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“Thanks for taking a coffee break with me Shane, but I’ve got to get back to work.”
“No worries Tina, I know you want to get a lot of work finished before Bette’s show opens tonight.”
Shane stands and begins to collect her things.
“Yeah, I just want to make sure we can have the weekend free together. I know she’ll need to look over some numbers after the show, but once we get home after closing tonight, I don’t want to leave the bedroom until Monday.”
Shane smirks knowingly.
“I bet you don’t. I’m sure Bette will be happy to have the show over so she can have some uninterrupted time with you.”
Tina brushes her hands through her hair as she exhales loudly.
“You have no idea. She’s been so tense and on edge. I know it probably has a lot more to do with the whole Alice situation than preparing for the show, but it will help to have that out of the way.”
“Well, I hope to provide all of us – but Bette especially – with a little more insight after I have dinner with Alice today. I know she’s planning on coming to the show tonight. Maybe that’s a good thing – that she’s still wanting to support Bette in that.”
“I don’t know Shane, but I hope that’s why she’s coming, to be supportive.”
“I think if I can get to the bottom of whatever is going on in her crazy head, then maybe tonight she’ll be… calm, apologetic… I don’t know. I guess I want some understanding too.”
“I think we all do, but I wouldn’t expect too much.”
“Don’t worry about that. I have my PhD in Pieszecki; I’ll get her to talk. Plus, I’m not the one she’s harboring hatred for so she might try to sway me into becoming her ally.”
Shane notes the look of anger and disgust flashing on Tina’s face.
“I would never betray Bette, so don’t worry Tina. I’m reaching out for information, not to form an alliance. Which reminds me, does Bette know about this – our covert dinner operation?”
Tina bites her lip and drops her head. She regains eye contact when Shane clears her throat.
“No, okay! No, she doesn’t. Look, I’m not trying to be secretive and I plan on telling Bette after the show. I just need to do this, but I know she isn’t ready for me to talk to Alice myself, and certainly not alone. So, you are my best option.”