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Two weeks later, Saturday morning, Bette is sitting at her island bench sipping a coffee and reading the paper. She answers her cell.
(Alice) Porter, how are things?
(Bette smiles) Great Al, how are things with you?
(Alice) Yeah can’t complain I guess. How’s Tina?
(Bette smiles) She’s great Al
(Alice) She’s there now?
(Bette) Ah, no, she had to work today. Until this afternoon anyway
(Alice nods) OK, well that will work. We’ve decided we’ve left you two alone long enough now, we’re coming over for a swim this afternoon and we want to see her too
(Alice) Shane and Dana are in. You let Tina know, I’ll call Helena
(Bette smiles) OK, sounds good Al
Alice raises her eyebrows.
(Alice) Really? I expected some more resistance to this
(Bette laughs) Why? I appreciate you giving us some space, and I think us all getting together sounds great
(Alice smiles) OK, great then. You don’t need to work at all today?
(Bette) No, there’s a bit going on but James is handling it. I’ll need to touch base with him through the day but there won’t be more than that
(Alice) OK, we’ll see you soon
(Bette smiles) OK, bye Al
Later that day, Bette, Alice, Shane and Dana are sitting around Bette’s outdoor table having a drink. Alice is frowning at Bette across the table.
(Alice) I still don’t get it
Shane chuckles as she has a sip of beer, and Alice turns to her.
(Alice) Do you get it?
(Shane smiles) I get it fine. And anyway we don’t need to get it
She nods towards Bette.
(Shane) They get it, and they’re happy. What else matters?
Dana has a sip of her drink and looks to Bette.
(Dana) So, you’re together then?
Bette smiles at her as she reaches for the water pitcher.
(Alice) And it’s exclusive?
Bette nods as she refills her glass.
(Dana frowns) But not committed?
Bette shakes her head.
(Alice sighs) OK, so far I’m with you. That’s just an early stages relationship. But you’re saying you’ll never be committed?
(Bette nods) Right
(Alice) You’ll never look to the future together? Or make plans together?