The L Word : Behind the Scenes

The L Word Bette Porter Tina Kennard

#3 Touch Tones: The Ringer


”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.

Author: Blackbird Writes

Fiction writer and filmmaker

19 thoughts on “#3 Touch Tones: The Ringer

  1. What a plan!..two bird in one stone indeed!….


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  6. Wow! It was a wonderful chapter. what a trap 😉 I loved it! Joyce is a great character in this story. God would have been much better to see it on the screen. and I look forward to the next chapter.


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  10. Via LesFan mamadoc91 says
    September 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Excellent! WeHo’s power couple off for a grand announcement and celebration. Perfect!


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    • Terribly kind of you to say. I do like dreaming up adventures and illustrating them with great images. I know show writers – they are great, great writers – and it’s a great job if you can write under pressure and then throw all that away because the director says it sucks and start again with maybe 18 minutes left to give it to the actors. I could probably do it with some training. Ain’t nobody calling me though but you guys – AND I appreciate all the comments and tweets and reTweets so much.

      Maybe I’ll dream up a great series and someone will say: “Blackbird, where have you been?”


  13. Another excellent installment!! Poor Jenny….NOT!!! And I do agree with MamaDoc, you SHOULD remake the L-Word!!


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  15. You’ve done it again!! I love it and now I can’t wait for the next one. Keep dangling that carrot my friend. And the pictures. They’re perfect.


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