The L Word : Behind the Scenes

The L Word Bette Porter Tina Kennard

#3 Touch Tones: The Ringer


I twist the ring off my finger and press it securely inside the red Cartier box that rests in my lap. In just six hours this will all be over and maybe for the cameras Bette will slide it back on my finger and we can give them several minutes of beaming smiles and smack Jenny Schecter down a few notches in the process. I zip the ring into a small pocket inside my purse, slip my briefcase over my shoulder, and take the first step toward beginning a very long day.


Joyce sm Pic_ behind desk


Joyce’s Office – Monday 10 am

”Well, like most people who walk in here on a Monday morning you’ll likely be telling me things after the fact.” Joyce rocks in her chair. ”Speaking of which, thank you for paying the computer geek’s bill so quickly to resolve your hot oil photo fiasco.”

”You’re welcome, Joyce. When I finally realized there was no other way I gave up being pissed about his fees and stroked the check. The vacuuming out of six thousand dollars left me hurt though.” Joyce shrugs her shoulders that some things are just unavoidable.

I settle my gaze on her. ”Joyce, this is part business, and I need a trusted matter of fact adult to talk to.” I look at her and she doesn’t blink. ”And if you want to bill me for the hour, okay. There is some work you can do for me.”

”Now, you’re talking.” Joyce claps her hands together and rubs them in anticipation. ”What have you gotten yourself into this time? I’m ready for more Bette Porter drama. Lay it on me.”

”I’m marrying Tina.” I smile quickly up at Joyce. ”I asked her on Friday night.”

”Well, that had to be a relief!” Joyce barks out a laugh. ”But in all seriousness, congratulations. You two walked the long road out of hell to get here.”

”The smells of burning sulphur I won’t miss.” I laugh sourly to myself.

”Great time to do it! The state legalized it a few weeks ago on June 16. I’m sure you know that.”

Before Joyce hits the intercom button on her phone she asks, ”Do you want some coffee? A late breakfast? We have bagels, muffins and stuff sent in every morning.”

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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