The L Word : Behind the Scenes

The L Word Bette Porter Tina Kennard

#3 Touch Tones: The Ringer


”Jesus, should I be nervous? Everyone seems a little rushed and jumpy. And you, Tina, are shivering a little bit.”

She continues to look at me concerned. ”You cannot believe the lengths I’ve gone to today to zone myself into a Xanaxed-Valium state of mind over this thing. So, speaking of contagions – don’t wig me out, please.”

”Tina, you’re from the South, right? So, you know all about liquid shots of courage.” Claire takes a very old bottle brandy out of her bag. I nod at her welcome gesture.

”We’re going to enjoy his favorite cognac,” Claire lifts her glass to toast a large black and white photograph of Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock B&W


”And then we’re going to walk outside and hit this one out of the park.” Claire finishes as Bette smiles at me.

”Give me your ring. Do you want to?” Bette takes my hand up to her lips and gently kisses my knuckles one by one. ”I’ll put it back on your finger later for the cameras. Is that a shot they’d like?” Bette looks over to Claire.

”You’re very cooperative once you get onboard with something, aren’t you?” Claire laughs.

”Today is all about my fiancee.” Bette kisses me. ”Now, that’s something we haven’t gone over.” She looks from me to Claire for answers. ”I’m kissing you in front of the cameras, aren’t I?”

”Yes, you absolutely are.” Claire says. ”You two need to get ready for your close up.”

Bette)Tina Powersuite Umbrella


Press Conference – Tina – 1:55pm

”Bette, I need to get on stage now with the actors and Aaron. After Byron introduces him and Aaron finishes his remarks he’ll turn it over to me. I have just three or four points to make specific to production, and how lucky we all are that we have such a wonderful team of professionals…”

”I get it. So, I’ll stand where Claire wants me to stand, and clap loudly when appropriate for you.” I hold Tina’s attention longer. ”Promise me, after this we’ll slide gracefully back into anonymity.”

”We will. And thank you.” Tina steps out from under the shade of my umbrella. ”Claire will cue you. I’ll see you in a little while.”

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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