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    Chapter 67 – Against All Odds

    The look on his face was priceless as he gave the same appearance of a deer caught in headlights. “I, um…uh,” he stammered. “Listen, I think that, uh, you are way hot but uh, I have a girlfriend.”

    Bette chuckled and leaned further into him, close to his ear. “That’s okay, so do I.” I think, she thought silently to herself as she reached into her bag and pulled out a business card of her own. “Strictly business, Mr. Preston. Nothing more.”

    He took the card she handed him and looked it over as his already blushing face reddened even more. “Oh my god, I’m so sorry. I thought…my bad.”

    “It’s cool, don’t worry about it.” Bette smiled again. “Where’s the best fish taco joint around here?”



    Bahia Resort Hotel

    A few hours later, back in the confines of her hotel room, Bette got herself ready for bed. She left her cell phone in her room, in case she had gotten liquored up and decided to either answer a call from Tina or convince herself to drunk dial the blonde.

    Now, she was sober and excited about her lunch date with a potential agent for the band. James had introduced her to the band that was playing that evening and she had found out that his girlfriend actually lived in L.A. and that his dad had owned a pretty happening venue in San Diego which is how he got started in the music industry.

    Once she finished her nightly beauty routine, she was ready to face the phone.

    Pulling it out of her suitcase, she saw that there were quite a few texts from different people, emails, and a voicemail waiting for her. Taking a cleansing breath, she checked the texts first in reverse order on her iPhone.

    Kit Porter
    8:21 PM
    You were right Baby Sis she’s here.
    Lookin good 2. Pickin a song to sing.
    Keep ya posted :)

    11:57 PM
    Took Tina to sleep it off at your house
    Hope u don’t mind, she was a little tipsy
    But no doubt b/c u aint talkin 2 her

    Carmen de la Pica Morales
    10:39 PM
    Kinda got your girl drunk, sorry! Email explains it all!

    “What the fuck?” Bette said as she pulled out her laptop and booted it up before checking the other texts.


    1. Oooh, Mr. Collins. One of my musical heros. This guy could play the drums! Just listen to the drum part Tina gets into after “.. is against the odds and that’s what I’ve got to face…”. So great!
      That song was always on my set list whenever I sat behind my air drums ;-) And it got me through one or two heartaches as well.
      You picked the perfect songs to match Tinas mood and state of mind! Good choice with the Bangles.
      As sad as the situation is for T + B, Tina probably would not have given such a compelling performance if it wasn’t for their fight.

      Enter James. Another character of the show that I always liked. He’s like Bette’s sidekick.

      As for the locations that don’t exist anymore: with your story you kind of save them from being forgotten :-)

      • One of the greatest drummers, all right. His most impressive drum set is for the song “In the Air Tonight.” Literally doesn’t even come into the song until more than three and a half minutes in. It’s the greatest 2 minutes of a song that he’s ever composed. A musical masterpiece, for sure. Oh jeez, I must be showing my age. lol

        I happy you liked my song selection. Always wanted James to find happiness. Even knowing how tantrum-prone Bette was, he was always super loyal.

        And I like your perspective on keeping these old joints alive that have since vanished. But alas, I am only one person who remembers for now.

        Thanks for reading as always.

        • It was a brilliant decision to keep James on the show and have him follow Bette to the CU. He got more confident then and more relaxed with Bette’s tantrums.
          You gave him a last name :-) Or was is mentioned in the show?

          In the air tonight.. Absolutely! Very dramatic drum sequence that never gets old. I wish he’d still play the drums on this year’s tour but I don’t think so. Maybe he’ll play In The Air himself at least. If you enjoy his playing you might like Collins drum duet with Chester Thompson from the “The Way We Walk” live CD vol. 2. 5:40 of drum greatness :-)

    2. Bibi28 is right : beautiful songs indeed – thank you so much for sharing, that’s great !

      My poor B&T, suffering both in their corners… Hopefully Tina will be able to hear her girl singing this one for her very soon :
      (well, here I tried to add the link but it wasn’t accepted so… just say it was a certain JB singing ‘One Girl in a Million’)


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