Cruisin’ my TBR the other night, I came to a screechin’ halt when I realized I had never rec’d Breakdown by FelicityDeadwood *facepalm!*
Well, tonight, I’m here to rectify that situation!
Chock full of angsty goodness, Breakdown is a MUST READ!!!
Rated: Fiction M – English – Angst/Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 57 – Words: 351,774 – Reviews: 1,661 – Favs: 1,259 – Follows: 1,033 – Updated: Mar 10, 2014 – Published: Dec 31, 2011 – Status: Complete – id: 7694688
Back in 2014, this fic had me rivited from Alice’s first vision of the horror awaitin’ Bella, through the struggle to bring her back from the brink, to the well earned HEA!!!
“So I had an idea,” Alice began as she studied a dark blue sweater. “We haven’t visited the Denalis in a while. Maybe I’ll talk to Carlisle about us taking a trip to Alaska when Jasper’s spring break starts.”
“That’s a good idea; it will be nice to see Kate, Tanya, Irina, and Eleazar.”
“Yes, that’s what I thou…” her voice trailed off.
I glanced up at her and saw her face go blank. I wasn’t overly concerned. She did this all the time. Alice had visions like most people had random thoughts. I went back to looking at a pair of pants that would go nicely with the red blouse.
“What?” Alice’s voice was a strangled whisper as the sweater slipped from her grasp. “No!”
My head snapped up. Even the tiny amount of color in her face had drained away and her expression was the picture of silent horror. Whatever she was seeing, it was beyond the normal vision and it was bad. One word slid from her lips.
The way she said it sent a shiver up my spine.
“Alice!” I said more sharply than I probably should have.
“No, no, it can’t be,” she pleaded.
“Stop it, Alice!” I shook her angrily, making her head flop back and forth like a rag doll’s. “Edward told you not look for her!”
Alice’s lips trembled and her eyes finally focused on me. “Just because I don’t look, doesn’t mean I don’t see,” she said shakily.
I didn’t want to know… didn’t want to care, but I couldn’t help it. “What did you see?” I demanded.
“I have to go,” she said suddenly as she made a break for the door.
“Alice, wait!” I called tearing after her.
We both moved so fast the only thing the clerk or the other two patrons in the store saw was the red blouse fluttering to the floor and the door swinging closed behind us.
“Alice, stop!” I said catching up to her when she got to the car.
I grabbed her arm and refused to let go. “You’re not going anywhere until you tell me what you saw!” I snarled.
“I saw Bella being attacked, now let go of me.”
Something in my head was warning me to let it go, but I couldn’t. “What do you mean ‘attacked’?”
“I mean attacked as beaten, raped and strangled!” Alice screamed at me. “Are you happy now? Are you glad I told you?”
I dropped her arm as if her skin had burned me and stumbled back two steps. The weird feeling in the pit of my stomach became a full blown sickness. If I actually ate things and would have had something in my stomach, I probably would have hard a hard time keeping it down right about then. The pain and humiliation of what had been done to me rolled through my head. No one should ever have to experience that, least of all someone as fragile as Isabella Swan.
“Are you sure?” I heard myself say.
“Look at my face,” Alice yelled. “Do I look like I’m sure?”
“Can we stop it?” I asked softly.
“I don’t know,” she said with an almost deathly quiet. “It was at night so it hasn’t happened yet, but I’m not sure exactly when it does, tonight maybe. I think I’m seeing it now because her attacker has decided what he’s going to do and Bella suspects and has given up on being able to get away from him. In any case, there isn’t much time and I won’t spend it standing here arguing with you.”
In the end, the decision was easy. There really was no other option. “Then I’m coming with you.”
“You are?” she asked in surprise.
“Yes, now get in the goddamn car.” I yanked her out of the way and dropped into the driver’s seat. “I’m driving.”
Oh, my honeys! It’s one hellacious roller coaster ride after another from there! This is NOT for the faint of heart…just sayin’!
Those of you brave enough to read this one will have it etched on your brains for years to come!
Only one chapter posted, this rags to riches story already has me completely hooked!
The wind was blowing something fierce by the time I crossed over Scuttle Creek, the halfway point home. Mama and I didn’t have much at all in our four room house out in no man’s land. While some girls at school were dreaming about a kiss from Elvis Presley, I was dreaming about having indoor plumbing someday. I wasn’t the only one I knew who had to use an outhouse and hand pump water to boil for a bath, but it was still a sore spot for me. I wore poverty like a scarlet letter across my chest and I hated every second of it. Instead of moving us in town to a nicer place, Mama spent all the money she made on new dresses, cosmetics, and her running tab at the tavern. Everyone knew Renee Higginbotham was a loose war widow, much to my embarrassment.
However, Bella’s real father, who isn’t dead and isn’t who she’d been told he was, is about to change all that…if only she can swallow her pride!
I slid my back down the wall until I was sitting on the floor, the tears finally coming. It was all too much as my body bowed with the fierceness of my sobs. I cursed me ever having been born, God, my mama, Daddy Phil, but most of all I cursed Charles Swan for showing up and dropping a bomb right in the middle of my life. The destruction was too great to bear.
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