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Saturday night, Tina’s birthday party. Alice has hired out a room in a trendy bar and the crowd fills the space, mingling as they sip their drinks and enjoy the canapes being served. A dance floor and DJ are set up to one side of the bar.
Tina has been keeping close to her friends throughout the night, but gets caught up in various confusing conversations on the way back from the bar. She finally makes her way through the crowd and approaches Alice and hands her a drink. They stand alongside each other and look around the room.
(Tina) How many of my exes are at this party?
Alice glances over at her and then again takes in the crowd.
(Alice) I don’t know, a few. Have you encountered some?
(Tina) Yes, a couple. Maybe we should have excluded them from the invite list as well
(Alice smiles) Well it’s not a queer party without a few exes floating around
(Tina sighs) Yes, but usually you’re aware of who they are
Alice smiles and they both continue to watch the room.
(Tina) I sort of thought I’d know more people
She turns to Alice.
(Tina) What about Kit? Bette said we’re friendly, is she coming?
(Alice) She would but she’s out of town. She’s been doing some performances recently and travels a bit with that
Helena approaches them and taps Alice on the shoulder.
Helena kisses her on the cheek and Alice pulls her in for a hug.
(Helena smiles) Good to see you too Alice
Alice leans back and looks to Tina.
(Alice) Another ex-girlfriend to throw in the mix sorry TK, this is Helena
Helena smiles at Tina and extends her hand.
(Helena) Hello Tina, nice to meet you seems like a strange thing to say but I think that’s probably appropriate for you?
Tina smiles at her and shakes her hand.
(Tina) You’ve been filled in then?
(Helena nods) Yes, Alice clued me in. Bloody alternative therapies, dangerous business
(Helena) And don’t mind Alice’s teasing about being an ex-girlfriend, we’re friends more than that now
Helena smiles at her.
(Helena) Good friends
(Tina smiles) Thanks Helena
Alice looks past them.