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Tina – Exactly! (pause) Believe me, I have searched and searched!
She steps closer and presses her lips together.
Tina – Please?
Bette – So … you only have a few days?
Tina – Yes!
The brunette takes another sip of tea.
Bette – OK. I’ll try.
Tina – I’ll pay for it. We can have the usual consultant fee given for the benefit of the ranch employees.
Bette – OK.
The blonde extends her hand.
Tina – Shake on it?
The brunette reluctantly shakes hands.
Tina – It’s a deal!
She brings her other hand, closing Bette’s hand between hers.
Tina – I have another request. Since I know everything around here … I wonder if we can go a step farther … to the mountains West of here.
The brunette looks surprised.
Bette – It’ll take more than a day!
Tina – They’ve always beckoned to me … I think that the cinematography will be amazing!
Bette bites her lower lip.
Tina – You said that you owe me one …
The brunette sighs.
Bette – OK.
She tries to retrieve her hand. Tina holds it tighter.
Tina – Can we leave today?
She caresses the brunette’s hand with her middle finger.
Bette – Yes, if we rush.
Tina – Great!
Bette – I have a condition though.
Tina – What?
Bette – This is strictly professional.
She looks down at their hands.
Tina – Not friendly?
Bette – Not this friendly.
The blonde finally lets go of her hand with a smile.
Tina – OK. What do we need?
Bette – We need … sleeping bags, a pan, some food, a couple of canisters, matches … the usual camping stuff.
Tina – Wow! It’ll be fun! I spent a college spring break camping on a beach.
Bette – LA people! This is not the beach! I bet you’ve never slept on a cold, hard ground!
The blonde smiles suggestively.
Tina – I’ve slept on a hard floor in front of a fireplace once.
Their eyes meet. The blonde briefly glances at the fireplace and turns back to her.
Tina – It was delicious …
The brunette is taken aback and looks away.
Bette – It’s never delicious when you are outdoors around here!
She turns around and sighs.
Bette – Well … just go get some clothes for yourself and a coat. I’ll take care of everything else.
Tina – I’ll bring the book and the script!
Bette – Right … how can we survive without those?
The blonde laughs.
Tina – I’ll be back in an hour?
Bette – OK.
Tina – Thank you! You were godsent! How many favors do I owe you by now?
Bette – A lot!
Tina – You need to remind me to pay you back …
Bette – I’m very grateful that you took care of Charlie. And the cabin.
Tina – My pleasure.
She gives the brunette a kiss on the cheek and leaves, holding her jacket.
Bette – What am I doing?
Bette’s cabin, morning: Bette comes running as Tina reaches the front of the cabin.
Bette – I forgot to offer. Do you want me to whistle?
The blonde smirks, shaking her head.
Tina – Unh-unh …
The brunette raises her eyebrows. A few seconds later, Minnie appears cantering back to the cabin, followed by Charlie. Bette’s mouth drops open.
Bette – Oh shit!
Tina gives the mare a small piece of apple and turns to the brunette with a smile.
Tina – She answers … he follows.
She pats Charlie and gives him another small piece of apple.
Tina – You stay with your mama, Charlie! We’ll be back soon!
She mounts the mare, winks at the brunette and gallops away. Charlie neighs and Minnie replies.
Bette caresses Charlie’s face while gazing at the blonde and her mare in the distance.
Bette – Oh shit … What happened to us, Charlie?
Charlie gives a short blow.