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Two years later
Bette and Tina left LA three months after the night at Bette’s gallery, and after much deliberation they decided on Berlin as their chosen destination.
The fallout from Tina leaving Andrew for Bette was intense, and played out very publicly in the media. They tried as best they could to shelter from the interest and scrutiny in the time that they remained in LA, and both felt enormous relief upon finally leaving, and excitement about starting their new life together in Europe.
Bette was able to rely on her many connections in the art world to quickly establish a name for herself as a recent arrival on the Berlin art scene. She initially rented spaces at various locations throughout the city in putting on individual exhibits, before relying on the reputation she was building through word of mouth to open a gallery in Mitte, in central Berlin, later that year.
Whilst the process of establishing a gallery in a new city was at times slow going and difficult, Bette has also enjoyed the challenge and her gallery is establishing itself as a solid performer, and fast becoming a must see attraction in the city. She has loved immersing herself in a place with such a diverse and innovative art scene, and has carved out a space for herself amongst it. She is now beginning to attract high profile and sought after exhibits from both local and international artists, as her gallery goes from strength to strength.
Tina’s career has flourished since basing herself in Europe. She accepted a role as a professor at Humboldt University, and has increased her standing as a regular advisor to the European Commission. Having impressed over the years in her intermittent work advising on the complexities of international law and its application in the European Union, she was able to rely upon this to build an impressive reputation, and has become a highly regarded leading expert in her field.
They have frequent poorly organised holidays to surrounding countries, interspersed with very well planned trips staying in only the most luxurious accommodation. Tina is angling for a camping trip which Bette has so far managed to avoid.
Andrew was elected Governor of California in a landslide victory. Whilst the drama surrounding his separation from Tina was disruptive to his campaign, he recovered well and continued to present himself as a trustworthy and genuine candidate, leading to a clear and resounding victory.