Didn’t think I was gonna make it today…been so lost in today’s rec LOL!
This author has 2 complete fics and 1 WIP on her profile, only the WIP hasn’t updated in a year. Still, when I started lookin’ for a somewhat dark…but not too dark, Vampward, the summary invited me in *gigglesnort!*
Rated: Fiction M – English – Angst/Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 20 – Words: 111,485 – Reviews: 165 – Favs: 261 – Follows: 133 – Updated: Sep 8, 2012 – Published: Feb 20, 2010 – Status: Complete – id: 5761975
Although Bella never met any of the Cullens, she did see Alice and Jasper while she attended college with Angela, Jessica and Mike. She never gave them a second thought until she and her friends run into Alice in a restaurant in Port Angeles!
“And who is the gorgeous guy with her?”
I mechanically try to peek but Mike is blocking my sight. He shifts in his chair and turns around just in time for me to see the man standing up to leave. That is not Jasper. And if I’m being honest, he is gorgeous. Tall, slender but visibly strong, with bronze disheveled hair and the face of a Greek statue: hard and expressionless. He’s looking down, hurrying toward the exit, and within two seconds he’s out the door.
Alice is still at her table, typing frantically on her cell phone.
We finished our meal and we are about to leave when I see her standing up and walking gracefully to the restroom.
I need to follow her. I don’t know why; I don’t have anything to say to her. I just need to.
I excuse myself and walk down the same hallway Alice had a few seconds ago. I open the door to the restroom and she’s there standing in front of me, as if she were waiting for me. I take two steps forward and close the door behind me.
“Bella, I need to talk to you about something, and you’re going to have to listen and accept what I’m about to say, even though you won’t understand.”
I just nod. For a second I regret following her.
“I thought I saw something, but everything is still wrong. It is not supposed to be like this. I’ve waited for a long time and now I’m afraid I might lose him forever.” She pauses for a second. Her face is impassive but in her eyes I see the suffering. She’s terrified.
“The man who was with you earlier?”
“Yes. Edward.” Her voice sweetening as she says his name.
I am completely lost. None of this makes any sense.
“Alice, I don’t think your family problems are any of my business, really. I’m sorry, but –”
“Bella, you don’t understand – I knew you wouldn’t – and I can’t explain. I’m not allowed to explain. Just listen to what I can tell you, the rest you’re going to have to figure out by yourself. I’ve tried to stay away until the time was right but I can’t wait any longer. This is killing me. He needs to come home. When the time to make a decision comes, just remember that sometimes the right choice isn’t the safer one.”
“Alice, wh -?
She walks past me and when I turn around she’s already gone.
Despite her better judgement, Bella is intrigued!
Angela and I say goodbye to Jessica and Mike and we get in the car. She turns the ignition and pulls out of her spot.
That’s when I notice a silver Volvo near the exit of the parking lot…and a tall man with bronze hair is leaning against it.
I recognize him.
He’s staring right at me and my stomach clenches. As we drive right by him I get a glimpse of his face, and the feral expression on it. His eyes seem so dark, black, and the light of the street lamps makes them appear almost red. At this very second he looks like a wild animal, a predator ready to pounce on his prey.
Angela doesn’t stop and drives away before I can comprehend what I just saw. I don’t know if she saw it too, or what she thinks of it. I can’t ask her, either. If I do I’ll have to explain the whole story and I can’t.
Hell, intrigued isn’t a strong enough word for what Bella’s feelin’ after such a strange encounter, especially when she meets Edward again and becomes completely enamoured with him. The feelin’ is mutual, of course. She knows there’s something different about him but she doesn’t know exactly what…until an even stranger, more frightenin’ encounter occurs while she’s on an errand in Seattle for her employer!
One of them pulls at my arm and drags me back to my car, hidden in the darkness of the narrow, deserted street. My heart is beating so fast in my chest, the pounding resonates in my ears. His friends follow us and gather around us as he pushes me against the door, one of his hands holding my wrists behind my back and the other sliding inside my coat and under my sweater.
Suddenly I hear a loud growl echo in the shadows and he stops, looking around frantically. I remain completely motionless, my eyes wide open in shock as I see his accomplices being lifted off the ground one by one by something I can’t distinguish, and thrown against the concrete wall on the opposite sidewalk before falling on the ground, knocked out. It all happens so fast, mere seconds, I don’t understand what is occurring before my eyes. Another growl erupts in the darkness as the man still holding me is violently pulled away from me. He’s not thrown against the wall like the others, but forced to kneel in the middle of the street, held by what attacked them.
I can see it now. My heart gallops even faster and I sink down on my knees, my legs too weak to carry me. I’m beyond shocked by the sight in front of me.
His face is contorted in an aggressive expression, more threatening than I’ve ever seen him. He looks like a feral, vicious animal, a predator. He’s crouching behind my aggressor, one arm across his chest, holding him in place; the other hand fisted in his hair and pulling to the side, exposing his neck. Edward has his mouth on this man’s jugular, and I don’t comprehend what he’s doing until I see blood escaping from under his lips and rolling slowly down the neck of his…prey.
I lift my gaze to meet Edward’s stare and my heart stops. He’s looking at me as he’s… drinking… , his eyes locked on mine, and even in the semi-darkness I can see clearly the rich, burning red in them, dancing and flowing… just like blood.
I inhale sharply and it all goes black.
Sorry, I’m gettin’ carried away…don’t wanna give away the whole story but it’s an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you breathless as you watch Bella battle to stand her ground against Edward’s choice to feed off humans, even if they are criminals, and Edward’s desperate attempts to reason with her!
Also, I found myself in good company readin’ this fic…Camilla10 is also a huge fan LOL! Now, ladies…this fic should have far more reviews so let’s see what we can do about that, shall we?
What fic(s) are you readin’ this week?
Happy Friday, y’all!