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Two weeks later, Tina is driving and her cell rings. She glances at the caller ID with a look of surprise and answers.
(Bette) Hey, I’m sorry to call you, I’m in a bind and I can’t get onto Andrew
Tina frowns upon hearing the obvious stress in Bette’s voice.
(Tina) It’s fine Bette, what’s going on?
(Bette) We have a meeting with a prominent artist collective I’ve been after for a long time, to formalise showcasing their work at my gallery. The Rhys-Baker Foundation will be funding it
(Bette) One of Andrew’s lawyers was supposed to meet with me half an hour ago and then attend the meeting to finalise the details. He hasn’t shown up and I can’t get onto him, or Andrew
(Tina) I see
Bette sighs and rubs her forehead.
(Bette) I’m going to lose the client. They’re temperamental and already reluctant to deal with the foundation, they think their interest in their art is insincere. Which isn’t surprising with the lawyer Andrew keeps sending to represent him – the man’s a fucking idiot
(Bette) They’ll see him not turning up as a show of disrespect and withdraw, I’m sure of it. I think this is probably not very high on the Rhys-Baker priority list, but it’s going to be devastating to my reputation
(Tina) What time is the meeting?
(Bette) 3pm at my gallery
(Tina) OK, leave it with me
(Bette frowns) Really?
(Tina) Yes, really
Bette raises her eyebrows.
(Bette) OK, thank you
Tina hangs up and immediately makes another call.
(Tina) Hi, this is Tina Kennard. Can you please reschedule my afternoon meetings? Yes all of them, thank you
A short while later, Tina knocks on the frame of Bette’s open office door and Bette raises her eyes from her desk.
Bette looks at her quizzically.
(Bette) Ah, hi
They look at each other for a moment.
(Bette) I’m not sure we were on the same page with what I was asking of you
Tina smiles at her as James appears in the doorway with several people in convoy behind him.
(James) Sorry to interrupt, Bette your 3 o’clock is here
Bette looks to Tina with widened eyes before responding.