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I'm an Iowa girl who transplated to Kansas. I grew up with tornado warnings every spring. Our scariest experience happened about ten years ago when we went camping with my cousin. We borrowed a tent and sleeping bags from a friend and traveled to a lake about 2 1/2 hours away. My cousin had a travel trailer and we set up our tent right next to them. We'd only been at the lake for four hours when the sky darkened and the wind gusted. There was no way we were staying in a tent overnight, so we threw everything in our SUV and raced for home, with tornadoes visible the entire way.
I picked the movie Spiderman because of this scene where the heroine gives him a proper show of appreciation, even though he's hanging upside down in the rain. I love the way she peels back his mask, just far enough to see his lips. They can kiss without revealing Spiderman's true identity.
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My first book, HILL COUNTRY HOLD-UP is set during a flood that forces Steve & Jane to work together. MARINE'S LAST DEFENSE there's a snow storm or "white out" that prevents Mitch & Bree from their journey. PROTECTING THEIR CHILD ... Cord & Kate climb up a cliff in the rain.
Maybe it has something to do with my childhood. I would ride my bike when it was about to storm, find a place dry but where I could hear, feel and see the rain...and I would write until it was almost dark and time to go home. Maybe. But it also has to do with reading Sharon Mignerey. Her books took on the location/weather as a character. I always hope that I write a book in a place that allows the story to develop there -- and can't be set anywhere else.
It's snowing and Bridget and Mark Darcy are not going to get together--in her mind. As she is locking up her flat to leave with her best friends for a weekend in Paris, Mark appears from across the street. He says he isn't going to New York because he forgot to tell her good bye, but in my mind it is hello. They go to Bridget's apartment to rendez vous. As she is pulling on tiny knickers, she hears the door close and rushes to the window, spying him striding away. She sees her diary on the table, pulls two plus two together and realizes she's goofed big time.
She slips on athletic shoes and a flimsy sweater and takes off after him, calling, "Mark! Mark!" The snow continues to fall and we know it is freezing and she isn't wearing much and will she find Mark? When all seems lost, he steps out of a store with a new diary for her.
As they kiss, he wraps his coat around her. "Nice boys don't kiss like that." "Oh, yes, they f****** do." Sigh. A great Happily Ever After. I love it.
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I also love the Bridget Jones scene that Vicki picked. But, of course, I had to show you Mr. Darcy's proposal in the rain. I especially love the last few moments where I'm certain he intends to kiss her. Sigh...
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