In a rural town, a storm passes over the area. A neighbor rocks in his chair while he sits on the porch. Two kids chase each other in the field. Two teenage kids jump into the lake.
Deborah Cox stands in the forest, wearing a skin-tight caramel dress.
In her two-story home, she changes in her bedroom and lies down on the bed.
One afternoon, she and her friend were talking a walk. On the bridge, a couple was talking with a young man, who was sitting with his motorcycle beside, him. As she passed by, he gazed at her. She smiled back at him.
In her attic, she finds a keepsake box. She sits on the rug in the family room, sifting through photos of her ex-boyfriends. Throwing the photos on the floor, she starts to cry and then tosses them out the window. The next day, she takes a walk in the field.
The young man places a jar by her door. She opens the door and picks up the jar. Behind his car, he watches as her eyes lit up at the butterfly fluttering its wings inside.
At around 9 p.m., they meet in the forest. He puts his hands around his waist and leans in to kiss her. However, she turns her head away. She runs back home.
Back in the forest, he watches her return home, wearing her caramel dress. Feeling someone staring at her, she turns around and sees him. She walks back towards him.
Deborah Cox had resigned herself to being single. After her last serious relationship imploded, she believed she was better off. She moved out of the city and into a rural town, hoping to get a fresh start.
Over the course of two years, she had made some friends and was doing well at her job. While walking with a friend, a young man stared at her. It had been a long time since anyone looked at her with affection. She enjoyed the moment for what it was and went back home.
However, it got her thinking that she missed having someone to eat dinner with after a long day. It stirred something inside her and soon, she was searching the attic for old boxes of photos she had kept from past relationships. She cried, blaming herself for not making the relationships work. Maybe she would married by now.
After he leaves her the gift of the butterfly, she calls him and they decide to meet in the forest. However, he leans in to kiss her and she can’t do it. She leaves him without an explanation. Running back, she thinks of how he could hurt her in the future and she can’t go through the pain of being disappointed again. He’s perfect the way he is now and she’d rather leave it that way.
But he still calls her and meets her for walks. He approaches her one weekend, after an argument they had. He had pleaded with her to give him a chance but she said no. He hung up the phone, telling her she has let her past define her. With a welcoming look, she sees him and lets herself be open to going on a date with him.
Director: Darren Grant Year: 1998
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