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On Board the Yacht
The sun had set and the water reflected the light of the half moon rising in the night sky by the time Bette and Tina had boarded the Dream On. The vessel had two levels for the dinner guests. The lower level was the main deck where the buffet and dining tables were set up, surrounded by windows for excellent views of the water. The upper deck was home to a bar and dance floor that was exposed to the elements of the evening sky, while the pilot house and small salon surrounding it were covered, half of which was glass overhead.
Bette and Tina had selected a small corner table near the back of the dining area. There were less than 100 people on board which made for a quieter and more intimate setting.
The waiter came by to take their drink order.
“I’ll have a Pellegrino, please.” Bette ordered. “You want some champagne or something?”
“No, thank you. Umm, can I get a pineapple juice please?”
“Certainly,” the waiter said.
Bette had a look of confusion on her face.
“What? If I’m going to finish my test drive I can’t have any alcoholic beverages in my system.”
“Oh, so you think you get to drive her back home, now?”
“I thought it was part of the obligatory repentance package?” Tina asked flatly. “You know, because, this isn’t a date per se.”
Bette smiled amusedly.
“Are – are you a little bitter, Ms. Kennard? Because I could have sworn I just detected the slightest note of bitterness in that comment.”
Tina gave Bette a mock smile. She wasn’t taking the bait.
“I’ve never been on one of these cruises,” said the blonde, effectively changing the subject as she looked around the main salon. “And I’ve lived here for years now.”
“Really? Carmen DJ’s the daytime cruises, so the gang and I get to take a few of these a couple of times a year since she hooks up the tickets.” Bette revealed.
Tina narrowed her eyes at the woman sitting across from her. “So this part of the obligatory repentance was courtesy of Carmen?” she asked in a teasing voice.
Bette laughed realizing Tina must be thinking she was cheap.