And The Ladies Of The Fan Club Say…

written by M Dawn Thacker

The Virginia Auxiliary of the Adrienne Moody Fan Club gathered expectantly outside the activity room door. They picked up their copies of Friend or Lover, Adrienne’s musings over whether or not to date her long time roommate, Michael.

I noticed some eyebrows raise as the ladies took turns reading paragraphs. Polly’s wrinkled hand covered her mouth a time or two and Dee giggled at the image of Adrienne with hair dye on her eyebrows.

Upon completing the story, Helen was the first to comment. “I’m old,” she said. “In my day, if you were single, you didn’t have a roommate period, let alone a male roommate. If you did, you’d have bought your ticket straight to hell. I’ve seen times change though and with this economy the way it is, I understand the need to make ends meet. People aren’t as judgmental as they used to be.”

“Adrienne isn’t a young girl either,” Beth stated. “I bet she’d dare anyone to chastise her about having a roommate of the opposite sex. She’d put them in their place in a second. She’s got guts.”

“She does seem to be able to hold her own,” Helen said.

Karen was flipping through the pages, trying to find a particular passage before she said anything. “Here it is,” she said. “He looks like Yul Brynner. I remember Yul Brynner in the King and I. He was one sexy man if you ask me.” Karen sighed and closed her eyes. “I could see the attraction,” she breathed out. “I say bring him on Adrienne.”

“Now look here,” Helen said. “He’s been a good friend of hers for a long time. There’s no better way to ruin a good friendship than to mix sex with it.”

I blushed. It is one thing to discuss roommate situations with a group of elderly ladies, it is quite another to discuss sex. I suddenly felt like my grandmother was sitting with me offering bedroom advice. I wanted to guide the conversation elsewhere. “Did any of you ever have a good friend who was male and he wanted more of a romantic relationship than you did?” I asked.

“Oh poor Bill,” Polly said, looking sad. “He was the nicest boy. He carried my books to school, helped me with my Algebra, and we could talk about anything. He was my best friend through the first half of Junior year in high school. Then he wanted more.”

Teresa is always quiet. We have to pull words from her in a discussion group. She sits back and listens, taking it all in, smiling sometimes, but rarely speaks out. “What did you do?” she asked.

We all looked at her in surprise. She blushed and covered her mouth with her hand.

“We were sitting on my front porch in the swing,” Polly said. “He reached over and put his hand on my knee. I didn’t think, I just gave him a good swat. That’s when he confessed that he wanted me for his girlfriend. I had never even considered it. I think my surprise and rejection hurt him, but I couldn’t help it. I just didn’t have that kind of feeling for him. It was never the same between us after that.”

“Let’s get back to Adrienne and her plight,” Helen said. “We have to be practical here. It’s not just about the romance. This man is paying half the bills in her house. What happens if things turn sour? Adrienne’s left holding the bag.”

“Oh that’s exactly right,” Beth piped up. “I think it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Shirley had been quiet, taking in the conversation and banter back and forth. She finally dipped her toe in. “You know feeling comfortable with someone doesn’t necessarily mean you are in love with them. I was comfortable with a man for twenty years before I realized there wasn’t anything beyond that old shoe feeling. I was missing the spark everyone talked about. I couldn’t live my life without spark, so I got divorced.”

“You did? After twenty years?” Helen asked. “What did your husband do?”

“He was mad. Said his Mama would be scandalized in her church. How could I do that to his mother? I said I wasn’t living in a loveless marriage with his mother. I was living in a loveless marriage with him. Funny thing was, he ended up remarried before me. Found a girl his Mama liked I guess. More power to him.”

Everyone laughed.

“Did you find your spark?” Beth asked.

“Took me a few years, but yes Honey I did,” Shirley said with a mysterious smile and twinkle in her eye. With my James, sparks flew.” Shirley looked right at me. “You tell your friend Adrienne she needs to look beyond comfortable. I wasted twenty years. Life’s too short for comfortable.”

“What do you think M?” Polly asked me.

“I’m a hopeless romantic,” I said. “I want Adrienne to fall in love with and marry every man she meets. It’s a good thing she doesn’t listen to me. I better not offer advice. So what do you ladies think? Should she become romantically involved with Michael?”

They all looked at each other and one by one shook their heads ‘no’. It appears Adrienne doesn’t get off easy with this one.

“Do you know what she decided?” Helen asked.

“Not yet,” I said.

“Then maybe it’s not too late,” Shirley said. “Can you post what we think she ought to do today? She may be making a huge mistake. She could be kissing him right this second. Hurry M Dawn.”

“Friend, Adrienne.” The ladies of the club unanimously say, “stick with the friend.”


© 2011 M Dawn Thacker for Click M Dawn’s tag for more stories and articles.

2 Responses to “And The Ladies Of The Fan Club Say…”
  1. Adrienne says:

    Tell the ladies, Thanks! It’s great having a team backing me!


  2. Huge sigh of relief from the ladies A. They’re not sure their hearts are up to the next challenge! -m dawn

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