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Tina laughs and shakes her head at her with a smile.
(Tina) I’m not flirting
(Bette smiles) Mmmm
Tina looks away and has a sip of wine, still smiling.
They are interrupted as Andrew approaches.
(Andrew smiles) I see you two are getting on well
They both smile awkwardly at him and Bette has a sip of her wine.
Andrew turns to Tina.
(Andrew) I’ve been talking to Senator Rodriguez, trying to appease him for you cancelling your meeting with him yesterday afternoon
Bette looks to Tina and she gives her a small smile before turning to Andrew.
(Tina) I’m sure he’ll recover
(Andrew) Well, I’m not so sure. He needs some ego stroking, can you talk to him please?
(Tina sighs) Of course
Tina smiles an apology to Bette as she takes a step towards the bar to put down her empty wine glass. She grimaces as she shifts her weight and leans on the bar to bend down and adjust her shoe. Andrew reaches out and holds her elbow to help her balance, speaking to her with concern.
(Andrew) You really shouldn’t be wearing heels, your ankle is still recovering
Tina stands upright and waves her hand dismissively.
(Tina) It’s fine, really
Andrew turns to Bette.
(Andrew) She broke her ankle on vacation recently
Bette raises her eyebrows and looks to Tina, who shrugs and smiles back at her.
(Tina) It was a tiny break, it’s no big deal
They share an affectionate look, and Bette subtly shakes her head at her.
(Andrew) She didn’t even see a doctor there and flew all the way home without it being seen to. Can you believe that?
Bette gives Tina a reproachful look as they both continue looking at each other with smiling eyes.
(Bette) I cannot
Tina smiles back at her.
(Andrew) She came off a Jet Ski
He looks to Tina.
(Andrew) You really need to be more careful, tearing around like you’re twenty
Tina smiles at him and then subtly raises an eyebrow to Bette.
(Tina) I’ll try to remember that
Tina and Bette share a smile as Tina moves away and makes her way over to the Senator.
Later, Andrew and Tina have left the event and are driving home together, Andrew driving and Tina lost in thought as she looks out the window.
(Andrew) It was nice to see you so relaxed and happy tonight
Tina looks over at him.
(Tina) What do you mean?
(Andrew) I don’t think you’ve been yourself recently. Since your trip really
(Tina) How have I been?
He looks over at her.
Tina takes a breath and continues watching him as his eyes return to the road.
(Tina) Post-holiday blues I guess
(Andrew) Well I’m grateful for whatever has caused the sudden shift
He glances at her again and smiles.
(Andrew) It’s good to have you back
He looks back to the road and Tina continues watching him.