Yesterday, June 20th, was Edward Anthony Masen Cullen’s birthday (or his canon birthday, anyway). This week’s post is a celebration of Edward in all his many adored forms. Stephenie Meyer brought Edward to life (and we are eternally grateful) but our wonderful Fan Fic Authors keep him alive and in our hearts everyday with the amazing ways they re-invent him. Tattward, Mobward, Daddyward, Militaryward, Historicalward, CEOward, Domward, Actorward…. Goodness, better stop there!
We have a little something special at the end of the post – an Award for the Ultimate Edward – so read on for the winner! Oh, and we have some recs for some great Edwards too!!
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all those fabulous authors I stalked… err.. contacted to see if they would help out with this post by sharing their absolute Favourite Edwards – I was amazed by the response and I really appreciate the time they took to share their passion with me ~ AV x
Renward from Renfield and Chiclets by katinki (no longer on FFn)
“He is a major Geekward, and pervy biter. He cracks me up with how serious he is and his OCD. His obsession with Bella is hysterical to watch, and also oh-so HOT!!! The man is sexy and doesn’t even know it, which only makes him that much sexier! He does whatever he can to make Bella happy, both sexually and emotionally. He’s sweet and smart and sexy.
Have I mentioned he’s sexy?”
The Misapprehension of Bella Swan by HunterHunting (pulled from FFn and Twilighted)
Edward is a Canadian ice hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks, and when he’s on the ice he’s fierce and competitive. Off the ice, however, he’s a little more … cerebral, though he tries to hide his intelligence from his team-mates, preferring to be seen as a ‘hockey whore’. When he meets Bella, the step-sister of his team-mate Emmett, he’s immediately attracted to her, in a way that explodes into hot lemony goodness that makes me want to swoon.
What I love about this Edward is that he is super-hot and aggressive on the rink, but in every-day life he can be sweet, adorable and romantic. He pursues Bella relentlessly, sending her gifts, phoning her constantly and fronting up to Emmett, who isn’t at all happy about their relationship. He even forgives her for dressing his cock up as a superhero (stay with me here), in a hilarious scene that involves capes, snuffies and scissors. Enough said.
Edward isn’t perfect, though, and his habit of pretending to be a hockey-whore comes back to bite him in the ass, big time. For those of you (are there any of you?) that haven’t read the story, I won’t spoil it any further, but suffice to say that HunterHunting not only writes a perfectly hot, angry and vulnerable Edward, but also writes a plotline that drags you in like a hungry alligator at feeding time.
“One of my very favourite recent Edwards was from planetblue’s Deviant. He is sexy and sweet, and completely unpredictable. He made me laugh, swoon and cry. He was plain, all around fantastic. I think probably all of chapter 17 encompasses it all. I can’t just pinpoint one thing…with this Edward, it’s everything.”
“I have to go with Troublefollow’s “My Beautiful Storm“‘s Edward. Because he just made my heart swell. He was so pure of heart, so full of wanting to be with Bella… And when he wrote that symphony for her, I cried so hard because it was just written THAT well.
Oh, what can I say about Manchu that hasn’t already been said. He’s sex incarnate, with a huge heart and an equally huge… moustache! He rides a Harley and sports some hot ink. He is pretty damn close to being the perfect man.
Cage fighter, Edward Cullen, is mean, moody and utterly magnificent. Like many of the best Edwards, he’s a terribly flawed and troubled man, who alleviates his deep-rooted anger with his fists, but underneath the hard exterior he has such a good and decent heart.
Clipped Wings & Inked Armor by HunterHunting
An Edward who is strong and sexually confident, covered in ink, who works as a hugely talented tattoo artist. Another flawed hero, who has fought to protect his heart, whilst struggling to overcome crippling guilt.
Edward Cullen is a hugely talented animator, who is completely oblivious to his good looks, and hopelessly shy around women, particularly the one woman he longs for, who stars in his dreams and as the cartoon super-heroine he draws at night. But when she brings him out of his shell, he becomes the strong, sexy man of her dreams.
Dead On My Feet by Cesca Marie
I’m not a huge fan of HS fics, but I really loved this one. In remission from cancer at the start of the story, this Edward has had to grow up quick and learn many coping mechanisms to deal with the impact of his illness, not just on himself, but those around him. His strength, fortitude and love for his family shine through.
Clipped Wings and Inked Armour by HunterHunting
“For me and I’m sure every FFn lover, it really is hard to just pick one Edward, but here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to. I know that on any given day my answer would change depending on the mood i’m in because there really is an Edward for all occasions. LOL, but isn’t that what we love about FFn!
So I think my favourite all time Edward would be a pulled fic “Clipped Wings and Inked Armour” by HunterHunting. Tattward rocks my boat anytime of the day or night. I love the idea of an inked, emotionally damaged Edward. He’s edgier than canon Edward, but gorgeous at the same time. This Edward adores Bella and needs to protect her so badly it hurts to watch him sometimes. I also loved the Bella in this fic. She’s super damaged but the pair of them worked so well together.
My favourite, still on FFn, Teenward would have to be “For The Summer” by camoozle. What a fantastic read from start to finish. It’s the perfect length and I loved watching these two characters grow up. There is so much UST and teenage heartache that it nearly kills you, but I adore that in fic. In fact, this fic took me back to being a teenager. The internal dialogue is so spot on. A great read although I guess this one isn’t just about Edward. It’s both Edward and Bella that you love here.
Now for an Edward that is super sexy and swashbuckling! Who wouldn’t love Pirateward? “Cutlass” by TKegl is awesome. I loved every word of it and I would definitely leave my life behind if that Edward offered me a bunk on his ship! He’s a scoundrel but the perfect gentleman at the same time and isn’t that what every girl wants… the bad boy who is really good inside? Yep, go read it and swoon if you haven’t already.
And one last Edward that is super cute, the sweetest Edward on FFn and one that I totally did not expect to like…is Tailward. If you haven’t read “Written In The Stars” by Lissa Byran, then give him a chance. He’s an alien with a tail and it makes me want one too. His tail isn’t that weird in the end and the fact that it shows his emotions…like wearing his heart on his sleeve…makes him so loveable. He’s very primal and has a natural instinct to protect his Bella. The fic is incredibly well written and it was the first time in a fic that I actually loved Tanya! Give Tailward a go because he’s original and a definite keeper.”
My favorite Edward’s are the ones that are rough around the edges, but are good guys deep down. I also like them tatted. LOL. Obviously that includes Edward from Clipped Wings and Inked Armor by HunterHunting. I know there are others that I can’t think of at the moment. I like Edwards who are really tough and strong, but who will do anything for the people they love.
“There are so, so many awesome Edward’s out there that it’s super hard to narrow it down to just one! Depends on if you want a possessive Edward, a sweet Edward, a sexy, dominant Edward…but if forced to select one, I’ll go for the sweetest, cutest one I’ve ever read. Edward from An Introduction To Swirl & Daisy. Yes, Edward is all of 13 when this story starts but he’s just adorable. From going to Charlie to ask to court Bella to dressing up as Harry Potter when he’s a LOTR man to win his girl back, this Edward just makes me smile. Easily one of my go-to places to read and feel good!”
Edward Masen from The Best Man by BrattyVamp (pulled from FFn)
“The first thing that attracted me to this Edward was his inner struggles. He’s struggling to be the kind of man he thinks he’s supposed to be: a serious, studious, hard-working you man with no time to relax. At the same time, he’s struggling against his attraction to Bella, his childhood friend whom he once saw as a sister, but now he sees her as a woman and he’s not sure what to do with that. It’s the way he overcomes these struggles in the weeks that he and Bella are together that makes him so attractive to me; the way he slowly lets Bella in and allows her to teach him how to loosen up, and finally he accepts his feelings for her and becomes a shoulder for her to lean on when she needs his support. He’s sweet, protective, jealous, mature, athletic, intelligent, just everything rolled into one. Definitely my favorite Edward!”
Domward from The Submissive and The Dominant by tarasueme (pulled from FFn to publish)
“Choosing a favorite Edward is like asking me to choose a favorite cheese. There is no such thing. Being forced to do so, however, makes me think of two. My favorite story of all time is Master of the Universe (go ahead, get the pitchforks) so I thought that was my easy choice. However, putting more thought into it, I decided that my go-to Mr. Cullen has to be from Tara Sue Me’s The Submissive/The Dominant.
Why you say? “He’s abusive. He wants to hurt her.” I don’t see it that way. There is something to be said about a strong man that has control. Control while at the same time, is making sure every one of your needs are met. Whether they be sexual or emotional. He’s not selfish, quite the opposite. Personally, I’m a very strong, able woman, and in no way into BDSM. I did, however, choose a husband that will just not take my **. Cause trust me, I can dish it out. There’s something inherently sexy about a man that will never become your doormat. I don’t want a guy that cries at Hallmark commercials or lets me walk all over him. The Submissive’s Edward Cullen is all man, just the way I like them.”
We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share with you our favourite Edwards..
I told Ally Vera it would be an easier task to choose my favourite child than to choose my favourite fic Edward. Although I adore Actorward, Irishward, and Geekward stories, somehow, the two Edwards I find myself torn between are none of the above. I know, I know – it’s cheating, but both Lordward from Plight Thee My Troth by Gingerandgreen, and Danteward from *The University of Edward Masen by Sebastien Robichaud made me fall for them slowly, yet hard and irrevocably.
Lord Edward Masen while enlightened for a gentleman of his time, has a commanding masterful presence that contrasts beautifully with his capacity to love his Lady Bella so softly and fiercely. He is forever my Swoonward. Then, there is the brooding and enigmatic Professor Edward Masen. He has a gentle and loving side that calls to me, but it’s his deep, deep passion as a scholar and for his woman, that earned him a special place in my heart. The fact I find intelligent men a turn-on is just a bonus!
*Now published as Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvian Reynard.
Oh. Manchu. Sexy, dirty Italian talking Manchu. There are so many sides to him, he’s delicious, funny and caring.
I know others have waxed lyrical about him, so I won’t say too much, except I agree with every word! He simply cannot be ignored. He’s wonderful.
Such a beautiful, complex and heartbreaking Edward. This is the Edward that made me sob uncontrollably. But he uses humour and intelligence to cover his secrets -fun, mysterious but, again with a huge capacity for love. He’s stayed with me for months after reading.
Be still my beating heart! Blood and Glory’s Edward is strong, rough, capable, intelligent and trained to kill. Ruthless and fierce…but once he meets Bella he is so gentle, tender and protective of her, it’s beautiful. His encouragement of and admiration for her is seriously swoonworthy. He’s romantic and shows his own vulnerability to her. I think it’s his tenderness that really captured my heart. Seeing a strong guy being gentle because he has no need to prove himself, that inner confidence to show love really gets to me.
A conversation between AllyVera and G&G
Ally Vera: Hey, can you pick your favourite Edward and write a few lines on him?
Ally V: O_O
G&G: You’re serious??
Ally V: *nods vigorously*
G&G: *whimpers* I just have to step out of the tent. I may be some time…
1 week later…
G&G: Um, okay, er, I choose….
Ally V: *excitedly* Yes?
G&G: Sorry, my internet is down *runs away*
Another long while later…
G&G: *takes a deep breath*
All V: Go on GG, you can do it!
G&G: Aaaaaahhhhh – IchooseWoundedSoldierward, becausehecandeliverbabiesandploughfieldsandburythedeadandmakehismommahappyand …
Ally V: Take a moment, have a glass of wine, that’s it 🙂 *strokes G&G’s brow*
G&G: Okay, Counselor’s Woundedsoldierward because there isn’t a part of life that he doesn’t weave magic around. Birth, death, gentle love, love that aches like a fissure in the earth, war, brotherhood, protection, joy, soothing parental love, frustrated parental love, the greatness inherent in being the surviving son of a good man, sweet lovemaking and desperate lovemaking, loyalty, craft, nurturing nature through his farm, his pride and his family – he’s everything a man could be. Just perfect, really.
Ally V: Was that so hard?
G&G: *Glares* *Chases Ally V with a pitchfork* You made me choose!! What about all the other Edwards I love? What about my own Fic sons? Give me that bottle…
Ally V: *sighs* *whispers* Drama Queen much?
(Note from AllyVera… I nearly laughed myself silly when GingerandGreen sent me this, and I had to share it with you all… PS: She didn’t really chase me with a pitchfork… for long)
So, Choc totally stole my Edward – but I forgive her as she said everything about Hockeyward from The Misapprehension of Bella Swan that I wanted to, only SO much better! When mulling my second choice over, I realise just what a mammoth job I have given everyone because it is so hard to choose! Many of my personal favourites are already listed here, like the original Domward, Danteward, Toonward and Renward (great taste, Ladies!). So, I am going to the Edward that I often go back to when I’ve had one of “those” days – Edward from Lindsay520‘s Perfectly Imperfect. This Edward is unassuming in lots of ways, but so, so perfect. He is kind, sweet and such a gentleman, but to go with all that sugar, he is brave and fearless – he risks his life to save his Bella without a second thought. I just love him *swoons*.
My favourite Edward . . . well, besides Originalward, I have to admit there are a few I’d do, I mean, I’d love to have in my life. But the one who dominates most of my Edward fantasies, I mean dreams, is Pennyward from Fridays at Noon by troublefollows1017. CEO Edward Masen is rich and powerful, dominant, controlling, stubborn, egotistical, brilliantly intelligent, and gorgeous, but also an Edward who really grew as a character; as a man who realized he wanted more out of life, than just his successful career, when his one true love came along and turned his world upside down! *sighs* He’s a complex Edward, who gradually relented all the love and caring he had bottled up inside himself for years, and he became a wonderful, romantic, not to mention fuck-hot lover *UNF!* and husband, and then later an adoring, devoted father. So, yeah, he really is and will always be – I’m pretty damn sure of it – my ultimate Edward; one with a little bit of everything, for me! *swoon*
I also have to mention a second very memorable Edward who really tickled my fancy, and still does. Some of you may not be aware of this, but I have a huge penchant for Geekward! I love a good, swoonworthy Geekward, and one of my favourites is 29ward from the romantic story, 29 Dimensions by Catastrophia. He was Mr. Right for Bella, and for me! *smiling* This Edward Masen is so sweet – sweet and tasty as sugar! A Doctor, Geek/Book-nerd *lol* and an absolutely lovely, humble, gorgeous Edward . . . in looks and personality! He’s just so damn adorkable; I’ve always called him my Fluffward! He is definitely in my best Edwards book! *sigh*
When a Twific h00r has read over 150 stories about Edward, it’s hard to remember the details of them all to pick a favorite. So, I pulled out my list of read fics and summaries (yes, I’m OCD like that) to refresh my memory a little.
After reviewing them with a nostalgic grin, I decided to pick a couple of Edwards who were penned by the same author. My all-time favorite Edwards are both HunterHuntingWards. Her Hockeyward in “The Misapprehension of Bella Swan” and her Tattward in “Clipped Wings and Inked Armour” are classic Edwards written to perfection.
*All reviews by AllyVera*
The Education of Professor Cullen ~ College professor Edward Cullen is thoroughly annoyed by his student Ms. Swan. Everything about her bothers him, and he longs for the semester to be over. But what happens when he meets her one night when they aren’t in school?
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 27 – Words: 172,427 – Reviews: 10,125 – Favs: 8,638 – Follows: 6,815 – Updated: 09-22-11 – Published: 04-20-10 – Status: Complete – id: 5910879
I love a good uptight Edward! *Snicker* And they certainly don’t come much more uptight than Edward in the The Education of Professor Cullen. He actually made me laugh out loud in the first chapter… methinks The Professor doth protest too much…. (from chapter one)
“God, look at her. I have never seen anything like her! How can someone so small be so irritating and off-putting?
I glanced briefly at the girl who had become a very constant annoyance in my otherwise pleasant Tuesday and Friday schedule. Today her hair looked like it had been done with an electric mixer and was piled on top of her head with half a million pins. I had never seen her wear her hair down in the two months that she had been my student, and it bothered me for some reason. She was pretty enough but apparently insisted on hiding herself behind ridiculous outfits and hairstyles. Not to mention her makeup. I groaned internally when I remembered the hideous black stuff she usually wore on her eyes. She hadn’t looked up from her book today so I didn’t actually know if she looked like a deranged version of a mime as usual. As if she had heard my thoughts she raised her head and her brown eyes darted to me for a second. She gave me a lopsided grin and winked before turning her attention back to the book she was reading.
Why must she always do that? It is completely inappropriate. And I hate her makeup!”
For all that complaining, it seems the Professor can’t fight fate, destiny or karma – whichever you would like to believe it is. For me, I believe that it’s Edward and Bella’s souls that recognize each other, long before their owners realize what is going on.
On the surface, this pair couldn’t be more different – he is staid, serious and a little bit of a homebody with a neat OCD streak – whereas Bella is young, carefree and very adventurous and where Edward is OCD, I would call Bella more … haphazard.
Things change when they start a very risky sexual relationship – Edward can’t resist Bella (who happens to be his student). However, in their sexual relationship, it is Bella who is the teacher. Edward has had a sad history with women and Bella shows him his full potential – and what a potential it is! Phew! There are some HOT lemons in this story – sheviking truly is a master (or is that mistress?) of the hotter than Hades lemon.
The explosive sexual relationship gradually morphs into a gorgeous love story, and even though this pair have obstacles to navigate – you never once doubt our Professor’s adoration and commitment to his Isabella, which is why he is here today “flying the flag” for intelligent, slightly awkward, but oh-so sweet Edwards everywhere!
Eternally Damned ~ Edward is THE ultimate vampire. The original. What happens when a visit to the Volturi causes him to pay the Cullens’ a visit? Will he find them a threat to the world he’s spent an eternity shaping or will he leave them be and let them live in peace?
Rated: Fiction M – English – Supernatural/Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 36 – Words: 173,728 – Reviews: 4,339 – Favs: 4,384 – Follows: 2,423 – Updated: 04-30-13 – Published: 04-27-09 – Status: Complete – id: 5023928
If I had to sum up Eternally Damned in one word, I would have to use “fun”. Which seems strange, I guess, when you see what the story is about, as it is a Vampire/Drama and how as the story opens, Edward is on his way to investigate Aro’s allegations against the Cullen Clan – and he is fully prepared to destroy them if he has to. But you will see, it is Edward that makes it fun!
In the first chapters you learn quite a bit about Edward..such as the fact he is the creator and father of the vampire race and the most powerful creature on earth. ED’s Edward is very old – millennia old in fact, and with that great age he’s a little… crotchety (well, I think I would be too, if I was 15,000 years old.. lol). His internal thoughts are hilarious, he certainly has no patience for anyone who pisses him off – and that is pretty much everyone!
Edward drops into Volterra to visit the Volturi, who he has placed in charge of running the Vampire world. On arrival in Volterra, Edward sees in Aro’s thoughts that he is very concerned about the size of Carlisle’s coven – and Edward decides to check it out himself, as he believes Aro to have ulterior motives (which of course he has).
This is where our story really starts – the chapters are told in EPOV and BPOV. There is some overlap on POV’s, but it is necessary for the storyline to see both sides from both Bella’s and Edward’s POV. In a switch on canon, Bella is the vampire turned in 1918 in Chicago and she has been with Carlisle ever since. She is the only unmated member of the Cullen family, and much like canon Edward, while she loves her family dearly, she feels a bit like the fifth wheel a lot of the time.
The excitement hits when Alice “sees” Edward’s arrival. The problem is that only Carlisle is aware of who Edward is – for a variety of reasons he has kept Edward’s existence a secret from his family, not wanting them to be frightened. There is plenty of time for that, though, as Edward’s entrance causes a lot of stress in the Cullen Clan.
Once arrived quite few things come to light – one is that Emmett thinks he can take Edward (of course he does!) and Carlisle has to forbid him not to start anything. But most interesting, is that Edward has met Bella before – something she has no memory of – but she certainly feels their connection. Let me share Bella’s first thoughts of him… (from chapter three)
“Then suddenly he was there.
Standing in front of us, leaning against the wall as though this was a common occurrence for him. But who knows it could have been.
He looked young. No older than seventeen, but my recently acquired knowledge of him told me that he was wisened beyond what he appeared. Even if I hadn’t known that he was as old as he was I would have guessed that he was older than Carlisle. There was nothing about him that gave away that he was only seventeen, despite his appearance.
He had strong features. Perfectly sculpted cheekbones and a strong jaw. His nose was in perfect propotion to his face and was perfectly straight. His hair was an odd shade of reddish brown. A colour that I supposed could only be described as bronze.
But it was his eyes that held my attention. They were old and wise. The deep red of his eyes indicating that he fed off of human blood. They showed the window into his ancient soul. They were full of knowledge and history. And they also held danger. He was dangerous. Now that I had seen him in the flesh, I could see what Carlisle meant about being wary of him.
Everything about him screamed power.
He was powerful.”
I won’t lie, Edward is the reason I love this story so. The character that twiXlite has created is nothing short of inspired – he is everything I love about Edward, and then some. He is determined, strong, powerful, protective of his Bella and not to mention he has a wicked sense of fun. Seriously, him putting Tanya in her place – SO good!
Eternally Damned is definitely a unique vampire story, but if you love that special connection between Edward and Bella and don’t mind a bloodthirsty Edward (no veggie vamp here!), I’m sure you will enjoy it like I did!
Firefly in Summer ~ Edward finds himself back in the little beach town of his childhood when he inherits the local bar from his uncle. The elusive, pretty girl next door has killer legs, a sketchbook and secrets that are slowly eating her alive.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Angst/Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 47 – Words: 188,377 – Reviews: 9,325 – Favs: 5,656 – Follows: 4,167 – Updated: 02-19-12 – Published: 01-20-11 – Status: Complete – id: 6672297
When I first considered doing a “celebration of Edward post” Firefly was one of the very first stories that popped into my head, because this Edward is a very, very special man.
I am not going to say much about this story at all, as I believe (and I am sure that anyone who has read it will agree with me) that it is a story where the less you know going in, the better your experience of it will be.
What I will say though, is that the connection between this Edward and his Bella is out of this world – this is love in it’s purest form. The writing is beautiful, the setting of Summerside perfect, the background stories intricate and wonderful. But at the end of the day – this is a story about a man who never gives up on the love of his life. *Sigh*
The only other thing I will share with you – you’re going to need tissues. But trust me, it’s worth it!
Through the Flames ~ One fateful night, 29y/o Edward must make the decision that haunts every firefighter’s worst nightmares. In choosing between his life and that of another, life altering repercussions arise. Rated M. Contains graphic descriptions of fire. HF Warning.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Hurt/Comfort/Drama – Chapters: 41 – Words: 200,140 – Reviews: 7,197 – Favs: 3,055 – Follows: 1,775 – Updated: 02-03-11 – Published: 04-09-10 – Status: Complete – id: 5883476
An Edward that stayed with me long after I finished the last paragraph was FirefighterWard from SparklingTwilight’s Through The Flames.
This Edward is not a rich CEO, nor is he the bad boy that all the women swoon over, but somehow this ordinary, hard-working Edward with the patience of a saint will win you over – even without an Aston Martin in the garage…
Like his father before him, Edward is a Firefighter, as are his younger brothers Emmett and Jasper. Edward is the glue that keeps his family together, as you could say that his brothers are a little … dysfunctional (and that is putting it mildly).
However, there is a price to pay for being his brothers’ protector. Edward sustains an injury saving Emmett’s bacon and being the brave (and slightly silly) man he is, he goes back to work thinking no more of it. That same night his team are called to a fire engulfing an apartment block – seemingly with one person still inside. Here is a little snippet from chapter 5, aptly titled “The Devils Muse”…
“Bella!” he hollered, striding forward a few steps before dropping to the ground and searching for the hand he was positive he’d seen. His hands moved in wide arcs as he crawled, his flashlight held beneath the palm of his right hand as it scraped against the warped wooden floor, and finally, finally, he found her.
He quickly tore off his gloves and pressed his fingers against the side of her throat. Panic shook his entire frame as he felt a pulse so faint he almost had to question if it was his own and she no longer had one. Had it not been beating so slowly while his was racing frantically against his chest, he would have assumed he’d been too late.
“Hang on sweetie, hang on,” he pleaded, hoping she could somehow hear him as he ripped his helmet and mask off, coughing instantly from the dense smoke filling the apartment. “Don’t you dare give up on me now. I didn’t come this fuckin’ far to let you go.”
Edward turned her head and brushed her hair away from her face before pressing his mask against it to give her fresh oxygen as he shed the air pack from his back and tore off his turncoat. As quickly as he could manage while choking on the dry searing soot infiltrating his lungs, he resituated the air pack on his back and wrapped her in his turncoat to protect her from the flames he knew they’d be crossing on the way to their salvation.
As he hoisted her up into his arms, a terrifying boom rocked the building.
“You can’t fucking have her!” he screamed at the Muse, adjusting her in his arms so he could reach his radio on his turncoat.
“I’ve got her. I’m on my way out. Have medics ready.”
Needless to say, Edward doesn’t make it out of the building the way he intended, his injured leg gives out and he and Bella barely make it out alive.
In the aftermath of Edward’s accident, we are all shown just how much he is loved by his family and friends, and you get to see just how much they need him around. It becomes apparent that they have been taking this marvelous man for granted for a little too long – and what a wake-up call it is!
Bella, of course, comes into the story when she wakes up in the hospital with injuries, but certainly not ones as serious as Edward’s. She soon wants to see her saviour and this is where their beautiful relationship begins. Even when he is unconscious, Edward and Bella seem to have an awareness of each other and Bella soon becomes a fixture by his side.
It’s not all smooth sailing though, as Edward’s recovery is long and tedious for him, and even though he is as about as patient as someone can get, even his limits are tested. Bella sticks with him through thick and thin (even though sometimes I am sure her own limits were tested!).
This story is very much a slow, slow burn (pardon the pun), and I think that is partly why I enjoyed it so deeply as it very much suited both the characters’ personalities. But, you certainly see early on that these two are meant to be, and in different ways they both saved each others’ lives.
We wanted to do something special for our Celebration of Edward post, and we thought we would have a little award for the Edward who we feel “tickles all our fancies” – in other words, owned our hearts, minds and err… possibly other parts as well.
While researching for this post, it soon became pretty clear there was only ever going to be one winner for this award, and he is the Edward who captured us at that first meeting at the coffee shop, had us enthralled when we realized he was a dash of a voyeur, we got all hot under the collar when we first saw him in leather, we all melted a tiny bit when we found out what he does for a living and the better we got to know him the hotter and hotter he got, and the deeper we fell.
Oh yes, you probably all know who we are talking about, our beloved Manchu from Deviant – planetblue’s masterpiece. So to planetblue, thank you for creating the closest thing to perfection possible. We love Manchu, and we love you too! Oh, and by the way – if you haven’t read it – go go go!!
Thank you so much for joining us this week and helping us celebrate our most loved Edwards. We would love to hear all about YOUR favourite Edward, so please tell us all about him in the comments below – we can never get enough Edward! Until next week ~ The FicSix!