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Another thought occurs to Candace: if she can get Tina on her side, she’ll definitely have Bette back in her grasp. Little does she know, Tina’s love and loyalty to Bette is unconditional and unwavering – as is her enduring hate for Candace and Alice – she’ll never get Tina on her side. Candace lays out what will ultimately be fruitless effort.
”Maybe it’s going to take someone like Tina – with her power, presence, and celebrity – to change Bette. It took you and your love and effort to get me to finally accept what Bette had done to me and confront it; maybe Tina’s the one to give her that reality check.”
Alice, too blinded in her own resentment of Bette and what she thinks is profound love from Candace, doesn’t recognize the manipulation and obsequious flattery. She swoons over Candace’s words.
”I’m glad I’ve been able to help you, I love you. Bette didn’t see the brilliance she had with you, and never gave me even the smallest of chances to show her how amazing I could be for her. I think you’re right. We need to go tell Tina the truth about what happened tonight before Bette can twist reality, and we need to help her see who Bette really is before she gets fucked over by her toxic personality.”
Alice kisses Candace as the carpenter smirks in another victory. When they pull back, they continue their journey through the crowd toward Bette’s office. As they approach, they hear Tina’s panicked and angry voice.
”Where is she Shane?! Where?!”
”James said he doesn’t know where she is, her car is not in the lot, and her phone and purse are missing from her desk.”
Tina is pacing the office – phone to her ear – as she calls Bette on repeat taking breaks between her yelling to leave Bette messages after each call goes to voicemail.
”I don’t know Tina. I only left her in here for five minutes. I’m sorry. I was so caught up in my anger with Alice… I’m sorry.”
Tina sees her distraught friend and her own tears come.
”It’s not your fault Shane.”
Tina walks over and lifts Shane’s chin establishing eye contact.
”It’s not your fault. I should have been here. I promised her I’d never let her be hurt again, and I wasn’t even here when she needed me.”