You know how easy it is to get caught up in a certain genre without even realizin’ it, right?
Well, I’ve been drownin’ in mafia fics, lately, and the only thing standin’ between me and a major Mobward coma is the magic, mystery and mayhem the followin’ fics provide!
For reasons we don’t yet understand, Bella, Alice and Rosalie are shunned by the rest of Forks High School’s student body. Along comes new kid, Edward Cullen, who unwittingly finds himself caught in the middle as he makes friends with Alice first and then Bella…Rose, not so much!
I go silent when I see that Rosalie is standing just beyond Bella’s left shoulder. A chill in the air. She senses this and whips around. They lock eyes and I hear several locker doors slam, the lights buzz and flicker above us. Bella’s stance hardens and I can see the way she sets her jaw.
Someone lets out a shout and suddenly, a gangly sophomore throws a punch, his fist connecting with the cheek of a senior on the lacrosse team.
All hell breaks the fuck loose.
People are screaming and notebook paper is fluttering to the ground around me. More contenders join in the fight and I hear teachers trying to break it up but I can’t see any of them anywhere. Two girls next to me start calling each other bitch slut whore and their respective friends jump to their aid.
Through all of this, Bella and Rosalie remain where they are, unblinking and unwavering. Panic is starting to bubble in my chest and up my throat and if I don’t get out of here, I’m afraid I’ll vomit all over the heels of Bella’s shiny, black boots. I’ve never felt this kind of anxiousness, the kind where it’s almost as if I’m being torn in two and my head is spinning a mile a minute.
“I’m sorry,” I whisper, my voice strangled and not at all how I want it to sound. “I’m sorry.”
I make my escape to calculus.
Don’t blame Edward too harshly for runnin’ away…he’s already walkin’ a knife edge of his own angst and simply can’t handle anymore right now!
I’m listening to Say Anything on full volume. Max Bemis is screaming about pain and hate and my eyes burn from staring at the wall for two hours. Mom had jumped on me right when I got home, having heard about what happened at school.
Goddamn small town.
Were you involved? No.
Did you get hurt? No.
Who started it? Don’t know.
Do you need to go to Dr. Sheppard? Mom.
She finally left me alone but I had to put the music on to tune her out, sick of hearing her fuss around downstairs, of hearing her talk to herself.
I’m angry, way angrier than I usually am and it takes everything in me to not punch a hole in my wall with my good hand. I clench my fists, I make myself stand up, I start to pace.
I don’t feel like I have control of myself anymore, I’m suddenly desperate to get the hell out of Forks. To get the hell out of this country. This fucking planet.
This restless, painful energy is reaching a high. I’ll burst, I can’t breathe. I think of my Xanax, but this isn’t a panic attack.
I’ve had my fair share of those.
I don’t know what this is.
But I have to leave.
Well, I don’t know about you but I’m dyin’ to know what the deal is with those girls!
What’s so funny about Bella, is how good she is at completely dismissin’ anything remotely strange!
Out of nowhere, Bella’s headlights reflected off a large deer directly in the middle of the road only 100 feet away. The highway could barely fit the two lanes; there was no ditch, just a small barrier and edge of a cliff. She didn’t swerve, there was no room. She couldn’t drive to the other side of the road; the deer was smack dab in the middle. She couldn’t avoid it nor had enough time to brake; she was going to hit it.
‘How silly,’ she thought, ‘to die by deer.’
She took her foot off the accelerator, closed her eyes, and braced for impact. Her body began to feel like it was humming, her blood itching, pulsing.
She opened her eyes again. She slammed on the brakes and her car came to a screeching halt. The humming feeling was gone, but replaced by the panic of almost being in an accident. Both of her hands were clutching the wheel tightly, iPod dropped and forgotten somewhere on the floor of the car. She took a deep breath and slowly opened her car door.
She got out and stood on the side of the empty road. She looked back and in the dark could see the two glowing eyes of the deer still standing directly in the middle of the road, almost as if it didn’t move at all.
But it had to have moved. If it stayed still she would have hit it, no doubt about it. It must have been an extremely fast deer, to move to the side to avoid being hit and then taking up the same exact position as before. It was a deer with a death wish.
Bella waited till her heart beat at a normal pace, before getting back in the car and finishing the drive to her Dad’s, staying extremely vigilant for any other kamikaze animals in the night.
Bella pulled up behind her Dad’s police cruiser on the rocky driveway. The motion sensor light on top of the garage door turned on and illuminated her car. She got out and did a quick circuit around her car, checking for damage or evidence that maybe she side swiped the deer. There was nothing. She was still shaking her head as she climbed up the stairs to her dad’s house.
She let herself inside with a spare key.
“Hi Bells, good timing, I just finished with dinner. What’s up, you look confused?”
Bella walked over to her dad’s kitchen and gave him a quick kiss on the check.
“I just had a strange experience on the road, that’s all. What’s for dinner?”
Once she gets back to college, Bella encounters Edward in the library and eventually asks his help translatin’ some Latin text.
Bella pushed towards him Sanguinem Mundi.
“Blood of the World, a classic.”
“Come on, no joking this time.”
“For once, I’m not. This actually is a classic book. I read this one a very long time ago. I can go through with you and translate passages, but maybe you want an overview about the book in general?”
“Actually, that would be great.” Bella settled in as Edward began.
“There are two different types of people: ones who are more…connected to the world, and ones who aren’t. This book starts at the beginning with the first families that were connected. It was said that each family derived their strengths from the four elements: water, fire, air, and earth. Each family would display physical and emotional trades derived from their element. People from fire can be hot headed and brutal but also fight with a fierce loyalty. People from water get along with others very easily, they are flexible, and kind hearted.
People from air are passive and elusive while people from earth tend to be stubborn but strong and have very deeply imbedded values. Of course, over time, these families intermingled so there isn’t just a pure elemental family. Many people display multiple traits from different families, but you can still, with a little searching, be able to trace back to a single original family.”
Bella listened intently, entranced by Edward’s tale. His voice had a soothing cadence and the material was strange but also, in a weird way, familiar.
“Any other questions? Anything you want to go over? I really don’t mind if you want me to translate a few paragraphs.”
“Just out of curiosity, how did you even end up reading this book? Did your parents use it for story time before bed?”
“I had an unusual upbringing,” he answered with an indifferent shrug.
The concept of this story reminds me, in many ways, of Elemental by Tallulahbelle! Of course, that makes it inevitable I would rec Elemental as our complete fic this week!
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Supernatural – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 30 – Words: 189,571 – Reviews: 9,200 – Favs: 8,860 – Follows: 4,935 – Updated: Feb 8, 2011 – Published: Jul 23, 2009 – Status: Complete – id: 5241793
RA OLDIES BUT GOODIES 8-17-11
THE LEMONADE STAND CULT CLASSIC 2015
Weird things have happened since Bella and her parents moved to Forks and she wants answers, startin’ with her father and mother!
“So, we’re Witches. What does that mean for me?”
“We have affinities to the Elements. We have the ability to act as a type of conduit with energy. You, for example, are an Earth Witch.”
I looked at him confused.
“What you did in the greenhouse to make the plants grow takes Earth energy. I am also an Earth Witch and your mother is a Fire Witch.”
More questions are answered once she meets Emmett, Rosalie, Alice and Jasper, and it’s Jasper who knows more about their history.
“The thirteen families that settled here were The Cullens, Whitlocks, Hales, McCartys, Swans, Platts, Webers, Stanleys, Newtons, Crowleys, Mallorys, Yorkies, and the Brandons. From the information I was able to gather, all of these families were friendly with each other before they decided to move to this area. The details are unclear how that came about, but from what I could glean from some of the old journals, it was like a calling to them.”
“So the families came to help the Quileute Tribe that lived here?” I questioned.
“Yes, the level of power here is more than that they could handle. This is where the journal gave a little more info. The chief had a dream about the family’s arrival.”
Jasper just nodded and held up is hand in a gesture to show he wasn’t finished.
“The dream also revealed that the Tribe would diminish in numbers and that this new clan would come to relieve them of some of their duties as protectors. You might have seen in town, signs pointing to the Reservation. The Quileute Tribe is much smaller than it used to be, but they are still there doing their duties. We just have the bulk of it.”
“What duties are you talking about?”
“It’s a promise to guard this land. There is great power here that others with not so nice intentions have coveted. If it falls into the wrong hands, the power can be drained, killing everything living within it. We make sure that this area is healthy and a sort of sanctuary for all life. The Power entrusted the Tribe and then our families to make sure this place is protected. The duties can be anything simple enough for one Witch, with the right Element, to handle to something the whole Coven needs to get involved with.”
The wheels in my head turned a bit faster with this bit of knowledge.
Was the reason we needed to come back to Forks because of a duty for the whole Coven?
And, speakin’ of duty, Bella’s in for another shock…witches imprint!
As I was turning the last corner, I saw from underneath my lashes that Alice and Jasper were still standing outside the door waiting for me, but another person was with them. From the looks of the shoes and pants, it was most likely Edward.
I so didn’t feel like dealing with him right now.
I looked up to see if I was correct in my assumption, but instead I froze in my steps.
The strangest feeling came over me as I looked at his profile. It started in my stomach and spread out into every area of my body.
Edward turned his head to look at me and a surge of energy passed between us, like one long ribbon that wrapped around him then flowed back to me to wrap itself around my body linking and drawing us to each other.
I felt strangely empty, as the area around my stomach gave a wordless pang of demand, wanting to be filled.
I heard a loud gasp and looked over to see Alice and Jasper watching us in wonderment. It was enough to break the trance that I had been under. I shook my head violently, trying to clear it of the odd sensation that was fogging up very other thought or feeling that I had.
I knew without a doubt in my mind what just happened, and a wave of fear came over me.
“Bella.” I heard Edward call to me softly. I couldn’t look up at him. I was afraid that I would lose myself again to that power that was trying to bind us. I was scared that it would swallow me whole.
No, no, NO! This can’t be happening!
Those of you who have NOT gotten around to readin’ Elemental yet have been missin’ out on one great read!
Have you come across any other magical, mystery fics in your travels through the fandom?
Happy Friday, y’all!