”I thought so. You have access to the Federal Court databases, right?”
”Unless it’s sealed by a judge I can usually see anything I want in minutes if not hours.” Joyce gives me a hearty wink that she’s got this part.
”Back to the other issue, my marriage and my money,” I begin to gather up my briefcase and purse. ”Put the house in both our names, Tina’s and mine, and Angelica needs an education trust for college, and another one we both want to contribute to for her to receive when she’s twenty-five.”
”And you’ve legally adopted her so that makes it easier to file with the courts.” Joyce finishes writing and looks up at me and smiles. ”So! When’s the big day?”
I laugh. ”I’ve been removed a step or two from that process by Tina and Alice. Oh, and Kit will join in. She was working on Saturday night so I still haven’t told her yet. I want to do it in person. Sometime today I’ll find the time.”
”Bette, my advice is to smile a lot at the press conference. Tina’s going to be your wife soon after all.” Joyce stands up to walk me to the door. ”In Hollywood movies and the people attached to them become big chess pieces that mysterious hands move around in games worth millions.” Joyce shakes her head. ”Be there for her, talk about how brilliant she is, say how happy you are for her. And you know what, kill two birds with one stone. To please Phyllis the only thing you should say about yourself is how much you love being a Dean at CU, and what a great school it is.”
”I can handle all that.” I smile at Joyce. ”Okay, I haven’t thought much of this through at all apparently. I call her my wife, but what does she call me?”
”You’re both each other wives is one way to say it.”
”Hm. Interesting. I’m her wife. That sounds so unusual to me.” Full of thought as I close Joyce’s door behind me.
Studio Backlot – Tina – 1:45 pm
Located far in the backlots of Paramount the doors to the massive soundstage that holds the interior sets built for ”Les Girls” are closed and guarded as the final touches to the outdoor press conference area are seen to by Byron and Sally. I slipped away about ten minutes ago to meet Claire out of sight and in the older parts of Paramount’s campus where the Art Deco Hollywood production offices were once headquartered.