The L Word : Behind the Scenes

The L Word Bette Porter Tina Kennard

#3 Touch Tones: The Ringer


I feel a sting at the edges of my eyes as I remember back to being so young, and the feeling of her leaving me, and never coming home again.

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”Take a minute, Bette.” Joyce looks away from me as the door to her office opens and Caitlin, her secretary, brings in a tray with a bowl of fruit, an urn of coffee and several bottles of chilled mineral water.

”I’m not the most maternal person, but let me veer off character here and put some strawberries and blueberries in a bowl for you. Just take your time.” Joyce and Caitlin exchange what appears to be a, ”Hold my calls, please,” look.

”And then there’s this business of the press conference today – the first day of shooting for Tina’s movie, ”Les Girls”. That’s upon us like a petulance.” I hear the emotion still in my voice.

”Bette, don’t aggravate yourself with that right now. Movie nonsense goes on in this town 24/7.”

”Do you know a PR handler and fixer named, Claire Reilly? Tina hired her to handle our engagement announcement amidst the brouhaha over the movie.”

”I think she’s that rascal, Buck Reilly’s kid.” Joyce gestures to a photograph of her and The Clinton’s hanging on her wall. ”I wonder if Phyllis’ daughter knows her? But Molly’s a few years younger.”

”She is.” I dry my eyes with my handkerchief. ”You know, Joyce, I was thinking about it on the way over here, and while my timing was urgently my own, and in light of the movie’s attention if I’d been reasonable I guess I should have waited. But I felt a door open between me and Tina last week, and I was going to be damned to the hell of eternity if I let it close on me again.”

”I understand the feeling. Women get under our skin.” She hands me a tray with coffee, Pellegrino and fruit. ”Surgical removal is painful and almost impossible. Many have tried.”

”But you’re right though. I haven’t stopped long enough to think about it.” I balance several blueberries in a silver spoon. ”She was always on my mind. For years and years in my dreams I searched for my mother – frantically so when I was young girl.” I drop the spoon back into the bowl and look over at Joyce. ”Then there was this threshold with Tina at the SheBar – of all the unlikely places.” I laugh to myself. ”It opened, she came home with me and we’ve been together ever since.”

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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