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Bette’s eyes wrinkled. She most definitely remembered Tina’s ex-boyfriend, Eric Anderson.
“I’m sorry your marriage didn’t work out,” she said.
“I’m not. Things happen. It was a big relief for me. We outgrew each other. He wanted a wife to stay home and stay by his side. I needed a career and a life all my own.”
“When did you start to go by Chris?” asked Bette.
Tina smiled. “When I kept getting rejected for job interviews. My resume was great, but I couldn’t get my foot in the door with production companies. I’d read this article about how when you changed the name or race or gender of a person and kept everything in the resume the same, that it sometimes made a difference. So, I dropped the “Tina” and started to go by Chris.”
The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 12
Henry had called her 4 times and left 3 messages. When his face popped up on her phone the 5th time, Tina finally answered him. “Yes, Henry.”
“What the fuck, Chris? You’re not answering my calls now?”
Tina closed her eyes and took a deep calming breath. “I’ve been extremely busy. Don’t take it personal.”
The sound he made conveyed that he didn’t believe her. “You’re so full of shit. Where are you?”
“I’m in New York, Henry.”
“What are you doing in New York?”
Tina sighed. “I told you twice last week that I needed to be here for work. You never listen to me.”
He shook his head and rolled his eyes. “You never told me that, Chris.”
“I absolutely told you that.”
“Well, why didn’t you come home last night?”
Tina was glad theirs was a voice-only call. She rolled her eyes and tried to find the right words for this conversation. “I had things to do.”
“And you couldn’t call? You couldn’t text me? Did you even come home before you left town?”
Tina swallowed thickly. “I didn’t need to. I have everything I need here at the apartment. Clothes, toiletries. You know my work is always with me. It was time I couldn’t spare.”
Henry’s voice was soft. “And you couldn’t contact me at all?”