Dana an extremely fit athlete and a dedicated professional tennis player.
Each Sunday for the last few years they would have brunch at their local West Hollywood hangout, The Planet, and lament about their love lives. The lesbian dating scene in LA was an absolute meat market. She recalled their conversation at the Planet from last Sunday. Tina had met a nice doctor at SheBar, a well known lesbian bar the previous Friday night, an attending physician, working at Cedars Sinai.