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(Alice) Yeah, of course
Alice waits as Tina has a sip of wine before looking to her again.
(Tina) Do you know why I’ve been sad recently?
Alice continues looking back at her.
(Tina) Angie says I have been
(Tina) She actually said that I cry a lot
Alice nods and focuses on her wine glass, and Tina examines her for a moment.
(Tina) That doesn’t seem to surprise you
Alice looks up at her.
(Alice) No, it doesn’t
Alice sighs and shrugs.
(Alice) But you haven’t wanted to talk about it
Tina nods and has a sip of wine as she gathers her thoughts.
(Tina) Do you have a theory?
(Alice sighs) I think it’s something to do with Bette, but I haven’t worked out exactly what
Tina frowns as she considers this.
(Tina) What makes you think it’s about Bette?
Alice looks at her wine for a moment.
(Alice) You’ve just seemed different recently, about the whole thing. Something’s shifted for you
Tina raises her eyebrows.
(Tina) I’m acting differently towards her?
Alice looks up at her.
(Alice) Well, I don’t know about towards her, you’d have to ask Bette
(Alice) But, OK here’s an example
Alice has a sip of wine before continuing.
(Alice) She often comes up in conversation when we’re all together, just because, you know? Because she’s our friend. And you’ve always just been sort of neutral. You’ll just quietly bow out of that part of the conversation and have never seemed particularly interested in whatever it is we’re saying
Tina nods as she listens.
(Alice) But recently, I don’t know, you’ve been…
Alice looks at her.
Tina frowns as she takes this in.
(Alice) You’ve even asked about her a few times, which you would never usually do. And when her name comes up I can see it draws your attention
Alice pauses for a moment.
(Alice) I remember thinking it reminded me of how someone acts when they’ve got a crush on someone. The way they react when they hear their name, and try to keep the conversation focused on them a little longer just because they want to talk about them
(Tina) And that all coincides with my being sad?
(Alice nods) Yeah
(Alice) But I don’t know, as I said you haven’t wanted to talk about it
Alice has a sip of wine and Tina watches her.
(Tina) And you think we’re still in love with each other
Alice raises her eyebrows.
(Tina) Angie again
Alice nods and smiles.
(Alice) God that kid is good, I should ask her for some tips
They smile at each other. Alice sighs and places her wine back on the bench.
(Alice) Yeah, I think you’re still in love with each other
She looks up at Tina and shrugs.
(Alice) I’m pretty sure most of West Hollywood thinks you’re still in love with each other. Certainly anyone who’s ever tried to date either of you
(Tina frowns) What do you mean?
(Alice) Well you’re both just unavailable. Completely. You’ve both met some really great people over the years, and I think have actually been pretty into some of them. But when it comes down to it I don’t think you want to move on
(Alice) And so you don’t. Anyone new can only get to a certain point, and then that’s it. You end it
Alice shrugs again and Tina looks at her.
(Tina) And that’s been the pattern, this whole time? For both of us?