A Cry in the Night Setting: The story starts in New York City, most likely present day. Then as the story goes on it moves to minnesota out to Erich’s farm. It is winter in Minnesota and very cold. Characters: Jenny is the main character of the story. She is a divorced mother of two.
She is young and pretty. She works at an art museum in New York City to support herself and her two little girls. She is kind and sweet and has a brilliant sense of humor. Erich is an artist. He’s mysterious and curious.
His actions speak louder then most words because he tends to be quiet during the story. On the outside he seems like the most perfect man. The type that every woman hopes of meeting and falling in love with. But on the inside he holds dark secrets of his past and a twisted, hateful mind. Kevin is Jenny’s ex-husband.
He’s a struggling actor with a great sense of humor. He tends to be a little selfish, but always tries to put everything on the good side of the hill. He cares about Jenny and his children even if it seems like he doesn’t. Clyde is the old man who works on Erich’s farm. He basically runs the place and had been around ever since Erich was in diapers.
He worked with Erich’s father to make his farm the most respected and well known in the county. Rooney is Clyde’s wife. She used to be great friends with Erich’s mother. She turns to Jen to give her a friend and some confidence. Everyone around the farm thinks that Rooney is crazy and doesn’t know what she is doing. She’s smart and a good cook, and loves to help. Mark is Erich’s best friend from childhood. He is a doctor and helps out Erich whenver needed. When Erich starts to get weird, Jen turns to Mark for help and friendship.
Mark is a helpful man who cares deeply for others. In the story it seems like he’s falling for Jen. Tina and Beth are Jen’s little girls. They are both young and influential. Summary: She had been struggling ever since her and Kevin had broken up, Jen thought to herself one night as she was rushing out of work to go pick up Tina and Beth. Life had just gotten out of hand for her after the divorce.
Money seemed like it was everything. But she was still happy. She knew she’d pick up her children go home and make them dinner and feel all cozy in their little apartment. That was what she was really looking forward to for the night. Jen knew that the next day would be very big and important.
All her boss told her was that a special unknown, yet very talented, artist would be coming to the gallery and that she would be the one to introduce him and his work the the art sellers and buyers. What Jen did not know, was that this man was named Erich Kruegar, and was soon to be her future husband. Walking into work the next morning was nerve wracking to her. Not only because she was meeting this “infamous” artist, but also because she had to worry about the children’s new day care center. Worrying wasn’t an abnormal thing in her schedule though, she always had something on her mind other then herself. She knew Kevin would be showing up that night because it was pay day. He always showed up on pay day.
He’d say to her something along the lines of, “But Jen, I’m a struggling actor? You don’t want me to starve do you? I promise I’ll pay you back Jen, I swear!” He’d never pay her back she thought to herself as she walked into the gallery. Mr. Hartely, the owner of the gallery, rushed Jen through the door and gave her some paperwork. Erich would be there soon he had told her. He also made clear to her his plans with Erich and where he would be and at what times.
It was her job to arrange the artwork to a precise order that was given to them by Erich. Jen stared in awe at Erich’s work. He’s great she thought to herself as Mr. Hartely walked out the door. Day dreaming about the man on the front of the pamphlet she found herself thinking of what type of life this handsome man led, if he was married.
All of a sudden, she felt something behind her. She had bumped into Erich Kruegar. He must have let himself in without Jen hearing him. He was early she thought. Staring caught herself staring at him, he is gorgeous she thought to herself with a smile. Making polite conversation they hit it off.
Erich was considerate, intelligent, and clean cut. Erich had insisted on taking her out for lunch. Knowing this will completely throw her bosses schedule haywire, she hesitantly agreed. They immediately hit it off. She felt like he really cared as he stared at her every movement. After lunch they bought coffee and walked back to the gallery.
Meeting her boss at the door she knew she was in for it. Erich quickly introduced himself and took full credit for them being late. Mr. Hartely nodded and opened the door to the gallery. The customers would be there soon and then the gallery would be full, loud, and full of life.
After the showing of the artwork, Erich insisted on walking Jen to the day care to pick up her children then to take them out for supper. Him being very financially secure, took it upon himself to invite Jen everywhere. Jen felt uncomfortable at first about all the money he had been spending on her. But when he insisted that he didn’t mind and that it was all his pleasure to do so. She gave in.
After about a month Erich brought up and important issue, marriage. The thought of such commitment scared Jen to death. Thinking about what had happened to her last marriage she was very hesitant upon answering. But after thinking it through she figured it would be the best thing to do. It would take her children out of this environment and it would make her happy. Because Erich made her happy.
Kevin had shown up one night when Erich was over visiting Jen and the kids. Erich stood amazed as Jen handed Kevin over some money. While Kevin was there Jen had explained to him what was going on between her and Erich. Kevin didn’t think it was such a hot idea, but he took it as a sign of her moving on and he knew there was nothing he could do about it, so he left. Erich was enraged that Jen gave Kevin money for no reason, even when Kevin didn’t pay any type of child support or anything.
But then he thought, well soon we will be gone and I will take her away from all of this, and that is what he did. After the Wedding they moved on up to Minnesota. This is where all of the fun began. They did not have a honeymoon because they didn’t want to leave the kids at such a young age with people they did not know. Erich had also told the town that Jen was a widow and not a divorced woman.
And the emptiness of the farm also seemed just a little bit fishy to her. But she just figured it was nothing and thought about all the good things. She noticed slight changes in Erich’s behavior. He was very obsessed over his deceased mother, and he had ill memories of his father. He cried in his sleep and wandered secretly around the house.
Jen didn’t know what to do, so she just tried to ignore it. But when scary things started happening to her, she started to worry. Erich would leave in the morning and go out to …