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Tina arrived in Los Angeles 3 days ago with the good news that she wouldn’t have to leave again. All issues at the Canadian studio are settled, all things are transported and she is finally fully back in her city, to her family and her life.
She met Margot for lunch to talk and give her the maquettes that she had needed so much a few days ago. Margot was as casual and friendly as ever, immediately noticing that Tina looked stunningly radiant. In the past, Tina would probably have taken it as a normal compliment and not hung up on it, but now, after talking to Bette, some thoughts, and Margot’s antic a few days ago, words of this kind were not quite comfortable. They talked a little about the trip to Canada, Tina’s first day in the Warner Bros. office, and how they would work together. Then Tina smoothly moved on to the conversation for which, in fact, they met today.
”Bette told me about what happened on Saturday… What’s the matter? Do you have a problem with my wife?”
Tina’s voice was not harsh, she spoke quite seriously, but politely and calmly, sipping cranberry juice through a straw. Margo clearly didn’t expect Tina to bring it up now or even talk about it, so she was a little surprised, but she didn’t show it too clearly.
”I think it’s her problem with me, not the other way around. I mean, you know I’m great with Bette and I don’t understand her attacks. This is absolutely groundlessly”
Margo gave a quick shrug. She tried to show as much ease as possible.
Knowing Margot, Tina had expected this answer, so she immediately continued.
”Well, your appearance really was a surprise. I don’t think that was quite…” Tina wanted to say ”polite” but stopped herself because she didn’t want to fight with Margot or be arrogant, ”…correct”
”Not correct? Tina, I wasn’t going to ask for a family dinner or stay at your house for long. I just needed to pick up my maquettes,” Margot realized that her voice was a little higher and more anxious than it should be, so she paused for a few seconds, then continued in a more measured tone.