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Bette had, of course, arranged for champagne to be set up for the drive to the studio, chilled and waiting for when they piled in. Shane entered first, with Carmen close behind followed by Alice and Dana. Giggling, laughing, all in high spirits. Bette held Tina’s hand to gallantly assist her in the car before shutting the door behind her as she settled comfortably next to her wife. They all lifted their glasses to the upcoming party, the movie, and finally – and most importantly – to each other.
As the limo pulled up to the studio, the flashbulbs from the reporters started going off.
“They think we are someone important…” Tina said, rolling her eyes. She leaned in to playfully nudge Bette. Bette wrapped her arm around her wife, whispering “you are someone important…” while at the same time Alice chimed in seriously, “I am someone important”, looking at her face in her compact mirror. Tina giggled softly then took a deep breath to prepare herself as the limo came to a stop.
Bette reached for her hand, knowing Tina hated the spotlight, knowing how shy she was.
The doors opened and they each stepped out and made their way to the red carpet, half the reporters moving on to the next limo in hope of better star power. The rest of the gang headed into the Studio as Tina was asked to pose for a few pictures. Bette stepped off to the side, wanting to give Tina room, but Tina grabbed her hand and pulled her quickly next to her. “Stay with me” she whispered so only Bette could hear. “Stay with me”, she repeated, looking into Bette’s eyes as the cameras clicked clicked clicked. Bette nodded.
Inside the drinks were flowing and everyone was on a high postproduction. After an hour or so, Bette and Tina got separated as Bette was drawn into a conversation with some local artists who also did set design and Tina was pulled into a conversation with the author of the book the screenplay was based on.
On one side, they were all wanting to know details of the Gallery opening while on the other it was all about the possibility of a sequel. Bette’s laughter could be heard as it floated over the crowd to settle gracefully on Tina’s heart. She smiled, then took a minute to watch Bette work the room. She was in her element, simply spectacular, as she moved around effortlessly, gracefully from one group to another smiling here, shaking hands there, laughing and talking to all. Tina forgot how many people knew Bette, not only did she accompany Tina to many movie events, but she had risen to the top of her own industry and successful artists and movie folk often mingled in the same circles. No one could take their eyes off her, men and women looking at her as she walked by, some reaching out to get her attention. Tina’s heart swelled, knowing this magnificent creature belonged to her.