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The next day, Bette is busy in her office and answers her cell distractedly.
Bette stops what she is doing at her desk.
Bette stands and closes her office door.
(Bette) I wasn’t really expecting to hear from you
(Tina) I know, I’m sorry to call
(Bette) It’s fine. Everything OK?
(Tina) Well, there have been some developments actually, and I was wondering if you’d have a drink with me
Bette raises her eyebrows and takes a moment before responding.
(Bette) OK. I’ll be out of here in an hour, I can meet you then?
(Tina) Great, thank you
Later, they sit together at a small table in a quiet bar, each with a glass of wine in front of them.
(Tina) So, Helena knows about us. She had a call from your friend Alice asking for details of a Tina who you met in Majorca. It wasn’t hard for her to put it together
Bette raises her eyebrows.
(Tina) I think maybe Alice has been doing some detective work
(Bette) That does not surprise me
(Tina) I don’t think Helena confirmed anything to her but from Alice’s reaction to meeting me at your opening I think she’s probably figured it out. She looked shocked when I said my name
Tina pauses, remembering the moment.
(Tina) And also kind of delighted
(Bette) That sounds about right
She looks at Tina for a moment.
(Bette) I think you’ve dipped your toe into the crazy interconnected world of lesbians here. Everyone really does know everyone
(Tina smiles) I thought I was being so clever. Taking up with a beautiful woman hailing from Philadelphia, on the other side of the world
Bette smiles and they look at each other for a moment.
(Bette) You never stood a chance of keeping this a secret
(Tina) Live and learn?
Bette smiles and raises her eyebrows.
(Bette) Oh you’ll do things differently next time, will you?
They smile at each other.
(Bette) I’ll talk to Alice. I knew she suspected something but if it’s more than that then I need to control her mouth
(Tina) OK, thank you
Bette watches her for a moment.
(Bette) You know, you could have told me all of this over the phone