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(Bette) I see
(Tina) How did it never come up that you live in LA? I never would have started anything with you had I known
(Bette) I guess we were too busy with other things to discuss it
Tina sighs and narrows her eyes.
(Bette shrugs) I don’t know, it just didn’t come up I guess. I expect it would have if you had, I don’t know, mentioned that you live here?
(Tina) You were also so vague about your career. I didn’t at all get the idea that you own a gallery! I knew you were passionate, but I think you said you dabble in the arts.
(Bette) Sorry as I recall it was you who wanted to limit any talk of home. I can see why now
They share a look.
(Bette) And anyway not wanting to talk about work while on holiday and lying about the city you live in and your sexuality are kind of different, I feel
(Tina) Well, regardless, I also wouldn’t have started anything with you had I known you were so high profile. It would have been too great a risk that we would cross paths in the real world
(Bette) So it seems
They stand in silence together for a while.
(Bette) Do you work in film production?
Tina looks at her.
(Tina) I’m an academic. I’m an Associate Professor at UCLA
(Bette) In film studies?
Tina cringes apologetically.
Bette sighs and shakes her head at her with a faint smile.
They stand in silence again for a while, both gathering their thoughts.
(Bette) Well you obviously sought it out. Holidaying in Majorca and spending your time at lesbian venues
(Tina) I did, yes
Bette studies her for a moment.
(Bette) And it’s not for you
They share another look.
(Bette) OK, I’m not going to create drama for you. Your secret lesbian dalliance is safe with me
(Tina) Thank you
(Bette) Though your boyfriend has recently become a significant investor in my gallery. It’s fair to say we’ll cross paths again.
Bette stops and looks at her.
(Bette) Right. Shall we just forget the whole thing then?
Tina looks at her for a moment and bites her lip. Bette looks back at her, again feeling the same intensity between them as earlier when they first locked eyes.
Tina breaks the moment and focuses downwards on her wine glass.
(Tina) Yes, I think that’s best
Tina raises her eyes and they look at one another.
(Bette) OK. I need to get back
Later, Bette and Alice stand amongst a group of people chatting happily as they enjoy the exhibit, and the wine. Alice glances over at Bette, standing alongside her, and speaks in a hushed tone.
(Alice) So, who’s the gorgeous blonde you snuck off to your office with earlier?
Bette has a sip of her wine and answers without looking at her.
(Bette) No one
(Alice) Really? Because it didn’t look like…
(Bette) Just leave it Al
Bette gives her a stern look and turns and walks away.
Late in the evening, Alice approaches Tina as she is standing on her own admiring a painting. She stands alongside her and also looks up at the painting.
(Alice) It’s extraordinary, isn’t it?
Tina looks over at her and smiles.
(Tina) It certainly is
They stand together in silence for a moment, both continuing to take in the piece.
(Alice) So, what brings you here tonight?
Tina looks over at her.
(Tina) My partner is an investor in the gallery
Alice considers this for a moment.
(Alice) Andrew Rhys-Baker?
(Alice) Well, you’ll have to excuse me, I didn’t know I was talking to political royalty
Tina smiles at her as Alice extends her hand.
(Alice) Alice Pieszecki
(Tina smiles) Tina Kennard
Alice keeps a hold of her hand while looking at her in shock. She breaks into a smile as she speaks.
(Alice) Tina… Kennard…
Alice gives a small laugh and Tina frowns at her, confused.
They are interrupted as Tina spots Andrew beckoning to her across the room, motioning towards the door as he makes his way there while talking on his cell. They share a look and she smiles and holds up her index finger.
Tina turns to Alice with an apologetic smile.
(Tina) Sorry, it looks like we’re leaving. It was nice to meet you, perhaps we’ll run into each other again
Alice smiles broadly at her.
(Alice) I certainly hope so
Tina gives her an uncertain smile as she moves away.