Happy Friday everyone, today’s post is going to give you only one WIP rec, and then three complete fics to read because like one of our RA readers, eewee333, said last week, “I’m one of those readers who only likes to read “complete” fics. I’ve just been left hanging so many times in the past I lost count. So now, for me, only completed fics.”, and since many of you feel the same way I thought I’d try to rec more completes for you. So, that being said, our lovely AllyVera has two completed fic recs for you, and I am going to recap a previously rec’d WIP that is now complete. Please enjoy….
Summary for The Blackened Flame: “Six years ago he tore her apart, broke her. Bella’s a new, take charge woman now. What will happen when Edward walks into her conference room, and back into her life, as her new client? Rated M for language and future lemons. Drabble fic.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Hurt/Comfort/Romance – Chapters: 72 – Words: 18,495 – Reviews: 2611 – Updated: 4-16-12 – Published: 1-20-12 – Bella & Edward – Complete”
It is probably a fair assumption to say that most of us here at FanFiction Fridays are familiar with Catastrophia’s work – she is a powerhouse author. The story of Cat’s I would like to spotlight today is her completed drabble fic – The Blackened Flame. TBF is pretty special, as it is betaed by our beautiful Midnight Cougar (and what a damn fine job she did too)!
Bella “captures” us in the first chapter, she is confident, successful and a bit of a bitch. I just loved this part of chapter one..
“Do you know they call me an ‘ice queen ‘now? That I’m a bitch extraordinaire? That I take what I want from men, just as you took from me?
A part of me died that day; the day I found out I wasn’t the only one you professed to love.
You didn’t see anything wrong with having three girlfriends.
I’m an independent woman now, not a puppy to follow you around.
Men follow me around now.
I spin my silky web and mercilessly trap my flies.”
The story takes no prisoners – Bella is a driven woman, in her professional life and also her personal life – as she informs Demetri, Edward’s second in command in chapter 7 ..
“I don’t do dates,” I reveal. “But if you want to get some food before we fuck, I always enjoy a good meal.”
Um, yeah – might as well get straight to the point, go Bella!! Obviously the hardened shell we see at first is hiding wounds that have never healed, and as the chapters slide quickly by, we peel more layers away. By chapter 13 we get to see a glimpse of the pain Bella has been masking on the outside and suddenly what we see makes sense.
Bella’s carefully constructed walls start to slowly implode from the reappearance of Edward in her life and even though Edward seems like a decent guy in the present day, he hasn’t always been and Bella is certainly justified with her anger towards him.
Excerpt from chapter 16…
“I hate you for invading my space.
I hate you for drudging up painful, long buried memories.
I hate you for coming back into my life.
I hate you for what you took from me.
You stand there speechless and I want to slap you. I want to hit you so fucking hard, so that you can feel one iota of the pain I feel.
So I do.
I step forward and swing my arm, my hand connecting with your face, and there it is again… the resounding ‘smack’.
But there is also the burn from touching you and my body remembers.
I slap you again, and again. Because I’m angry, because you’re making me hurt again.”
What follows is such an emotional read, I think I went through half a box of tissues reading it, but that being said you also see the light at the end of the tunnel for Bella – because truly, this is her story – she was the one wronged in the first place, and using the old adage “only the one who hurts you can make you feel better” – only Edward can heal our Bella. And he does…
Cat posted an epilogue recently for The Blackened Flame which rounded out this story beautifully, so if you haven’t already, please go forth and read!
Also, you can visit Catastrophia’s Blog for more story information.
On a separate note, The Twilight Eclipse Awards opened for voting 5th May 2012 and I have nominated Catastrophia for Best All Human Drabble, Best Angst Drabble and Best Lemon for Breach – please go and vote for Cat!! http://twilighteclipseawards.blogspot.com.au/
Summary for In the Shallows: “Everywhere I look, something reminds me of him. Smells, words, colours, songs. For two years I’ve cried over him. The best thing that’s ever happened to me. The love of my life. He left because we were hurting. Because I was in the shallows.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Angst/Hurt/Comfort – Chapters: 12 – Words: 6,684 – Reviews: 484 – Updated: 8-7-11 – Published: 3-8-11 – Bella & Edward – Complete”
In the first chapter of “In the Shallows” aptly titled “Surfacing” (very shades of New Moon) we meet Bella, a photographer on her way home on the Subway….
Excerpt from chapter one –..
“I grab the bar above my head; holding on as the subway train makes its way through the complicated, twisted tunnels. The man beside me is wearing his cologne. Suddenly, I am seventeen years old again, my heart beats a bit quicker. After ten years, you’d think I would be used to it. After two years, you’d think I would have reversed the Pavlovian response I have to the smell. To the smell of him.”
Porcia’s dreamlike writing describes Bella’s pain and loss of Edward so well, that you really feel it yourself and it is obvious that even two years on, Bella is suffering greatly without the love of her life. Over the next nine chapters of the story, you see glimpses of their past love, of how happy they were and of course, we eventually see the events that tore them apart.
Excerpt from chapter three..
“The lights of the city outside twinkle, and then blur- as though I am travelling past them in a train. They blur because of the water in my eyes. The tears that I refuse to shed. Because he pats my hand. I need him, God, do I need him. But I know that this is the end of the line.”
The unusual premise of this story is that the chapters are not told in chronological order, and strangely enough, I don’t think it would have worked another way. It is a mixture of light and dark that keeps us, as readers, from drowning in Bella’s sorrow.
For me, this story is one of the most beautiful, moving things I have read and the issues dealt with in the story are very real. I don’t want to give too much away, because the story is short in length and I think it is a journey best for you as the reader to discover. I will share with you (without giving anything away) is that this is definitely a Happily Ever After, and a beautiful one at that. Oh, and there is definitely no cheating! So, please give this story a read and I hope you love it as much as I did.
MC taking over to let you know that if you are looking for a wonderful fic to read full of lovely Edward and Bella romance and humor, one that I rec’d back on FanFiction Fridays – Recs for Dec 9/11, My Beautiful Storm by, one of my all-time favourite FanFiction authors, the creator of Friday’s at Noon, the talented, Troublefollows1017 is NOW COMPLETE!
Summary for My Beautiful Storm: “Weather-obsessed Bella finds Edward’s journal, leading her on a trip down memory lane. Back then, Edward had run away, hoping to find a new purpose. Bella couldn’t wait for her chance to escape, sure she knew what she wanted. Neither one expected this.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Humor – Chapters: 20 – Words: 122,316 – Reviews: 3926 – Updated: 4-13-12 – Published: 12-2-11 – Bella & Edward – Complete”
Now, I would also like to mention that for anyone who would like to start a fairly new WIP and who likes Olderward and Actorward, Catastrophia has a gripping new Romance/Drama fic called Me and Mr. Cullen, which I am betaing. We have 11 well-written chapters so far, it’s updating regularly – once a week or so – and I can tell you it’s gonna be one hell of a marital ride of a learning experience for both 31-year-old Edward, and High School Senior, 18-year-old Bella! 😉
Summary for Me and Mr Cullen: “It was just a long weekend in Vegas, so how did eighteen year old high school senior Bella Swan end up married to thirty one year old movie exec, Edward Cullen? This is the story of their awkward life. Rated M for future lemons.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 11 – Words: 29,042 – Reviews: 1813 – Updated: 5-2-12 – Published: 3-14-12 – Bella & Edward”
Me and Mr. Cullen
Chapter 1 – Our Chance Encounter
I don’t stick out in a crowd… except in a gigantic casino lobby because I was the only one reading a book instead of gambling.
It was our second day in Las Vegas, Sin City, on my fall break and we were staying at the Mirage. My mom, Renee, thought it would be a great girl’s getaway seeing as my step-father Phil wasn’t interested.
I was bored out of my mind because I was waiting for Renee to come out of the casino so we could go over to the mall in the Venetian. Vegas was not for the under twenty one, and at eighteen I was a few years shy of being able to do all of the stuff I had little to no interest in anyway.
I wanted to visit the Secret Garden, the aquarium in Mandalay Bay, the wax museum, ride the coaster at New York New York, see the fountains at Bellagio, and go see a Cirque du Soleil show.
Closing my book I decided to head over to Starbuck’s for a pick me up and a chance to stretch. Checking my phone, there was a new text message. Five more minutes, she said. More like five more hours.
I was stuck in limbo. I should have just abandoned her and gone out on my own, but we were there together, so I resigned myself to wait.
Grabbing a coffee, I found a comfy chair and opened my book back up.
“Good book?” an unfamiliar voice asked a few minutes later when I was about a chapter in.
I blinked, looking up just in time to see a man occupy the chair next to me. A very, very handsome man. He held a coffee in one hand, his Blackberry in the other. His copper colored hair was shaggy and in contrast with the crispness of his suit. He didn’t buy off the rack.
Shrugging my shoulders, I responded nonchalantly. “It’s not bad. Passes the time well enough.”
His fingers stopped typing and he quirked his brow at me.
“You’re in Vegas and you are ‘passing the time’?” he questioned incredulously.
“My mom’s in the casino.”
“Ah, not a gambler?”
I shook my head. “No, for a few reasons.”
“Well, I’m curious now,” he said with a smile and turned his body toward me.
“I don’t see you in the casino,” I replied, deflecting. It was nice to talk with someone, but I knew when my age came out, he was outta here.
He smirked and I wondered if he knew how good he looked when he did that. “I play a little, but I’d rather put my money toward a bigger gamble. So, why aren’t you in there?”
I sighed. “Various reasons, including lack of funds and… I’m not allowed.”
“They kicked you out? Are you the counting cards type?” he questioned with another smirk.
“Do I scream MIT?” I shot back, and attempted not to fawn over the smirk.
He laughed. “No, just smarter than the average bear.”
“Now, I don’t know how to take that. Either you are insulting my intelligence when you find out I do actually go to MIT, or flattered that you noticed I’m above average,” I said, closing my book and turning toward him.
He held his hands up, coffee, Blackberry, and all. “I believe I need to apologize, I did not mean to insinuate you had below average intelligence… as smarter than average is below for MIT standards.”
“Well, you’re off the hook. MIT didn’t want me,” I said and leaned back into the chair.
He smiled and shook his head. “Okay. Harvard? You seem Ivy League.”
“Alright, so where do you go?”
I grimaced. “Umm, I go to Western Heights High School in Phoenix. Next Fall I’ll go to USC.”
He stared at me stunned. “Wow, I honestly thought you were in college… over eighteen.”
“Eighteen exactly,” I said, for some reason wanting him to know I was of legal age. Who was I kidding? I was still in high school, a virgin, and was in Vegas with my mom, while he was expensive, intelligent, and obviously placating me.
“USC’s a good school. I live not too far from the campus. Expensive.”
“Yeah, I think my mom is trying to win my tuition, but knowing her luck, I’ll still be paying off student loans until I die.”
“Yeah, loans are brutal,” he replied before moving to stand. “Well, I need to get to a meeting.”
I attempted to smile up at him. “Yep, knew I lost you. Even though I’m only eighteen, we can talk, you know?”
“You didn’t scare me away, but I have an eleven o’clock meeting to get too. Promise,” he assured me.
“Oh,” I replied, feeling foolish.
“I forgot introductions. My name is Edward Cullen,” he said, stuffing his Blackberry in his pocket before holding out his hand.
There was a humming that moved up my arm when I took his hand, a vibration down to my bones.
“Good luck, Bella Swan,” he smiled, placing a light kiss on the back of my hand.
“You too, Mr. Cullen. Have a fun meeting.”
Laughing, he released my hand. “Oh, these meetings are never fun. Merely a necessity.”
With a wink, he left and I returned to my book and tried to forget the good looking man who I would probably never see again.
“Bella! There you are!” Renee called from the Starbuck’s entry a few minutes later.
“Hi, Mom,” I replied.
“I’ve been looking everywhere for you. Are you ready for some lunch?” she asked.
I wanted to roll my eyes. I was ready to do anything that involved leaving the hotel.
“Sure. Can we do some sightseeing after?” I asked, practically begging.
“Sounds like a good idea. What do you want to see?”
We talked about how to spend our afternoon, but I knew no matter what we saw; the only thing I would remember from the day was Edward Cullen.
There you have today’s post, four great recs for you to choose from and to our sweet eewee333, 3 completes for you luv! 😀
I would like to say a special THANK YOU to my lovely friend, AllyVera, for helping me with today’s post, I really appreciate all you do for me and RA Ally! ♥
HOUSEKEEPING: As you may have noticed, I have revamped the FanFiction Library tab at the top of the blog, it has a new title of FFF Library and is all up to date, as well, you will also notice a new page I created under the FFF Library tab, labelled FFF Posts – on this page you will find a list of all the FanFiction Fridays posts in posting date order, and a list of the fics rec’d in the subsequent post. I hope you like this new FFF Posts Page and I would love your feedback as to what you think! xx
Have a beautiful week! Midnight Cougar