“Rendezvous” is a short story, written by Daniel Ransom in 1985. The story takes place on the interstate highway in the United States of America. The story split up into two stories. The one half of the story is about a girl called Kim, and the other side of the story is about a man called Payton. The story is following both persons, Kim and Payton, at the same time. But in the end of the story they meet each other and the two stories becomes one. Kim is a fifteen years old teenager.
She wants to have the control over her own life, without her parents interfering. Kim is sitting in an Interstate rest stop. It is cold and its starts raining. She is hungry and wishes a little bit that she is back home. At the same time Payton is driving very fast as if he is trying to escape from something on the interstate highway, he is listening to very loud music with high drums. He has Just made a confession to a priest, He thinks on what the priest told him to do, turn himself in to the police. The priest was not as nice as he thought he would be.
It’s nearly dark and the rain is starting. Kim goes outside from the rest stop, looking at the pay phone but she thinks it is too early to contact her parents. She is also thinking about the good story she can tell to her friends. She decides to have a ride before it is get night Kim watches the car pull off the road fifty yards past and she begins to run. She wishes that she could see the driver, but it is very dark and raining. As she opens the door, she hears the drums.
The story takes place in the real world (reality) and not in a fantasy world. The atmosphere in the story is heavy, dark, you can feel this is going to go wrong. Rainy, dark, beers, the rest stop.
There are two main characters: Kim is a fifteen years old girl, who wants live her own ife, without her parent’s interfering. She is Just about to call her parents, before she changes her mind and starts walking by the Interstate highway, trying to stop a car by hitchhiking. Payton is driving at the Interstate and thinks back at the conversation, he had with the priest.
He has a tattoo of a cobra, which itches a lot. He has long dirty hair, like high music with drums and he is drinking while he is driving very fast. He is maybe a serial killer on the loose.
The story starts in a media res where we see Payton driving in his car faster and faster, there are no introduction. There are flashbacks with Payton where he is thinking back at the meeting with the priest. There are some hints what there will happened in the end for Payton”now he rubs the cobra. It’s as if it needs to be fed.
The saxophone solo is over now, the drums are back. He feels young, strong, invincible. TO hell with the priest. And then he sees Kim, hitchhiker, young gir. And a hint for Kim, She wishes she’d been able to get a glimpse of the driver, all there other drivers she’d been able to check out before getting inside. But it’s dark and she’s soaked from the rain, for some reason she thinks of the pay phone, as she opens the appen, but I got at bad feeling from the atmosphere in the story and the two hint’s.
Point of View:
The short story is told by a 3rd person unlimited narrator, because nobody says something during in the text, and we get to know what they think. The narrator also has the ability to switch between Kim and Payton. The Story is told from the writer’s point of view, because it isn’t told from a one person perspective. Therefore we know that the narrator also is the writer.
The themes in the text are crime and running away from the problems. And again the fear for the unknown, the ricks a hitchhiker takes. Message I think that the message in the story could be that you can’t trust all people. And that you had to watch out for yourself (fear the unknown). But another important message is that you have to trust people who are close to you and that there is no reason to run away from home, because there always another solution. The world is a hard place.
The title “Rendezvous” means a meeting between two persons. That is what happens in the ending of Daniel Ransom’s story. The meeting is between Kim and Payton the klimax. Other text movie the hitchhiker also of the horror master Stephen King