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A few days later, Tina is walking in her front door, carrying her handbag and laptop bag and struggling to put things down as her cell rings. She answers distractedly.
(Tina) Andrew, hey
(Andrew) Hey, are you ok? You sound busy?
(Tina) It’s fine, you just caught me walking in. What are you doing calling? I thought you had a meeting tonight?
(Andrew) Yes, well that’s why I’m calling actually. I’m caught up and can’t get there. Problem is we’re supposed to meet in half an hour and I can’t get onto her. I was wondering if you’d mind going to the bar in my place?
(Tina) Really? You can’t send anyone else?
(Andrew) I would but the relationship is too important, I don’t want her to feel cast aside or pawned off onto someone. It has to be you. Just be your charming self
(Tina sighs) I don’t know, it’s the last thing I feel like doing
(Andrew) What’s going on with you lately? We’re doing this together, aren’t we? You’ll only become more involved as time goes on
(Tina) I know that, but I really just am not in the mood for drinks with some stuffy associate of yours. I had my eye on a glass of wine in my slippers
(Andrew smiles) Well I can’t imagine Bette wearing slippers, but I’m sure she likes wine
Tina stops still and takes a deep breath.
(Andrew) Are you still there?
(Tina) I’m here.
Tina bites her lip.
(Andrew) So that’s a hard no then?
(Tina) Text me the details, if I hurry I shouldn’t be too late
Later, Tina enters the bar and spots Bette sitting at a table sipping a glass of wine.
Tina makes her way over and Bette looks over and eyes her inquisitively as she approaches.
Tina reaches the table and stops and stands alongside it as they both take a deep breath and look at one another.
Tina eventually breaks the silence.
(Tina) Andrew can’t make it. I’ve been sent in his place
Bette raises her eyebrows and looks back at her.
(Tina) He’s been trying to get hold of you apparently
(Bette) There’s an issue with my cell