”And why is that?” I ask as our drinks come. Looking over at Josh I hold his gaze. ”No offense, Josh.”
”None taken.” He smiles at me and Tina. ”I’ve been covering entertainment in LA for seven years and all the reporters and the film crews who’ll be at the ”Les Girls” Press conference tomorrow I work with daily.”
”I’m still lost.” I frown at Tina, ”Are we supposed to do interviews right now with him to scoop his buddies so we can get what? His help?” I turn to Claire, ”I thought you had this handled.”
”How did the move go, Bette?” Claire asks.
”You weren’t by any chance emotionally attached to either of our bedside lamps were you, Tina? Because I broke them into a million pieces.”
”She took care of it.” Tina answers flatly to Claire. Then to me, ”Claire’s come up with a few ideas and I told her before we drove to my place we should meet with her so she could brief you. I know how surprises make you feel blindsided.”
”And that’s never good.” I motion to the waiter to bring me another glass of Chianti as mine has begun to disappear the longer I sit in this booth. ”Alright, I appreciate that. Fill me in. I’m starting to feel better.”
Shaolin Production Offices – Monday 8 am
As I pull into my assigned space behind the rows of trailers that appeared late last week I’m relieved that the parking lot is still nearly empty. I turn off my car and slide my seat back slightly. I had wanted to be here by 7 to really have the time to organize myself before meeting with Aaron and later Claire, but for me and Angelica waking up with Bette this morning knocked us way off our weekday routine.
Just an hour ago we had made breakfast and filled my small apartment with the smells of eggs and coffee and toast. Last night along with being grateful we were together again as a family I had felt a huge sense of relief as the dank, shadowy pockets of emptiness in my rooms were consumed by Bette’s overwhelming wattage. The longer she was there the more they had retreated. I let out a jagged exhale. Those miserable days of being haunted by them appear to be over.