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Boston, Ma, Friday, 4:00 pm
Tina was still uneasy after answering Bette’s phone, that voice, a woman’s voice, like a whisper from the past…, but who is ‘str’, why Bette never mentioned her; she checked on the phone, finding that ‘str’ has, recently, called several times to Bette, she also check the phone number and wrote it in a new document in her computer; she felt guilty for doing that, not because she didn’t trust Bette, after all, they have gone through, infidelity could be the last thing she could think about her beloved, but that voice… was making her nervous, who is ‘str’?. Bette was leaving the bathroom wearing a robe, looking the worried expression on her wife’s face, she walked quickly toward her.
Bette: “baby…, what’s going on?”
Tina: “Bette, who is ‘str’?”
Bette: (suspicious) “What…?”
Tina: “while you were showering, your phone rang…”
Bette: “oh… and…?”
Tina: “I wanted to take it to you, but it stopped ringing, and when it started again I decided to answer and take the message for you…, but I…, I was confused about the person in the other end.”
Bette: (concerned) “who was it?”
Tina: “a woman…, her voice…, it was like a weird sensation…, I said ‘hello’ and she mentioned your name, but when I told her you were busy, she hung up …, I checked in your phone who was she and then I saw it, the name that was written, it was ‘str’.”
Bette: (biting her lips) “that’s all…?”
Tina: “who is ‘str’… and don’t tell me that ‘str’ is for Meryl Streep…, because I know, you don’t know her in person.”
Bette tried to think quickly and find a convincing answer; she immediately thought what Louise told her about Dan Foxworthy’s sister.
Bette: “well…, as a matter of fact, is not her…, ahem…, it is someone you don’t know…, well not even I know ‘str’ in person, it is Dr. Foxworthy’s sister, he told me that his sister is treating someone who was affected by the drug your uncle is using on lesbians…, he thinks it could be Dana, so he gave me his sister’s phone number…, ‘str’ means ‘sister’, Dr. Foxworthy’s sister.”
Tina: (surprised) “why you didn’t tell me?”
Bette: “I heard about that on our wedding day, and honestly, my mind was focused on something else…”