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(Bette) I have an important meeting. Maybe the most important yet
(Alice) Interesting, who with?
Bette looks at her proudly, suppressing a smile.
(Bette) Andrew Rhys-Baker
Alice gasps and slaps Bette’s arm.
(Alice) What? Why?
Bette smiles and Dana frowns at them.
(Dana) Who is Andrew Rhys-Baker?
Alice frowns back at her.
(Alice) Are you serious?
(Alice) He’s a Rhys-Baker, for one thing. What else do you need to know? They’re a huge Democrat family
(Dana) You know my family are Republicans
Alice shakes her head.
(Alice) My God, sometimes I’m reminded how much work I still have to do with you
Bette smiles at them, and speaks kindly to Dana.
(Bette) He’s a big deal Dane, Andrew is touted as a future Governor
(Alice) Well that’s short term. He’s touted as a future President
Shane raises her eyebrows.
(Shane) Wow, Bette
(Alice) It’s an amazing associate to have
(Bette smiles) I know
(Alice) So what’s the meeting?
(Bette) He’s re-establishing himself in California after living away for a long time, leading up to entering politics here. He is wanting his family’s organisation to make some solid investment in the arts, among other things, and I guess my gallery is on their radar
Alice raises her eyebrows and smiles broadly.
(Bette smiles) I know, it’s exciting. Their investment would mean maybe expanding, a larger space, maybe more galleries, San Francisco, which I’ve always wanted to do
(Alice) Would you be ok with a partnership? You’ve always been a bit of a lone wolf
Bette raises an eyebrow at her.
(Bette) Well I don’t think there are too many offers I’d seriously consider, but I have so much respect for their family, and their values, all that they’ve achieved. I’d be mad not to at least consider it
(Alice) Oh my God I’m so excited! Would that mean Andrew would come to your openings? He’s fucking gorgeous
(Bette smiles) I don’t know Al, I guess. Let’s just see how the meeting goes shall we?
A week later, Bette Porter Gallery. It is the opening night of a significant exhibition for Bette’s gallery, and a large crowd is gathered in the gallery’s main room. Bette spends time moving between different groups and charming the many prominent and high profile people in attendance.