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The Oval Office
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
District Of Columbia
“James, care to explain this?” Bette held up a formal invite that was on her desk.
James looked at her amused. He knew today was stressful for the President, she’d been in a five hour meeting with the cabinet and it was her birthday and she didn’t want to be here. She wanted to be with Tina but that couldn’t because the country couldn’t run without her today.
“It’s an invite ma’am,”
“I can see that James, it’s strange that I’ve got a formal invite to my own birthday party,”
“Perhaps, you should take that up with Ben,”
“Perhaps you should make that happen,” Bette said, the corners of her mouth smiling slightly. James nodded and left the room.
Within ten minutes Ben entered the Oval Office,
“Happy Birthday Ma’am,”
“Well, well, well Benny boy,”
“What have I done?” Ben said, he loved that she was in a good mood. She only played like this when she was.
“Why in the hell do I have a formal invite to my own party,”
“Because ma’am for the office of the President to formally invite the President, a formal invite must be sent,” Ben said smirking. Knowing that the sentence didn’t quiet make sense.
“You know it,” Ben laughed.
“I see I have a plus one,”
“We can’t put Tina’s name on anything yet, but we know you’re bring her.”
“I am. Hurt arm and all,”
“How is she doing?”
“She’s interviewing for two new doctors at her practice today. She’s going to run the place but no longer take anyone on, her client list will be divided between the six doctors.”
“And she’s okay with this?”
“I think what happened with Gary was the final straw for her, I think she’s been attacked before but she’s not talking to me about it,”
“Give her time.”
“I will give her all the time in the world.”
“I enjoyed your tweet,”
“‘Love has come from the darkness to heal my shattered soul.’”
“Agh, Tina’s words not mine,”
“It’s very deep,”
“She’s full of them.”
“I can’t wait for more,”
With that Ben left the room. Bette got on with some work before calling it a day and heading upstairs. They couldn’t go to New Hampshire as tonight was her party