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”Thank you, Margot. Bette and her entire team really did a great job and tried very hard. Her loss was something unexpected for all of us, but she’s moving on and is doing great now”
They talked about work for about 40 minutes. They discussed the possibility of cooperation, conditions, period of work, expectations of the Studio, and much more. It was a very fruitful meeting. They exchanged contacts with each other and their assistants, and agreed to meet again in 3 weeks in Toronto. Already in a more formal and working environment.
”Tina, you are a very interesting conversationalist. I’m glad we found each other. I think we’ll do a great job together»
”It’s mutual! Thank you for this meeting with me and for agreeing to work with our Studio. It’s an honor for us.”
”Well, I’m glad to hear that, but this Collaboration is more likely to be an honor for me. You are known in the world of TV production as an absolute professional and many would like to work with you in the same team for at least some time”
Tina was always confused by such complimentary words and felt uncomfortable
the blonde replied shortly
”And you are a very attractive woman. It may distract me from my work, but we’ll manage, I think”
Margaret seemed to be waiting for some specific response from Tina or her reaction, and stared at her with a slight smile
Tina tried to pull herself together and answered calmly
”Thanks, Margot, but I prefer to talk and think about work rather than attractiveness. I expect the same from my colleagues. If you will allow”
”Of course, see you later, Tina”
After this phrase, the women said goodbye and Tina was left alone at the table again. Margaret’s last words strained her. She didn’t like such open flirting from colleagues. Perhaps there was nothing in Margot’s words, but her tone of voice and look … Tina was able to distinguish between harmless flirting and compliments.
At this point in her life, Tina found it even more unpleasant because her mind had been focused on Bette for the past six weeks. And this flirtation from Margot was something of an invasion of Tina’s personal space, which now had no place for anyone but her ex-wife. She felt it keenly.