FFF Housekeeping: Before I start this week’s recs, I wanted to let our RA readers know that MC’s FF Library is now up to date, with an alphabetical list of all the FanFiction recommendations that have been made on a FFF, plus there is a clickable icon for the Actorward Community on FF.net.
I have listed the title of the fic with the author’s name, both contain a FF.net link, to the story and the author’s profile, respectively. From now on, after each FFF post, I will update MC’s FF Library list with the new recs. I hope you will all like this format; I pondered many options, but felt this was the simplest and easiest for our RA readers to access.
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Alright, now on with today’s recs. This week I have two WIPs for your reading pleasure; both are near and dear to my heart, and both, IMO are wonderful stories. Oddly enough each story deals with a musician; one with Bella as a singer, the other with Edward as a composer.
It Isn’t Over Yet was first published Sept 8/11; we now have a Prologue plus 5 chapters, an update schedule of every two weeks and I can guarantee you will be immediately drawn into this heart-wrenching story. In an A/N reyes139 states, “Disclaimer: This story will be very harsh at points. There will be heart wrenching moments… I warn you now. You may hate a character or two but I promise no matter how bad it gets … there will be an HEA…. I believe everyone deserves a second chance and so this will be a journey of growth, humility, and finding the simple joys in life… the things that truly matter.”
The story starts out with a detailed Prologue, offering us a back-history of eight years of Bella’s life. This is an intensely passionate story about a girl who puts all her love and trust in one man, only to have it all thrown back in her face.
It Isn’t Over Yet is set in Naples, Florida, where Bella moved, with her parents, so her father could take a new job there as chief of police. It was there that she befriended her neighbor’s children, Emmett, Edward and Alice and they became the best of friends. They were inseparable from the time they met, and Bella even became Edward’s girlfriend. But, all this happiness came to an abrupt end when Edward harshly and cruelly broke-up with her before going off to Medical College. He was a Senior, she a Junior, and he left her behind, devastated.
Bella briefly explains how her life sadly progressed after that fateful day. She not only lost Edward, but all his family as well because she just couldn’t bear to be around them. She pushed everyone away in the first year, but in the second she made one friend, Lauren, who became her treasured confidant. Throughout the next six years, Bella’s life coasted along with the end of High School, then College and then towards the end of the Prologue, and after Bella has briefly recounted those empty eight years of her life, we experience her powerful performance as a famous singer. We learn that her music became her salvation; she had kept journals after Edward left, that eventually became intense lyrics to her successful songs.
So far there are four riveting chapters, after the Prologue, that are told from BPOV; we go back in time and relive Bella’s experience in greater detail. I literally bawled when reading chapter 1 when Edward leaves her; it was one of the most tragic break-ups I have ever read; cruel and painful!
This story is intense with Bella’s emotions running very high; reyes139 masterfully projects all of Bella’s excruciating pain, suffered throughout her life, after Edward left. It Isn’t Over Yet is labelled Angst/Romance, and so far it had definitely lived up to that description. So if you like this type of emotional storyline, then give this gem a read!
A Teaser from Chapter 6 – to be posted approx. Nov 7/11:
“It felt good to make them see I wasn’t just his girl anymore. No, I was Isabella Marie Swan and I didn’t need him, well at least to their knowledge.
The only person that knew what was hidden deep inside of me was Lauren.
She was my sister through and through.
With my new status came a lot of outings and events with my fellow peers.
We had basketball, football and soccer to cheer for. Our season was amazing. We took both state championships in basketball and football. We were unstoppable and I had never had so much fun in my life.
It felt good to forget during those hours.
I was someone else.
I was appreciated and felt wanted.
It was more than he had given me while we were together.
I had never realized how one sided everything had been. I watched all around me constantly, seeing people in love, couples just being and accepting the other for who they were.
I wanted that but couldn’t see myself with anyone else but him.
How do you let the love of your life go?”
Summary for It Isn’t Over Yet: “Everything they said, everything they did, everything I saw was about him and his memory. He left me. Yet here I stand eight years later, still drowning in his memory and the destruction he left behind. M for language and future lemons B/E promised HEA
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Angst/Romance – Chapters: 6 – Words: 16,110 – Reviews: 165 – Updated: 10-24-11 – Published: 9-8-11 – Bella & Edward”
My second rec today is also a WIP, titled Awaken. This amazing fic is especially close to my heart because I have the honor of being a Beta for this special story, written by my treasured and very talented friend Edward’s Eternal, also the author of Simply Coffee.
This captivating story is not a drabble, but starts off with short, concise chapters that will get longer as the story progresses. As of today we have 7 well-written chapters and we can expect three updates per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Awaken is told mostly from EPOV, but we will see some of BPOV.
The story begins with Edward, who is a “brilliant aloof composer”, pondering his life in the early morning hours. He is discontented with many things in his life, but at the moment, especially unhappy that he agreed to attend a fundraising event where he will have to meet five fans and answer their questions. This is most displeasing to him because he likes his privacy, and due to certain circumstances he is highly sensitive to most environmental stimuli around him; smells, lights, closeness, etc.
After a torturous afternoon of ridiculous questions and overzealous fans, it finally comes time for Edward to greet the last fan and last question; this is how he meets the lovely Bella. She quietly but intelligently asks him a question regarding his favorite musical composition; he is shocked by her accurate assessment of the score and gladly answers her insightful question.
But, after the event is over, Edward can’t get Bella off his mind and has his bodyguard, Emmett, bring her to him to speak privately. They chat naturally about the piece, and Edward, finding himself captivated by her intellect and charm, invites her to dinner. After spending a wonderful evening together at Bella’s apartment, where she cooks dinner for him so he can have his privacy away from the public, he realizes he needs more time with this unique woman and invites her to spend the afternoon with him the next day and then to attend the event Gala with him that evening.
This is as far as this entrancing storyline has progressed, but I can give you an insiders guarantee 😉 that we are in for a superb literary journey through Awaken.
Excerpt from Chapter 7:
“This girl, she is…? ” his voice trailed off questionably.
I sighed and shrugged my shoulders. “Fuck if I know my friend. She just …is. I can’t explain it to you when I can hardly understand it myself. “
He stepped in front me and placed his hands on my shoulders. “Sometimes Edward, things happen that we don’t understand and we can’t explain. Often they are bad and you know that better than anyone. But sometimes they’re good, and we have to open ourselves up to them and allow them to happen. No matter how scary it seems, no matter that it’s not a guarantee, sometimes we just have to try. You understand?”
I nodded at my closest friend. One of the few people in the entire world I could trust.
“It’s a strange feeling Carlisle.” I admitted, still feeling anxious. “I can’t control it. I don’t like not being in control. It hasn’t worked out so well in the past.”
“That right there is the point Edward. It’s the past. You can’t change it. But you can try and see what the future holds. I know how you struggle, Edward. I know. But you can choose to move forward and not be stuck in a holding pattern of fear for the rest of your life. And this is a start. I’m proud of you for this. Really.”
Overcome, I could only nod my thanks as he clapped me on the shoulders once again and walked away laughing, obviously trying to lighten the mood.
“Now, try and not scare her away before dinner alright? I’ve gone to a fuck load of trouble to get her in. I don’t want to have to explain an empty seat beside me.”
Always had to have the last word.
This time I let him.
But I had to smile. Because he was making sure Bella would be with me tonight.
And then I resumed pacing.”
Summary for Awaken: “A brilliant aloof composer, hiding from the world. An unexpected meeting. How will he react ? Can she help him change his vision on life ?
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Hurt/Comfort – Chapters: 7 – Words: 7,308 – Reviews: 274 – Updated: 11-3-11 – Published: 10-25-11 – Edward & Bella”
So there are my recs for this week, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. Both fics dealing with a musical theme, but one being high Angst/Romance, the other encompassing Romance/Hurt/Comfort. Please share what’s been owning you in the FanFiction world this week! Happy FanFiction Fridays! xx MC