Topic: Nights in Rodanthe

Adrienne Willis was a single mother of three children. They had all gone to college and she was really proud, like any mother should be. They had all coped with Jack (their dad leaving) after the divorce. Amanda, the middle child and only girl, had been affected the most. After a few years of hanging out with the bad kids, she found herself again. She had gone off to college and met a man she fell in love with. They had gotten married and had two kids. Amanda's husband had been precautionary to ensure that if something were to happen, the family would be safe. He bought life insurance, but didn’t think he would need it for long. He was wrong though. Her husband passed away from testicular cancer. After eight months of deep depression, Adrienne tried to talk to her daughter about it. Amanda had just got angry at her mom about her parents divorcing. Amanda had been getting better, but then their seventh anniversary came, and she stopped. She was neither improving nor degrading.

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Adrienne had invited Amanda over for dinner and to tell her a story that happened back when the kids were in highschool.

Paul flanner had sold everything, his house, medical practice, and cars. Paul had been driving and thinking about how he just sold his house. Paul’s mother had died in childbirth, and his father was a poor farmer. Though he had enough to eat, and a warm room, they didn’t have enough for him to go to the store whenever to buy a Cola, like his friends. He was sometimes embarrassed about the clothes he wore. And occasionally he heard comments, but ignored them and focused on his studies. He brought perfect grades home year after year. His father was proud but sad he would be leaving the farm, and never returning. He was cut from the football team in his freshman year, the coach suggested he tries cross country running. So he did. He started rising at five am to get two workouts in. This allowed him to receive a full scholarship at the Duke University, and was their top runner for fours years. Plus he was very well in the academics. Paul got accepted to Vanderbilt hospital to work at. He told his father the good news, but though he said he was pleased he was up staring over the fields a long time after he should have been asleep.

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His father died of a heart attack three weeks after he had been told the news of job acceptance. Rather than taking time to mourn, he threw himself into further studies. He was introduced to Martha. Because he was shy, he had never asked her out. She did it herself as he wouldn’t. She accepted his proposal, ten month later they walked down the aisle. They could go on a honeymoon with fails right around the corner, but he promised they would head some place nice when school was out. They never did get a chance to go because their first born Mark came to existence. He knew surgery was his calling after doing his residency in Baltimore. He had become very successful and had been affiliated with every major hospital in the area. But mostly doing his work out of North Carolina University. His income multiplied as he decided to expanded his work field into plastic surgery, just as it was booming. Martha forced him to take vacations, but eventually just visited her parents with Mark and without her husband.

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His son became a doctor, but not in the surgical area. He did not want to be like his dad. He was going to Ecuador to help the people there. Two weeks after Mark left, Martha filed for a divorce.  Paul spent the next couple weeks working. He had done a surgery on Jill Torrelson, before she had passed away in the recovery room. Paul had been cutting back on work until he finally decided to sell his practice. Paul had shown up to the Inn to take care of the business he knew he had to do. She was crying when he had shown up, and he found her very pretty. She was watching the Inn for a friend. Her name was Adrienne. Adrienne had been having marriage problems since she was 40. She didn’t think to much about it, think maybe it was just a bad time. After 41, she was looking in the self-help part of the book store. Around the same time, her husband had been having lunch with Linda, a co-worker. She was in denial that she didn’t she them looking at each other in a tender way, or holding hands under the table. Adrienne didn’t confront her husband. Her father had a stroke a year after they divorced, and then three more rapidly. This required him to have round-the-clock care. She had a part time job at the library to cover the cost of her father. Jack, her husband, had paid the court order support on time, just making ends meet. Jean, who had asked her to watch the Inn, had left more than enough money for groceries.

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When they had first seen each other, they stared for a while. Adrienne had shown Paul to his room. He choose the one she had suggested. Paul came to Rodanthe at the request of Robert Torrelson. Jill Torrelson had come to him because of a non cancerous meningioma cyst. Though it wasn’t life threatening, it was unusual. She had passed away, and nobody knew why. The autopsy hadn’t confirmed anything and neither did the video that had been reviewed multiply people. After he got settled in his room, they talked about the storm bad storm coming. They both sat in rocking chairs in front of the fire. They talked about their jobs, regular day livelihood, kids, where they live, etc. Adrienne stood up to get the phone call. Jean had called to tell her how to set up the house for hurricane. Adrienne and Paul were getting supper ready. He had asked for a peeler fro the potatoes, but couldn’t find one. She asked if a paring knife would be ok. As he laughed about it, he made the comment that he was a surgeon. Everything seemed to click for Adrienne, realizing why he had lines on his face, intensity of his graze, the way he washed his hands. Over supper their conversations consisted of their childhood.

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Paul asked Adrienne to join him for a walk on the beach after doing the dishes for supper. They both loved the scenery around them. During the hurricane in 1954, Paul had been 21 and went down to the beach, near where the hurricane came ashore. His team decided it would be a good bonding experience to go down to the beach and have a hurricane party. Paul had been guilted in since his was team captain, though he didn’t believe it was a good idea. The bridges connecting the island and mainland had been closed down once the wind hit 50 mph, so they were stuck there. It continued to get worse. And around 2 a.m. it was like a warzone. It seemed like everywhere they looked an object that could kill them flew passed. House roofs, cars, trees, etc. The team was in their car they took down, not saying a word to each other the whole time. Big waves and full moon allowed the storm to seem even scarier. When they didn't think the storm could get worse, power lines started snapping. The broken lines flew everywhere in the wind, sparks flying, not seeming to care what it hit. Paul hadn’t told anyone that story to anyone. After telling the story, they both went silent. Adrienne asked a question because in all his stories he seemed to be talking about another person. After he answered saying he is trying to find the new him, they both went silent from looking at the beautiful scenery around them. They walked back to the Inn in silence.

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Paul had ran in the early morning to see where Robert lived, so he wasn’t lost when trying to find it for the meeting. The next day he drove other to Robert’s house in case of the storm, he wouldn’t have to be forced to stay there. He arrived at the house, knocked on the door and waited a while. There was a man standing on a ladder staring at him weird but Paul ignored it. Paul stood there for five minutes before turning back to the car to head to the Inn. He wrote where he was staying and when he was leaving town, saying they could meet up later seeing as Robert was currently busy. The man on the ladder approached Paul, asking what he was doing. Paul said he had come to meet with Mr. Torrelson, at his request. The man got all aggressive and asked that he leave before the cops were called. Paul backed away, got into his car and left. He was unaware Robert had grabbed the note in the door. After driving back to the Inn, Paul had set up the house for the hurricane. It was pouring harder and harder, but he kept working. When they had finished, Paul had talked with Adrienne about what would have went down if the meeting occurred. Adrienne then told him that they don’t want to hear want to hear your excuses, how the procedure went, or any possible way of death. And with that Adrienne left to answer the phone. Jean had called to tell her how to prepare the house for the hurricane.

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Robert Torrelson stared at the note, surprised Paul Flanner had come. The doctors and the boards hadn’t cared about his family for over a year now. And it didn’t seem like Paul to care. Adrienne had gone to the store to pick up a few items before the hurricane. When she got back she noticed Paul had started on preparing the hurricane safety precautions.  Adrienne had offered to help, but Paul denied because it was a one person job. She kept him company for the hour. As he worked, the rain started coming down harder. As he finished, the lightning started coming. They both watched on the porch for a little before heading inside. Paul had taking a shower, while Adrienne had taking Jean’s advice and bathing. Adrienne had taking longer, and Paul had started on making a pot of coffee. He also started the fireplace. Adrienne had dressed up nicely, put some makeup on, and when she stepped out of the room, she had left Paul speechless. They talked about what he was going to do in Ecuador when he met his son. (He and his son don’t talk very much as he wasn't around very much for his son’s childhood.)

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After the storm had completely finished and it was safe to go outside, they walked along the beach. Noticing how bad the storm really was. They had gone to a bar and danced around. The next morning he had made breakfast for her. She took a shower, and he went for his morning run. When she got out she talked to Jean on the phone about how the storm went. As she finished a man knocked on the door, less than a minute later she returned say Robert Torrelson wanted to talk to him. They had pulled up two chairs facing each other. Robert had told him about Jill because she was the best thing, he believed. She wanted the surgery to remove the tumour because she believed it made her ugly. The last thing she said to Robert was, “All my life, I wanted to be pretty for you.” After talking, it left Paul speechless. He didn’t know what to say, like it had left him numb. In the morning, Adrienne had been crying and wouldn’t look him in the eyes as she made breakfast. She was sad he was going to be leaving because the both of them had been getting very close. He said when he came back after his year in Ecuador, he would come see her so they can start where they left off in Rodanthe. When he left, everything that had once been for that weekend had changed.

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Adrienne’s house was worn and dated. Her boys had brought a contractor by to make an estimate on a remodeled kitchen for their mm for her birthday. She liked her old home, the worn and dated. At the bookstore, she sometimes found herself interested in other people's lives, and sometimes talked to them about it. Sometimes, younger and older men, would start up conversations with her, and the eventually ask her out. Her time in Rodanthe had helped her, making her stronger and more graceful. Adrienne and Jack had started talking again, first small talk. It then progressed to be late night conversations about anything. Linda, who Jack left Adrienne for, left Jack for another man. They then divorced. Jack stayed in the guestroom when he visited the kids. He apologized for leaving her, saying it was the dumbest decision he had ever made. Jack had asked her to supper, but she kindly declined. She had been asked on many dates, but had kindly declined all of them.

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Adrienne went back to thinking about the weekend she had gone to Rodanthe.

Adrienne had gotten up early to shower and make breakfast. She had been thinking about their weekend together. After having breakfast, and saying goodbye, she was left alone. She was sad because she had enjoyed his company so much. Cleaning the Inn, she noticed Jack had left a letter for her. She read it, and cried because it made her miss him more. They talked about him coming back after his year in Ecuador with his son. The Inn had gotten cleaned. Jean and Adrienne had a talk about how the weeknd went. Adrienne didn’t say much about it, and wet to bed rather quickly. Driving home in the morning was sad for Adrienne. When she had gone home life went on as usual. They wrote letters often, called for twenty minutes at a time every couple of days. He had arranged to have roses sent to her house once a month. She stored them in her room, expecting her children to comment. They never did, and Paul and Adrienne. Adrienne and Paul slowly stopped talking. Adrienne had taken baths more often, focusing on herself more.

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Jean and Adrienne had met up to retalk again about anything and everything. While Adrienne was telling Amanda the story about Paul, years later, Adriene had mentioned that Mark, Paul, and Adrienne met up in person. The letters they wrote to each other made Adrienne wonder what she would have done without him. If she would have remarried, settling for an unmarried man her age.  They had met at Adrienne’s house, while her kids were in school. Adrienne was really confused about what she and Paul had been. 

Adrienne had been taking care of her dad still. She visited him frequently, and asked her kids even though it freaked them out.