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The stage was set for whatever KiKi had planned. Liz sent her a text letting her know Bette would be arriving on Tuesday right after she received confirmation from Alice.
KiKi: Wonderful news, my dear. Don’t tell Tina. It will ruin the surprise
Liz: I won’t.
Liz promised she wouldn’t tell Tina because she hoped whatever KiKi had planned was going to work. It had to work. If not, they were all going to be in hot water if it didn’t. Liz crossed her fingers and prayed.
“Shangri-La, how may I help you?” a bubbly voice answered.
“I would like to book a room for Tuesday-Saturday,” KiKi said smiling through the phone.
“This Tuesday-Saturday?” asked the bubbly voice.
“Oh. I’m so sorry. But we are fully booked because of The Balloon Festival.”
KiKi smiled and told the person on the other end of the phone that she understood. She asked if they did waiting lists in case a room opened up. The front desk worker confirmed that they did do waiting lists but insisted there would likely not be any cancellations because of festival. KiKi, as sweet as ever, asked if she could make a note in the system to automatically book the room under her name just in case.
“I will but there won’t be any cancellations,” the now not so bubbly voice said again.
“Thank you, Dear.”
The booking system was set to charge KiKi’s card as soon as anyone cancelled. KiKi hoped James would do what she knew he was going to have to do.
After everyone left, Bette got a knot in the pit of her stomach. Realizing she had to go back to Vancouver made her double over in pain. She wasn’t sure if she was ready to see Tina again. Bette wondered if she should tell Tina she was coming. And as if on cue, her phone dinged. The notification said My Sweet Tee. Bette sighed and clutched the phone to her chest before reading the message.
Tina: You okay? Just checking in. I’ve had this strange feeling since yesterday. I’m here if you need anything. What’s going on, Baby?
Bette scoffed when she read ‘I’m here if you need anything.’
“You’re not here. You’re there,” Bette said out loud.