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They look at each other again, both unsure of where to go from here.
(Tina) May I join you?
Bette looks at her and sighs.
(Bette) Tina, it’s not necessary. I’ll reschedule with Andrew. I’ll save you the trouble of smoothing things over on his behalf, or whatever this is you’re doing
Tina looks at her for a moment before taking a seat opposite her.
(Tina) I’ll go if you want me to, but I’d like to stay
Bette looks at her suspiciously.
(Tina) We’re obviously going to cross paths, potentially quite frequently. Can we share a drink together in the interest of developing a civil relationship?
Bette considers her for another moment.
(Tina) Thank you
The waitress stops past their table and takes their order and they then sit together awkwardly, each unsure of how to proceed.
Bette breaks the silence.
(Bette) Why film production in New York?
Tina looks over at her.
(Tina) I have a friend, Helena, I basically adopted her story as my own. Lying is a lot easier if the material is familiar to you
(Bette) Did they teach you that in law school?
(Tina) Sort of, actually
(Tina sighs) I had lunch with her in New York right before I left, and I guess that gave me the idea
(Bette) You don’t mean Helena Peabody do you?
Tina looks at her in surprise, and Bette smiles.
(Tina) God, I guess this was always a terrible idea
(Bette smiles) Well maybe if you’re friends with Helena Peabody, she’s about the most well connected lesbian you could find
(Tina) Well she’s not so well connected in Philadelphia. I thought I was safe
(Bette smiles) Sorry
Tina shrugs and smiles back at her.
(Bette) She’s very attractive, why didn’t you just sleep with her?
(Tina) Ah, no. She’s my friend, that would be really weird. And anyway I wanted for this to be totally separate from my life
Bette raises an eyebrow at her.
(Tina laughs) I know, sitting here with you right now obviously demonstrates how miserably I failed in that department
(Bette) So you’ve lived in LA a year? Did you move here for Andrew’s political career?