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Alice sat crossed-legged on the ground playing Legos with Angelica while Tina poured Shane, Alice and herself another glass of wine.
“Not that I’m complaining,” Alice began as she sipped on the white beverage before putting the glass on the coffee table, “but remind me why you invited Shane and I here again for dinner?”
“Because I had to cook the chicken before it went bad and Bette wasn’t going to be here to help eat it since she’s having dinner with Kit and Maxine.”
“You couldn’t just cook it and reheat it? Or is Porter still a left-over hater?”
“Well I, for one, am eternally grateful anytime you want to cook for me including left-overs. It smells amazing Tina.” Shane stretched her legs in front of her as she leaned back into the couch.
“It’s so odd to me now to put a face to the name when Bette used to talk about Maxine cooking. She said once that she hated left-overs because it’s all Maxine would ever serve. Yet the original fresh dish was never to be found.”
Alice laughed as she pushed her Lego car toward Shane’s feet and it rolled across the wood floor.
“My god the talent I have…” Alice pretended to be hurt when Shane pushed the car back to her with her leather boot.
“Well hopefully Maxine’s cooking her a better meal tonight and not ruining the only chance she has to make amends with her daughter. We all know that Mrs. Doubtfire lit her boobs on fire.”
“She cooked for Angie and I before this entire thing blew up and I can assure you that she’s an amazing cook. I am sure that Bette will be just fine from that standpoint, it’s the emotionally stress that has me worried.”
“Why weren’t you invited?” Shane asked.
“I’m sure both Angie and I would have been welcomed,” Tina said leaning back on the couch beside Shane. “Bette came home from The Planet after talking to both Kit and Maxine ranting about ‘changing the narrative’ and ‘being in control’ which meant no Angie and Tina until Bette decides.”
“Are you ok with that? Her taking your decision about M-A-X-I-E away from you?” Alice asked as she started another masterpiece of Legos with Angie.