“We have to get to the bank early because Jeanine, the bank teller who knows Michael and I, will be working. I like to go through her because she’s not judgmental, and will tell us to wait if he needs to move money around,” Kate said.
“What do you mean move money around?” I asked naively.
“Michael has many accounts. He pays us from his play account. Sometimes he has to bug his accountant to move money into it, especially larger amounts. It’s his built-in protection so he doesn’t go buck wild and spend all of his money at once,” she responded.
“Ah, I see. You two were really close weren’t you?” I asked.
She smirked and didn’t answer. We pulled into the bank and just as Kate said, Jeanine was there and happy to see Kate. “Jeanine, can you check this account and see if there’s enough to cover both of our checks?” asked Kate.
“New girl, let me see your ID please. And yes, Kate, I can do that for you both. There is currently enough to cover both checks, but she will have to open a bank account with us in order to cash this check,” Jeanine responded efficiently as she pointed to me.
“That’s good, because I have to do something with this cash from the shoot anyway,” I said, placing the envelope on the counter. As we made our transactions, Jeanine and Kate made small talk. All in all, we were done in 15 minutes. When we returned to Kate’s car, she turned to me with a serious look on her face.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“Nothing. Everything that just happened was very good. But listen, anytime Michael gives you money, make sure you come early the next day and check first to see that the funds are in the account. If they aren’t, wait a day and check again. The longest Michael has ever gone without moving money around for me was three days. He wants to take care of you and meet your needs, the same way he was doing for me. Sometimes he’s so busy with all of his businesses that he forgets. Try to be patient with him, but also guard yourself against him,” said Kate. “He is not looking for love. The one woman he truly loved and married was an actress, who left him within a year of marriage. So, just don’t go down that road with him.”
Kate’s advice was golden; I had no idea how applicable it would be. The day we cashed the checks, Michael called me instead of Kate at midnight, just to see how I was and to chat, since he was out of town. I was shocked; I figured he would be arranging things through Kate for some time to come, but instead he cut right to the chase. He really did want to see that my needs were met and that I was being taken care of.
Michael said he wanted to see me alone without Kate, and that he wanted to start seeing me regularly, but didn’t want to hurt Kate. And just like that, I had just entered into a “relationship” with new older man.