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The next morning, Tina is sitting reading a newspaper at Alice’s kitchen bench when there is a quiet knock at the door. She stops and listens for a moment, unsure of what she heard, before a second knock has her stand and make her way over. She opens the door and raises her eyebrows when she finds Angelica standing there with her schoolbag on her back.
Tina glances over Angelica’s shoulder.
(Tina) Are you here on your own?
Angelica nods and looks towards her feet.
Tina takes a step towards her and places her hand on her shoulder.
(Tina) Baby what’s going on?
Angelica looks up at her.
(Angelica) I wanted to see you
Tina nods as she continues to look at her with concern. She smiles at her reassuringly.
(Tina) OK well come in
They walk through to the kitchen together.
(Tina) Do you want to go through to the couch? I need to call your Mom to let her know you’re here
Angelica nods as she continues through to the living room. Tina continues watching her as she picks up her phone from the bench and places a call.
(Bette smiles) Tee, sorry I’m right in the middle of something, can I call you back?
Tina makes eye contact with Angelica, who is obviously eavesdropping from the other room. She clears her throat before speaking, trying to keep her tone formal.
(Tina) Hi Bette, of course, it’s important though so could you get back to me quickly?
Bette stops what she is doing and frowns.
(Tina) Ah, yes
Bette takes a breath.
(Bette) Have you had another therapy session?
(Tina frowns) What?
She realises what Bette is thinking and smiles.
(Tina) No, it’s not that. I’m still very much in 2002
Bette smiles and exhales.
(Bette) What’s going on then? Are you OK?
Tina turns her back to Angelica and speaks in a hushed tone.
(Tina) Look everything is fine, but I’m at Alice’s and Angelica is here with me
(Bette frowns) What are you talking about? Why isn’t she at school?
(Tina) Well, I don’t think she went to school today
(Bette) I dropped her off
(Tina) Well then I guess she didn’t go in