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Tina’s office, the week of the New York state elections, Tina answers her cell.
(Tina) Hey, it’s good to hear from you, I’m surprised you have a moment
(Bette) I don’t really, but I wanted to say hi
(Tina) Is asking how your week is going a silly question?
(Bette sighs) It’s just crazy. I’ve been asked to lend my support at basically every event running in the city. It’s nice not having the stress of actually being involved in the campaigns, but it still just never stops. I’m not even sure who it is I’m supporting half the time.
(Tina) Well I’m sure they appreciate it, your presence makes a big difference I’m sure.
Bette rubs her forehead.
(Bette) Hmmm, so I’m told. What about you? The coverage must be keeping you very busy.
(Tina) It is, but it’s manageable.
(Bette sighs) I wish I could see you.
(Tina smiles) I know, me too. It’ll be over soon. And we’ll cross paths throughout the week.
(Bette sighs) That doesn’t count. I wish I could fit something in, but between campaign events every night and press every morning I’m lucky to be in the front door before 1 and then I’m out again by 5. Between then I just collapse onto my bed. I actually woke up this morning with my handbag still on my shoulder.
(Tina) Well why don’t you come and collapse on my bed tonight? I can leave a key out, you could just let yourself in.
Bette pauses for a moment and smiles.
(Bette) Really? I’d be gone before you wake up
(Tina) I know, I’d still like to have you there.
(Bette) Well ok then, I’ll do that
That evening, Tina’s apartment. Bette lets herself in a little after 1am. She makes her way to the main bathroom, finding that Tina has left out a neatly organised bundle of supplies for her, with a towel and range of toiletries and products. Bette smiles to herself and readies herself for bed.
Bette enters the bedroom quietly and can tell from Tina’s relaxed form and even breathing that she is fast asleep. Bette slips under the covers quietly, making sure not to wake her, and gently wraps an arm around her waist. She lies there for a moment, happily taking in the familiar scene before drifting off to sleep.