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Time goes on, and the casual arrangement between the two remains. They spend as much time together as their busy schedules allow, and more often than not wind up in the same bed together each night. Though each keep a careful check on voicing their feelings for the other, Tina’s use of ’Baby’ as a term of endearment has become a regular fixture, with her now using it casually and often. Bette loves it, and experiences a warm feeling through her chest every time she hears it.
Tina and Bette are both at work in their offices, and Tina places a call to Bette.
(Bette) Hey, what are you doing calling? I thought you were going to be run off your feet today.
(Tina) I am, but I wanted to let you know that it turns out I’ll be in DC next week after all. The conference I was staying here for has been postponed, and I’m keen to be there amongst it.
(Bette smiles) Well I’m glad
(Tina smiles) Me too. Where are you staying? I’ll just be flying in for the night so I’ll book the same hotel
(Bette) The Continental on South Capitol
There is a long pause while Tina frowns in confusion.
(Tina) Why are you staying there?
(Bette) It’s reasonably priced, and close to where I need to be. I am on the public purse after all.
(Tina) Wow you’re the first Senator I’ve known to be so considerate
Another long pause.
(Bette) Are you still there?
(Tina) Yes, I’m just trying to think how I’m going to convince my assistant to stay in the worst hotel in Washington.
(Bette) It’s really not that bad
(Tina) Weren’t there those murders there recently?
(Bette) Jesus. Ok, I’ll change my booking.
(Tina) I think you should consider staying with everybody else. I know you’re being honourable, and I have enormous respect for that, I do. But your time is money too, and I think you’ll find the convenience of staying where the functions are held, and close by to those you’ll be meeting justifies the extra cost.
(Bette sighs) OK, fine. You’ve convinced me.
(Tina) Great. I’ll have my assistant book and I’ll forward you the details. Book a room close by.