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(Bette) A friend of mine as well?
(Tina nods) Yes, you’re friends
Bette examines her for a moment and then frowns.
(Bette) OK, so why are you being weird?
Tina gives a small laugh and they smile at each other. Tina then cringes and shrugs.
(Tina) I went out with her, a long time ago
Bette nods slowly and raises her eyebrows.
(Bette) Oh good
(Tina) You didn’t get on so well once, but you’re great now
(Tina) She’s Peggy Peabody’s daughter
(Bette) Right, well I know of Peggy, I haven’t met her though
(Tina) Well Peggy is important to you now. You’re quite close actually
Tina has a sip of wine and Bette leans her head back into the couch and then looks over at her.
(Bette) Do you feel like this is shaping up to be the dinner party from hell?
Tina gives a small laugh and they share an affectionate look.
(Tina) Maybe. And you can’t even drink
Bette smiles and raises her eyebrows.
(Bette) Maybe that’s for the best actually
They smile at each other. Bette then sighs and rubs her forehead.
(Bette) So my wife, our friends, my wife’s fiancée , plus an ex-girlfriend
She looks to Tina.
(Bette) I’m pretty sure I’ve had this dream before
She raises her eyebrows.
(Bette) It doesn’t end well
Tina smiles, and Bette looks at her for a moment.
(Bette) Is it weird for you when I refer to you as my wife?
(Tina smiles) It’s fine, I know that’s where your head is at right now
They share an affectionate look. Tina has a sip of wine and sighs.
(Tina) And it’s not much better for me. My friends, an ex-girlfriend, my fiancée and my ex-wife
Tina shrugs and Bette laughs.
(Bette) OK yes, that might even be worse for you
Tina smiles at her. She looks at her for a moment and then reaches towards her and runs her fingers through Bette’s hair.
(Tina) I’m sorry about this
Bette smiles at her and they hold each other’s gaze, Tina still running her fingers through her hair.
(Bette smiles) It’s OK. Who doesn’t love an awkward dinner party?
They smile at each other. Bette casually places her hand on Tina’s thigh and gives her a reassuring look.
(Bette) We’ll get through it
Tina looks at her for another moment and then smiles.
Bette smiles as she gently moves her thumb over Tina’s leg.