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A few days later, Tina is in her office at the studio with her phone to her ear as she stands by her desk casting her eyes over various papers arranged on the desk surface. Several members of her staff are crowded in the room, each vying for her attention in some way – one stands beside her awaiting her assessment on the documents, another sits on a couch furiously typing away and another stands nearby also with a phone to their ear, periodically asking for Tina’s input into their discussion.
Bette approaches the office and stands for a moment in the open doorway, taking in the chaotic scene. She smiles as she watches Tina as she effortlessly shifts her attention from one task to another and somehow manages to add an element of calm to the obvious stress of every other person in the room. Bette’s presence is noticed by one of the staffers.
(Staffer) Can I help you with something?
Tina looks to the doorway and frowns in surprise.
Bette looks at her uncertainly.
The staffer returns to their laptop and Bette and Tina look at each other for a moment before Tina’s attention is pulled by another one of her staff, leaning in the doorway and reminding her of an imminent meeting. Tina nods and holds her index finger up towards them as she picks up one of the documents on the table and hands it to the person standing alongside her. She shifts her gaze to Bette as she gathers the other papers together.
(Tina) What are you doing here? Is everything OK?
(Bette) Yes, it’s fine
Bette again glances around the crowded room.
(Bette) It’s obviously a terrible time
Tina looks up at her and shrugs.
(Tina) A bout of unexpected leave will do that. Was there something you needed from me?
Bette takes a breath and continues to admire Tina’s impressive multi-tasking.
(Bette) I’ve been trying to call you
(Tina frowns) You didn’t get my email?
(Bette) No, I got it
Bette pauses and Tina again glances over at her.
(Tina) Was there a problem with the schedule with Angie? It’s fine if it doesn’t suit you, we can work something else out. I just wanted to spend a bit more time with her this week