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Bette falls asleep before too long and Tina repositions them once she notices. She gently shuffles her down to lay Bette’s head in her lap, and watches the rest of the coverage with her arm wrapped around Bette, and gently taking hold of her hand. She shifts her gaze from the screen every so often and smiles down at her.
A week goes by, and Bette and Tina have arranged to meet for dinner at Bette’s apartment one weekday evening.
Bette is busy in the kitchen preparing dinner and hears Tina come through the front door. Bette calls out to her from her position at the stove top.
(Bette) Hey Tee, dinner’s not far off. How was your day?
Tina finishes hanging up her coat and placing her belongings by the door, and steps into the kitchen. She stands back and watches Bette without approaching her.
(Tina) How long have you known that Evelyn Kelleher knows about us?
Bette stops still over the stove top for a moment before turning to face Tina. She takes a deep breath and holds her gaze, while Tina stares at her coldly, awaiting her response.
(Bette) She told me at the fundraiser, the night I returned from DC
Tina continues to look at her coldly, and speaks calmly, with an edge to her voice.
(Tina) In case you’re wondering, this is the part where you tell me why the fuck you didn’t share this with me
Bette turns back to the stove and turns off the elements before turning and positioning herself against the kitchen bench, leaning back with a hand placed either side of her on the bench top.
(Bette) I have had the situation under control. It is not in Kelleher’s interest to share this with anyone, so there’s no real risk to us
Tina laughs sarcastically before shaking her head and looking at her fiercely.
(Tina) That was not your decision to make Bette
Bette takes a deep breath in and continues to hold Tina’s gaze.
(Bette) You heard this from her directly?
(Tina) We attended the same meeting today and she took me aside afterwards to say she had spoken to you, but also wanted to assure me that the information will go no further