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The Essence of Edward…

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We’re not talking of a man’s cologne here – although, if it could be bottled we’re sure it would have the potential to outsell even Dior Homme, and we know we’d buy it. *grins* We mean the other type of essence…the very quality that makes Edward who he is…that makes him so special, so Edward. It doesn’t matter if he has a cold, dead heart or not, what matters to us is how Edward, in whatever form we read him, gets our hearts beating.

These Edwards, their embodiment – soul, personality, intrinsic nature, life, legacy, era – do vary. But all  the diverse Edwards today, we find in fanfiction, have those requisite attributes which characterise this much loved, immortalized character. They have that “je ne sais quoi” that keeps us coming back for more, time and again! Please enjoy!

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*Review by Pattyrose*

Look How You Turned Out by Counselor

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Look How You Turned Out ~ If I was going to write another story it would be something like this…

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 45 – Words: 49,861 – Reviews: 4,040 – Favs: 584 – Follows: 900 – Updated: Dec 3 – Published: Nov 6 – id: 9826376

Talk about an Edward that has that essence, that je ne sais quoi, and my mind immediately goes to Edward from Counselor’s Look How You Turned Out.

I’ve totally fallen in love with this Edward, just like I originally fell in love with Edward because he was so perfectly not perfect (no matter what SM’s Bella said).

Counselor’s LHYTO Edward is in love with Bella, but just like Originalward was so darn self-sacrificing that he chose to run off rather than hurt Bella, or give her up to Jake rather than take her away from her human life, this Edward is just as self-sacrificing, and you know what? I love that. (Up to a point, of course.)  There haven’t been many self-sacrificing Edward’s in fan fiction lately, and Counselor’s is like a breath of fresh air.

LHYTO Edward loves Bella secretly, believing he’s too old for her, or that she shouldn’t be tied down to Forks while she’s still so young. So he watches her leave, though it breaks his heart:

See, I’ve faced it. I have. Bella is in her big city days, her take on the world days, her let’s see what I can do, days. And she should be. She’s young, hell she’s brilliant. Why shouldn’t she get to take off and fly. She doesn’t need some old guy with a kid, a great kid, but someone else’s kid…she doesn’t need that. Or want it. She liked Juney but she never even thought of being a mom. She broke his heart but it couldn’t be helped. She had a right to go to college. A right to move to Chicago. She didn’t abandon us, that’s what I had to keep telling him.

See? Self-sacrificing.

But even with all that, he’s not perfect. He makes stupid mistakes just like Originalward did. Like starting a relationship with another woman just because he thought he couldn’t have Bella. And then letting that woman go on and on about their relationship possibly taking on a more serious turn, like marriage, even though he knew he didn’t care about her nearly enough for that.

“You asked if it’s serious. It is. She’s…she wants to get married.”

I stop again. “She…wants to get married,” I repeat like I’m translating. “What about you? You?”

“I’m…thinking about it.”

I make a silent ‘o,’ then take off walking again.

“That’s normal behavior, Bella. I’m being normal.”

“Great. Be normal,” I say over my shoulder as I run to my front door.

“I can count on her. She’ll stay,” he yells.

But you know what? That’s what makes this Edward so great; that he’s so silly sometimes, and so blindly in love that he doesn’t stop to think of the consequences, just like Originalward didn’t at times.

Yet he’s Edward, and so he’ll come to his senses, and just like Originalward, he doesn’t do things halfway; he does them epically:

It’s a few seconds, then it buzzes. “Marry me.”

When I don’t answer right away he texts, “Where’s your big balls now?”

I don’t answer. I think he’s joking. After all, we were joking and I texted my home made ass and he joke-texted ‘marry me.’

“Meet me in the street.” Him

I shake the balls out of my pants, odd I know, and put them on and go to the mud room and stick my feet in my boots again and put on Charlie’s big jacket.

I hurry outside and he’s halfway down his walk and we meet in the middle of the road. His hands slide into the open sides of the coat and he’s not wearing any protective weather stuff, just his t-shirt still damp from his run.

“Are you joking?” I ask right away. “You are, right?”

He doesn’t say anything.

“Was it a joke?” me

“Do you want it to be?”

“Oh no buddy. You are so going out on a limb on this one.”

“Just trying to get a reaction,” he says.

“Like…hysterical…or what?”

“Is it such a bad idea?”

“You were joking, right? You don’t use that as a test run.”

“What if I didn’t?”

“Just joking, right?”

“What if it wasn’t?”

And this here is another thing that I love about this Edward and reminds me of Originalward: he’s so darn ready to tie the knot, to jump all the way in, to stop wasting time on stupid dating and conventionalities. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I suppose in real life doing some dating before getting married makes sense, but hey, this is fiction, and just like Originalward made me swoon with how ready he was to make it forever once he’d realized he couldn’t live without Bella, LHYTO Edward makes my heart go pitter-patter too, ready to jump in with both feet once he realizes he can have the girl of his dreams. And isn’t that why we read fan fiction, for that feeling of utter and complete love that Edward originally gave us?

LHYTO Edward does the same.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9826376/37/Look-How-You-Turned-Out

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Edward, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways..”

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All That Jazz by Javamomma0921

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All That Jazz ~ Set in 1919. Meet orphan sisters, Bella and Alice Swan, as they journey to Chicago to meet their Aunt Esme, brazen, disowned sister of their mother. Join Bella as she learns the true meaning of marriage and love. M for adult themes and later lemons. AH/AU

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Angst – Chapters: 23 – Words: 184,134 – Reviews: 1983 – Updated: 5-30-11 – Published: 4-27-10 – Bella, Edward – Complete

A heart, full of joy and gladness,

Will always banish sadness and strife.

So always look for the silver lining,

And try to find the sunny side of life.

Look for the Silver Lining,” by Jerome Kern (1919)

(Each chapter opens with a snippet of song lyric from the era. A lovely touch!)

As the name suggests, this story is set in Chicago during the birth of the Jazz Age…radio, big-bands, motor cars, bobs, dancing, Hollywood, Flappers, prohibition, speak-easies and all that jazz. What an amazing time to have lived!

This Golden Age wasn’t all golden for everyone though; organised crime was rife, workers and women’s rights were woeful and being fought for with vigour. There was an ongoing struggle between the generations too; the willful disregard of social etiquette by youth engaging in such acts as smoking in public and – wait for it – young ladies holding men’s hands without wearing gloves! Shocking!

This is the world a sheltered Bella and Alice enter following the death of their mother Renee, who, IMHO, gave the girls an upbringing that bordered on abusive, but enough of that.  Their individual demeanor upon arrival in vibrant and bustling Chicago, to embark on a new life with the Cullens, and indeed their attitude to it, couldn’t be more different, but the sibling bond and its development within the new family dynamics was both fascinating and a pleasure to read. Not surprising given her life experience – or lack of it – Bella was wholly discombobulated by her reaction to meeting the young Edward Masen…

The young man sitting behind the piano was like nothing I had ever seen before. The light from the window wall behind him came in in golden shafts that seemed to set his hair on fire. It was the most unique shade of bronze. As he played, he kept his eyes closed and a near beatific smile on his face. He moved his upper body in time with the music, his unruly hair falling in and out of his face.

I stepped forward, wanting to get closer to the music. I kept telling myself over and over again it was the music which was drawing me in. I was so focused on the beautiful piano player, I didn’t see the plant holders lining the side of the room. My foot caught in one of the holders, causing three of the empty pots to clatter the ground. I followed quickly after.

The music stopped abruptly and too quickly I was being lifted to my feet by a pair of warm hands. I looked up into eyes the color of jade flecked with ebony and gold. They were fascinating in themselves. I had to shake my head in order to clear the haze.

“Are you alright?” he asked.

I nodded, my head feeling light.

“You took quite a spill; are you sure I can’t help you to a seat?”

I was never more ungrateful for my propensity to blush. I couldn’t help the torrent of red I felt creeping up my neck as I listened to his words and watched his mouth move. I immediately chastised myself for being so immoral as to watch a stranger’s mouth move. It was unthinkable. I vaguely recognized that he was still talking and that he had let me go; something within me that I didn’t recognize was sad not to feel his too-warm hands on me any longer.

Ooh, I think I’d be a bit discombobulated too! As when I read that scene, the wonderful, descriptive writing had me living right in the moment.

So, Edward Masen. Gah! He has what it takes, you know, that essence, he exudes that special something that makes him an Unforgettableward. He is classic Edward…just how I imagine hope a human 1919 Edward would have been: intelligent, respectful, selfless, responsible, gallant, romantic, loving and a complete gentleman – even with the newly roused desire within him. Well, maybe not a complete gentleman…;)

I recommend this story for so many reasons, not least of which is Edward, but the perfectly captured setting of one of my favourite eras too, with its social engagements, and its coming of age struggles faced by both men and women. Javamomma9021 has been creative in her spin of the original characters, showing us Edward with his parents Elizabeth and Edward Masen, and, paralleling the growth of a duckling to a swan, the growth of a Swan to a Cullen, not forgetting a Jasper as you’ve never seen him before. I also adore the slow pace of Edward and Bella’s courtship and their physical intimacy – which bizarrely I found hot!

Oh to have a time machine, whether HG Wells style or à la Marty McFly. I’d happily forgo witnessing the momentous events of history in favour of sipping iced tea on the porch swing with this Edward. Sigh!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5928431/1/All-That-Jazz

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Shine On by sunflowersongs

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Shine On ~ Bella Swan-Bishop, a widow and mother to a young daughter Zoe, purchases an estate – ghost included. She gets a lot more than she bargained for when she hires handsome and very interested Edward Cullen as her landscape architect. Complete

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 36 – Words: 178,381 – Reviews: 1290 – Updated: 11-27-12 – Published: 3-7-12 – Bella, Edward – Complete

For me, Shine On is first and foremost a story of relationships, whether between friends, lovers, or family, some simple…some complicated and complex. The backdrop of a beautiful home in need of renovation and its history, businesses – mostly a joy but one a burden, and the haunting by ghosts – one in the literal sense of the word and one in the metaphorical, add layers to the story but still allows the spotlight to shine on the characters.  And what beautifully written characters they are to complement a truly beguiling story.

Bella, a grieving widow, moves with her daughter to a large, old mansion with sweeping gardens…

BPOV from Chapter 1

I would need a landscape architect to take on this large of scale of project. The garden and orchard, the remnants of the maze, the small lake, and gazebo needed much work. I needed someone with vision to make it beautiful again. I turned and looked up at the deep red brick and sandy colored stone of my enormous home built in the Queen Anne style. It even had a name it was so impressive: Edenwick Park.

It had seemed a bit foolish to my dad when I had purchased this estate, but I had wanted it desperately the first time I laid eyes on it. I could easily afford it. David had been very rich and owned his own company, which I still held the controlling shares of. I had simply sold off all our other properties we owned: the yacht, everything I knew I’d never visit or use again, and bought Edenwick. I needed something new for my daughter and I, some place without any memories of David and where I could make a new life for the two of us.

As I said, for me this story is about relationships, and naturally, the most engaging one is between Bella and her chosen landscape architect, Edward. Having said that, the beautiful bond between Edward and Bella’s daughter, Zoe, brought a tear to my eye, and runs a very close second.

Bella tells us Edward is “a good man, a man of his word- but he’s so much more. He’s a loving man, a gentle man, a gifted and talented man, and so intelligent, a deep thinker.” Let’s meet him, after Bella has enchanted him, to see if you agree he is also a sensual man, a sexy man…

BPOV from Chapter 10

“Bella, baby, it’s my desire to always be close to you,” he said roughly as he gazed into my eyes.

He then slowly lowered his head, and I felt him place his lips on the sensitive skin on my neck. He didn’t rush as he skimmed his lips and tongue up and down what surely was my favorite erogenous zone. I closed my eyes, felt the throbbing between my legs, and heard the soft moan escape my mouth.

“Delicious Bella. I could eat you up,” he said as an unsteady whisper against my ear, and I felt the tremor go down my body.

I slightly turned my head and kissed him at that perfect spot, that little hollow at the base of his throat, before slightly skimming my tongue across his skin.

I pulled his head down and whispered in his ear, “Delicious Edward. I could lick you for days.”

He swore, and then I found myself swept up in his arms, held against his thumping heart.

Oh sweet Edward, you have my heart thumping too! Now have a peek at the following chapter from Edward’s point of view. Perhaps you should sit down first in case you swoon…

She turned to me and held out her hand, and as I slid my fingers between hers and looked down at her beautiful, smiling face, I realized that my love for her wasn’t an easy, sweet love, but an all-consuming, take-your-breath-away love. Make-you-do-stupid-things-and-put-a-burn-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach love. An uncomfortable, powerful, head-spinning love. I skimmed my eyes over her face and then closed my eyes, taking a deep, calming breath. Bella, my heart called out in joy.

What an Edward!

Now, I’ve probably given you the impression that everything is permantly rosy in the garden (pardon the pun) but no, Edward and Bella have thorny issues to overcome (sorry, I’ll stop now).  It’s only realistic for Bella to have difficulty moving on from her past, but I won’t deny there were a few times when Edward was frustrated with, and confused by, Bella and her behaviour, and to be honest, so was I.  Edward, sweet and patient as he is, has some learning to do about being in a serious relationship also, but the bitter just serves to make the sweet more potent in this wonderful tale.  Oh, did I forget to mention the lemons? Edward and Bella are both extremely horny and never miss an opportunity for sex.  No surface is out of bounds, but it’s never at the expense of the plot – it’s actually quite cute!  I really enjoyed my time with these lovely and loving characters…they shine on in my memory, and I think they will do the same for you, too.

https://fictionpad.com/author/sunflowersongs/stories

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7905208/1/Shine-On

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*Review by Midnight Cougar*

Beyond Time by TKegl 

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Beyond Time ~ After the Cullens leave Forks, a twist of fate lands Bella in Chicago in 1918. She thinks it’s a second chance to build a life with Edward, but when she finds him, he’s not quite what she expected. Can Bella create the future she’s hoping for?

Rated: Fiction M – English – Drama/Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 38 – Words: 295,570 – Reviews: 8,136 – Favs: 6,146 – Follows: 2,641 – Updated: Jun 4, 2011 – Published: Feb 17, 2010 – Status: Complete – id: 5755522

When Cared mentioned doing a post centered on the essence of Edward, there were numerous fantastic Twifics and brilliant Edwards that came to my mind, but one that stood out, for me, was Beyond Time by TKegl. The whole story has a special essence of not only Edward, but Twilight as well. From the New Moon canon storyline of vampire Edward leaving human Bella, to the time travel back to 1918 – Edward’s year of transformation – where we get to live in a world that incorporates a 17-year-old, human, green-eyed Edward *swoon*, vampire/doctor Carlisle before Edward was in his life, Spanish influenza and more; the spirit of what we’ve all loved and held dear in Edward’s world, in the Twilight Saga world, is all there, in some way, shape or form. The essence of Edward truly lives on in Beyond Time.

The story begins six months after Edward left Bella, but this Bella is a bit different – Jake even calls her “the new and improved badass Bella” – and she says, “I’m not an idiot. I knew he was lying. He does… did… love me and left because of some twisted obligation to protect me. It broke my heart. It pissed me off.” Yes, she is bitter, but she is also stronger, at least on the outside, and more “aware.” Nonetheless, one thing that did remain the same here is her relationship with Jacob. He was her rock, her best friend and even now, he is a huge part of her life. He is also the canon Quileute werewolf, and he wants Bella to partake in a tribal ritual. That is where she learns about the “Spirit Walk” or “vision quest” which is “…supposed to put him in touch with his spirit guide… show him his path, his destiny.” When Bella takes part, she experiences not only that “rite of passage” but a whole new world of spirituality and literally goes beyond time to one week later/92 years earlier and this is what she eventually sees…

*Chapter 1*: Prologue: Of Warm Skin and Wishful

I’d never really understood the phrase “my heart caught in my throat” until that moment.

For there he was.

And he looked exactly the same.

And he looked completely different.

I stood at the gate, my trembling hand resting on the painted wood, and took in the sight of him. His hair was the reddish-brown I remembered, but instead of wildly exploding around his head, he had tamed it with some sort of gel or pomade. Still, a few rebellious locks escaped, falling over his sweaty forehead as he worked.

He had removed his jacket and tie – I could see them tossed over the porch railing – and rolled up the sleeves of his crisp, white shirt. The corded muscles of his forearms tightened and released as he worked the shovel into the garden soil. My eyes wandered down his body, capturing flashes of images in the midst of my shock – the crisp pleats on the front of his trousers, the smudge of dirt above his knee, the scuffed brown shoe pushing forcefully on the blade of the shovel.

He paused, lifting a gloved hand to his forehead, wiping away the sweat on his brow, frowning at the stubborn stump before him. Suddenly he stiffened, as if realizing he was being watched.

And he turned in my direction.

And I gasped.

I had always loved his eyes – whether they were black with thirst or amber with satiation. But these eyes were neither of those things.

I knew they wouldn’t be, that this wasn’t the Edward I knew.

Yet it still surprised me to see it in person. To see, instead of topaz or amber or black, a rich, dark green.

Carlisle had told me they’d been green.

Right now they regarded me warily, then curiously.

Still he said nothing. He just stood there, watching me. His gaze dipped down briefly before meeting mine once again. He colored slightly, a sheepish smile lighting his features.

Damn. He was checking me out.

I tried to draw a breath, but the tightness in my chest made it impossible.

I couldn’t even blame the damned corset this time.

He stood, loosely holding the shovel, and watched as I lifted the gate latch with a shaking hand, then slowly approached him. I drank him in thirstily, having been deprived of him for so long. With each step the hole in my heart constricted a little more and by the time I stood before him, it was like it never existed.

Edward.

Without even realizing it, I reached out and his eyes widened in surprise. I hesitated only briefly before stroking my trembling fingers down his cheek.

His skin was not pale… not cold… not hard.

It was soft… and warm. Clean-shaven, yet his beard had started to grow back, tickling my fingers. My fingers trailed down his face to his full, pink lips.

I could feel his warm breath on my fingertips and my body burst into flames, as it always did when I was near him. Even after all this time, it remembered. Even though he was different, it remembered.

“Edward,” I whispered.

He replied quietly, “I’m sorry,” and my fingers tingled at the vibration of his mouth. Because although his voice missed the musical quality I’d come to know so well, the velvet tones still wrapped around his words in a familiar way.

His eyes locked on mine and my heart stopped again, my hand dropping to my side and a tear trickling down my cheeks at the next words to escape his lips.

“Do I know you?”

Oh, yes, my darling Edward, you know us… *wink* …and we know you, love you, covet you, and hold you dear in our hearts, now and…beyond this Twilight time. Believe me, you will not want to put down this complete and consuming story as you travel with Bella and venture into an alternative world and life through her mystical experience that transcends another time and place. It’s hard to explain the essence of it all here, but trust me…”It’s a wolf thing.” Join Bella on this adventurous and memorable journey!

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5755522/1/Beyond-Time

https://archiveofourown.org/users/Tkegl/pseuds/Tkegl

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*Review by Gingerandgreen*

Osa Bella by Myg

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Bella is a school counselor, but Edward is a vampire posing as a student. Will Bella defy her head and follow her heart? Or will she conquer her desire and do what she believes is right? Not your daughter’s/niece’s/little sister’s Twilight. Angsty.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Fantasy – Chapters: 37 – Words: 185,919 – Reviews: 3577 – Favs: 2,742 – Follows: 1,785 – Updated: Sep 16, 2011 – Published: Jun 10, 2010 – Bella, Edward – Complete

It may seem strange to choose a story to review on the Essence of Edward post that is written entirely from Bella’s POV. But we fell in love with Meyer’s Edward through Bella’s eyes, and Osa Bella‘s Edward is even more intensely Edwardish than the original in my humble opinion.

I adore this story. Bella is employed at Forks High as the school psychologist. She already met, married and lost the love of her life to Afghanistan, and she’s an emotional wreck, but she’s good with the kids.  Except for one:

Then there was Edward. He was alone, aloof, bored, and usually appeared to be lost somewhere in his own head. It bothered me how he isolated himself. It wasn’t a good sign. Isolated kids are often depressed kids, the kind who one day show up in your office having taken a handful of pills, or who just stop showing up at all. He was, however, proving to be an excellent student, and had no disciplinary problems other than random smoking incidents outside on school grounds.  Some of the staff thought that marked him as a rebel. I wasn’t so sure.
 
I hadn’t had much interaction with Edward since that first day of school, but ever since I found myself noticing him constantly. His thick, brown hair was always a perfectly tousled mess. His eyes appeared to shift color, from black to toffee brown and back over days. He never spoke to anyone other than his family unless he was spoken to, and then he was quick to end the conversation. I wondered exactly what sort of chip he was carrying on his shoulder, given what little I understood of his ambiguous, unattached past.
 
What did I know about Edward? He’d been a foster child, which told me he might have been bounced around a lot as a kid. I had to guess he’d been abused or abandoned. And he had to be put in the system young—it was rare to get adopted from foster care once you were over the age of twelve. In fact it was hard to get into foster care at all once you were a teenager. He was clearly smart and obviously well mannered. Maybe he’d been adopted as a baby by the Cullens. But then, why was he so isolated and moody? Was there trouble at home? A genetic tendency towards depression or some other mood disorder?

No, Bella. He’s a vampire, hopelessly in love with you and he’s been 17 for a very, very long time.

Myg‘s Edward endures the torture of star-crossed love with great dignity and intelligence.  He is fiercely protective, dominating, tender, self-sacrificing, devoted, lustful, respectful and glorious. Bella is magnificent, but she has to go through an awful lot to grow into her mysterious magnificence; Edward follows her through every agony, subtly suggested by the author through our intimate knowledge of his essence.  Osa Bella is fanfiction at it’s optimum – I can’t think of a single reason not to read it.

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*Reviews by AllyVera*

When Cared first told me about her fabulous idea of doing an “Essence of Edward” post I had a wonderful time delving into my favourites to see which of my beloved Edwards would be the best candidates.  But, before I reveal my final choices, I think I should explain what my personal “Essence of Edward” is.

When I read “Twilight” back in 2009 what I fell in love with most (yes, apart from the bronze-haired, sharp-jawed magnificence) was Edward’s inherent goodness.  And it is not that he is perfect,  because he isn’t – just that he tries his utmost to be good – to do the right thing, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness… *sigh*  That’s what made me swoon! Coincidentally, it is what drew me to Bella’s character as well.  They really were meant for each other!

So, with that in mind – I chose a couple of stories where I believe that the fanfic version of Edward truly embraces what I fell in love with all those years ago.

The Cullen Sutras by Magnolia822

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The Cullen Sutras ~ After a difficult breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Bella meets a sexy, but enigmatic, yoga instructor whose dedication to the art masks a hidden sorrow. Further complicating matters is his loyalty to the yogic practice of brahmacharya, celibacy! AH

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 36 – Words: 186,863 – Reviews: 2,923 – Favs: 2,217 – Follows: 989 – Updated: May 31, 2011 – Published: May 20, 2010 – Status: Complete – id: 5983581

I think a lot of us could empathise with Bella in The Cullen Sutras when we meet her in the first chapter. She has just gone through an unexpected and humiliating break-up with her long-time boyfriend, Mike…and she is having a wallow in her misery, but her friends Alice and Rose come to the rescue by dragging her to a yoga retreat for the weekend.  Little does Bella know at this stage, that by the end of the weekend, Mike will be nothing but a distant memory.

Edward enraptures Bella (and the reader) from the moment he catches her mid-trip – pretty much as soon as she arrives at the retreat (yep, yoga will help with that clumsiness, Bella) – and from that moment on the gorgeous jade-eyed man is at the forefront of her thoughts.

Excerpt from Chapter Two (first yoga class with Edward – BPOV)

“While I initially had trouble following his instruction, I eventually got into the rhythm of the ujjayi, or “ocean,” breath that Edward described as one of the most important techniques we’d use. I was still a little self-conscious about the Darth-Vader-like sounds that were emitting from my mouth as I constricted my throat muscles, but it was strangely relaxing. I opened my eyes, which had been closed, and saw Edward smiling at me encouragingly.

“Now, we add movement,” Edward said, standing up. “One more thing before we begin this portion of the class. I’m known here for my strong assists, which means I have a very hands-on approach to the practice….”

YES, please.

“Please let me know if you are uncomfortable with physical contact and I’ll respect your space.”

NO. Thank you. Apparently, no one else had a problem either, since no one spoke up. It made sense; why someone would not want this man to lay his hands on them was beyond me. I glanced at Angela to my left. She looked as eager to have him touch her as I felt.

Bitch.”

Bella is quite hilarious in her internal ramblings at times, but you can’t blame the girl for her thoughts! If we are honest, it’s what Edward does to us all

Just like our beloved canon Edward, Yogiward has quite a few – scratch that, a lot of – dark secrets. Secrets which he is determined never to let Bella know.  I think this is a huge amount of the reason I loved this story so much, Edward is a puzzle – an enigma.  I enjoyed peeling back each layer to get to know him better and better.

Magnolia822 has fashioned a fabulous plot that is all-human yet retains so many canon elements – which I adore.  There are moments of true angst, where my heart broke for Bella (I do love a bit of angst though) but there are also moments of intrigue, drama and a triple helping of UST!

At the end of the day though, it is Edward and his story that make The Cullen Sutras a fascinating read.  If you like your Edwards mysterious, sexy, strong, brave, a whole lot of complicated with a tortured soul – you need to read TCS (unless you already have, of course!).

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5983581/1/The-Cullen-Sutras

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Perfectly Imperfect by Lindsay520

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Perfectly Imperfect ~ Bella is a socially awkward loner. Edward is lost in a meaningless marriage. Co-workers of a moving company, several long road-trips and lonely motel nights alone start a bond between them that may be stronger than either of them had ever expected. AH

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Hurt/Comfort – Edward, Bella – Chapters: 27 – Words: 62,115 – Reviews: 1,916 – Favs: 950 – Follows: 814 – Updated: Dec 17, 2011 – Published: Sep 9, 2011 – Status: Complete – id: 7366855

Since we are talking about wonderful Edwards – I have to mention Perfectly Imperfect by Lindsay520.  I actually already reviewed this story back earlier in 2013 for our Sweetward post here

To reiterate just why I loved this Edward so much, he’s kind, thoughtful, loyal, humble, brave and just downright swoonworthy!  He is the Essence of Edward and then some!

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When I was compiling my list of wonderful Edwards, I actually was quite surprised when I realized just how many of my favourite Essencewards where actually either Bluecollarwards or work in a profession that doesn’t see them with an Aston in their garage.  I shocked myself!  LOL

My other favourite Essencewards include:

Proud by jennde

Through the Flames by SparklingTwilight

Firefly in Summer by primarycolors 

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THE ESSENCE OF EDWARD!

RLEOE

A Doves’s Cry by karenec Previous review here.

Changing My Course by Twilover76 Previous review here.

Deviant by planetblue Previous review here.

Fridays at Noon by  troublefollows1017 Previous review here.

Housemating Season by AngryBadgerGirl

I Remain Yours by Momatu Previous review here.

If Love Could Light a Candle  by Pastiche Pen 

If We Ever Meet Again by pattyrose Previous review here.

Letters to Corporal Masen by solostintwilight Previous review here.

Now and Then by troublefollows1017 Previous review here.

Plight Thee My Troth by Gingerandgreen Previous review here and here.

Quarterback Rush by musegirl Previous review here.

Small Bump by Thimbles Previous review here.

The Decision by windchymes Previous review by  Raum and Camilla10 here.

Stranger Than Fiction by MasenVixen

The Cullen Legacy  by pattyrose Previous review here.

Where the Roads Converge by FluffyLiz Previous review here.

Winter Song by Jessypt Previous review here.

Wrap You In My Arms by Emmamama88 Previous review here.

So, let’s hear it ladies. What does the Essence of Edward mean to you?

The FicSix

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A Cache of What We’re Reading and Completed Recs!

*The FicSix*
*The FicSix*

Welcome to A Cache of What We’re Reading and Completed Recs on Fan Fiction Fridays. Today we welcome a guest review by our lovely friend Mauigirl60, and we will also review some of what fics we’ve been reading and enjoying lately, as well as recap precious recs that are now complete. Please enjoy!

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*Guest Review by Mauigirl60*

Fan Fiction, Sex Gods and Single Girls by bannerday 

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*banner created by Twi-Holoic68*

Fan Fiction, Sex Gods and Single Girls ~ After a mortifyingly awkward first meeting, fanfiction writer & new teacher, Bella, finds story inspiration in her hot-headed, player-of-a-neighbor. But she shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and she just might faint when she discovers who’s reading her latest fic! Art imitates life imitates art. A fic in a fic and a homage to this fandom. AH/Canon Couples/Humor/UST/Love & Lust

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 70 – Words: 526,387 – Reviews: 19,185 – Favs: 4,694 – Follows: 5,672 – Updated: Nov 18 – Published: Jun 21, 2011 – Status: Complete – id: 7103047

I recently spent the past weekend immersed in the lives of this Bella and Edward.  The story is very long—821 pages as a PDF—but don’t allow the length to discourage you.  There were so many instances in this story where I laughed out loud.  The zany antics of Edward and Bella, plus their supporting cast of characters, was very refreshing.  The jokes were real and not forced, and shockingly surprising, as bannerday breathed new life into the canon storyline.  Her subtle and not-so-subtle twists and Twilight references made for a striking contrast.  I found myself thrilled with her ingenuity.  I haven’t seen a story of this magnitude in quite some time, nor had one touch me as deeply.

The premise is this:  Bella, a shy, virginal, twenty-three-year-old high school English teacher, moves to Seattle to start her new job.  Her mother and stepfather have purchased a townhome for her and Jake helps her move in.  She also writes fanfiction stories, based on her favorite novels, Stardusted, with the characters of Ethan and Stella.  Jake’s involved with Leah, which is a huge sigh of relief rather than the same tired old triangle.  The townhome is situated across the street from Edward’s, who’s a twenty-eight-year-old man-whore—he’s rich, drives a flashy car, dresses to the nines and is the most good-looking man Bella’s ever laid eyes on.  Surprise, surprise!  When Bella pulls up on moving-in day in her rusty old bomb of a pickup, backfiring and making explosive sounds, she’s unknowingly interrupting a romantic interlude for Edward and his flavor-of-the-night.  Here’s a peek at their first, also explosive, meeting:

Meanwhile, at the house across the way, and completely unbeknownst to Bella, Edward had slammed the front door of his house open violently. You would normally think of slamming a door shut, but no, he had actually slammed that door open, quite probably putting a dent into the drywall with the large, decorative doorknob as it struck.

He began striding down the front walkway that led to his driveway, curling his fists tightly into dangerous weapons as he began yelling.

“Hey! Hey, you! Hey, asshole!”

Of course the driver of the truck was oblivious as the engine noisily rumbled and chugged and sputtered. Edward could see the guy sitting in the front seat, baseball cap on his head, complacently disturbing the peace of the entire fucking neighborhood.

Edward realized too late that he had left his home wearing only the whisper-light, flowing black silk pajama pants he had pulled on. Other than that he was nude. And barefoot. His thoughts were in a whirl as he stalked down his driveway and across the roughly paved street toward the nightmare truck in his bare feet.

Just you wait… Crap! …until I get my hands on you… Ouch! …you senseless idiot… Shit! …ruining my perfectly good morning… Ow! …and forcing me… Goddammit! …to walk across… Hell! …this shittily paved street… Ahh! …in my bare feet… Sonofabitch! …until they’re good and goddamned shredded. Fuck!

He came up on the back end of the old red truck, right near the exhaust pipe and was met with two heartstopping blasts, followed by thoughts on how best to greet the idiot behind the wheel.

KER-POW! KA-BLAM!

Fucking hell!

Oh, I am so going to deck you the minute you get out of that truck, a-hole!

Bella was just about to scream, “Will you just shut the hell up?” when she realized someone had begun banging on her door, startling her into inaction. 

Edward’s yells and bangs on the door had been useless. The dude had just been sitting there in his truck, ignoring him. He couldn’t even see the guy clearly with the glare on the window. He would just have to open the door himself so he could more effectively chew the guy’s ass out. 

Bella’s door was suddenly wrenched open, taking her by surprise.

Yet that was nothing compared to the string of abusive profanities that followed and absolutely stunned Bella as she

turned to climb out of the cab.

“Hey, Asshole! Get the fucking hell out of the goddamned, motherfucking, piece-of-shit, cockblocking truck!”

Bella scrambled out of the truck, looking up and facing the source of the screaming to see what was wrong and why this person was yelling at the top of his lungs. 

The volatile young man, standing just outside the driver’s door and spewing the invectives, was red-faced and breathing hard as he spit the words out viciously. The vein in his forehead was bulging and throbbing as he ranted.

Suddenly his eyes widened in surprise as he yelled and looked at her more carefully.

Edward had realized two things while yelling:

First, he had noticed that the guy exiting the truck was built rather slightly; only about five and a half feet tall at the very most. 

The second thing Edward had realized was that the guy was a girl.

KA-BLAM!

Edward and Bella get off on the wrong foot, and it only goes downhill from there.  The hilarity of the situation is truly spot-on.  Within the course of a couple of days, Bella sees three different women leaving Edward’s house.  After some more hateful exchanges between the two of them, she decides to begin a new fanfiction story, “From Hate to Heat”, with Edward as the star.  She begins detailing the story of when she met him, with herself as Stella, and Edward as Ethan.  She can’t help but be attracted to Edward, asshole extraordinaire though he is.  I mean, who could resist Edward—or Ethan, for that matter?

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How they progress from enemies to friends to lovers is a spectacular journey.  There are many more embarrassing situations, with just the right touch of angst and drama to make it more interesting.  I waited until this story was finished last week and I want to say, right here and now, that it was well worth the two years it took for completion.

I was truly engaged in the lives of these characters and felt the author showcased appropriately their maturing personalities.  The story is told in third-person, truly a favorite of mine, and bannerday really fleshes out their psyches.  She’s able to display the inner minds of both Bella and Edward, revealing the full picture instantaneously, instead of having to wait for alternate and/or overlapping points of view.

My hat’s off to you, dear bannerday, for writing such a compelling literary masterpiece, which made me laugh, cry, smile, and then laugh some more.  Please read this wonderful story and leave her some love.  Tell her “mauigirl60” sent you!

Merry-Christmas-Love-Bannerday

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*Virtual care tote given by bannerday to her readers.*

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7103047/1/Fan-Fiction-Sex-Gods-and-Single-Girls

http://www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/library/viewstory.php?sid=4779

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*Reviews by WiltshireGlo*

Fire & Ice by drotuno

*made by beffers87 / Bethany Tullos*

*made by beffers87 / Bethany Tullos*

Fire & Ice ~ FOURTH in the Gravity Series. When one of their own is threatened, the crew will have to travel halfway around the globe to get them back. What they find will have them racing against the odds to save more than just one life. AH E/B Series.

Twilight, M, English, Adventure & Romance, chapters: 12, words: 86k+, favs: 574, follows: 648, updated: 27 November published: Oct 20, Bella, Edward

So many of my friends here in fanficland know how devoted I am to the Edward from drotuno’s Gravity series. Mercward, as he’s known to his fans, stole my heart many moons ago and I don’t want it back! So, imagine my delight, after a two year break, when Deb (drotuno) announced a fourth book in the series…let’s just say there was a lot of dancing, flailing and fangirling in my kitchen that day!

For those of you who have yet to delve into this epic series, it’s an action and adventure rollercoaster. The first part was Blood & Glory, which threw Edward and Bella together in the most difficult of circumstances. Edward being a member of a mercinary group, all ex-soldiers, honourable and fierce; Bella heading up a PI business with a team of trusted and intelligent women by her side. I loved it from the first chapter. The following two stories have been equally gripping, sometimes dark, each telling a stand alone story but at the very heart of everything is the thread of deep love and the connection between Edward and Bella. Earlier this summer I reviewed them as my summer read. (Read previous review Here)

Onto the new WiP, number four, Fire & Ice …well, drotuno does not disappoint! It picks up in real time, two years on from number three, Smoke & Mirrors, and the team is as strong as ever, working together, but easing in to a break for the summer, tidying up loose ends and taking only small jobs. Unfortunately things are never that straightforward, when they fear for the safety of Carlisle, who’s on a business trip to Moscow (just so you know, this Daddy C has to be one of my favourite Carlisles in the fic world, so I’m all for them watching his back! *winks*). It seems they are right to be wary and Carlisle may just be in need of their expertise and assistance…and so the adventure begins…

The story is as tense, nerve-wracking and fear inducing as ever, but still, for me, the relationship between Edward and Bella is magical and underpins everything. Sexy as hell? Yep, that too! Beyond that, the extended family is not only believable and well written, but full of well-rounded characters who each have their place and belong in the team. They matter to me, Deb has made me care about them.

This short excerpt is about as spoiler-free as I could find, but shows the tenderness and understanding that comes from a long-term relationship.

My eyes drifted back to my husband. Throughout the years, we’d learned to trust our gut instincts. He trusted mine to the ends of the earth and back, but I relied upon his. And to see him worried about his dad was wrecking me. I wanted to pluck Carlisle and Esme out of Moscow and set them down in front of him, if only to take away the dark look on Edward’s face.

He clawed at his hair, pulling it up off his forehead.

“You’re gonna pull it all out. Go have Aunt Kate cut it, Edward. Take a break, or I’m gonna use Bethy’s hair thingys to keep it out of your eyes,” I threatened him, leaning in to kiss his cheek. “I’ve got this. And leave your phone in case your dad calls.”

His grin was every bit the combination adorable and sexy, not to mention a touch disbelieving as to whether or not I’d meant it.

“Barrettes with flowers on them, handsome. I’m not kidding,” I chortled, shoving at him until he got up.

“Bella…” he started to argue, but leaned down to kiss my lips. “Just…let me know if you find something.”

“Yes, sir,” I answered against his lips and then watched him as he left the room.

Although Deb advises reading the series in order, if you really want to, I believe that this could be read as a stand alone story. The previous stories are referenced but also explained in context. However, I do think you would be missing out on a great read if you overlooked the first three books. It’s not all lightness and fluff, there are dark moments, difficult challenges within the story lines but the relationships are strong throughout.

Here’s what drotuno had to say in her A/N at the beginning of Fire & Ice:

“…I reread the whole series myself, reread just about every review, and I wanted to step back a bit, go back to how Blood & Glory felt…and Sin & Innocence, too, if I’m still being honest. I will warn you that this is as dark as the ones before it – darker maybe – but I’m not here to rip Mercward and Sweetness apart with drama aimed at their marriage. That’s not how I work. We are stepping back into their lives just as we’ve done before, but this plot is like the ones before it – action, adventure, violence, foul language and lemony goodness (pfft! like that would change). If those aren’t your thing, then this isn’t for you. I STRONGLY suggest that you read the others before attempting to dive into this one.”

If you’ve got a long weekend and really want a good read to get your teeth into, it’s well worth the time, whether you start at the very beginning – or you’re already a Mercward devotee and want to join us every Wednesday and Sunday for Fire & Ice updates.

If you need a visual of Mercward, here he is ladies…

*made by  beffers87 / Bethany Tullos*

*made by beffers87 / Bethany Tullos*

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9779631/1/Fire-Ice

http://www.drotuno.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=b335ff82fb35acdd

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Tension by Ta Paixao

*made by Jamie Arkins*

*made by Jamie Arkins*

Tension ~ Take up all slack and hold on—a possible fall is anticipated. After three years of drifting alone, Edward returns to Upstate New York to see about a girl, a promise to his brother. He should have stayed hidden. EPOV. Adult content 

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 12 – Words: 23,822 – Reviews: 648 – Favs: 378 – Follows: 644 – Updated: 18h ago – Published: Sep 2 – Bella, Edward – Complete

I don’t even know where to begin with this twelve chapter story. It’s different, intriguing, incredibly well written and kinda mind-blowing. If you want cute, fluffy and a yellow brick road then avoid it like the plague! If however, you’re happy to upset your own equilibrium and take a chance, then read away. It’s well named, as Tension runs right through the story as well as Edward’s narrative.

Edward is adrift, looking for some closure and revisiting old haunts, disaffected and alone – when he meets a girl he doesn’t know if he can trust.

I pull my Sig from my waistband and clear the safety.

This is all wrong.

Alert now, I hear muffled noise from the main house to the right. Through the dirty porch screen I see the shabby yellow curtains are drawn on all four front windows. Eyes scanning, I quietly ascend the three steps and pull open the metal porch door. It creaks and whines, alerting the whole damn town that I’m here. The noise inside continues: running water, metal on metal, and maybe a voice under it all.

I cock the gun and point it at the floor in front of me. Taking one last check of my back, I grab the front door handle. It’s ripped from my hand. In it’s place stands a slim brunette dripping on the threshold with a blue towel wrapped around her body.

Her chin lifts as she scans me from the chest up. We stare at each other. Her eyes are dark, giving away nothing. Light freckles cover a slight nose against pale skin. My attention slides down to her lips when her teeth tug on the bottom one and it turns a darker shade of pink. My forefinger slides to the trigger.

“You’ll do.” She grabs my left hand and tugs me through the door.

For more than that you’ll have to read, as I really don’t want to spoil it. It’s refreshing and had me wanting to reread immediately after I finished to see what I’d missed, rethink my assumptions and just to savour the quality writing. I read the final chapter as it posted, right before going to sleep, when I awoke I was still mulling it over in my mind; it made me think. Ta Paixao wasn’t afraid to follow through on her vision and tell the story her way, I’m glad she did.

http://tapaixao.blogspot.com/

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9654792/1

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*Reviews by Cared*

It’s not possible to count my current WIP reading list using my fingers and toes alone.  I glimpse an interesting summary, an intriguing or refreshing opening paragraph, and I convince myself it will be just one more hit…I can handle it! 🙂 Here is a quick look at three stories that I was recently powerless to resist…

True Confessions of a Coffee Girl by Deebelle1 

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banner made by Deebelle1

True Confessions of a Coffee Girl ~ A perfect cafe au lait was all it took for Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor to fall in love with me…the coffee girl.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 9 – Words: 20,001 – Reviews: 630 – Favs: 460 – Follows: 940 – Updated: Nov 26 – Published: Nov 1 – id: 9812023

I’m sure you have guessed it from the summary above that Bella is the lucky coffee girl, and Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor is Edward, admittedly, one of the reasons I was drawn to this fic. Perhaps I should describe Edward as lucky too, as he hit the jackpot in his personal life by placing an order for a special cup of coffee.  Bella is a creative college student who also takes her job as a barista seriously; she is intelligent, independent, quirky, and as warm as the sweet muffins she serves.  Let’s see how she captures Actorward’s eye as she literally falls hard for him…

BPOV
A couple of other early risers and a few regulars came and went. I was singing along with Adele when a throat cleared behind me and caused me to jump. My foot caught on one of the mats and I fell to the ground, shrieking the whole way down.

“Are you okay?” an intense baritone voice asked.

“Yeah,” I laughed. “Happens to me all the time. Just another day in the life of a graceless swan.”

Even though I could laugh at the situation I found myself in, I couldn’t prevent the rush of blood to my skin when I looked up at the witness to my clumsiness. When our eyes met, I was lost. He was devastatingly handsome.

Mossy green eyes accompanied the sexiest voice I’d ever heard next to Vin Diesel’s. That man’s voice could melt the panties or boxers off anyone. I was confident of that. As I stood, I took in the rest of the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.

Besides those gorgeous peepers that were encased by thick eyebrows, he had a jaw line that begged to be licked. It was covered with a couple of day’s worth of whiskers that were a few shades lighter than his milk chocolate brows. His nose was crooked and had most likely been broken more than once, but it just added to his beauty. His lips were a natural and soft pink. They were plump and oh-so-kissable.

He was wearing an old and holey, but obviously loved, black t-shirt and a pair of wrinkled blue jeans. A baseball cap covered his unruly locks, and he was tall; taller than I expected him to be. But above all that, he was none other than Edward Cullen: actor extraordinaire and GQ’s most eligible bachelor. Everyone and their grandma wanted to date him. The man was sex personified…and he had just witnessed me making a fool out of myself.

It wasn’t like I even considered myself in his league. I wasn’t ugly by any means; I considered myself to be pretty average. But I wasn’t going to be walking the catwalk anytime. Like, ever. At just over five feet tall and add in my inability to walk a straight line, you would never see me on the runway, not that I wanted to be up there anyway.

After my blatant perusal of his body, I met his eyes again; the smirk on his face definitely didn’t help the blush on my face lessen. “What can I get for you?”

“I’ll have a large nonfat café au lait.”

….And so it begins.  Edward is swoon inducing!  This “mama’s boy” even brings his mother in to the coffeehouse to meet Bella – how sweet is that?  The playful banter and teasing between Coffee Girl and Eddie is fun to read as they fall hard and fast for each other.  To date, they have only shared kisses.  Actually, that’s a poor turn of phrase to use, as there is nothing only about those amazing, toe-curling, sensual kisses.

According to Deebelle1, “This is mainly a fluffy romance. There will be small bits of angst but it’s not drawn out…I’m an angst wimp, too. You’ll have a little bit of everything, but overall it’s just a good old fashion romance.”  Those last four words from the author explain why I’m enjoying this story so much – I raise my skinny latte to toast good old fashion romance!

Oh, and Deebelle1 worked as a coffee girl in LA and met many stars in her time. She mentions a star at the start of each chapter, revealing what kind of customer they were, and we’ve certainly learned some interesting tidbits, such as in chapter two, “Today’s Hollywood star is Neil Patrick Harris…aka The Dick.” lol These personal anecdotes certainly add a nice touch to the story…just like a happy face in coffee foam!

As the lovely actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth tells us, “…love can be yours if you step up to the counter and order…”  So, what are you waiting for?

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9812023/1/True-Confessions-of-a-Coffee-Girl

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Easy as Pie by Edward’s Eternal

*Made by Edward's Eternal*

*Made by Edward’s Eternal*

Easy as Pie ~ Edward Masen: successful actor, admired by many, desired by thousands; he had everything he could have possibly wanted, except … happiness. One night, while trying to escape his crazy life, he literally made a “right” turn, which led him to Little Bell. Could finding that happiness really be as easy as pie?

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Hurt/Comfort – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 5 – Words: 19,150 – Reviews: 1,182 – Favs: 890 – Follows: 1,340 – Updated: 11h ago – Published: Nov 13 – id: 9842447

This is another Actorward I am currently enjoying very much. Bella is a student making ends meet by baking and waitressing in “Easy as Pie”, and Edward is a famous actor in need of a break.

Now, on the face of it you might consider this and the storyline above to be similar, but honestly, apart from their occupations and initial meeting, these stories are as different as lemon meringue pie from strawberry rhubarb crumble. It’s a completely different kettle of fish, or in this case, plate of pie.

When pie-loving Edward “literally made a ‘right’ turn” and walked in the door of the small coffee shop, “Easy as Pie”, he was in dire need of a break from his regimented life…“ Away from the world of Edward Masen and everything it represented.”

EPOV

I stopped at a corner, waiting for the light, when a mouth-watering aroma filled the air. I glanced to the right and saw a small coffee shop with the sign Easy as Pie lit up in the window.

Pie. I loved pie. I really loved pie.

I never got to eat pie anymore. Apparently, refined sugar would be the death of me; at least according to the personal trainer the studio insisted I needed for my next role, who designed a hell-on-earth daily routine I was supposed to be following religiously. Now my diet consisted of vegetables, fruit, and fish. I was hungry all the time and lately had been questioning why I had agreed to do this next role. I snuck in the occasional sandwich because, really, how bad could a sandwich be for you? I snorted, remembering James’ reaction to that innocent remark. Really bad, it would seem. At least his fifteen minute speech about dedication and sacrifice for the part, seemed to indicate that.

But I missed dairy. Bread. Pasta. Meat. And pie.

I hesitated; James wasn’t here right now and I wanted pie. I really wanted pie.

After all, I was going to hell anyway. Might as well do it thoroughly.

I headed toward the small diner and stepped inside, breathing in deeply. My mouth instantly began to water. I walked to the back and sat in a secluded, corner booth, grabbing up a menu and burying my face in it. After a few minutes I looked around. The place was fairly deserted, with only a few tables taken and once again, no one was looking at me. I sighed and put the down the menu, taking in my surroundings. Clean and warm, there were bookshelves along one wall with a sign over them saying ‘Help Yourself While You’re Here’, a long counter with stools opposite it, and the rest of the restaurant was tables and booths like the one I was sitting in. Curious, I got up and perused the shelves. Grinning, I grabbed a book I had been meaning to read and sat back down. I had just opened up the cover when a gentle voice startled me.

“Coffee?”

I looked up into the deepest brown eyes I had ever seen. They were warm and welcoming as they gazed at me and I waited for the sure widening that would happen when they recognized who I was, but it never came. Instead they remained warm and kind. They were framed by long lashes and as I looked into them I had the overwhelming sense of something inside me settling into place. A small voice in my head said the word home, and I was mystified because of it, trying to figure out why that had happened. Suddenly, I noticed the furrow appear between those lovely eyes and I realized I had been staring and not speaking for far too long.

Blinking, I cleared my throat and smiled warily at girl in front of me. “Please.”

Her answering smile was wide. “Anything else?”

“You have pie?”

Her smile got wider. “Not just any pie. Real homemade pies. Best in the city. I just took one out of the oven.”

How could I resist that?

He may have meant the pie that time, but it’s not long before he also cannot resist the baker…Bella. She is a hard working, very sweet, talented girl, struggling to overcome the difficult hand life has dealt her. He is struggling to cope with his lifestyle – that of a megastar and heartthrob – and Bella blows a breath of fresh air in his stuffy and controlled world; she becomes his catalyst for change.  Their emotions run deep very quickly…falling for each other is as easy as pie, but the reality they are soon forced to face is anything but.  Have no fear about the future as Edward’s Eternal assures us she believes in HEA for Little Bell and Pie Guy.

Go on, don’t try to resist…serve yourself a large helping of this delicious story.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9842447/1/Easy-as-Pie

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And now for something completely different…

Another Love by sparklymeg

*Made by SparrowNotes24*

*Made by SparrowNotes24*

Another Love ~ “Edward had it all… until he didn’t.” My entry for the 2013 TLS Angst Contest. Winner of Best HEA. Now expanding into a multichapter fic. 

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 6 – Words: 24,108 – Reviews: 135 – Favs: 143 – Follows: 331 – Updated: 18h ago – Published: Aug 22 – id: 9619625

IMHO it takes a special kind of story to be named the Best HEA in an angst contest, and that’s what we have right here ladies…a special kind of story.  Another Love captivated me in the contest and I can’t tell you how pleased I am that it is being continued.

I’m not going to tell you anything at all about the premise as that would only take away from your pleasure of slowly discovering it yourself. I will tell you, though, that this unique, beautifully told story will make you feel; it will pull at your heartstrings and make you smile, I know, for that’s what it did to me.

Another Love is told from EPOV, in the present, in dream sequences and in flashbacks. Sparklymeg made me feel as though I lived through each one of those moments – and all the intense emotions to go along with them – with Edward, and now I can’t wait to experience his future.

Here is a spoiler-free peek at Edward…

EPOV October 2005

I wander back into the living room, beer in hand, and ponder how I can get people to leave. It’s almost midnight, and I have to be up really early.

Okay, yeah. I definitely am a party pooper.

I’m almost knocked off my feet when a hard body stumbles into me. I steady myself to find Emmett McCarty, high, drunk, or both, wrapping his arms around me.

“Cullen! You made it man!”

Why do people keep saying that to me? Am I that obvious?

Emmett and I do the loose, side, male hug thing and he starts prattling on about his football game last week. I’m not really paying any attention though, because I’m distracted by a commotion on the other side of the room.

That smarmy fucker, James, from my Ethics in Education class, has some poor girl pressed against the window frame, his hands wandering down the sides of her body. She looks uncomfortable, her head moving from side to side. I realize he’s trying to kiss her and she’s resisting.

I’m over there before I even realize I have moved, my hand firm on his shoulder, pulling him away.

“Hey man, I don’t think she’s interested.”

James stumbles, and looks up at me. He’s glassy eyed, intoxicated, and his features twist into an expression of sheer confusion. Recognition dawns on his face, and he straightens up.

“She with you, man?”

“Yeah, she is, so back off.”

Wait, what?

The words tumble out of my mouth before I realize what I’m saying. In my peripheral vision I can see the girls eyes widening, and I hear a breath catch in her throat.

James mumbles something incoherent and stumbles away.

I turn back; only to be faced with one of the most beautiful girls I have ever laid eyes on.

Huh.

Guess this party won’t be so bad after all.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9619625/5/Another-Love

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From Geek To Chic by MrsK81

From Geek to Chic by MrsK81 - banner by Evilnat

Convinced she was headed to permanent residency in Loserville, Bella Swan would have done anything to fit in with the popular crowd. What if she was presented with an opportunity to do just that? Would she take it happily or would she stop and think about the person she was leaving behind? Inspired by 13 going on 30. Romance, drama, humor and a little bit of everything.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 16 – Words: 65,023 – Reviews: 576 – Favs: 287 – Follows: 396 – Updated: Oct 29 – Published:Feb 17 – Status: Complete – id: 9021054

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9021054/13/From-Geek-To-Chic

Previous review Here.

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The Man in the Moon by CullensTwiMistress 

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Her Nana had always told her she’d find the peanut butter to her jelly. But she never did find the one, and now she’s 29 and still looking for that perfect one—the man that doesn’t exist. He’s like the man in the moon; a simple fairy tale that will never be real. AH; BxE; Romance.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 15 – Words: 55,490 – Reviews: 1,308 – Favs: 794 – Follows: 1,149 – Updated: Oct 24 – Published: Apr 21 – Status: Complete – id: 9224221

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9224221/1/The-Man-in-the-Moon

Previous review Here.

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Down Home by MrsSpaceCowboy 

*Made by Evilnat*

*Made by Evilnat*

Sometimes, everything you’re looking for ends up being right where you left it. *Entry for The Heart of Country Contest. 1st Place Silver Spur Award Public Vote, 2nd Place Silver Spur Award Judges Choice, 1st Place Gentlemen Wear White Award (Swooniest Fella) Public Vote and Judges Choice, 2nd Place Hay Ride Award Judges Choice.* Now expanded and complete!

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 12 – Words: 79,201 – Reviews: 2,206 – Favs: 1,894 – Follows: 2,421 – Updated: Sep 12 – Published: Mar 4 – Status: Complete – id: 9070588

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9070588/1/Down-Home

Previous review Here.

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Master of Puppets by The Unholy Trinity of Horror

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I’m pulling your strings. Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams. Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing. Just call my name, ’cause I’ll hear you scream. A collab between darkNnerdy, Livie79, and Raggdolly.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Horror/Suspense – Chapters: 14 – Words: 18,718 – Reviews: 320 – Favs: 62 – Follows: 97 – Updated: Nov 1 – Published: Oct 18 – Status: Complete – id: 9774726

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9774726/1/Master-of-Puppets

Previous review Here.

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CSI Seattle WA by Michaelmas54

*Made by Cared*

*Made by Cared*

A chance discovery in the forest near Forks starts a series of events that could prove cataclysmic for the world, not just for the people involved. A story of love, passion, murder and mystery and rated M mainly for the passionate (lemony) bits. A Twilight/CSI story that will hopefully keep you on the edge of your sofa! Recommended on Rob Attack, TLS & ADF. Now Complete.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Drama/Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 30 – Words: 107,578 – Reviews: 839 – Favs: 314 – Follows: 356 – Updated: Oct 19 – Published:Aug 17 – Status: Complete – id: 9605564

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9605564/1/CSI-Seattle-WA

Previous review Here.

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Awkwardly Yours by Vancouver-Canuck-Girl 

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High school Edward likes a girl named Bella, But he’s not a smooth-talking kind of fella. He has his fair share of inserting foot into mouth, And inappropriate risings down south. But he’s really kind of sweet, Even if he’s sort of a geek.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Humor – Edward, Bella – Chapters: 22 – Words: 60,748 – Reviews: 2,848 – Favs: 875 – Follows: 1,232 – Updated: Nov 14 – Published: Aug 2 – Status: Complete – id: 9557633

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9557633/1/Awkwardly-Yours

Previous review Here.

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Crash Zone by JiffyKate

Crash Zone

The Crash Zone is a buffer zone outside the perimeter of the track. It’s purpose is to insure the safety of the fans from skaters falling out of bounds. Is it enough to keep hearts from being broken?

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 15 – Words: 49,526 – Reviews: 772 – Favs: 368 – Follows: 503 – Updated: Sep 3 – Published: Mar 27 – Status: Complete – id: 9141640

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9141640/1/Crash-Zone

Previous review Here.

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Open Range – A Short Story by pattyrose

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*made by Fallingsnow Winter*

 In the mid 1800’s, out on the western range is where a real man makes his livelihood. And if he’s mighty lucky, it’s where he makes his destiny as well. A six chapter story with daily updates. E & B.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 7 – Words: 14,722 – Reviews: 901 – Favs: 488 – Follows: 490 – Updated: Aug 31 – Published: Aug 26 – Status: Complete – id: 9632155

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9632155/1/Open-Range-A-Short-Story

Previous review Here.

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My Love, My Sin by sulliedsoles

*made by sulliedsoles*

*made by sulliedsoles*

I want it all. I need, and I take, and I abuse. But I love my Love, and I love my Sin. I can’t let either one go.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella – Chapters: 22 – Words: 10,176 – Reviews: 510 – Favs: 154 – Follows: 230 – Updated: Sep 13 – Published: Aug 19 – Status: Complete – id: 9611324

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9611324/1/My-Love-My-Sin

Previous review Here.

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Mise-en-Place by callmepagliacci

*Made by Beffers87*

*Made by Beffers87*

I recreated his mother’s recipes when he was homesick. I made meal plans when he had to gain or lose weight for a role. And when he wanted chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne for another woman he was bringing home, I made them with all the love in my heart—the love he’d never see. So I showed him with my food.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 14 – Words: 29,170 – Reviews: 1,456 – Favs: 1,097 – Follows: 1,700 – Updated: Aug 1 – Published: Apr 19 – Status: Complete – id: 9216928

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9216928/1/Mise-en-Place

Previous review Here.

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Rescission by GeekChic12 

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*banner made by Twilly*

We met. We got off. We went home. We weren’t lovers. We weren’t even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked… Until it didn’t. AH, ExB.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella, Edward – Chapters: 12 – Words: 30,714 – Reviews: 1,930 – Favs: 1,798 – Follows: 2,172 – Updated: Nov 20 – Published: Jul 26 – Status: Complete – id: 9533161

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533161/1/Rescission

Preview review Here. (It was complete at the time of original rec but now has an Epilogue-Futuretake.)

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We like to thank maurigirl60 for sharing her Fan Fiction, Sex Gods and Single Girls review with us today, and now we’d love to know what you’re reading!

The FicSix

*Decisions, decisions. What to read?!*

*Decisions, decisions! What to read?!*
Kudos to the unknown talented maker!

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What We’re Reading…

What We're Reading

We wanted to share with you today What We’re Reading, as we’ve realized our current reading lists are even longer than… *ogles sexy image above* 😉 …so we bring you a long selection below. Happy reading!

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*Reviews by Midnight Cougar*

Rescission by GeekChic12 

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*Made by Twilly*

Rescission ~ We met. We got off. We went home. We weren’t lovers. We weren’t even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked… Until it didn’t. AH, ExB.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 11 – Words: 27,416 – Reviews:  1,557 – Favs: 1,305 – Follows: 1,986 – Updated: 09-22-13 – Published: 07-26-13 – Status: Complete – id: 9533161

Rescission by GeekChic12 is a short but consuming story; it’s one I read as a WiP, where I vied for updates, and dropped everything to read them. As stated in the final author’s note, “In contract law, rescission has been defined as the unmaking of a contract for the mutual benefit of both parties.” And that is the definite crux of this Edward and Bella love (?) story, as they begin a mutual “fuck-buddy” relationship that is hot…and well, HOT! Let’s define the beginning of their mutual agreement…

My body knew his so well—his touch, his smell, his taste. And what it felt like when he tasted me. But my mind reeled. We didn’t go out in public together. We had a system. It started with a text. It might be a direct I need a fuck, or a more explicit I want to hear your fingers sliding in and out of your pussy as you suck my dick, with a time and location.

We met. We got off. We went home. We weren’t lovers. We weren’t even friends. We were fuck-buddies. It worked. To keep it working, we had rules. A contract of sorts.

Ah, but, did it work? And what happens if – and when – those “rules” get blurred or “bent”? Because when Bella’s boss, Dr. Rose Cullen, decides Dr. Swan, needs to meet her hot bartender brother, Edward Cullen, that is exactly what happens, and things might just get a bit more complicated… *wink*

Excerpt from Chapter 1

BPOV

Sitting in a booth in a trendy Seattle restaurant, Dr. Cullen’s husband, Emmett, was cracking us up with his unique take on life as a stay-at-home dad—from shooting down philandering mommies in their playgroup to adding their three-year-old neighbor to his ever-growing list of boys who would never be allowed to date his daughters.

“Just the other day, Lily went…”

I didn’t register anything else Emmett said after I glanced toward the door and saw him.

I noticed his distinctive swagger before I even glanced at his face. It was less of a walk and more of a sex-prowl. How could he use that walk so casually, in the middle of a busy restaurant? And more importantly, what the fuck was he doing here?

Would he think this broke our agreement if he saw me on a date?

I looked down and away from him, trying to hide behind my hair. Maybe he wouldn’t notice me. I peeked over again, and Rosalie and Emmett shared a confused look before peering over their shoulders. He was headed straight for us.

I silently chanted, “Turn. Turn. Turn,” in my head.

Rosalie looked back at me for a moment with an excited smile before turning back toward him, standing to offer a quick hug. His eyes widened as he caught sight of me just before her arms went around him. “Edward, I’m so glad you made it,” she said. “I was getting a little worried.”

Of fucking course. There’re only about four million people in the Seattle metropolitan area, half of whom are men. Why wouldn’t ‘E’, the barman I’d met a couple months ago, also be Dr. Cullen’s brother, Edward, who owns a restaurant?

And my blind date.

I was pulled from my thoughts when Rosalie said my name. “Isabella, this is my brother, Edward Cullen, famous restaurateur—”

Fuck-buddy Rule #5: No meeting each other’s friends and family—no good can come from this.

Rule status: Bent

And so the rescission begins… At the end of each chapter, we learn the “fuck-buddy rule” pertaining to that chapter’s events, and its consequent “rule status.” But, as the story progresses, it appears those rules are more difficult to abide by, and internal struggles ensue, especially for Dr. Swan. Edward and Bella do continue to be…something – it’s complex, hot-as-hell, very sexy and sometimes even sweet, but when things inevitably change and emotions do become involved and intertwined… What does that continue to do to those rules? Where does that leave Edward and Bella’s agreement of no kisses, no emotional attachment? Well, I’ll let you discover that for yourself as you read this sweet, complete story, because I thoroughly enjoyed watching the – *cough* disintegration *cough* of their rules – progression of their relationship.  After all, aren’t rules meant to be broken? *grins wickedly*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533161/1/Rescission

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Someday by A Cullen Wannabe 

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*Made by Kharizzmatic*

Someday ~ Social reject Bella Swan finds her whole life changing before her eyes after her first encounter with the cute boy at the Concrete Canal. Three years later, she shows her uppity classmates that she’s so much more than they ever thought possible.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Angst/Romance – Bella & Edward – Words: 7,581 – Reviews: 81 – Favs: 228 – Follows: 67 – Published: 10-16-10 – Status: Complete – id: 6403322

I had to share this inspirational one shot with you today; to say I was moved, and it touched my heart deeply, would be very apt. Someday has been around for quiet some time, as it was a winning entry in the 2010 A Picture Says it All Anonymous Contest, but I just recently had the pleasure of reading it. IMHO, the talented author, A Cullen Wannabe, has portrayed a relatable Bella with a beautiful soul, as the story tells the tale of a high school girl who endures the daily ridicule and bullying by her peersfor a variety of, sadly, typical reasons. And for anyone else who has ever suffered from this, I know you will empathize with her.

Your heart will also break for Bella, as did mine, when her eighteenth birthday becomes, “the Worst Day Ever!” But, what is truly captivating about the story is the heartwarming turn of events, when a new student in town helps Bella find a new lease on life…that all starts on a Concrete Canal wall…

BPOV

I don’t know how long I stayed like that, hiding from the world, but suddenly a sound made me look up in surprise. A few feet to the right of me and further down the bank, near where my bag landed, sat a boy with hair that reflected in the sunlight with hints of red and brown. He faced the water with a guitar in his hand and strummed it quietly. I watched in awe as he began to sing, his warm vibrant voice echoing hauntingly off the concrete and water surrounding him.

“When you’re down and all hope is lost, just remember life is short.

Shallow people break your heart, beat you down and make you hurt.

But time will pass quickly dear, before you know you’ve moved on,

To a place and a time not dictated by the small people you have fought.”

Stay strong, stand tall, be beautiful, you see,

Because no matter what they say, you’re beautiful to me.

Don’t crumble dear, stand strong and clear, be who you want to be.

Be individual and free.

And someday they will all see what only a few of us can see.”

He continued to strum, never looking at me, and yet it almost felt like he was singing for me. His tune continued on before another tune intermingled a moment before it swapped out completely, his fingers nimbly plucking out the tune of Happy Birthday. I gasped, staring with wide eyes with my hand over my mouth as he glanced over his shoulder with a small smirk.

I stared for a long moment before finally he stopped strumming and nodded his head, as if he were trying to tug me over with the motion alone. I faltered for a moment before slowly rising to my feet and carefully moving the few feet to stand beside him. He looked up with a smile as his hands returned to strumming.

“I was beginning to think you weren’t going to actually come over here. Would have been a shame to not get to meet the girl that inspired in the course of a few seconds the first song I’ve actually been able to write on the spot in years.”

I reached out to grab my bag, tugging it toward me awkwardly, not knowing what to say. He just chuckled at me before stopping his hands again to reach his right one over toward me.

“I’m Edward, nice to meet you.”—–

Yes, I sighed and swooned, too. And that is only the beginning of this one shot full of unconditional love, real life, music and eventually a strong, empowered Bella, which was the pièce de résistance for me as a Twilight fic readerwell, that and Guitarward. *be still my heart*

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http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6403322/1/Someday

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*Review by Cared*

*Made by Cared*

*Made by Cared*

CSI Seattle WA by Michaelmas54

CSI Seattle WA ~ A chance discovery in the forest near Forks starts a series of events that could prove cataclysmic, not just for the people involved. A story of love, passion, murder, mystery and horror and rated M mainly for the passionate bits. A story of about 89,000 words that will hopefully keep you on the edge of your sofa! Updated in ‘episodes’ of 3 chapters at a time, every Saturday. 

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 22 – Words: 79,781 – Reviews: 406 – Updated: 9-28-13 – Published: 8-17-13 – Bella & Edward

This is one of those stories that made me curse everyday life for encroaching on my need to consume, right from the compelling opening, the existing 68,726 words in one sitting.  Yes, it’s that good!

It starts with an intriguing prologue where an arm is discovered in the forest near Forks, then quickly moves to Forks high school ten years earlier. Bella and Edward are partners in Biology – now you might be thinking, where have I heard that before – but believe me, while there are some fun nods to canon, there is nothing familiar or clichéd about this refreshing plotline.

Bella is a lovely, young girl who takes the chance on asking her shy, geeky lab partner to accompany her to prom. OME! What an unforgettable prom night it turns out be – for both of them…

Edward looked into her eyes for a few moments as if he was trying to preserve the memory of her face, then he kissed her gently at first and then he took her bottom lip into his mouth and sucked it while Bella whimpered and moaned with pleasure. His breathing accelerated and Bella felt herself moving backwards until she was pressed up against the wall of the house. His tongue was in her mouth now and as he was devouring her he grabbed hold of the material of her dress and pulled it upwards, then he lifted her up off the floor, wrapped her legs around his body and pressed himself against her. She could feel his arousal right where she was on fire and their kisses became more passionate and frenzied as they writhed and moaned in a tight embrace. Edward’s hands were moving over Bella’s body while her hands were buried in his silky hair. Tears had started to form in her eyes as a feeling of pure ecstasy overwhelmed her. This kiss would live in her memory for the rest of her life and she didn’t want it to stop.

Edward broke the kiss and rested his head on Bella’s shoulder while he regained his composure. He was seriously aroused but was not prepared to take this any further tonight. He had never thought himself capable of this level of passion and he felt totally out of control. He knew he had to stop as it would be unfair of him to have sex with Bella tonight, which is what he wanted to do. He was leaving Forks very soon and would probably never see her ever again as his father was selling up and following him to the East Coast. He carefully put Bella back down onto her feet and wiped a tear from her cheek with his fingers.

“I’ll never forget tonight as long as I live Bella. You are a beautiful girl and a beautiful person.”

Move on ten years and DanielGaleward is all grown up. *pause while I swoon at visions of Edward in a lab coat* He is a highly respected and successful scientist, although his personal life does not match his professional one. Unfortunately for him, he has settled for content, believing blissfully happy is not something he will ever be…that is of course until a chance reunion with the beautiful, brave Bella, now a crime scene investigator. Their sweet romance and their powerful passion for each other play out against the perfectly planned backdrop of crime investigation and intrigue, with both their professional lives and their families woven finely through it.

As a reader, having the benefit of looking from the outside in and seeing the overall picture, I have a feeling I know where this story is going – and who dunnit. But, given how Michaelmas54 cleverly inserts a twist when you least expect, and how what I consider genuine clues could be red herrings, I’m not willing to bet on it. I am, however, not above bribing Michaelmas54 to post faster than her weekly schedule of three chapters every Saturday.

*passes collection plate for Robporn*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9605564/1/CSI-Seattle-WA

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*Review by WiltshireGlo*

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Hot Commodity by blueeyedcherry

Hot Commodity ~ Edward Cullen is used to getting everything he wants. Good looking, wealthy, and charming, NYC’s most reputable playboy doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Then he meets Isabella Swan and all bets are off … Except for one. *AH/OOC*

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Humor – Chapters: 31 – Words: 183,669 – Reviews: 1768 – Updated: 9-25-13 – Published: 9-5-11 – Bella & Edward

Hip Hip Horray! Three cheers for blueeyedcherry who recently completed her Masters!

Whilst I’m thrilled for her -and proud of her achievements- I’m also thrilled for me because Hot Commodity is close to completion!! WoooHooo *runs around throwing confetti*

So, what’s so special about Hot Commodity? Apart from witty banter, and a snarky, intelligent and sexy Bella, there is also an extremely successful, intelligent, arrogant, womanising Edward who may just need bringing down a peg or two…

“Do you know anything about iPhones? Mine seems to be broken.” I hit her with the puppy dog eyes and a sheepish grin, holding the phone out to her. Her friend rolled her eyes and tapped her foot impatiently. I recognized her from somewhere but my scotch-induced stupor prevented me from remembering any details.

What’s wrong with it? Not that I’d know anything about it, I haven’t progressed past the flip phone era, but I could try to fix it.” She took a gulp of champagne, probably to stop her nervous ramblings.

“Your number isn’t in it,” I said matter-of-factly. I was prepared for an eye roll, followed by a nervous smile, followed by the girl giving me her number and having several cocktails with me before going back to my place.

This girl was different. She choked on laughter and the champagne sprayed out her nose and all over the front of my Armani suit. Her brown eyes grew wide and her hand flew over her mouth in embarrassment.

“I’m so sorry! I can’t believe I did that! But really, can you blame me? Who uses pick up lines these days?”

I chuckled despite myself. Under normal circumstances I’d be furious with this bitch. This suit had cost me almost two grand. Her eyes and her smile somehow managed to extinguish my anger.

 “Don’t worry beautiful, with tits like those, you don’t need to apologize for anything.” This girl was a spitfire and I probably should have known better than to speak to her that way. Her expression quickly changed from one of mild-embarrassment to one of all out rage. She handed her champagne to her friend, took two steps towards me, drew her arm back, and WHACK! – slapped me (harder than I’d ever been slapped, might I add) across the face. Then, adding insult to injury, she set my phone on the table next to me, and poured the remainder of her champagne all over it.

 “That should fix your problem. Now you can’t run your disgusting mouth to any of the poor women in your phone book ever again.” She spun around and grabbed her friend’s wrist. “C’mon Alice. This asshole doesn’t deserve our company.” They disappeared into the crowd before I even had a chance to process what had happened.

Of course, they do meet again. Edward’s sidekick and partner in crime, Jasper, goads him into a ridiculous bet. A bet that, once accepted, will change their lives forever…

The humour is quick, the sex is smouldering and the relationships believable. I love and hate Edward in equal measures -actually I grew to love him pretty quickly –  I rant at the screen at his behaviour and stupidity, but delight in his roguishness. I’m right behind Bella one minute and hoping to kick her ass the next! But they’re so bloody loveable whatever their flaws.

This story has it all, twists, turns and a more than a few “oh shit” moments; I find myself grinning as I read and hoping they find their gold-plated HEA. It’s a real page turner that has kept me gripped from day one.

It won’t be long now until I know their fate, blueeyedcherry is posting one more regular chapter and two epilogues…believe me, it’s been well worth the wait. ❤

Commodity

*Made by RoseArcadia*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7358208/1/Hot-Commodity

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*Review by Gingerandgreen*

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There’s a Word For It by Eiluned Price

There’s a Word For It ~ I hadn’t liked 17-year-old boys even when I was 17. So what is it about Edward Cullen that’s so compelling? Whatever it is, I can’t afford to find out.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 8 – Words: 49,328 – Reviews: 573 – Updated: 9-8-13 – Published: 2-26-13 – Bella & Edward

I’ve been dying to share this story with you all, but it’s so unique I haven’t found a category to post it into until now.  And now that I have my opportunity, I’m finding myself lost for words, despite the title!

Imagine Bella never makes it to Forks as a teenager, but a twist of fate brings her as an adult – a cool, smart, sophisticated and confident adult – to teach AP English at Forks High School. Guess who fate would place in her senior class? Seventeen-year-old Edward and Alice, that’s who. How disturbing would it be for her to find herself sickeningly enthralled by a teenage boy?

I misjudged how long I needed to get back to Building 3 from the cafeteria, and by the time I arrived in my classroom, my 15 AP students were already in their seats. Fortunately, I had left a “do now” assignment on the whiteboard, and they were quietly writing. I dropped my lunch bag into my desk drawer, grabbed my clipboard with the class roster, and turned to face my students as the bell rang.

A boy with wild reddish-brown hair and a girl with spiky dark hair were toward the back, a little off to the side of everyone else.

The Cullens.

Holy fucking shit. I wish I had been able to prepare myself, as the Clapp had suggested, and not because the Cullens looked as if they wanted to tear my throat out. They were both stunning, the boy especially, possessors of a pale beauty that seemed alien not only to Forks, but to the entire planet, cool and composed as the rest of us wilted in the heat. The girl beamed at me, light hazel eyes sparkling, while the boy stared at me as if I were some unidentifiable species of insect. I flushed hot under his scrutiny, and realized that I was staring too, and in a most improper-for-a-teacher way. I walked to the windows and cranked one open, welcoming the breeze on my cheeks.

I turned back around, and avoiding the gazes of the distracting Cullens, welcomed my new students and said, “I know it’s the rule here to use honorifics and last names, but I’d like to know what first names you prefer, so tell me as I do the roll call.” I looked down at my roster. “Alvarez?”

“Gracie,” came the answer from a brunette with Abercrombie emblazoned on her faded T-shirt and an accent in her voice. Mexican, I guessed, born Graciela.

“Banner?”

“Brett.” Principal Bob’s son had Fitch on his shirt.

“Crowley?”

“Tiffany.” Victoria’s Secret. Well.

“Cullen, A.?”

“Alice,” a beautiful soprano announced, and I finally looked in the Cullens’ direction again. Jesus. The only logos on this girl’s clothes were discreetly stitched onto the lining, and probably said something like Gucci. Or Chanel, if the bouclé jacket she was wearing was the real thing.

Not that it mattered. The important thing was the Alice was no longer beaming, but grim-faced. And Edward looked as if he was about to throw up, his head down, his hand over his mouth and nose.

“And this is Edward,” she added, indicating the boy in the desk next to her with a graceful wave. “His throat hurts a little today, so it’s best if he doesn’t talk.”

“Oh, that’s too bad,” I said, though I didn’t believe her. The boy looked as if he was in utter agony, not just as if had a sore throat. I thought of suggesting that he go see the nurse, but reconsidered. He was a senior who could decide for himself.

I returned to calling the roll, which ended with Teague, Eliza (Hollister). I went on to collect the summer homework and hand out books – both times, Alice Cullen glided up to the front of the room to drop off her and her brother’s summer homework essays, and to collect their copies of “Four Greek Plays” – and start the introduction to “Oedipus Rex,” the first work we’d be tackling.

As I conducted the business of the day, I kept surreptitiously glancing at Edward Cullen, without intending to. His head was still bowed, but his hand was now gripping the edge of his desk. Even from my position at the front of the room, I could see the muscles and tendons tensed in the forearm extending from the pushed-up sleeves of his white button-down shirt. Periodically, his sister put her hand on his shoulder – in reassurance? In warning? I couldn’t tell.

All the while, the other students seemed unaware of the bizarre tableau being acted out behind them. They never looked at the Cullens, never talked to them or interacted with them in any way. It was as if they were invisible to everyone but me.

I glanced up at the wall clock – the period was about to end. As my eyes flickered down, they met a pair of black ones. Edward Cullen was staring at me now with an undisguised, burning hostility.

Then the bell rang, I blinked, and the next second both Cullens were gone. What the fuck?

That was a long excerpt, but I wanted you to read first hand how a. damned fabulous Bella is in this fic; and b. how awesomely sexy Eiluned Price is as an author. Or is it just me who gets excited by incredibly intelligent authors who can draw you into their world as seamlessly as a – er – as a – seamless pair of panties? Oh look, I’m not at my best here – just go read the story, will you? A little bird tells me it’s about to update to chapter 9.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9051652/1/There-s-a-Word-for-It 

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What We’re Reading Library 

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*Midnight Cougar*

Calendar Guys by popsicle99

Photographer Bella is heartbroken after her break up from Mike, but her best friend Rosalie has a plan to cheer her up – shooting a sexy calendar for Eclipse magazine. Lots of lemony fun! Featuring Bella, Edward and a whole feast of lovely Twi-guys! Stephenie Meyer owns all things Twilight.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 18 – Words: 27,108 – Reviews: 248 – Favs: 240 – Follows: 533 – Updated: 09-28-13 – Published: 08-14-13 – id: 9595891

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9595891/1/Calendar-Guys

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Double Struck by Honeybeemeadows

I found her on top of a mountain. And I wasn’t even trying.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Mystery – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 3 – Words: 4,378 – Reviews: 248 – Favs: 239 – Follows: 539 – Updated: 10-01-13 – Published: 09-19-13 – id: 9698747

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9698747/1/Double-Struck

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I Was Nobody Once by cutestkidsmom

Bella Swan was always an average girl, but when tragedy strikes she finds herself pulled into a world of lights, camera, action and mayhem. Will she let Edward’s love lead her through the storms or will the darkness claim her. Romance/ Angst/ Drama. AH. Some non Canon coupling.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 17 – Words: 48,731 – Reviews: 1,693 – Favs: 680 – Follows: 1,085 – Updated: 09-29-13 – Published: 06-19-13 – id: 9405692

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9405692/1/I-Was-Nobody-Once

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My Five Daughters by tea4tulips

Edward is a single father of five daughters living in New York. Bella is a southern girl who applies to be their new nanny. Perhaps she’ll be able to help more than just the girls. AH. Daddyward. Fluff. Future lemons. HEA.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Family – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 9 – Words: 24,899 –  Reviews: 340 – Favs: 367 – Follows: 635 – Updated: 10-02-13 – Published: 08-02-13 – id: 9557803

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9557803/1/My-Five-Daughters

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The Man on Stage by DazzledIn2008 

Older Bella meets younger Edward after she sees him onstage. Equal parts plot and fluff (M-fluff). Short chapters with daily updates – hopefully.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 7 – Words: 5,620 – Reviews: 135 – Favs: 35 – Follows: 85 – Updated: 10-01-13 – Published: 09-27-13 – id: 9719462

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9719462/5/The-Man-on-Stage

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*Cared*

Birthdays, Bands and Boys by RFM86

It was a birthday she would never forget. An AU Vamp flashfic written as a birthday surprise for Livie79. NOW EXPANDED

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Supernatural – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 9 – Words: 10,541 – Reviews: 191 – Favs: 98 – Follows: 181 – Updated: 09-22-13 – Published: 07-20-13 – id: 9510921

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9510921/1/Birthdays-Bands-and-Boys

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Beyond the Wine Dark Sea by Smartmouth62

In colonial America Isabella meets mysterious Edward Cullen.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Supernatural/Romance – Bella – Chapters: 5 – Words: 44,544 – Reviews: 104 – Favs: 81 – Follows: 177 – Updated: 09-03-13 – Published: 06-22-13 – id: 9416302

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9416302/1/Beyond-the-Wine-Dark-Sea

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Birds of a Feather by luckyirishtart

He drives her mad. She frustrates him to no end. How did they let it get this far? If you truly love someone, is it always worth fighting for? ExB AH

Rated: Fiction M – English – Drama/Romance – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 13 – Words: 56,134 – Reviews: 709 – Favs: 341 – Follows: 657 – Updated: 09-28-13 – Published: 07-05-13 – id: 9459691

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9459691/1/Birds-of-a-Feather

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Lose The One You Love by Discordia81 and kherisma

San Francisco lawyer, Bella Swan, struggles to cope with the loss of her long-term boyfriend, Riley. Lonely and grief-stricken, she loses herself in a string of one-night stands, convinced she’ll never find love again. Museum curator, Edward Cullen, may be the man to change Bella’s mind. Could he be her second chance for love?

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 45 – Words: 218,576 – Reviews: 1,760 – Favs: 718 – Follows: 1,025 – Updated: 09-26-13 – Published: 08-02-12 – id: 8385542

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8385542/1/Lose-The-One-You-Love

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and one complete story, that I know you will love…

The Foreign Paper by javamomma0921 

AU – Bella Swan is an expert in antique documents. When the paper trail she is following leads overseas and she finds herself enamored with an enigmatic man named Edward Masen, will her training be enough to help her solve the mystery surrounding him?

Rated: Fiction M – English – Mystery/Romance – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 31 – Words: 149,817 – Reviews: 2,555 – Favs: 1,236 – Follows: 1,280 – Updated: 02-13-12 – Published: 01-28-11 – Status: Complete – id: 6695089

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6695089/1/The-Foreign-Papers

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*WiltshireGlo*

Mate of Honor by MagTwi78

Best friends Bella and Edward have a deal—if they’re not married by the time they’re 30, they’ll marry each other. While she’s been searching for Mr. Right, he’s been busy with Miss. Right Now. Would you be happy seeing your long-time love say ‘I do’ to someone else? B & E, M

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Humor – Chapters: 15 – Words: 29,538 – Reviews: 685 – Updated: 9-12-13 – Published: 11-29-12 – Edward & Bella

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8750134/1/

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Tension by Ta Paixao

Edward, a climber living on the road for the last 3 years, arrives in Lake George to look in on girl, a promise he made to his brother. Along the way, a familiar car steals his attention. When he finds the driver, his course is forever altered. EPOV. Adult content.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 6 – Words: 10,572 – Reviews: 260 – Updated: 9-30-13 – Published: 9-2-13 – Bella & Edward

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9654792/1/Tension

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Grand by CaraNo

A mafia tale about love, loyalty, betrayal, and family. Told in three parts: Grand Tale, Grand Vendetta, and Grand Finale. We’ll begin in 1975 and follow a family through the MGM Grand fire, the Dunes implosion, and the opening of Mandalay Bay.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Crime/Family – Chapters: 36 – Words: 190,925 – Reviews: 2987 – Updated: 9-24-13 – Published: 2-22-13 – Edward & Bella

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9037191/1/Grand

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Ride or Die by MidnightLove87

Edward has a choice, ride or die. But he’s at the end of his moto career, where his body can’t take much more. Will he ride, and if so, at what consequence? Motoward/Bella

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 7 – Words: 21,564 – Reviews: 286 – Updated: 9-24-13 – Published: 7-19-13 – Bella & Edward

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9507925/1/

and just for good measure, here’s one that recently completed…

Bold Gestures by SexiLexiCullen

“Young women can act silly, but men… Men make bold gestures.” I opened the trunk for Bella. The man inside ended up on the pavement. Bella’s eyes widened, and she covered her mouth. GangsterWard. *1958.*

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Angst – Chapters: 22 – Words: 123,233 – Reviews: 1945 – Updated: 9-30-13 – Published: 9-16-13 – Bella & Edward – Complete

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9693024/1/Bold-Gestures

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As we love contests here on FanFiction Friday, we are currently reading and enjoying the entries in The Age of Edward, The Dior Rob and the Dark and Twisted. There’s an Edward to suit everyone!

So ladies, please share with us what you’re reading this week.

The FicSix

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Talk Dirty To Me, Edward…

Welcome to another week of Fan Fiction Fridays, everyone!  This week we thought we would celebrate the contest that has been such fun for us here at FFF, the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest, hosted by the fabulous ladies MagTwi78 and Nicffwhisperer.

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Please note that all DTE Contest banners are made by EvilNat and Blinkies are made by RoseArcadia (such talented ladies!)

The FicSix Favourites!

Quite a few weeks ago over at the FicSix’s “headquarters”, we decided to have a little fun between us and read all the entries of the contest to see if we ended up with all the same favourites.  Needless to say, a lot of fun and frivolity later, we are quite pleased that between us we ended up with a host of different favourites, some of them official winners, some not – but all winners in our eyes.  We really can’t go any further without saying that this contest had the highest quality entries, and we would like to congratulate all the authors that took part – well done!

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*Reviews by AllyVera*

It is certainly no secret that Cared and I love a good contest, and when we first started reading the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest we lamented the fact that for some reason in every other contest we have avidly followed, our personal favourites have never been winners – we were starting to get a complex!!  LOL  However, we are delighted to say that our drought has broken!  Channel Five was one of my top three – and I am not ashamed to admit that I bounced up and down and clapped my hands when I saw the winners!!  I would now like to share with you my other two favourites, while not officially winners – they were certainly winners to me!!

Hard as a Rock by lovepotionsbrewer

Banner by Ysar

Banner by Ysar

Hard as a Rock ~ Bella wanted a breathtaking landscape design for her home. Stonemason Edward has a certain way of dealing with something that’s hard as a rock at the end of his workday. Submission for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Edward & Bella – Words: 8,043 – Reviews: 8 – Favs: 25 – Follows: 23 – Published: 08-30-13 – Status: Complete – id: 9643537

There was a myriad of reasons I loved this story. For one, I have a soft spot for Bellas who are writers (it just seems to fit somehow), and I also love Edwards who work with their hands… actually this Edward does all sorts of work with his hands, if you know what I mean *winks* – he also puts that dirty, dirty mouth to good use as well…Love it!

“For a moment, I was afraid Edward intended to leave and perhaps quit the job, and a lump formed in my throat. But, before I could become too upset, I realized he had another intention. Though his back was still turned from me, and his body mostly in the shadow, the smallest sound of metal on metal told me he was undoing his belt. I could see his shoulders tense and was sure that he had his cock in his hand.

“I’m going to fuck you so hard, Bella Swan, you won’t be able to leave your house for days. I’m going to pound you into your bed until you’re so weak that you won’t be able to get up. And tomorrow morning, I’m going to fuck you again. Then I’m going to just leave you naked and wet while I work out here, knowing that you’re close by, smelling you on my cock and in the breeze from your window.”

As you can clearly see, dear readers – he has a way with words to rival Bella’s!  I now have a burning desire to employ a stonemason. Just kidding! (sort of…)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9643537/1/Hard-as-a-Rock-Dirty-Talkin-Edward

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Piano Man by kitchmill

Banner by Ysar

Banner by Ysar

Piano Man ~ For three years, Bella has lusted after one of her clients, the beautiful, introverted pianist, Edward Masen. When a corporate error forces them together for the night, will Edward be able to offer her what she’s really looking for in a man? A contest entry for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward contest.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella & Edward – Words: 6,874 – Reviews: 31 – Favs: 61 – Follows: 49 – Published: 08-29-13 – Status: Complete – id: 9642811

Talking of Edwards who work with their hands (although a concert pianist is a whole different ball game… err… you know what I mean!)… and holy crow, kitchmill had me at “soft, velvety voice”.  I loved the background build-up with this Edward and Bella – they are not strangers and Bella has been lusting after the gorgeous, but apparently shy and introverted Mr Masen for three years.

A hotel room booking bungle has these two in much closer proximity than they normally get and things get very interesting from there (oh, thank you to the Gods of reservations gone wrong!) One of the main things I loved so much about this Edward was how much he reminded me of canon Edward – that is until he releases that filthy mouth…

“I stare at his beautiful form as it is revealed to me. He lowers his jeans and boxers together, and his large, thick cock slaps up against his belly. I lick my lips in anticipation. “Like what you see?” he asks as he removes his clothes without taking his eyes off of me.

“Yes,” I respond strongly.

His eyes dart down between my parted and bent legs, where I can feel an abundance of arousal seeping from me. “So do I,” he says with a smirk.

He crawls back onto the bed next to me, dragging his hand over my leg as he goes. His fingers tease around my center, never touching me where I need him most. Lying on his side, he tells me firmly, “I want you sitting on my face while you suck my cock.” “

Is it me, or is it hot in here?? *fans self madly*  Just in case you missed it, he’s not that shy and introverted! I didn’t realise until I was putting the post together that the author of Piano Man, kitchmill, was the author of my favourite entry in the HEA Contest, Bass Instinct.  Thank you kitchmill for sharing these great stories with us!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9642811/1/Piano-Man

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*twirls excitedly* Ally Vera owes me a drink!  Two of my personal top three favourites won awards in the contest. *skips off to seek Waiterward bearing bottle of his best champagne*  Slàinte Ally Vera!

*Reviews by Cared*

Dexterous Digits by femme-mal

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Dexterous Digits ~ She’d left Mr. Stuck-in-a-Rut a year ago; could she get what she wanted from guitarist Edward? One-shot submission to 2013 Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest, and a continuation of one-shot Zipless.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella & Edward – Words: 3,212 – Reviews: 1 – Favs: 5 – Follows: 5 – Published: 08-29-13 – Status: Complete – id: 9642647

This story appealed to me for a very good reason: Edward. He was masterful without being domineering, dirty yet not derogatory, and, IMHO, a perfect combination of hot and delicious. Believe me, he didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk – the man delivered! *wink*

Edward may have been the dirty talker later in the story, but I imagine that Bella’s thoughts while watching his dexterous digits make sweet music were equally as dirty…

The vodka-rocks cocktail she’d nursed during the set was now little more than a twist of lemon rind and a misshapen ice cube, leaving her fingers cold and damp as she clutched the glass.

She could get another drink, but it would mean leaving her prized spot in the front of the dais where she could thoroughly enjoy the guitarist’s finger work. My, the things he can do with those dexterous digits, she thought to herself. A frisson of desire ran through her as she watched his fingers fly along the strings, the musculature of his arm flexing with each move up and down the fretboard, his tousled hair flopping on his forehead as it might during sex.

Her mouth went dry. She could really use a fresh drink to cool off, feeling rather overwarm all of a sudden.

It had been a long day, an exhausting week, but she felt uplifted listening to him and his bandmates perform. Each set was a perfect mix of covers and new material; she thought the best was the very last, a new song she had never heard the band play before. The way he glanced at her throughout it was like punctuation, emphasizing a point he was making to her personally.

He had looked her way frequently through the entire evening, his face lighting up as he did so. When the keyboard player took over for a handful of measures, he gestured to her to wait five minutes. She smiled broadly. The drink could wait.

Why do I imagine that Bella’s thoughts were in the gutter?  To be completely honest, because I know that mine were!  Please don’t think too badly of me – I genuinely couldn’t help it, as these delightful, dexterous digits below sprung unbidden to my mind:

*If you made this beauty let us know*
*If you made this beauty let us know*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9642647/1/Dexterous-Digits

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Channel Five by Planetblue

Channel Five ~A private plane. A velvet voice. A seduction miles above ground. My entry for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Edward & Bella – Words: 14,288 – Reviews: 258 – Favs: 307 – Follows: 365 – Published: 08-29-13 – id: 9642726

There is no denying that this story is hot!  No!  That’s too simple – this story is sexy, sensual, erotic, and titillating. Actually, Edward is all of those things also…and more, as his baritone voice caresses Bella’s ear…

Channel five is live.

“I’m going to use the restroom, I’ll be right back.” I have no idea if I’m in trouble, or with whom for that matter, but I don’t think Rose should be alerted to the fact that I’m about to be on the wrong frequency for the second time.

I slide the “occupied” bolt into place, switch to channel five, and say, “Yes?”

“I’m just checking up on you. See how that head of yours is feeling.” The voice in my ear is smooth, masculine, and I try to match it to one of the pilots. The voice isn’t similar to the two men I met, as one could be my grandfather and the other obviously would prefer the chef over me, so I’m guessing this is Blond Guy.

“I’m fine, sir. Thank you for asking. Um…can I ask who this is?”

“You could.” That’s it.

Cheeky, patronizing bastard. “OK, who is this?”

“Just someone concerned for the welfare of the crew.”

I snort. “So there is a human being on here somewhere. I figured all kindness left the plane with the fun-sucking.” I cringe, cursing my lack of filter.

“Yes, the fun-sucking. I remember. Did you just snort?” He chuckles, and I like the sound.

“Well, I mean, everyone is very serious around here.” I pause, and hear him make a ‘hmm’ sound. “I do have to thank you for not ratting me out for my overly profane moment earlier. I know that language is frowned upon here.”

“Is it?”

I feel my brow lift in question. “Isn’t it?”

“Oh, I don’t know.” He begins, his voice low and warm like syrup in my ear. “A good ‘motherfucker’ now and then is never a bad thing.”

My stomach flips. Hearing the word ‘fuck’ from this unknown but deeply sensual voice is strangely erotic.

I’m torn. I want to reply. I really do. The snarky bitch inside me is clawing at my insides, and yet I also want to keep this job.

And 3..2..1..”Yes, well, a good ‘fuck’ is also never a bad thing.” Shit, I went there.

Silence.

Cripes. I’m fired. I’m about to tell him I meant the word and not the action when it comes, smooth and slow in my ear.

“A good fuck is never a bad thing, indeed.”

My knees. They are wobbly.

That’s when he goes in for the kill. “But a great fuck is even better.”

Total collapse. I’m a useless heap on the floor in an airplane bathroom, and no one will ever find me cause I just died. Of embarrassment or lust, I’m not sure, but I answer automatically without thinking. “Fuck, yeah.”

I have to be honest and admit it’s Bella, and her reaction to Edward’s deliciously dirty words, that ensured this story became a favourite of mine.  The girl shows she has balls – metaphorically speaking – without sacrificing her femininity, and has a wicked sense of fun.  Just between us, inside my straight-laced exterior lies a vixen straining to escape, but I’m too chicken to let her loose.  Thank you Bella for allowing me to live vicariously through you – I couldn’t have done it better myself!

Put Planetblue on author alert, if you haven’t already, as there may be a little more to come with this pair. *Fingers crossed*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9642726/1/Channel-Five

*My vision of this Edward*

*My vision of this Edward – swoon!*

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*Reviews by GingerandGreen*

Good in the Stacks by TheFicChick

Hot Librarian Boy.... yum!

Hot Librarian Boy…. yum!

Good in the Stacks ~ Six-foot-two, disheveled hair, and screen-printed t-shirt likely wouldn’t be most people’s idea of a sexy librarian fantasy. Their loss. Entry for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Twific Contest.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella & Edward – Words: 15,759 – Reviews: 313 – Favs: 341 – Follows: 178 – Published: 08-09-13 – Status: Complete – id: 9578668

At the very last minute, when I declared my favourites to the FicSix just before the actual winners of the DTE contest were announced, I still had 14 stories to read. (Honestly, I don’t know when you lot have time to read all the amazing stories *side-eyes FicSix team*). But Good in the Stacks was my number one then, and it’s stayed my number one, even though I’ve caught up on all the good stuff. Here’s why:
  1. Hot Librarian Boy. I work with Hamster Girl (long story), Beardy Bloke and Dongle Man – I WISH for an HLB to ogle, as described, every day 😉
  2. Literature! This story is packed full of dirty quotes from all sorts of wonderful books and poems, many of which I’ve read and loved/loved to hate.
  3. The subtlety of the dirty talking is divine: “Wet. Wanton,” he breathes…“Slick, soft, succulent.” OH YES, HLB!
  4. The t-shirts. Definitely the t-shirts.
  5. Bella is awesome.
  6. The sheer pleasure to be had from every facet of the story. GitS is delectable, and deserves all the prizes it won.

“Everyone’s heard of the “sexy librarian fantasy,” but Hot Librarian Boy is likely not the image that springs to most people’s minds. Their loss. Granted, I don’t swing that way, but I can’t imagine that even a chick with a swimsuit-issue body hidden beneath a demure pencil skirt, blouse-plus-cardigan, black-framed reading glasses and six-inch stilettos has anything on Hot Librarian Boy. (That said, Hot Librarian Boy does wear black-framed reading glasses. Because of course he does. But only sometimes, which makes me wonder if he also wears contacts or if he only needs glasses for certain things or if I’ll ever have a social life and therefore not need to ogle some poor unsuspecting male librarian and hypothesize about his optometric needs.)”

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9578668/1/Good-In-The-Stacks

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Remember This by justbri

If you had this at home...  you would be just his too *sigh*

If you had this at home… you would be just his too *sigh*

Remember This ~ At work, she was in charge. She was the boss, the go-to person for all decisions. She was ruthless and demanding and utterly in control. At home, she was simply his. Winner of host’s choice for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest. Rated:

Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella & Edward – Words: 8,784 – Reviews: 24 – Favs: 54 – Follows: 41 – Published: 08-30-13 – id: 9644466

Now this one, I hadn’t read before the end of the contest, but when I did, it pulled me in and called to me so much that I decided I had to write a little about it.

The main thing I love about this story is its exploration of a marriage. I’m endlessly fascinated by the topic, and the confident author’s voice piqued and satisfied my slight obsession. Bella is so powerful and demanding in the office, of course she needs to sink onto a commanding, sexy man at the end of the day. Lucky girl. I adored the blend of feminism and submission in this one-shot – how very appealing!

“”Bella Swan-Cullen speaking.”

“What are you wearing?” The low timbre of her husband’s voice seeped over her at the same time her assistant stepped into her office and took a seat at the chair in front of Bella’s desk, waiting as she’d been told a thousand times to do.

Bella cleared her throat, willing her blush to stay hidden under her blouse. Into the phone, she said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Smith, I’m working on that right now.” She tossed a glare at Jessica just to drive home her lie but had to look away when a chuckle rumbled over the phone line.

“Mr. Smith, huh? Kinky. Who are you gonna be? Mr. Smith’s assistant?”

She shouldn’t have picked up the phone. She should’ve waited until after Jessica had come and gone, should’ve waited until she could close her blinds, lock her door, and get lost in the rumbling, seductive voice of her husband.”

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9644466/1/Remember-This

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*Reviews by WiltshireGlo*

Ruined by QuinnLark

RUINED

Ruined ~ Country singer Bella Swan is in for the time of her life when she meets a certain dirty talkin’ cowboy after a concert. One night in his arms was supposed to be enough, but when Edward Cullen keeps popping up, what is she supposed to do? He’s as delicious as can be, and she should know…she’s tasted every inch of him. Entry for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Twific Contest

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance – Chapters: 1 – Words: 12,448 – Reviews: 86 – Published: 7-30-13 – Bella & Edward

Hot cowboy inspiration for QuinnLark!

Hot cowboy inspiration for QuinnLark!

I’m beginning to realise I’ve got a cowboy fetish-or at least for cowboys called Edward- so, when Bella can’t resist having a one-night stand with a certain rancher with a twinkle in his gorgeous green eyes, I was cheering her on! But there’s more to him than she realises, and their story is far from over after her walk-of-shame!

“Well… I left you this morning, so I don’t know why you’re helping me now.” The guilt of walking away from him is only burdened further by the fact that he’s so damn kind to me.

The roguish smirk is back, and my stomach begins to coil tightly with need. “I’m a bronc rider and you didn’t think that I’d know that the prettiest female country singer in the world would be presentin’ the award?” he questions. I guess I hadn’t thought of that. 

He stalks toward me like an angry bull until my back hits the brick wall. Edward’s hands are on either side of my face. When he brings his mouth close to my own, his words whisper against my skin. “But, since you reminded me of how mean it was to make me wake up on my own, I guess I’ll have to tell you what I had planned for you this morning.”  

My eyes snap to his deep green ones. “L-like what?” I can’t stop myself from asking. Because, I know that deep down, I’m desperate for the dirty words that will turn me into a wet mess.

He has charm to go with those dirty words-and deeds! Ruined had a little of everything, humour, drama and a touch of angst. Even though this was a one-shot, it felt very satisfying (and not just for Edward and Bella!), it even had the epilogue. QuinnLark decided to split it into several chapters that will post over a few days – Go on ladies, take Edward for a ride!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9547547/1/Ruined

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Tequila Brave by Lellabeth

LellaBeth's vision of Tequila Brave Edward

LellaBeth’s vision of Tequila Brave Edward

Tequila Brave ~ Following a breakup, Bella believes that more than just her heart is broken. An alcohol-laden night with Edward reveals a secret she’d rather keep hidden, but her oldest friend is happy to show her that he can be everything she wants and needs. Entry for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Twific Contest.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance – Chapters: 1 – Words: 5,998 – Reviews: 124 – Published: 7-13-13 – Bella & Edward – Complete

Edward is the ultimate pal, reassuring Bella time and again after every breakup. This time it’s different though, emboldened by tequila he decides to show her how well he knows her, how much he cares – and exactly what he can do to make her happy 😉

This time, my giggle is loud and clear. “Knowing how women work? Okay, Cullen, now I know you’re drunk.”

His resulting smile is crooked, and so is the way my heart thumps in my chest.

“I’m just saying, a little familiarity about what a girl wants is needed,” he says, shrugging.

“So what do women want?” I ask sarcastically.

“To feel wanted. They want to feel beautiful and worshipped and like they’re the most important and most interesting thing in any room. They want to feel sexy, empowered. They want to feel safe to explore and be unrestrained.”

My mouth is dry, and I swallow in an attempt to wet it. I reach for the bottle of booze, despite the way my pulse is echoing through my skull, and let it coat my tongue.”

I adored this Edward, his affection showed through all the dirty whispers, it was heartwarming and felt really intimate. He proves he really does know what Bella wants. *sigh*

Who needs a Dirty Martini when there is a Dirty Tequilaward on the menu!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9489136/1/Tequila-Brave

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The Official Winners!

Overall Judges’ Choice

First Place

Channel Five

by Planetblue

Channel

Overall Judges’ Choice

Second Place

Good in the Stacks

by TheFicChick

Stacks

Best Dirty Talkin’ Edward

Channel Five

by Planetblue

Best-Dirty-Talkin'-EdwardC5

Battery Replacement Award

Hottest Overall Story

Channel Five

by Planetblue

 Battery-Replacement-Award

Best Secondary Character

“Bella”

Channel Five

by Planetblue

 Best-non-Edward-character

Fresh ‘n’ Dirty

Best Original Premise

Good in the Stacks

by TheFicChick

 Fresh-'n'-Dirty

Hottest Lemon

Channel Five

by Planetblue

 Hottest-Lemon

The ‘Beg For It’ Award

Story we’d like extended

Channel Five

by Planetblue

 The-Beg-for-it-Award

Host’s Choice

Nicffwhisperer

Remember This

by justbri

 Host-1st-place---Nicffwhisp

Host’s Choice

MagTwi78

Power Tools and Pearls

by cosmogirl7481

Host-1st-place---Magtwi78

Secret Keeper’s Choice

TwiSNFan

Felt

by LayAtHomeMom

 Secret-Keeper

Judge’s Choice

Agrutle

Good in the Stacks

by TheFicChick

Agrutle

Judge’s Choice

CarrieZM

Channel Five

by Planetblue

CarrieZM

Judge’s Choice

Twilover76

Good in the Stacks

by TheFicChick

Twilover76

Judge’s Choice

Jiff Simpson

Tie: Power Tools and Pearls by cosmogirl7481 and

Channel Five by Planetblue

Jiff-Simpson

Judge’s Choice

MariahajilE

Good in the Stacks

by TheFicChick

 Mariahjile

The Dirty Five

Popular Vote

Blurred Lines by Twilightladies and SparklyMeg

Lines

Channel Five by Planetblue

Channel

Good in the Stacks by TheFicChick

Stacks

The Periodic Table by LivieLiv79

Table

Tartarus by Marie0912

Tartarus

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Stories Being Extended!

We are excited to advise that a few of the stories from the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest are now being expanded!

You Have the Right to Remain Dirty by FicYou Maplestyle

You Have the Right to Remain Dirty ~ There’s a dumpster and a hooker, but his mouth may be the dirtiest thing in this alley! This was our collab in the DTE Contest. We had a lot of fun entering the contest. NOW BEING EXPANDED! Twilight – Fiction Rated: M – English – Romance/General – Chapters: 1 – Words: 3,648 – Reviews: 6 – Updated: 9-2-13 – Published: 9-2-13 – – Bella/Edward

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Liberation by capricapra

Liberation ~ Bella Swan is a confident, high-achieving businesswoman, but when it comes to the opposite sex, she’s rather nervous. Enter sexy, suave, charismatic restaurateur Edward Cullen, who seems to have a way of getting to let her guard down. But is he really as smooth as he seems? Originally an entry for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest- now to be continued as a multi-chapter fic.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance – Chapters: 3 – Words: 10,233 – Reviews: 55 – Published: 8-31-13 – Bella & Edward
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Aliases and Avatars ~ “Looking to make BIG money fast and easy? Get paid to get off while helping others fulfill their fantasies, one word at a time.” -All it took was one classified ad… and one client named, B. Fate called… and I answered.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella & Edward – Words: 9,889 – Reviews: 30 – Favs: 49 – Follows: 94 – Published: 08-29-13 – id: 9642559
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Felt ~ Former lovers lay it all out on the table. Taking shots never hurt this good. Entry for the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Twific Contest.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Bella & Edward – Words: 6,501 – Reviews: 60 – Favs: 109 – Follows: 188 – Published: 08-30-13 – id: 9643827

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I Got You by GeekChic12

I Got You  ~ Go ahead and say goodbye, go ahead and make me cry; I’ll be alright. And when you need a place to run to, for better for worse; I got you. She punched his arm and told him they’d be friends for life. But will Edward finally push her too far when he seeks comfort in her arms? AH (Entry for Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest)

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella & Edward – Words: 6,678 – Reviews: 33 – Favs: 59 – Follows: 88 – Published: 08-29-13 – id: 9642847

**Please, if you know of other DTE Stories being expanded that we have missed, please let us know and we will add them in!**

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We are being spoiled with a plethora of phenomenal contests this year!  

Upcoming Contests

The Age of Edward Anonymous Contest – Now open for Submissions

Mark Me Contest – Now open for Submissions

Dior Rob Contest 2013

Friends to Lovers Contest

So, ladies, please tell us what has been getting you all hot and bothered this week.

The FicSix

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Fabulous Fics! 30th August, 2013.

blinkie2Welcome to another week of fabulous fiction!

A warm welcome too and many thanks to our dear friend RFM86 for joining us.

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*Review by RFM86*

Crash Zone

*Made by Jenny Kate*

Crash Zone by JiffyKate

Crash Zone ~ The Crash Zone is a buffer zone outside the perimeter of the track. It’s purpose is to insure the safety of the fans from skaters falling out of bounds. Is it enough to keep hearts from being broken?

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Humor – Chapters: 14 – Words: 46,622 – Reviews: 629 – Updated: 8-6-13 – Published: 3-27-13 – Bella & Edward

Hi all! It’s been a long time since I’ve been on this side of the blog. *waves ecstatically* But ain’t no Britboys gonna keep me away from fanfiction! So let’s get to it, shall we?!

I recently read this almost complete WIP, Crash Zone by JiffyKate and loved every minute of it. All that’s missing is the epilogue, which I heard should be posted very soon, and a futuretake. These two ladies bring you a fun, light hearted story full of the snark that one can expect when you’re on the Roller Derby rink. Edward Cullen is the nerdy guy who comes to watch every bout, infatuated with Cherry, the bad ass jammer for the Seattle Sex Packets.  Too bad she doesn’t even know he exists. Watch and see what happens when these two worlds collide. Oh, and you know the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”? Yeah, that applies here, in oh so many ways.

Chapter 1

That’s right. My Cherry is a roller derby girl.

OK, so she’s not really mine, but I want her to be. I’ve actually never even talked to her. I just sit in the same front-row seat every Friday night and watch her skate her team to victory, like the chicken-shit stalker I am.

I’m so pathetic.

I wish I had the nerve to talk to her, but I can’t. There’s no way Cherry would ever be interested in me. I’m a geek. I have the glasses and various degrees and certificates to prove it. She is way too cool for me, so I must admire her from afar.

And, admire her, I do.

Starting from the top, I watch her quickly braid her pigtails before she puts her helmet on. Her eyes are surrounded by makeup that is dark and smudged, and the cherry-red gloss she swipes onto her lips makes them look perfectly plump. Especially her bottom lip. I dream of sucking that lip into my mouth quite often.

Trying to discreetly adjust myself while the house lights are still on proves to be difficult, so I cross my legs and think about the national debt in order to calm myself down.

Cherry’s V-neck shirt is tight in all the right places, pushing her tits up nice and high for me to gaze at, while her shorts ride up just high enough for the bottom of her ass cheeks to peek out. When she turns around, I see that her full Derby name is stitched across her back. “Cherry Bomb.” So fucking hot. Completing her uniform are white knee-high socks with hot pink stripes wrapped around the tops, and I am now discreetly adjusting my crotch again.

Crash Zone is a fast and fun read that will be sure to make you smile, swoon and maybe even swear like a Derby Girl. Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate do an amazing job collaborating, they write as if they are one person.  Maybe they are? Hehe. But either way you are sure to enjoy it and learn some Derby terms along the way!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9141640/1/Crash-Zone

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*Reviews by Cared*

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The Beauty Within by afragilelittlehuman

The Beauty Within ~ Going to his brother Jasper’s company Christmas party, Edward hopes to spend time with the employee he’s admired from afar for months. Will his blindness keep her away, or will she find it allows him to see her in another way? AH/AU/OOC – ExB – Rated M

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 5 – Words: 15,523 – Reviews: 371 – Favs: 942 – Follows: 556 – Updated: 12-25-10 – Published: 12-23-09 – Status: Complete – id: 5605891

The Beauty Within is a series of related one-shots, which began when the author was sent a picture (the one in the middle of the banner) and was challenged to write a story featuring a blind Edward. For me, it’s a gorgeous ficlit with a sweet and satisfying epilogue.

Edward works as a consultant to software companies, helping to test their applications for suitability for the blind. His brother Jasper insists Edward attends his company’s Christmas party as they occasionally engage him and his expertise.  For a refreshing change, Edward is the one who doesn’t see himself clearly…and that is nothing to do with the condition of his beautiful emerald green eyes.  He doesn’t think he has any hope with Bella, an employee at Jasper’s company and the object of his affection; he is so wrong though, as this lovely Bella sees him for the amazing man he is…on the inside.  She is intelligent and perceptive enough to know she needs to make the first move, and, she is brave enough to do it…

The dessert plates were cleared, and we sat in silence as the band began to play a slow song. Her hand was on my arm again, and I could hear her chair creak as she leaned toward me. “Edward, would you dance with me?”

Me, dancing? No, I knew that was a bad idea. “Thanks for asking Bella, but I’m not really a dancer. Maybe one of the other guys…”

“I don’t want to dance with any of the other guys.” Her voice was suddenly shy and meek. “I want to dance with you.”

Summoning all the courage I could muster and swallowing hard, I moved my chair away from the table and stood, extending my hand toward her. “Lead the way.”

Bella took my hand, and I tugged it slightly to help her up out of her seat. I expected her to lead me by my hand or maybe even place my hand on her shoulder as she’d probably seen Jasper do a time or two. What I didn’t expect was what she did.

She pulled my arm around her and placed my hand on her waist.

“Is this okay?” She didn’t even try to hide teasing tone of her voice.

I nodded a little too enthusiastically. “Y-yes, this is fine.”

A tiny gasp and the tinkle of a charm bracelet let me know that Alice and probably Jasper were watching the entire exchange. My face was blazing in embarrassment, and I knew I’d never hear the end of it.

Usually, if someone wanted to guide me, they would offer their elbow. With my parents, Jasper, and Alice, I preferred just a light touch on their shoulder. It was awkward trying to navigate the floor with only my hand at Bella’s waist. Like this, however, I could feel the beginning of the swell of her hip with my pinky, and I wasn’t about to give that up.

Finally, Bella stopped, and, as she turned to face me, my hand brushed around her waist until it rested at the opposite side. I brought my free hand up to the small of her back and pulled her to me, her arms coming up to encircle my neck. I kept a respectable distance as we gently swayed, but I still felt her warm breath on my neck as she whispered to me.

“Can I tell you a secret?” Her muscles were tense underneath my fingers.

My hand, having a mind of its own, rubbed small, soothing circles on her back. “Sure, Bella, you can tell me anything.”

“I asked Alice to seat me next to you.” Judging from the absence of warmth, she was holding her breath.

“Really?” No, my voice didn’t break like a pre-pubescent undergoing a voice change, not at all.

Her arms tightened around my neck, and she pressed herself against me. The soft curves of her body molded to me, and I tried to calm my breathing as my hand moved from her waist to brush up and down her side. I felt the heat of her released breath, and the tiniest whimper escaped her lips. Unable to stop myself, I leaned down and found her cheek with the tip of my nose, brushing it across and inhaling her tart scent. She shivered in response.

The beautiful, slow song ended and a cacophony of dance music started. We didn’t move a muscle.

“Edward?” Bella asked, her voice breathy.

“Yes?” I replied, almost choking.

“Would you like to go to the museum garden with me? Get away from all this noise?”

My heart, which had been pounding previously, completely stopped.

While there is no denying Edward being blind brings its own problems, both to his life, and in how to portray it, afragilelittlehuman doesn’t allow any of that to overshadow the relationship between Edward and Bella.  The romance is sweet and heartwarming – just like this story and it’s own beauty within.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5605891/1/The-Beauty-Within

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Do you like to get in on the ground floor with fabulous fics?  If so, these next two tales are just for you. Please join me in a quick look at why I couldn’t resist these beauties.

Another Love by SparklyMeg

*Made by Soapy Mayhem*

*Made by Soapy Mayhem*

Another Love ~ “Edward had it all… until he didn’t.” My entry for the 2013 TLS Angst Contest. Winner of Best HEA. Now expanding into a multichapter fic. 

Rated: Fiction M – English – Angst/Romance – Edward – Chapters: 4 – Words: 13,997 – Reviews: 43 – Favs: 37 – Follows: 87 – Published: 08-22-13 – id: 9619625

I discovered Another Love as an entry in TLS Angst Contest, and found it to be beautifully written, bittersweet, raw, intense, and most of all…memorable.  Naturally, I was delighted when SparklyMeg responded to my review and said she plans to extend this touching story, and I just had to tell you about it.

Edward, with his knight in shining armour routine as he rescues the damsel in distress, was pretty memorable also…

I wander back into the living room, beer in hand, and ponder how I can get people to leave. It’s almost midnight, and I have to be up really early.

Okay, yeah. I definitely am a party pooper.

I’m almost knocked off my feet when a hard body stumbles into me. I steady myself to find Emmett McCarty, high, drunk, or both, wrapping his arms around me.

“Cullen! You made it man!”

Why do people keep saying that to me? Am I that obvious?

Emmett and I do the loose, side, male hug thing and he starts prattling on about his football game last week. I’m not really paying any attention though, because I’m distracted by a commotion on the other side of the room.

That smarmy fucker, James, from my Ethics in Education class, has some poor girl pressed against the window frame, his hands wandering down the sides of her body. She looks uncomfortable, her head moving from side to side. I realize he’s trying to kiss her and she’s resisting.

I’m over there before I even realize I have moved, my hand firm on his shoulder, pulling him away.

“Hey man, I don’t think she’s interested.”

James stumbles, and looks up at me. He’s glassy eyed, intoxicated, and his features twist into an expression of sheer confusion. Recognition dawns on his face, and he straightens up.

“She with you, man?”

“Yeah, she is, so back off.”

Wait, what?

The words tumble out of my mouth before I realize what I’m saying. In my peripheral vision I can see the girls eyes widening, and I hear a breath catch in her throat.

James mumbles something incoherent and stumbles away.

I turn back; only to be faced with one of the most beautiful girls I have ever laid eyes on.

Huh.

Guess this party won’t be so bad after all.

I’ll be honest and warn you now, your heart may break when Edward’s does, but go ahead, put on your big girl’s knickers and read it regardless – it’s worth it! Remember, it won the best HEA award for a reason.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9619625/1/Another-Love

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Small Bump by Thimbles

Banner by Frozen Soldier

*Made by Frozen Soldier*

Small Bump ~ Pregnancy is an entirely natural process, one I’d studied and seen in all its stages. Yet in that moment, knowing that Bella was carrying our child, a little person somehow knit together from her and me, and the love we shared, it seemed a strange miracle—she seemed a strange miracle. Life, loss, love, and hope. (Angst rating applies to Ch. 1 only.)

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Angst – Chapters: 2 – Words: 8,614 – Reviews: 176 – Updated: 8-27-13 – Published: 8-19-13 – Edward & Bella

The talented and very sweet Thimbles has done it again!  She has begun posting a new story and, as usual, managed to have me completely captivated by her characters and immersed in her story with just one chapter.  Let me tell you, my big girl’s knickers are getting quite the work-out these days as the first chapter contains Angst – yes, I used that capital A on purpose.  Thankfully, Thimbles promises the angst is restricted to the first chapter, which I’m very happy to hear, as I’m already emotionally involved with Edward and Bella, and their beautiful relationship. I guarantee once you read this, you will be too…

Dawn is sneaking in through the crack between the curtains, painting a strip of red-gold across the ceiling and down the wall, and bouncing sparks of light off Bella’s tangled hair.

I squirm, trying to get closer than close, feeling like my nerve endings have been replaced with magnets, straining for Bella.

And then, with my hand flat against her belly, my nose buried in her hair, and my ankles tangled with hers, a new understanding settles into me with the quietness of dawn.

My fiancée is pregnant.

Her skin is softer. Her hair shinier. And her smell … fuck, she smells amazing. It’s not that she smells different, not exactly. It’s her, just … more potent or something. I don’t even know if I can explain it, but it drives me wild.

And I’m so confident I’m right, I’m already imagining her belly growing round and her breasts getting fuller. I’m starting to imagine ultrasounds and doctor’s visits and resting my hand over her belly to feel the kicks and punches delivered by tiny feet and fists.

And even as joy spreads through me, it’s chased by sorrow and fear.

As much as I want to shake her awake and tell her my suspicion, as much as I want to ask her when her period is due and to offer to run down to the pharmacy to grab a pregnancy test, I won’t.

I can’t.

I can’t bring myself to do that to her, to plant even the tiniest seed of hope.

Because this wouldn’t be the first time. We’ve been here before. The same signs, the same subtle changes. I couldn’t keep my hands off her then, either.

Clearly the opening chapter deals with miscarriage, sensitively written, and shown in Edward’s perspective. But, at two chapters in, there is joy to be found in their strong connection, their protectiveness of each other, and in how real and honest their story feels as they deal with life, loss, love, and hope.  I’m sticking with this tale until it reaches full-term – are you with me?

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9612494/1/Small-Bump

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*Reviewby Wiltshire Glo*

*made by Fallingsnow Winter*

*Made by Fallingsnow Winter*

Open Range – A Short Story by pattyrose

Open Range ~ In the mid 1800’s, out on the western range is where a real man makes his livelihood. And if he’s mighty lucky, it’s where he makes his destiny as well. A six chapter story with daily updates. E & B.

Twilight, M, English, Romance, chapters: 5, words: 4k+, favs: 150, follows: 278, updated: 8/27/13 published: 8/26/13, Bella Edward

A/N: Hey all! This is what happens when FallingSnow Winter over on fb posts a manip of Edward as a cowboy, i.e., Cowboyward, on my fb page. This was the only way I could get him out of my head and move on with life. 🙂

So, I saw the manip that was posted in PattyRose’s Facebook group that she referred to in her Author’s Note…and while I’m not a big fan of manips, there’s just something about a cowboy and it’s a very pretty picture, iykwim! The next thing we all know, PattyRose’s imagination is all fired up and she posting a teaser. Oh yessssss! Within the blink of an eye we’re reading Cowboyward and melting. The short story will be posted within the week, with the epi posting tomorrow.

Open Range sees Edward and his brothers -you know their names- on a cattle drive. In punishing, unrelenting heat they’re pushed to their limits and aching. When a cowhand from a local ranch rides over to help them. Of course, the cowhand surprises our guy!

“When this cattle girl finally removes her hat and shakes her head out, long, chocolate hair comes loose and slaps itself against a sun-kissed face that should be on an angel, not a cowhand. I blink and stare like a total jack-ass because the sun has decided to shine every single one of its rays over her, and so I must look. 

Wait.

I ain’t no namby-pamby, ‘case that’s what y’all are thinkin’. I have never known myself to be in love. The three, wonderful, generous women who let me poke around inside them – Tanya, Kate and Rina – were not objects of my undying affection, though I deeply appreciated the favor that they were bestowing on me. I am a practical man of twenty-four years on this here Earth, and while I know that one day I may have to settle down and take a wife, I am aware that the life I lead is not ideal for most married folks. Plenty a grass widow come about from my way of life: women who can’t deal with a husband away for months at a time, who rightfully wonder what that husband does on his time away: who’s warmin’ his body and keepin’ his pecker workin’ and such. My Ma and Pa have made it work but that right there is the exception not the rule for conjugal bliss. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my wife will come second in my life and will either deal with it – or leave.

Point is, I don’t spend my nights dreamin’ of my angel, of the one woman meant for me.

But hell if this woman before me don’t look like she just rode her horse down from the kingdom of heaven and donned a brown wide-rimmed hat, boots and canvas pants for the trip.”

Oh yes, she’s definitely caught his attention -and the attention of his pecker! This Bella is no wallflower or demure lady. No Siree…she knows what she wants, and it sure looks like she set her sights on Edward – and his aforementioned pecker!

PattyRose really knows how to write an engaging yarn and this one is great fun, as always, written impeccably and with panache. I defy you not to want to wash Cowboyward’s back…*that may be a spoiler!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9632155/1/Open-Range-A-Short-Story

*made by Fallingsnow Winter*

*Made by Fallingsnow Winter*

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My Love, My Sin by sulliedsoles

*made by sulliedsoles*

*made by sulliedsoles*

My Love, My Sin want it all. I need, and I take, and I abuse. But I love my Love, and I love my Sin. I can’t let either one go.

Twilight, M, English, Romance & Angst, chapters: 6, words: 2k+, favs: 16, follows: 39, updated: 8/26/13 published: 8/19/13, Bella

If cheating fics aren’t for you…look away now! There. You’ve had your warning, but believe me, you’re missing out. 😉

This is Bella, torn and wanting it all. Torn between the nice guy who showers her in affection and the bad guy, who makes her feel crazy, wild and free.

She wants to be the good girl, cherished and cared for by her Love. Or is that smothered? He’s the smooth, polished and über respectable type you take home to meet mother, he’s kind and thoughtful. Or is that controlling and manipulative? He’s predictable and safe. Or is that boring? Hmmmm. She should be happy; he should be enough.

“We sit, me first, then him, my gentleman, sweet-whispering, tender-touching, love-showering gentleman. He orders for us both and leans forward to talk. He is the epitome of grace and kindness, and he is all kinds of right.

“You look beautiful tonight, Sweetheart,” he says, blue eyes shining.”

But then she has her Sin…unapologetic, all kings of wrong – tempting, naughty, indulgent and passionate.

“I slap his hand away and push him over until he’s stretched out on his back. I unfasten pink clasps and strip off pink lace, tossing them onto the nightstand. He’s provoked me enough and I’m tired of his accusations when neither of us has the right to claim anything. I straddle his hips and drag my fingernails, just a little too hard, down his chest and over his ribs. He doesn’t flinch like Love does. His lips curl and he knows he’s got me back.

Pink stripes are showing on his skin when I reach for black elastic but he catches my wrist, flips me over, and hovers. I don’t squeal or fight; I wrap him up and press my calves to the backs of his thighs, lock my hands behind his neck, and pull him down to me. 

When we kiss, it’s fire. It destroys. It makes me alive.”

My Love, My Sin is written beautifully, in Drabble-like chapters by new-to-me author, sulliedsoles. Her writing is poetic and holds a dream like, mesmerising quality. That doesn’t detract from the story though, we’re drawn into Bella’s haze of desire, both for her Love and her Sin. Two strong pulls inside her, fighting with who she is and who she thinks she should be.

Sulliedsoles reveals quite quickly who is who; the nicknames are not used to distraction, just enough to remind us of how Bella sees the men in her life; the roles they play for her.

It’s categorised as angst, so I’m guessing there’s a bumpy ride ahead. Sulliedsoles has told me she’s updating daily, once on weekends, so she’s feeding my addiction beautifully. I’ve got a feeling this is going to hurt, but the writing is worth the pain!

My question for you is…would you choose safe Love…or lose yourself in Sin?

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9611324/1/My-Love-My-Sin

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*Review by Gingerandgreen*

*Made by Jaime Arkin*

*Made by Jaime Arkin*

One Day by RueforRegret

One Day ~ Over a quarter of a century separates single-mother Bella Swan from her hormone-riddled adolescence. Watching her teenaged daughter navigate her way through various rites of passage, Bella can’t help falling prey to nostalgia. “One Day” brims with steamy reminiscences of first love and traces one woman’s mid-life attempt to reclaim it. ExB, AH, mild angst, M-Rated 18 & over.

I think One Day has something for everyone, but for those hOOrs – like me – on the better side of 40, this story is very special and lovely.
Bella has divorced Mike Newton and is raising Carlie – an utterly believable modern teenage girl – in Toronto, Canada. We begin the story with Carlie leaving for the ‘Ex’, Canada’s national exhibition, with friends. This triggers a raft of memories from Bella’s own briefly misspent youth, and it’s the poignancy of these memories that had me sold from the beginning.
This excerpt is from chapter 2, when young, desperate-to-be-cool Bella encounters her glorious Edward for the very first time:

“Oh, so you’re from Toronto?”

Alice was on an information gathering roll. I, on the other hand, had completely forgotten how to function.

“Yeah. I go to Jarvis Collegiate. How about you guys?”

He looked first at Alice, and then at me. And that’s where his eyes stayed. Gorgeous green eyes, fixed on my face, willing me to speak.

“We go to Humberside Collegiate,” I said, proud of myself for stringing together five words that made sense.

“Oooh, West-End girls.”

As he spoke, his mouth twisted into a strange smile. I had no idea what his comment meant. All I could think about was the song by the Pet Shop Boys, the lyrics unfolding in my brain as I stood there mutely. Again, Alice came to the rescue.

“I’m Alice, by the way. This is Bella.”

She bobbed her head at me, puffing rabidly on her cigarette. I hadn’t ventured another drag, afraid to have a second hacking attack. I simply tapped the ashes off the end every once in a while, hoping he wouldn’t notice that I was wasting a perfectly good cigarette—or a perfectly bad one, depending on how you looked at it.

“Nice to meet you. I’m Edward.”

Edward. Such a formal name. Dorky even. I was pretty sure if there was a person in the world who least suited his name, it was him. He took three more long drags on his cigarette and then dropped it and squashed the butt with his sneaker.

“Well, I should get back to work. The ride’s about over.”

He took a packet of Big Red chewing gum out of his back pocket and held it out to us. Alice declined, but I took a piece, even though I’ve never liked cinnamon chewing gum. I watched Edward fold his piece of gum in half against his tongue and then lick his lips as he started to chew. Up until that point in my life, I’d never have described myself as having an oral fixation. I’d never been particularly interested in being a stick of gum, either. Edward quickly altered my career aspirations. Entirely. I wanted nothing more than to be folded in half against his tongue like that.

“Hey, if you’re around again before Labour Day, you should swing by and say hi,” he said.

“Sure. For sure,” Alice said.

I mumbled some sort of agreement as I watched him, by which I mean gaped at his ass, as he ascended the stairs. He turned and gave us another wave and then he headed back to his spot by the railing to wait for the next group of riders to settle in. I slipped the stick of gum into my front pocket and reached for Alice’s arm, spiriting her away as quickly as I could and dropping my cigarette as we walked, not even bothering to squash the butt-end. We didn’t stop walking until we got to the bumper cars, four rides away, where we linked hands and screamed into each other’s faces.

I cannot adequately explain this behaviour, other than to say…we were fifteen.

Oh my darlings, that could have been me. I lived on the opposite side of the world at fifteen (in Johannesburg), but RueforRegret is describing my life. And with what finesse! “Edward quickly altered my career aspirations. Entirely. I wanted nothing more than to be folded in half against his tongue like that.”– who doesn’t feel the same way, having spent the week drooling over Dior Homme gifs?

Their sweet, sexy romance is sadly a little before its time. Things go wrong, life turns out very differently, and we find ourselves back in the now wondering what will happen to bring the pair together. Because it’s Edward and Bella guys, of course they get back together!

We are on chapter 22 and there is plenty of story still to be told. Rue doesn’t have a particular posting schedule, but the way she writes is so unique and entertaining you are unlikely to forget where you’ve been in-between updates. There is angst, but it’s sad and relatable rather than nail-biting and anxious, so hold off until it’s complete if you must; but don’t forget to bookmark One Day, because I can pretty much guarantee you will enjoy this story EVERY day.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9147787/1/One-Day

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*Review by AllyVera*

If He Would Have Been Faithful by beegurl13 *Complete*

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If He Would Have Been Faithful ~ Sometimes life catches us off guard. It breaks our hearts, makes us question ourselves, urges to us be wild, pushes us to be brave, brings us joy we never imagined we could find. This is the story of a girl who lived a life like that. Of what she never even knew she was missing, until she found it. FAGEtastic Four entry written for WoahNow. E&B, AH, M.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Drama/Romance – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 34 – Words: 54,346 – Reviews: 2,918 – Favs: 769 – Follows: 562 – Updated: 07-18-12 – Published: 06-11-12 – Status: Complete – id: 8206020

I felt an instant connection to Bella (or Isabella as we know her at first) and maybe she brought out my maternal side, as I just ached for her.  In the first few chapters of If He Would Have Been Faithful, Isabella’s world turns upside down – she loses so much – her husband, her best friend in the whole world, her confidence and her dignity.

But never fear, dear readers – Isabella deals with her pain in a very mature way (considering she is only 21) and gives herself a new start – and this is where her journey really begins…

From chapter 12 – her first sight of him (yeah, you know who I am talking about…)

“Rosalie turned off toward the kitchen, and I went back to the counter. Wiping it off and trying to run out the last few minutes of my shift, I looked up when I heard the bells over the door chime.

A man and woman entered, and my heart stopped.

I hadn’t had feelings for any man since I met Jasper. Not once had I looked at a man and felt lust flow through me. Not once had I looked at a man and wanted to know what his lips felt like. Not once had I looked at a man and craved the touch of his fingers on my skin.

But this man…I wanted all of those things. And then some.

The fact that his hand was wrapped around the woman’s hand was upsetting to me, and I quickly looked away from them.

“Who are you?” he asked me.

“Ugh…I’m…uh…”

Yep, he would render me speechless too – so don’t feel bad, Bella!  This is pretty much where Bella’s life starts turning around.  At first, Edward doesn’t like or trust Bella, but as we all know, sometimes the most “challenging” Edwards turn out to be the very best and the lovely beegurl13 has created a gorgeous specimen for us.  And he surfs!

This story is all about how sometimes in our lives the things that seem like the end of the world sometimes are just the catalyst for us discovering a whole new world – one that is bigger, brighter and everything a girl could dream of!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8206020/1/

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Dior Rob Contest 2013

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We’ve seen, and joined in with you all, flailing all over the social media networks over the Dior Rob campaign!

There are so many swoony pictures in this campaign that we have looked at and thought, “Someone needs to fic this!”

So, here it is! Your chance to write a one-shot story, using the Dior Rob pictures as a prompt.

What a brilliant idea!  We can’t wait to see the stories inspired by the utter beauty of Dior Rob.  Thanks to the contest organisers!

Those of you who survived the aforementioned swoony pictures, please share what you’ve been reading this week.

The FicSix

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Map To The Stars

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As Rob films Map to the Stars, a film engaging in  a “complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture,” we revel in the fact that nothing reveals more about Western culture than its depiction in Twilight fanfiction. It takes those Western elements and values of political, artistic, philosophic, literary, and legal themes and traditions, that have been in the forefront of that complicated Hollywood society for many years, and brings forth a whole new and deep dimension of that fascinating, and sometimes hidden world.

Many thanks to Chandrakanta FanFiction for joining us today.

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*Guest Review by Chandrakanta FanFiction*

Ready, Set, Action! by virginalvampire

Ready, Set, Action! ~ Edward Cullen is ready to take over Hollywood with his new role as vampire Elliot James from the world famous book series Immortal Sun. What he’s not ready for? To fall for costar Isabella Swan. Action! AH/EPOV/OOC/LEMONS/CURSEWARD

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 35 – Words: 87,239 – Reviews: 240 – Favs: 243 – Follows: 182 – Updated: 08-28-12 – Published: 05-27-12 – Status: Complete – id: 8157020

This is an under-reviewed story written completely in EPOV and features a young Actorward and Actressella just starting out and acting in their first big movie. The movie is the author’s version of Twilight (different name, of course) and Edward and Bella are representative of the actors in the original movie. They first meet on the set when Bella comes in to audition for her role. Edward’s inner monologue is pretty humorous and I found myself laughing in several chapters. It’s not all fluff and humor, though. There is also some drama with our favorite couple in this story and some minor obstacles they need to overcome, but it’s pretty angst-free and is HEA. All in all, it was a pretty good story and one I wouldn’t mind reading again when I need something more lighthearted.

Let’s take a look at this humorous excerpt, showcasing Edward’s inner monologue, from Edward and Bella’s first meeting (Bella’s audition):

“Edward, darling! So nice to see you handsome!” I was wrapped in a hug before I could respond.

“Hey Tanya.”

At first glance you’d think Tanya wanted to fuck me. But that was just Tanya. It was her European way, you know.

Kiss. Kiss. Hug. Hug.

All that fucking shit.

I didn’t mind it. She was one of the hottest casting directors I’d seen.

What? She’s hot. I’m a guy with a dick, sue me.

“Are you ready to get started darling? We have five girls to audition with this morning and I would like to narrow it down by lunch.”

“Sure, Tanya. Let’s get started.”

The first girl made her way into the room and came into the bedroom set.

Ugh, no. Just…nah. She was okay looking I guess. I mean…I’d pop a chub if she was naked but she wasn’t anything extraordinary.

“Hi Edward, I’m Lauren.” Oh god. Nasal voice. Bye potential boner, I’ll miss you.

“Hey.”

“Let’s get started!” Tanya clapped her hands together and ordered quiet on the set. The camera rolled and I got into character.

“Claire…stay very still, I just want to try…one thing.”

I leaned in to kiss her and she propelled forward to close the distance between us.

Ugh. Oh god, no.

Dry. Chapped. Lips.

No.

Wait, do I taste…Cheetos? What the fuck?

I pulled back and stopped the kiss. There was no way I was sticking my tongue in there. I gave Tanya a small nod.

No way.

“Okay, thank you Lauren we’ll let you know.”

I loved how Tanya could dismiss someone in one sentence.

Lauren winked at me before she left.

Blahgg. Vomit.

“I’ll be right back.” I excused myself and practically ran to the bathroom. I grabbed my set bag and silently thanked my sister. She was a bitch but a bitch who could anticipate my needs. Which right now, was a toothbrush, andddd minty toothpaste. Yes! Hygiene is fun guys.

After brushing my teeth for what seemed like an hour I made my way back onto set.

“Next!” Tanya yelled and the door opened to bring out the next girl.

This went on for the next two hours. I’d have to kiss an unappealing overeager girl and then brush my teeth for twenty minutes.

By the time the last girl was on her way in, I wanted to kill myself. I couldn’t suffer through another terrible makeout session. My gums were getting sore from the insistent brushing. They’d start bleeding soon.

I heard the door open and looked up from my spot on the bed.

Holy. Motherfucking. Shit.

I…uh…holy motherfucking shit!

The girl…no the woman…who just opened that fucking door. Oh my god.

I was frozen. I don’t even think I was breathing.

Mmmmmffffgaaaah.

Okay not breathing. Just making zombie noises? Alright then.

I don’t know what the fuck that was. Shut your mouth.

Ow. Boner. Painful fucking boner. Glad to see you came back buddy.

Okay. Settle down. Close your eyes. Breathe.

Oh holy shit! Now she’s right in front of me.

Pale skin.

Brown chocolate eyes.

Mmmm Hershey kisses.

Oh god kisses. I wanna kiss those lips.

Nom nom nom.

Pouty pink perfect lips. I bet they taste like chocolate.

This was the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen.

Oh, lips are moving. Huh. I don’t hear anything.

“I’m sorry could you repeat that?”

Pay the fuck attention Cullen! Boner go away, not now boy! Down!

Please don’t have a nasal voice.

Please don’t have a nasal voice.

Pretty fucking please.

“I said hi, I’m Isabella Swan. You can call me Bella.”

Mmmmm. Boner I totally understand. I wouldn’t be able to go away either.

Just don’t poke her, buddy.

Fuck.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8157020/1/Ready-Set-Action

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Classic Actorward

*Review by AllyVera*

Faking It by Spangly9

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Faking It ~ Half of Hollywood’s most famous couples are faking it. That’s how Bella Swan’s publicist convinces her to pretend to date troubled Hollywood bad boy Edward Cullen. And she’ll do anything for her band and her music.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 32 – Words: 144,679 – Reviews: 5,562 – Favs: 8,598 – Follows: 2,909 – Updated: 10-30-09 – Published: 06-20-09 – Status: Complete – id: 5153711

There is no doubt that Spangly9’s epic Faking It is one of the best Actorwards ever written, but more than that, it has something else that is a rarity amongst Actorwards and that is believability.

When we meet Bella, she and her band, Eclipse, have just bit the big time after winning “America’s Next Great Band”.  But even with their newfound fame, they are still newcomers to the whole “celebrity” thing and her swanky publicist, Aro, talks her into a fake relationship with the gorgeous, troubled, but infinitely talented Edward Cullen.  In short, Bella’s band needs his Hollywood royalty status and he needs her innocence and “girl-next-door” sweetness.

Edward seems like a dick at first, and yes, he probably is a bit – but there is a lot more to this bad boy than meets the eye.  He is supremely talented, and when we get our first glimpse of him, his talent is being wasted due to the fact that no-one wants to employ him – this makes him a little bitter, but he knows deep down that it is all his own doing.  It takes a while for Edward to let Bella in, but when he does – wow… he does it in style!

This extract is a tiny bit spoilerish, but I can’t resist you seeing Edward in full “swoony” mode…

From chapter 17 (Edward and Alice chatting about Bella..)

“I like her, too, Alice.” I said softly, “I think I love her.”

Her eyes abruptly brimmed with tears and she smiled. Then she flung her tiny body across the couch at me and threw her arms around my neck.

“Oh, Edward. That’s great! I knew you weren’t completely hopeless!”

Then before I could respond in any way, she was scrambling off the couch and over to the door.

“Wait till you see her tomorrow!” Alice said, now fully re-engaged as the Stylist Nazi. “She’s going to take your breath away!”

And she was out of my room in a flash. I laid my head back on the pillow and spoke to the ceiling. “She already does.”

All together now…  Awww!

Sunshine moment aside, just as it seems these two are going along beautifully, disaster hits (in other words, Edward being a drunken idiot hits!).  And believe me when I say, when the angst arrives in this story, it goes all the way to 11.  But never fear, lovely readers, this story has a wonderful ending and I can say with my hand on my heart that, in my personal opinion, this story is the best completed Actorward out there (and that is saying a lot, seeing as it is one of my favourite genres!!). If you are one of few who hasn’t read this classic, start it today, I am sure you won’t regret it!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5153711/1/Faking-It

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*Reviews by Cared*

Today I chose two short, complete Actorward fics, and two extremely hot one-shots, that I very much enjoyed reading and I hope you will too.  So, without further ado…

We Were Meant to be Scene  by  Vancouver-Canuck-Girl

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*Made by ysar for TwiFic Central*

We Were Meant to be Scene ~ One shot entry for the Public Lovin’ Contest Bella has a fantasy of sex in public and wants Edward to act it out with her – literally – opening night of their play.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Edward & Bella – Words: 4,702 – Reviews: 97 – Favs: 143 – Follows: 70 – Published: 10-12-12 – Status: Complete – id: 8604763

Vancouver-Canuck-Girl is seriously remiss in failing to warn of possible instantaneous combustion while reading this fic – this story is hotter than Hades.

Bella and Edward are actors preparing for the opening night of a stage play.  Naturally, by the story’s end, Edward has me wrapped around his little finger…although, I’d rather be wrapped around something else *wink* but it’s Bella who won my immediate admiration.  Why?  She is my kind of girl – she knows what, and in this case, also who she wants, and goes for it.  Here she is, the shy understudy, bravely sharing with the director, Carlisle, her opinion of how the love scene should play out, while co-star Edward listens more than attentively…

“I think these two need to get a little wild and crazy.”

“Okay, tell me what you’re thinking then.” The director laced his fingers together and leaned forward on the table while he waited to hear her idea.

She licked her lips before she spoke, and when she did, her eyes were steadfast on me.

“I can totally see Evan grabbing Becky, pushing her roughly against the wall. Instead of agreeing to make love, he says he wants to fuck her.”

My mouth dropped open. I certainly liked where this was going.

“I think he grabs her leg, hikes it over his hip before he nips playfully at her collarbone.” Bella smiled as she gave her suggestions, her eyes locked on mine.

Two could play at this game.

“Maybe they fuck right there against the wall, without taking their clothes off. Evan’s jeans hang precariously off his ass. Becky’s panties tugged down, her skirt hiked up so he can bang her right there.”

In case that left you in any doubt, Edward was more than willing for his character Evan “to get a little wild and crazy.”  We Were Meant To Be  Scene is both erotic and sensual; real life and acting reflect each other as life imitates art in the best of ways.  It may be a one-shot, but, believe me, it’s packed full of little things that show the creativity of Vancouver -Canuck-Girl’s mind, and, fevered chemistry I’d love to witness on the silver screen.  Go on; take five minutes to read this provocative nibble of naughtiness.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8604763/1/We-Were-Meant-To-Be-Scene

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Mise-en-Place by callmepagliacci

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*Made by Beffers87*

Mise-en-Place ~ I recreated his mother’s recipes when he was homesick. I made meal plans when he had to gain or lose weight for a role. And when he wanted chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne for another woman he was bringing home, I made them with all the love in my heart—the love he’d never see. So I showed him with my food.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 13 – Words: 28,385 – Reviews: 1,225 – Favs: 789 – Follows: 1,636 – Updated: 07-26-13 – Published: 04-19-13 – id: 9216928

Apéritif

“An aperitif (the word comes from the Latin aperire, “to open”) is a light, most often dry, most often modestly alcoholic beverage meant to spark the appetite without overwhelming the senses. … As for Campari itself, the drink is believed to contain rhubarb and ginseng, but I don’t know for sure. What I do know is that Campari is very bitter, so bitter it’s truly an acquired taste. But adding soda helps a great deal in the acquiring; in fact, a fair amount of chilled soda can open up Campari nicely, turning it into a more nuanced drink.” Jim Nelson. “Spirits: The Art of the Aperitif.” Food & Wine Magazine.

Negroni

1.5 oz Campari

1.5 oz sweet vermouth

1.5 oz gin

Orange slice or twist for garnish

Pour into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Stir well. Garnish and serve.

Mise-en-Place is complete at 14 chapters, everyone of which opens with a culinary definition and/or a recipe, that will come in to use later, but don’t think you are reading the wrong story; Edward is indeed an Actorward, and I have to be honest here, at the beginning, he also fits in the Dickward category.  The long-suffering and very lovely Bella is a chef, and she has the dubious pleasure of quite literally catering to Edward’s whims.  At times like these he is lucky her knives are not to hand…

“You’re fired, Bella.”

“Wh—what?”

“You’re fired,” he said, sitting behind his desk. His voice was hard, but he looked tired. He couldn’t look me in the eye. “Pack your shit and go.”

“Why, Edward? What—”

“Tanya said you cooked her dinner last night with butter.”

“No! I didn’t, I swear! I haven’t even bought any butter since she went on that stupid fucking diet! Edward—Mr. Cullen, please!”

“I’m sorry.”

I couldn’t help but scoff. I stared at my employer for a beat, but he was resolutely examining his own hand, spread out wide over the fine grain of his oak desk. The first time I realized I was in love with Edward Cullen, he had averted his eyes then, too. He’d been behaving like a gentleman then, not a coward.

“I thought I meant more to you than that.” Before he could answer, and before the tears in my eyes could make good on their threat to fall, I turned and left. I ran down the hall from his office, down the stairs and through the foyer to the huge kitchen that had been my truest home for the past three years.

“Three goddamn years!” I cried out, heading straight to the liquor cabinet. I reached in and grabbed the first thing I touched: Campari.

“Hah, fucking perfect.” I didn’t have the time or inclination to mix up a cocktail, or even add soda water to fucking allow those herbal flavors to open up or anything else. I didn’t even particularly want to use any glassware, but I had some fucking class. Unlike some cheap-dye-job strawberry-blonde silicone-enhanced on-a-fucking-diet starlets I could mention. Whore.

I poured a healthy measure into a lowball glass, sloshing some over the rim. Slamming the bottle down on the counter, I knocked the glass back. I grimaced; Campari was potent in a cocktail—on its own, it was nearly intolerably bitter.

My face reflected, indistinct, in the glossy marble countertop. Even in the poor, stone mirror my melancholy was evident. I wanted to keep drinking, but I wanted out of there even more.

“Asshole will probably make me pay for it, too, if he sees,” I muttered.

You know what they say about the way to a man’s heart…after three years of being secretly in love with Edward while cooking and baking for him– and his…err…female companions – even preparing the whole clichéd aphrodisiac spread when he was trying to impress a new conquest – she must wonder who made up that load of baloney.  Eventually though, with delicious enticing food as the backdrop, the relationship changes, and Edward allows Bella, and thankfully us, to taste the hot, sweet, goodness under his crispy shell.

Go read Mise-en-Place if you want to find out if Bella receives the service of a lifetime, and if Edward finally savours more than Bella’s culinary delights!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9216928/1/Mise-en-Place

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Director’s Cut by ericastwilight and kyla713

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*Made by kyla713*

Director’s Cut ~ It was actress Bella’s first love scene and she was nervous. Director Edward tries to encourage her. However, when the scene starts, can Edward keep himself together? Remain professional? And after, keep himself in control? Collab with kyla713  

Rated: Fiction M – English – Drama – Edward & Bella – Words: 10,128 – Reviews: 116 – Favs: 460 – Follows: 146 – Published: 09-02-11 – Status: Complete – id: 7347027

This one-shot opens on the last day of filming on a forty-five day shoot with the director Edward, along with the crew, quite on edge as they prepare for the final scene.  Not only is it the most difficult to film, it’s also the most pivotal scene in the entire movie – a fight/love/fight scene between low-life, creepy, goose bump inducing James, and Bella, “…young and an American sweetheart that blushed and was honest-to-God humble.”  To add to the tension, this is her first ever love scene, and so Edward heads to her trailer to check on her…

Taking a deep breath, I entered the trailer and found Isabella curled up on the couch with her copy of the script in her hand.

Her dark eyes looked up, giving me a wary smile. “Hi.”

“You okay?” I asked as I walked toward her. She cocked an eyebrow and I knew she going to try playing it off.

“I’m fine, Mr. Cullen,” she replied with a tiny shrug. “I’m just trying to get into character.”

“Need any help?” As I asked, my eyes roamed over her—she looked exquisite. Her hair, which normally would be in a ponytail, fell loose over her shoulders in a mass of dark curls. She wore a long, white button-down shirt, something her character would wear to bed. However, the discomfort of being so exposed was clear in Isabella’s features, no doubt wishing she could instead be dressed in her usual attire on set—a comfortable pair of jeans and a hoodie. Her bare feet were tucked beneath her, pressing her long legs firmly together, but even when she tried to tug the shirt down more, it still left little to the imagination.

Isabella tossed the script aside and let her head fall back as she exhaled harshly. “I’m not really worried about the sex scene as much as slapping the man.” Internally, I grinned. Of course she’d be worried about hurting someone. “The sex is pretend, but that slap will be real. Not to mention that I have to cuss.”

Could she be any sweeter?

I laughed. “That’s what you’re worried about?” When she nodded and her narrowed gaze bore into my own, I knew she was serious. “Okay, sit up.” I sat beside her and cocked an eyebrow. “Repeat after me.” Her lips thinned as did her gaze, but she squared her shoulders, tipped up her chin, ready to comply. “Shit. Fuck. Hell. Asshole. Bitch. Dick. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.”

A corner of her bottom lip slipped between her teeth, and I noticed that her breathing had changed. I took a deep breath to compose myself, because the situation seemed to have taken a wrong turn. I had come in here to calm her, and instead, she appeared even more nervous.

“Repeat that again, please?” she asked softly, watching me closely. And as I repeated, I realized that she was watching my mouth. I closed my eyes, knowing I had to leave immediately before I did something that would further delay the shoot.

I cleared my throat, since she had gone completely silent. “Shit. F-fuck. Hell. Asshole. B-Bitch. Dick. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.”

Leave now, Cullen! No wonder she’d gone mute when I said the words. Her mouth looked edible as her teeth scraped over her bottom lip when she said “fuck.”

I swallowed and stood up immediately. “See, Isabella,” I said, clearing my throat again. It had suddenly gone dry. “You’ll do fine.”

She smirked as if she knew what was wrong with me when I turned to leave. Before I did, however, I pressed a kiss to her forehead. And it served its purpose. She sighed softly and as I left, I could see that she visibly relaxed. Too bad it had the opposite effect on me.

Oooh, evidently there is good off-screen chemistry between these two – without the need for acting skills.  One of the things I like most about this fic is how the sweet, Oscar winning Bella, handles the talentless, arrogant James.  Best of all though, has to be Edward’s reaction to watching the push-pull, and the passion play out before his eyes; is he envisaging his own private trailer scene? *snicker*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7347027/1/Director-s-Cut

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Just Life the Movies by DeltaSwan90

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Just Like the Movies ~ Edward is a famous actor who isn’t satisfied with his life. He and his good friend Alice are off to film the newest superhero flick. After a fight with his boss, he ends up meeting someone who may just change the way he feels about his life. AU/AH ExB

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Friendship/Romance – Chapters: 13 – Words: 45,299 – Reviews: 480 – Updated: 2-8-09 – Published: 1-6-09 – Edward & Bella – Complete

Edward, Hollywood’s golden boy, became friends with Alice in their early days as struggling unknowns, and, in an act of kindness, so she wouldn’t be alone, he took her home to his family one Thanksgiving.  It was love at first sight for her and Edward’s younger brother Jasper, and, it was as Edward so eloquently put it “…just like a fucking movie.”

Although, to the observer, Edward is leading the perfect life, he admits to himself:

I have steady work and a hefty paycheck. My family is caring and involved with my life. I have a good friend in Alice. And I have a girlfriend.

I have every reason in the world to be happy.

But, I’m not.”

No, Edward is not happy: he seems somewhat disillusioned and cynical with the world in general, and Hollywood life in particular, as he accepts that for the majority of people, including himself, life is not like the movies…very few people get their happily ever after.  Then he sees and hears the sweet, down-to-earth Bella; he is impressed by her kindness and an awareness of hope that it sparks within him.  He returns to the same place – a small, quiet restaurant – the same time the following week; his excuse being he found the place peaceful, but really, he hopes to bump into Bella – which he quite literally does…

“Are you alright?” I asked her.

“Yes, I’m sorry,” she apologized again. “I wasn’t watching where I was going. Are you alright?” She looked up at me, and I met her gaze for the very first time. Her eyes were lovely, a warm, deep shade of chocolate brown. But what was most interesting to me was that she wasn’t wearing any make up. I didn’t know a single woman who didn’t wear make -up in public. What actually arrested my attention was that she didn’t need any make-up. She was heart-breakingly beautiful. Her face was pale and heart shaped; her lips were full. She looked… just a little sad. Luckily, I remembered myself and the fact that she had asked me a question.

Interestingly, each one of the 13 chapters is named with a movie title that is representative of the chapter content and moves the story and friendship forward, with the requisite evil ex, shallow girlfriend, good friends, and even ‘that’s what she said’ jokes, until at last, Edward discovers love and romance just like the movies. I stand by the review I left for the final chapter back in 2011. Yep, a cheesy ending – just like in the movies, brilliant!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4774873/1/Just-Like-the-Movies

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*Review by Wiltshire Glo* 

The Counsellor by Michaelmas54

The Counsellor ~ Edward is a successful Hollywood actor, but is on the edge of a breakdown. His personal & professional life have been controlled by people who think of him as a commodity & when he loses the girl he loves because of this he walks away from his responsibilities, but finds help in the nick of time in an unusual place from a strange woman. Rated M for Lemons, Language and some Laughs.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 35 – Words: 89,493 – Reviews: 193 – Favs: 155 – Follows: 77 – Updated: 06-09-13 – Published: 06-08-13 – Status: Complete – id: 9370544

Michaelmas54 is a new-to-me author who posted this lovely-and complete-fic over a very short period. The first chapter really caught my imagination and I felt myself hurting so badly for Edward; a rich, successful actor in his prime, and yet his life is not his own. His decisions, both professional and personal, are out of his control.

Chapter One thrusts us right into the drama that is his life when we watch him run, literally for his sanity and life, just as he’s due to face a room full of journalists. His anguish is palpable. Thankfully, the person he quite literally, bumps into, is the perfect person at the crucial moment – offering him a safe haven before he completely falls apart.

“The woman took her car keys from his hand and then looked up at his face as if to say something but instead she looked intently into the eyes of the stunningly handsome young man before her and gasped, but it was not the gasp of recognition he was used to, it was a gasp of concern and pity. 

Her right hand moved up and touched his shoulder and then she raised it further up to his face, delicately touching the dark shadows under a pair of red-rimmed but still beautiful grey eyes. “I am fine” she said in a soft whisper, “but I would guess you’re the one here who is hurting the most?”

He was transfixed as he allowed her to touch him. The gentle caress of her hand on his cheek and the caring tone in her voice triggered something inside of him, something he had not felt since the last time he saw his grandmother. He looked down into this strange woman’s eyes and said in a voice breaking with emotion “I do need help – I need to get away from here” and then he bent his head onto her shoulder and started to sob.

Michaelmas54 takes us on the journey of Edward’s life since he became famous to his breaking point when he puts his trust in a stranger. A stranger who cares more about him than those paid to do so…and gently helps him to unravel the mess surrounding him.

So, who is The Counsellor? Not who you think! But she does help him find his way back to himself, and a way to regain both his life and his love. He’s a beautiful, broken Actorward, it’s impossible not to will him to heal.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9370544/1/The-Counsellor

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The Age of Edward Anonymous Contest

AGE OF EDWARD CONTEST

“It’s time” *in our best Alice voice* for the Age of Edward 2013.  We are more than excited here on FanFiction Fridays as  we know the sheer delight that lies ahead of us once those entries start rolling in.

              Dates to remember for authors

  • August 20, 2013 at 12:00 am PST – Contest opens for submissions
  • September 30, 2013 at 12:00 am PST – Contest closes for submissions

Past and future, a new Age of Edward dawns…

Full details can be found here.

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 As you can see ladies, Edward is standing by, waiting to hear what you’ve been reading this week!

TheFicSix

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The Quick and The Dirty

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Welcome to this week’s Fan Fiction Friday!  I have been feeling very jealous of my FicSix colleagues lately with their lovely Summer weather – alas for me, it is Winter Down Under, but the bonus of Winter is that you can curl up with a favourite story under a blanket and all is well!

I have an extra challenge this Winter as I am just heading into my second trimester of pregnancy and I seem to be sleeping all the time, so short, quick fics have been my staple – and I have read some gems over the last few weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you all!! Also, I just had to plug the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest as well – read below for details… ~ AllyVera

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*All Reviews by AllyVera*

Overpass by purelyamuse

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Overpass ~ “I think all the people I love will eventually leave me. Just disappear.” “Maybe . . . I don’t know . . . maybe we don’t need lots of people. Maybe we just need one. And that’s enough.” BPOV.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 14 – Words: 30,809 – Reviews: 1,217 – Favs: 673 – Follows: 798 – Updated: 02-28-13 – Published: 01-14-13 – Status: Complete – id: 8907781

If I had to sum Overpass up in one word, I would say “masterpiece” or maybe if I was allowed a few more words, I’d say “a little piece of literary heaven”. At only just over 30k words, Overpass burned itself into my brain and it was a story that just stayed with me for weeks afterward.

Overpass is a ‘now and then’ story and most chapters have a glimpse of both the past and the present. We first meet Bella in the present, heading back to her High School 10 year reunion. As the reader, you feel her conflict straight away, even though you don’t know why.  But, as the chapters unfold, you feel the full force of Bella’s pain.

From chapter one…

“Heavy traffic flows beneath me. The concrete overpass seems to rumble with the whoosh of wind, but I know I’m safe. He taught me that. My fingers close around the chain links that encase me. Though, when I’m here, I feel free. As my windblown hair tickles my lips and the heat of the day warms my skin, the memories of my youth take residence in my mind. And I can’t stop it. Nor do I want to. Because I miss him. It’s been more than ten years, but I still miss him. And I probably always will.”

From purelyamuse's blog - a visual teaser for Chapter 12 :(

From purelyamuse’s blog – a visual teaser for Chapter 12 😦

*Sigh* I am a complete sucker for stories where Bella and/or Edward have never gotten over one another, and this is one of the very best in that genre.  While reading Overpass I thought my heart would give out on me, but never fear – purelyamuse came to the rescue and made it all better again.  This is a beautiful piece of writing, and a must-read for sure (if you don’t mind a little bit of heart-fail).

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8907781/1/Overpass

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I Shall Believe by drotuno

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I Shall Believe ~ This is what happens when two really close friends, roommates, and needy people decide to make a ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement. This is what happens when words are said without thinking. This is what happens when you think you know someone. AH E/B

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 4 – Words: 28,321 – Reviews: 277 – Favs: 530 – Follows: 274 – Updated: 01-21-11 – Published: 12-28-10 – Status: Complete – id: 6598351

If you have never read a drotuno story, this lovely little tale is an excellent introduction to her wonderful writing. Edward and Bella have been best friends since high school, they now live together and their relationship has morphed into a “friends with benefits” situation.

The problem is Bella is dying inside, as she loves her best friend completely and irrevocably. When we meet her, she is getting to her breaking point. Here is a little taste from chapter one (BPOV)…

“December 24, 2010… I couldn’t do it anymore. It was too hard. It meant too much to me. I could feel my heart shattering inside my chest as I watched the only man that truly mattered fucking flirt with two other women at the Cullen-Denali Enterprises Christmas party.

I should have never agreed to be his date, but we were the very closest of best friends, roommates, and now – God fucking help me – friends with benefits.

And that last new and disturbing title was the biggest mistake on my part, because despite the fact that he was my best friend’s twin brother, one of the closest friends I’d ever had, and that he was just perfectly gorgeous in every way – inside and out – I had wanted him from the first minute I’d met him. I should have known it wouldn’t end well.”

You will adore how drotuno makes you feel Bella’s agony, it truly is palpable. You really want to dive inside the story and give both Edward and Bella a good firm talking to. I won’t give too many details away, as this story is only four chapters long – but it does feel like you have read a full story when you are finished (oh yes, drotuno is THAT good!). I know I have painted an angsty picture with this one, but it really will make you feel all warm and gooey inside once you have finished – so enjoy!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6598351/1/I-Shall-Believe

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One for the Money by dqwht19

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One for the Money ~ Bella Swan is a quiet high school English teacher. Edward Cullen is a rich doctor. What happens when he unknowingly bids on her at Alice’s bachelorette auction?

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Chapters: 25 – Words: 56,415 – Reviews: 957 – Favs: 1,562 – Follows: 618 – Updated: 03-21-09 – Published: 01-22-09 – Status: Complete – id: 4810652

Have you ever wanted – just for one night – to throw away your ordinary, everyday persona and pretend you are someone else?  I think a lot of us have, and that is exactly what shy, clumsy Teacher Bella does in One for the Money.  Alice, Bella’s best friend, begs her to take part in a charity Bachelorette Auction.  Little does Bella know that this small sacrifice for her best friend will change her life forever, because you can probably guess who bids on her and wins! *wink*

From chapter three – Bella’s first sight of him

“Holy mother of God.

WHO was that?

There was a bronze-haired god standing among the other mortals. He had piercing green eyes and a body that would make Brad Pitt jealous, even when he was Achilles in Troy. His lips… his finely tailored suit… his high-boned cheeks… my God, even his neck was giving me a hot flash. I nearly had to bite my hand to keep from whimpering. As I walked past him on my way to Pocket Protector King, my gaze arrested by his, he smiled at me and I promptly tripped. That smile should be designated a hazard to anyone with a vagina under the age of… no, even my grandma would fall victim to such perfection.

Before I fell, the only thing I could think was: I wish I were exciting enough to go out with him.

I was prepared to gladly suffer the consequences of being blessed with such a gift of a smile… until I wondered why I hadn’t hit the floor yet. I shook off the daze his teeth had put me in and realized I was being held by two very strong, very soft arms. My head whipped around to thank my savior when I saw it was him.

If I thought my heart was beating fast before, hummingbirds had nothing on me now.

He slowly helped me upright, his gaze never leaving mine. My breath was coming fast, my mouth surely hanging open like a dead fish, and my mind was completely blank as I stared into seas of the finest green I’d ever seen. I could only imagine what kissing him would be like, since just looking at him had me going into a coronary.

“I was beginning to think you’d stood me up, Isabella,” he murmured, still holding on to me.

Hold the phone.

This Adonis was my bidder?”

Bella makes a rash decision to pretend to be the sexy, self-assured “Isabella” for the night – someone she knows lies within her but has never felt comfortable displaying before, but whom she now feels is worthy of Edward’s attention.  Needless to say, it does backfire on her, as we all know; there is no walking away from Edward Cullen after just one night of romance and passion!

However, Bella does walk away from Edward (silly girl), thinking that she would never be his equal (again, silly girl).  But, never fear, readers, it’s not long before our favourite couple are sweetly reunited. Docward is a determined man…determined to make Bella and Isabella – as one and separate – part of his life…forever.

This story has little to no angst, but it does have some humour to make you smile, and a bit of drama so the plot moves along nicely. It has a great cast of our favourite Twilight gang, including a hyper, fashion designer Alice (and I love her!) and a Bella who grows in confidence right before your and Edward’s eyes. What is one of the best things about One for the Money: the elements of self-discovery that I think will resonate with a lot of readers.  Enjoy!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4810652/1/One-for-the-Money

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Off the Beaten Path by rpgirl27

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Off the Beaten Path ~Bella is on a mission to change her life. Will a tiny school in a small mountain town offer her a new beginning? And why does every one want her to stay out of the woods? Set in the 1920s/30s. AH ExB MountainmanWard Rated M for violence/language/sex.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 20 – Words: 82,814 – Reviews: 1,871 – Favs: 1,716 – Follows: 1,165 – Updated: 12-26-11 – Published: 05-23-11 – Status: Complete – id: 7016762

Three little words… Mountain. Man. Edward. *Ally swoons*  Ahem… Sorry, I got a little off track… putting my serious hat back on now. *grins*

Off The Beaten Path is the first story I have read from that is set in the 1920/30’s (and I do read a lot of Historicalwards) and I will say with my hand on my heart, if they are all as good as this one, well…  here I come!!

The story begins with Bella, after enduring some difficult times, gaining a position as a teacher at Cullen Creek, a mountain town in West Virginia where the whole town, it seems, is run with the iron fist of Carlisle Cullen (who, I may say, is a most unpleasant man!).

It soon comes to Bella’s attention that there are children up on the mountain who are not getting an education, and being the dedicated teacher she is, decides to march up the mountain to investigate…

“Raising my fist to rap on it, I saw the door spring open before I could make contact with the weathered wood. A male figure filled the entrance. A male figure toting a very large gun.

I tried to scream, but as it so often happens in dreams, the only sound I made was a strangled shriek as I stumbled back, nearly falling off the porch.

He pressed forward, and I stumbled back until my feet hit the dirt of the yard. I was just about to turn and run, when the evening sun glinted off his hair, a shade of red so unusual, I knew it could only belong to one man. All the anger, hurt, and fear from Saturday bubbled up inside of me, and I found my feet planting themselves firmly, and my finger pointing at him, temporarily forgetting the enormous old rifle he gripped in his hands.

“You!” I shouted accusatorily. “You’re the…the…the man who chased me out of the woods!”

He looked between the tip of the gun and me, and shrugged.

“What of it? These are my woods, and you were an intruder. I have every right to run you off, and since it seems you didn’t get the message the first time, this is me, inviting you to leave. Now.”

Edward pulled the hammer back and the gun made an ominous click, but I had found my voice, and I wasn’t leaving until I had given him a piece of my mind.

“You won’t scare me off again,” I insisted, stamping my foot.

Edward smirked, stifled a laugh that made my cheeks blaze with indignation, and leaned his face down to line up the shot, calling my bluff.

“No?” He stepped closer, the bare skin of his chest and arms becoming more visible the further he came from the shadowy porch. “You must think I’m putting you on, that I won’t shoot you, nosey woman with no business wandering around on my land. Who sent you? Cullen? Maybe you came from the devil himself.”

“No one sent me; I sent myself. And yes, I believe you would try to shoot me, but that gun is so ancient you’d more than likely blow a hole through your own arm.” I may not have looked it, but being a policeman’s daughter, I did know something about guns.

His grip on the gun loosened as he stared at me in shock. His nose crinkled up, and he looked at me like I was the biggest idiot he had ever met, while I made every effort to not be distracted by his shirtlessness and the soft, laid-back timbre of his voice.

“Now, put that ridiculous thing down and at least let me say what I came to say.”

“I ain’t interested in anything you have to say, so save your breath and march your pompous little ass back down the mountain where you belong.”

As you can see their first meeting doesn’t go so well, but the one thing I admire the most in Off The Beaten Path’s Bella is her tenacity.  She doesn’t give up, and slowly, she and Edward can’t ignore their attraction.

Even though our first glimpse of Edward doesn’t really show him in a great light, you soon learn there is much more to this mountain man.  He is hard-working, intelligent, dedicated to his family and you will learn he is a fighter.

Things are not simple in Cullen Creek for this forbidden couple, however, and there is never a dull moment in this story from start to finish.  I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading.

Rpgirl27 has a talent for storytelling and Off The Beaten Path has one of the best plotlines I have read in a while.  I won’t spoil anything for new readers, this is a story best discovered as you read.

Off the Beaten Path is concluded beautifully, written wonderfully and has a fascinating cast of characters (even the villains!).  This one will definitely be on my re-read list!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7016762/1/Off-the-Beaten-Path

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Over the last couple of weeks we here at the FicSix have been having an exciting time reading the absolutely fabulous Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest entries.  Even here in the cold of Down Under I have needed a fan! Phew!

There are some truly fabulous entries in this contest so far, so if you haven’t been to check them out yet – go, go, GO!!

 http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4742504/Dirty-Talkin-Edward-contest 

You can also visit the blog here: http://dirtytalkedward.blogspot.com.au

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Thank you for joining us for another week here at Fan Fiction Fridays, and as always, we would love to hear all about what you are reading this week, so leave us a comment below.  Have a wonderful weekend! ~The FicSix

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Rob Roles

*A Selection of Rob's Roles*

*A Selection of Rob’s Roles*

Let’s roll on through the Summer with Rob Roles.  We are usually all about Edward here on FanFiction Fridays, but this week he has been joined by a few other fascinating characters who we have been kindly introduced to by Rob.  A big, warm welcome to Cedric, Tyler, Art, Eric and Jacob as they make their FFF debut.

Welcome wishes and thanks go to the gorgeous and talented Planetblue for joining us today – it’s a pleasure and honour to have you here.

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*Reviews by Cared*

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Finding Himself by Minisinoo

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Finding Himself ~ The-Boy-Who-Almost-Died has to figure out what it means that he didn’t. Harry’s tumultuous 5th year at Hogwarts is Cedric’s 7th and final. Bound together by shared trauma, both boys fall under Ministry suspicion … Who is Cedric Diggory? Cedric!Lives AU

Rated: Fiction M – English – Suspense/Romance – Cedric D. & Hermione G. – Chapters: 40 – Words: 350,952 – Reviews: 665 – Favs: 1,022 – Follows: 184 – Updated: 11-19-08 – Published: 10-13-08 – Status: Complete – id: 4594634

I’m so excited to share my love of this story with you today…it’s one of my all-time top 5 favourite fics.  Needless to say, the other 4 places are taken by beloved Twilight stories, you know, I even surprised myself by ranking another fic genre so highly.  Now that I think about it, I know why this magnificent novel, yes, novel, for that’s what it is, earned that coveted position.  I was stunned when I first read this story a few years ago, and the feelings invoked by it have not faded from my memory.  I’ve got to be honest here and confess to you, while I read and enjoyed all the Harry Potter books and saw all the films, it was the lure of Cedric that initially drew me to Finding Himself.  Don’t judge me – you cannot deny he was gorgeous in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. LOL

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There are many reasons why Finding Himself is one of my favourites, but what stands head and shoulders above the others is the brilliant presentation of the absolutely beautiful love story depicted between Cedric and Hermione. Honestly, it rivals that of Edward and Bella, and in fact, in some ways it’s a lot healthier.  The romance is sweet, can be fun, and as they fall deeply in-love they remain their own people.  I admire the way they grow as individuals as they overcome their problems, and how their friendship with others is also enriched as their relationship develops.  The lemons in this fic are lovely, loving and imperative…as they say, it’s always the quiet ones!  “The Room of Requirement” comes in pretty handy, js.  Maybe I’m wearing rose lemon tinted glasses here because I’m so behind their relationship and truthfully, I’m in love with their love story.  Have a look at their first kiss…

He leaned back in and she really wished he’d just kiss her. She could feel his breath on her lips as he said, “Not in the least. Why do you think I asked you to Hogsmeade? Maybe they’ll leave me alone when they see I’m already very, very…very…taken.”

And she felt his mouth brush hers, faint as butterfly wings. It almost wasn’t a kiss, but it shook her from the roots of her hair to the ends of her toes. Then he was pulling away yet again. “Don’t do that,” she said, reaching out to grip the back of his neck and yank his head down forcefully. This time, there was no almost touch. His mouth hit hers hard; he’d nearly overbalanced and had to recover himself. Then she forgot about books and lockets and nicknames, and everything, really. Cedric Diggory knew how to give a kiss, all lips, a little tongue and complete immersion in the moment. It was very different from kissing Viktor. (And maybe she shouldn’t compare them, but couldn’t help it.)

Viktor had kissed like a Seeker, and she was the Snitch – elusive, precious, delicate . . . but his goal. His passion had overwhelmed, even if she’d never felt pressured to give him more than kisses. She’d felt flattered, swept off her feet, but not quite his equal, really.

Cedric kissed like it was a conversation – give and take, exploratory, sensual, even a bit sloppy because he wasn’t thinking of how it looked, only how it felt. He tried things that might have made her laugh – like sucking her tongue or nibbling her lower lip – but which turned her inside out instead. Cedric kissed like somebody who wanted to be kissed back.

If you are familiar with the Harry Potter series you will recognise Finding Himself as an AU rewrite of the Order of the Phoenix with a different focus and new storylines perfectly interwoven with the original.  In this world, Cedric didn’t die in the graveyard – he was hit by a dreadful debilitating curse that will eventually leave him paralysed.  18 year-old Cedric and the 16 year-old Harry have formed an unlikely friendship as they are forever bound by their shared nightmare encounter with *lowers voice* he who shall not be named.  The usual shenanigans still go on at the Ministry though, and the vile Professor Umbridge, in all her pink-suited glory, is still a sicko – this time Cedric is top of her most-wanted list.  Dumbeldore’s Army is still formed, as is S.P.E.W. – you couldn’t leave out that unfortunately named society.  The history and the ethos of the House of Hufflepuff is shown and it becomes obvious why it’s a House to be proud of…why it’s the House of a Hogwart’s Champion.

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If you are not at all familiar with the world of Harry Potter, never mind, you don’t need to be.  Simply enjoy it as a story of “coming of age” set against the backdrop of a tumultuous time in the world, a time of parallel crises for both Muggles* and wizards.  A classic love story of two young people who hail from completely different backgrounds.  It’s about friendships and family bonds, and standing up for who and what you believe in.  It’s the tale of a noble young man hit by personal tragedy, falling in-love for the first time, being challenged to do the right thing…it’s the story of a young man Finding Himself.

*non-magical people

Story trailer video by Handmaiden Ande

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4594634/1/FINDING-HIMSELF

Sequel can be found here, and one-shots here and here.

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Infinite Visibility by TheFicChick

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Infinite Visibility ~ “Bella, I’m not perfect.” “I’ve loved perfect before, and he broke me anyway.” (A “Twilight”/”Remember Me” crossover.)

Rated: Fiction M – English – Drama – Chapters: 8 – Words: 45,297 – Reviews: 590 – Favs: 330 – Follows: 455 – Updated: 07-07-13 – Published: 04-13-13 – id: 9198986

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We’ll let blood build a bridge over mountains draped in stars

I’ll meet you on the ridge between these worlds apart

We’ve got this moment now to live, then it’s all just dust and dark

Let’s let love give what it gives.”

TheFicChick says, “I play around with timelines a little bit here. In this story, the events of ‘Twilight’ and ‘New Moon’ take place in 1999, not in the 2000s, which is how that universe intersects with the ‘Remember Me’ universe.” Well, I say the universes of Twilight and Remember Me do more than intersect, they blend seamlessly together and they become a perfect whole.  Infinite Visibility is a wonderful and believable love story between Tyler and Bella set against the perfect mesh of canon from both original stories – my hat is off to TheFicChick and her way with words for achieving this so masterfully.

Edward pulled his New Moon disappearing trick and eventually Bella moved on with her life, as per his request.  She matured and developed into a lovely young woman and her desire for a complete change, a concrete jungle, led her to New York to attend college.  Edward has not been forgotten – her scars run much deeper than the physical one James inflicted in Twilight – but, with time and new experiences comes the epiphany that Edward was right…

That night is the first night since September that she dreams of Edward, the ethereal, self-proclaimed demon standing against a dreary backdrop, orchestrating his own isolation.

This is the last time you’ll ever see me. I won’t come back.

It’s the first night that she dreams the dream through and doesn’t wake up screaming.

It will be like I never existed. I promise.

It’s the first time in all the times she’s had the dream that she’s still standing when he walks away.

You just don’t belong in my world, Bella.

It isn’t until she’s bumping along in a cab headed for JFK the following morning that the realization comes: he no longer belongs in hers, either.

One thing about Bella that has not changed, however, is her love for the written word, and so she is enticed to the Strand Bookstore by its claim to have eighteen miles of books, only to receive the shock of her life when she asks…

“Excuse me; do you have Virgil’s Doomed Love?”

The boy turns to face her, and she sucks in a breath. At first glance, he’s too similar, too close a replica, too familiar, and all of the contentment that had cocooned her like cotton is torn away, leaving her feeling as though she’s been stripped and sucker-punched. She stares at him for a moment, mouth agape, before spinning and dashing up the long aisle, hearing a faint “What the hell?” coming from the boy behind her as she flees. Darting around the tables near the entrance and nearly tripping over a stroller near the checkout counter, she finally bursts through the exit and onto the crowded sidewalk.

“Watch it,” a guy with a steaming paper cup of coffee mutters as he sidesteps her, and she mutters an apology as she takes in gulping breaths, clutching one of the carts of discounted books with her bare hand, the ice-cold metal burning the skin of her palm. She lets the dull ache in her hand ground her as she navigates a sea of sensation: she feels unsettled, blindsided, as if she’s seen a ghost. It’s impossible. Patently impossible, because while the moment that she’d stared into the stranger’s face was fleeting, it was long enough for her to absorb details: the all-too-human flush of his cheeks, the blue-green of his eyes. Just a likeness, she tells herself as her breathing and her heartbeat try to regulate themselves. That’s all.

“Hey.” The voice floats over her shoulder, and her still-stuttering heart picks up the tempo, now positively hammering against her ribs as if fighting for its freedom. “Are you okay?” the look-alike asks, and she turns, half-convinced that her momentary vision had been a trick of dim lighting. Those blue-green eyes narrow, a heavy brow creased in concern.

Blue-green eyes, she wills herself to remember. Not gold. It is this detail she latches onto as she nods, but the boy is still frowning. “Are you sure? Because you kind of look like hell.”

A bark of surprised laughter escapes her lips as she stares at his face, and if she needed further assurance that the person before her was far removed from his vampire doppelganger, those rather blunt words were it.

The Edward look-a-like…who eventually persuades her to meet him for coffee… is none other than the utterly charming Tyler Hawkins.  This imperfect human is one of the good guys, he has a sensitive soul and even with a lot of baggage – or maybe because of it, he is perfect for Bella.  Their understanding of the other’s pain and the tender emotional connection they develop is lovely to witness.  To quote Kelsey, Bella’s roommate, “Every great love affair starts with something as innocuous as coffee,” and you know what – I think she is right.

This enchanting and sensuous story is creeping slowing towards September and I’m reminded of the powerful prologue (in an unknown POV), which causes me to pose as yet unanswered questions.

Stepping toward the nearest of the two square pools, I can feel the faintest spray on my face, very nearly unnoticeable. Closing my eyes, I let my hipbones rest against the bronze parapet, breathe in the faintly damp air. When I open them, a barely-there rainbow appears in the mist cast off by the falling water. The sky is a perfect, robin’s egg blue, its brilliance reflected in the gleaming new architecture bordering this now-open space. Mirrored glass reflecting light, reflecting perfect blue skies, reflecting billowing white clouds and bright spring sunshine. Perfect tranquility where there was once chaotic devastation.

I squint as I stare upward, the parapet unforgiving against my bony hips, and to either side of me, people reach out and touch engraved names with single fingertips and entire palms. I don’t touch the name etched in front of me; instead, I bring my palm up to my sternum and press it flat against the space where my heart beats steadily in my chest beneath wool coat and fleece top and cotton bra before sliding it down and beneath my arm, above xylophone ribs and inked skin. My face still tipped toward the sky, I close my eyes and remember. A perfect blue canvas marred by twin curls of acrid smoke, then a billowing cloud of dust, the everyday sounds of the city yielding to the roar of destruction and pealing screams of terror.

As I stand blind, hand registering only the faintest echo of my own heartbeat, I do what I’ve made it my life’s mission not to do: I look back.

I remember.

I don’t mean to sound cryptic; I genuinely have no idea how this story will end and TBH, I’m a little afraid that there may be heartbreak ahead – for me, as well as the characters.  Regardless, I’ve been captivated by this love story and nothing is going to stop me reading.  Don’t let it stop you either.

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http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9198986/1/Infinite-Visibility

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ART

How To Be More by deb24601

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How To Be More ~ Art, from How to Be, toils at the grocer’s, missing his ex-girlfriend, Jessica. He’s amazed when she shows up and determined to be the ‘more’ she’s asking for. Entry in Robnipulations You Fic it We Nip it Contest. One-shot.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Words: 5,393 – Reviews: 12 – Favs: 18 – Follows: 6 – Published: 07-12-10 – Status: Complete – id: 6134646

The story starts gently with Art at work a supermarket. Please note – I am not fantasising over Art’s delectable derriere delightfully protruding up in the air as he leans over to stick his head in the freezer.

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*clears throat* As I was saying – this is how the fic opens…

Another day at the mind-numbing, soul-sucking grocer’s. Doing a job a monkey could do. Stocking shelves, pricing merchandise, and trying to avoid thinking… about Jessica. She’d dumped me, kicking me out of her apartment in the process. My parents aren’t terribly happy to have me home again. My music isn’t going well either and my mates are always frustrated with me.

Apparently I’m not much fun to be around.

Oh, Art!  If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing the film How to Be, you are probably nodding your head in agreement and smiling in recognition, as this is so typical of adorkable Art’s behaviour; deb24601 captures him perfectly in all his lovable quirkiness.  The How to Be film tagline ‘sometimes we all need a little help’ must have struck a chord with the lovely deb24601, as she, in a stroke of genius, uses Jessica (the ex-girlfriend – not to be confused with Twi Jessica of the IKR fame) as a conduit to do just that.  She presents him with a challenge, boosts his self-esteem, and then she sits lies back and reaps the reward. Lucky lady (Jessica not Deb) as Art rises magnificently to the occasion IYKWIM!

This hilarious one-shot has pervy old dears, and a hard, frozen penis, but even that’s not enough to stop this Art from being hot!  Now, there is a sentence I never thought I’d write. This Art is definitely more!

*reaches for frozen penis err…fan*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6134646/1/How_To_Be_More

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Imprudence and Gratification by Hank’s Lady

Imprudence and Gratification ~ Eric Packer, billionaire financier, is expecting his physician to give him his daily medical exam. Amusement and naughtiness ensues when Dr Black sends his son Jacob to undertake the exam instead. Slash one-shot.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Humor/Romance – Jacob & Eric P. – Words: 3,248 – Reviews: 13 – Favs: 9 – Follows: 4 – Published: 02-05-13 – Status: Complete – id: 8980853

While sitting in a darkened cinema munching on popcorn as I watched Cosmopolis for the first time, there was one question at the forefront of my mind.  No!  It wasn’t: Did Rob really pee in the limo?  Although… *snickers*

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The burning question at the forefront of my admittedly, somewhat perverted mind was: How did Eric really feel about his daily rectal examination? …But then that made me wonder: Did he gain more than the satisfaction and relief of knowing his prostrate was normal?

In this hot Cosmopolis/Twilight crossover light-hearted one-shot, the young, gay, newly qualified, Dr. Jacob Black climbs in to the limo to perform the personal procedure as it slowly makes its way across town.

Clearing my throat slightly, I lowered his shorts to uncover firm buttocks, snapped on the gloves quickly and applied lube to the fingers of my right hand. My cock twitched slightly and I grimaced, trying to remember I was a professional and the sexy naked ass in front of me was part of my job.

Raising my left hand, I tentatively spread his buttocks to reveal the tight puckered hole, noting the area leading towards his scrotum was hairless and smooth as if he had carefully shaved it – or paid someone to do it for him. I circled his hole with a lubed finger and noticed him stiffen slightly, thighs tensing.

“Breathe out and relax, Sir, I’ll try to make this as painless as possible,” I said quietly.

‘And as pleasurable as I can manage.’ I squashed the amusing thought and reminded myself again that I was a doctor.

Mmm!  Who can resist a doctor with such a good beside manner? *cough cough*
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If you want to discover how Hank’s Lady’s luscious vision of Eric feels about his err…close encounter with Jacob, hop in the back of the limo to take the ride too – it has blackened out glass, js.
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http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8980853/1/Imprudence-and-Gratification

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JACOB

Water for Elephants Oneshot by that kiwi chick

Water for Elephants Oneshot ~ “Water for the elephant, or alcohol?” Jacob asked with a smirk, balancing the bottle in one hand and the water bucket in the other. Rosie did her elephant smile and pointed at the alcohol with her long trunk” Jacob/Marlena, Walter their son & Rosie fluff!

Rated: Fiction K+ – English – Family/Friendship – Jacob & Marlena – Words: 1,182 – Reviews: 12 – Favs: 26 – Follows: 3 – Published: 05-24-11 – Status: Complete – id: 7017584

Have you ever watched that few seconds of home video at the end of the Water for Elephants film and thought Jacob holding Walter was the cutest thing ever?  I know I have.  This sweet and fluffy one-shot showcases a few precious minutes of everyday life for the Jankowski family; it’s just how I imagined it to be.  *Happy sigh!*

“Whoa this is so high!” The small child cried, clapping his hands together and wriggling around on top of the massive animal he was sitting on. “Good girl, Rosie.” He praised, patting her wrinkled grey shoulder.

Marlena smiled and snuggled closer into her husband’s side, feeling the weight of his chin on top of her head and his breath in her hair. He ran his hands down her side, letting them come to rest on her swollen belly. She placed her smaller hand atop his and smiled at the look of awe on his face when the baby kicked at his hand.

Queenie ran in circles around Rosie’s sitting form, trying to grab the attention she wasn’t getting. Jacob and Marlena were too wrapped up in each other and Walter was still babbling on to the huge elephant and hugging her neck.

“Come here, Queenie.” Jacob commanded, chuckling at the sparkle in the old dog’s eye as she leapt into his waiting arms. Her little stub of a tail wiggled back and forth and she nuzzled into her owner’s neck and snuggled into his arms.

*Made by twvezonika*

*Made by twvezonika*

that kiwi chick has captured the warm and fun-loving characters of Jacob, Marlena, and Rosie perfectly.  While it’s lovely to see the obvious deep emotions between all the humans and animals, it’s our beloved Rosie and her antics who steals the scene.  This one-shot is very short at 1,182 words, but that is all it took for that kiwi chick to put a smile upon my face.

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http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7017584/1/Water-for-Elephants-Oneshot

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Last, but definitely not least, is our beloved Edward, after all…

that’s why we are here.

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*Review by Planetblue*

One Night Stand in Locked Down London by BlueIsSoul

*Made by Shahula*

*Made by Shahula*

One Night Stand in Locked Down LondonA disinterested, paranoid girl. A wealthy journalist with only one thing on his mind. Too much alcohol. A serial killer on the loose. Here’s the problem with a one-night stand in locked-down London.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Humor/Romance – Chapters: 4 – Words: 15,126 – Reviews: 215 – Favs: 328 – Follows: 669 – Updated: 06-15-13 – Published: 05-13-13 – id: 9290753

When BlueIsSoul asked me to pre-read her new story, she directed me towards an article that acted as the inspiration and appeared on Esquire.com. The piece basically centers on a guy who had the misfortune of finding himself after a one night stand unable to sneak out of the other party’s apartment during the terrifying lock down the recent bombing at the marathon caused. While the story surrounding the event is of course a tragedy, the article showed the odder side of what Boston inhabitants were going through while unable to leave wherever they had found themselves.

This got BlueIsSoul thinking. What if a British, cocky bloke of a fellow got stuck with a girl he thinks might be just this side of crazy, and caught in a similar situation? In this case, it’s an escaped serial killer that’s on the loose and wreaking havoc for the citizens of London, who are out and about, unaware they are about to be trapped.

We’ve read of the player Edward, and the arrogant Edward, but this Edward is in a class all his own. There are rules he feels men should follow, and he’s the best of the best.  He’s completely unaffected by the situation surrounding him and in fact, out drinking with his buddy Emmett when he finds himself in a bit of a predicament.

Edward’s problem is the girl that Emmett’s hook up has left him with; a Bella so paranoid about everything, she’s consumed with the thought that the serial killer is lurking behind every corner, ready to strike.

“Charlie – my dad – tried to take me to the doctor, because he thought it could be a real issue or something. I don’t go though. I mean, I’ll be labeled, and that’s when things become concrete. It’s almost like then I’ll really have something, you know what I mean?”

“Like a diagnosis?”

“Yeah.”

“…of paranoia?”

She nods. “Yeah.”

I take a sip from my pint. What do you say to someone who’s kind of admitted they choose not to go the doctor because they think they might possibly be crazy?

Nothing.

So I say just that.

Nothing.

“Then I fixate… on things, people,” she says conversationally, “men mainly.”

Err…

My psycho-chick-homing-device explodes.

BOOOM!

There are alarms blaring and shit.

Get set, Edward. Go.

Run for your life.

I wipe my forehead with my palm. I’m a little sweaty. All of a sudden I think I’m finding it difficult to breathe.

I’m still here though.

He knows he should leave. He knows he should wipe his hands of her and follow Rule #3, the most important of his rules: You shall make sure that she is relatively sane before you take old one eye to the optometrist.

What ensues is some of the most fun, effortless banter I’ve read in a long time. An Edward who is strangely fascinated by a girl who seems so uninterested in him she’s quite disdainful towards the bugger, who she assumes the worst of based on very few facts and appearance alone.

Edward’s fascination grows as the banter turns more…sexual in nature, as Bella and Edward continue to drink long after their friends have left.

“Tell me,” she commands, like it’s her privileged right to know these things.

“It’s something I’ve always thought was real hot you know, kinda like–”

Come on Edward, fucking enlighten me before I fall into a coma. Stop with the pathetic, pussiness.

I catch a hint of a smile before it turns into her usual someone-just-killed-my-cat expression.

She’s teasing now.

“I like a girl with a potty mouth. Keep it coming angel.”

“Dick.”

“What about it?” I’m so wity.

After some great back and forth I’ll leave for you to discover, and making her work for it, Edward finally admits to the good stuff.

Edward!”

I shake myself out the pep talk and gaze into her unsteady eyes.

“Okay. Um, so let’s say there are a lot of people who are there, but they don’t necessarily have to you know, participate.”

I watch her reaction, amused. Her eyes are now large saucers. “What do you mean?” It’s a whisper.

“Being watched when having sex.” My voice is gritty. “Rough, hard sex. There’s something illicit, something sexy about it. It turns me on.”

“Oh.”

Bella, being Bella, doesn’t give in too easy, but Edward is persistent. The first chapter gives you a glimpse of what kind of a night he’s got in store for him (and a taste of the odd fantasy Bella has) when he pursues the one night stand against his better judgment. You, like me, will be enthralled with the journey and dying for the city to lock down already.

BlueIsSoul’s writing is snappy, fresh, and purposeful. Being from London allows for the fun British tinge she’s given this story, something I’m particularly enjoying. It surrounds everything, and places you directly on that side of the pond. You can practically feel the warm pint on your tongue and smell the fish and chips on the table as Edward and Bella get ready to have a night neither will be able to forget (or leave, as the title suggests).

Even though it’s only going to be a few chapters in length, it promises to pack a punch.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9290753/4/One-Night-Stand-in-Locked-Down-London

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*Made by Betti Gefecht*

*Made by Betti Gefecht*

Pull your big-girl-knickers out of the drawer ladies, and put them on!

The Lemonade Stand are hosting a one-shot Angst Contest and are accepting entries until July 30th.

Click here for the details: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4769441/

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So, what’s been getting you all hot and bothered this week?  

There is a gentle rock in the hammock with wet Rob for everyone who shares!

TheFicSix

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Variety is the Spice of Life!

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Whether you’re relaxing into an airplane seat, a deckchair at the beach, or a cozy couch near a fireside Down Under, settling down to read is one of life’s great pleasures. Today on FanFiction Fridays, we have quite the mixture of entertaining fics for you: three complete fics, a one shot, a wondrous WIP, and a drabble, bringing not only romance, friendship, and the supernatural from both human and vampire worlds, but Edward/Bella, Alice/Jasper, and Edward/Emmett. 

We are also delighted and honoured to have the talented Raum and Camilla10 join us today.

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*Review by Raum and Camilla10*

The Brandons by jmolly

*Made by Raum using art by Alicexz on Deviantart*

*Made by Raum using art by Alicexz on Deviantart*

The Brandons ~ Edward gives Alice the key to her past and future: a phone number for her sister. Companion fic to ‘I Hunger’, but stands alone easily. Vamps/humans, somewhat AU.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Family/Romance – Alice & Jasper – Chapters: 20 – Words: 98,369 – Reviews: 386 – Favs: 70 – Follows: 70 – Updated: 12-07-11 – Published: 05-29-10 – id: 6008317

In the Twilight Saga, the passage from human to vampire represents a very important theme — just think about Bella’s desire to become like Edward, or Edward’s views about his soul. But there’s another passage that is not less important: the one from vampire to human. In this case, the body or the physiology of an immortal creature aren’t going to change, but the vampire gets the possibility to discover some traits of his humanity again. It happens to Edward, through his love for Bella, and it happens to Alice in an amazing story by the talented Jmolly.

Jmolly is a very prolific author, and her stories feature our beloved vamps, with a bunch of very original and intriguing twists. She has a very fine ironic trait, but she can also make you cry in front of the screen (if you don’t trust me, go read “The Sad Story of Woof”). She can describe the characters’ feelings very well, and in her fics they often admit and talk about their most hidden fears and desires.

In “The Brandons” Jmolly focuses on Alice.

Alice’s human past was a mystery for herself and the Cullens, because the pain of the venom had erased all of her human memories during her transformation. It’s through Bella that Alice finally gets back something about the human, broken girl she once was: when Bella is attacked by James at the ballet studio, he tells her about Alice, who once escaped him.

In Jmolly’s fic, Edward gives Alice the key to her past and future: a phone number for her sister. Let’s read how the author describes this pivotal scene

“Alice? I have something for you.” Edward reached into his pocket and pulled out his wallet.

“What is it?” I wondered, nonplussed.

“You haven’t Seen?” he asked hesitantly. A very old, very tiny old lady,grinning and refusing to let go of my hand. Sticking out her other hand for Jazz to kiss.

I shook my head, confused, and waited for my brother to enlighten me. “Who is she?”

“Cynthia,” he informed me kindly. I shot to my feet, anxiety and something suspiciously like anger engulfed me. Both Edward and Jasper recoiled.

“It can’t be. It can’t be! I saw the gravestone. She’s been dead since 1945, Edward. I looked for her. She was the only Brandon I found in the records.”

“It’s her. She was thinking about your mother and wishing that her family’s birth and death notices were available. They’re planning a reunion. I guess there was a fire at the church and a lot of history was lost. That’s how I caught on. Your father had a sister named Cynthia, too. It was her grave you found. Her gravestone only lists the date of her death, because the records were lost and your parents had already passed on. Only your sister remained, and she didn’t know the date of birth, only death.”

I stood stiffly, trembling, and my breath huffed out in a whimper. “My sister’s not dead,” I said numbly.

“She’s not dead, and she wants to meet you.”

My eyes flew to Edward’s face. “How?”

Are you already curious to see how will Alice reconnect not only with her much alive sister but with a bunch of endearing “descendants”? All this while a hurricane threatens to sweep the new found family away. So they need to be rescued by human and non human means, but it is still necessary to keep the secret. You will laugh, you will bite your nails, and at the end of the journey you will be happy for them.

Jmolly’s story is complete, so you’ll get all your answers in a timely manner.Happy reading!

Camilla and Raum

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*Review by Raum*

The Decision by windchymes

*Made by Jaime Arkin*

*Made by Jaime Arkin*

The Decision ~ Edward made a decision after that second biology lesson. Two years later that decision is challenged.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 9 – Words: 96,613 – Reviews: 2,382 – Favs: 2,325 – Follows: 1,770 – Updated: 10-15-11 – Published: 03-05-11 – Status: Complete – id: 6797418

Don’t miss it because…

I could list many reasons why The Decision is one of my favorite fics. I’ve reread it several times, and every time I end up savoring each word and noticing new details. I’m going to give you just five reasons why you can’t miss this story; feel free to add yours!

1. Edward 

I know, Edward Cullen is always a good reason! This story features an amazing Vampward — sweet without being sappy, mature without being a controlling jerk. Vampires are supposed to be unchanging, but in Windchymes’ stories they do change. Edward is open to discussing his beliefs with Bella, and chapter by chapter his views on his soul–and on Bella’s choice to become a vampire–change. This takes us to the second reason…

2. Characters

The Decision features the Cullen coven, other canon vampires (we meet Tanya, and traditional vamps), but also a bunch of great original characters. Each of them is well developed. Forget the clichés. Forget a Bella who spends her time just taking care of her parents, or a brooding Edward. Both Edward and Bella make–or have already made–new experiences in this story. They talk about the places they’ve visited and the ones they’d like to discover, they have many interests and projects. Edward and Bella work wonderfully well together, but they’re capable of being apart as well. I absolutely love the way the author shows how the characters’ psychology change as the story progresses.In Chapter 2, we read:

Edward breathed in her scent and let his throat burn while his heart rejoiced. She was here.Of course he had called for her, and as they’d set off from her front door he had wanted to offer her his arm. And if it had been 1918 he would have. But it wasn’t 1918.

So they walked side by side, talking about her new history assignment and his transfer, while they both balled their hands tightly in their pockets.They sat on the grass by the lagoon and Edward showed off, skimming stones perfectly across the surface of the water, making them bounce and dance.

“Impressive,” Bella smirked and Edward smiled.

“There’s a lake in Switzerland, in the Bernese Alps, that’s perfectly still,” he said. “It has perfect reflection and they say if you skim stones across it, it looks like glass breaking.” Edward actually knew this because he’d done it.

Bella smiled. “That sounds beautiful,” she said. “I saw a lake like that in France. I tried skimming, but my stone just sank.”

It took a fraction of a second for Edward to realise what Bella had just said. “You’ve been to France?”

“Uh huh.”

“When?”

“Between graduation and starting college.” She had been sitting with her legs curled under her, but she stretched out now, leaning back on her hands. She tilted her head to look at the sky and extended her neck as she did so. She breathed deeply. And while part of Edward’s mind was still absorbing the fact she’d been to France, another part marvelled that she felt comfortable enough with him to expose herself that way. Even unwittingly.

She made another shift, changing her position and curling her legs beneath her again, the opposite way this time. Her movement broke Edward’s gaze. Now he stared at her profile, her eyes downcast as she plucked at the grass, and he focussed on what she’d just said.

He had questions, so many questions, and he didn’t know where to start. So he summed it up in two words.

“Tell me?”

3. Travels

I mentioned that Edward and Bella have many travel experiences to share in this story; it’s well researched, and the places where it’s set play a role in it. The main part of the story is set in Chicago, and you’ll be able to discover many of its important landmarks. Some European cities are mentioned, and the characters will become your guides, making you see those places through their eyes, sharing their emotions. A part of the story is set in Greece, and it makes it an ideal reading for the summer. But I can’t tell you more…

4. Writing

The writing is elegant, smooth, and captivating. Every word is like a gem, carefully chosen and with many facets to discover. I love the way the author describes objects that play a role in the story–a certain purple cashmere blanket, for example–and the way the characters voice their feelings. Windchymes’ words will stay with you.

5. Angst-free

This story has a good plot, and it’s very well told. There are moments when you’ll be worried for the characters, or when you’ll be afraid, but there’s no angst-for-angst’s-sake. This is another reason why I’m sure it will be a great fic for the holidays.

– Raum

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6797418/1/The-Decision

Windchymes is now a published original fiction author under name Suzanne Carroll, with her books, The Thunderstorm, and Over the Edge.  Congratulations to her!

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Thanks so much to Raum and Camilla for taking the time to share these favourite fics with us. MWAH!

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*Reviews by Cared*

Fill Me With Your Poison  by Nolebucgrl

*Made by Jaime Arkin*

*Made by Jaime Arkin*

Fill Me With Your Poison ~ Bella Swan’s intrigued by vampires. Edward Cullen’s bored and alone. What happens when they meet? AU, vampire. Rated M. Inspired by Katy Perry’s ET.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Supernatural – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 2 – Words: 12,965 – Reviews: 526 – Favs: 838 – Follows: 665 – Updated: 05-27-13 – Published: 05-20-11 – id: 7007740

A/N from Nolebucgrl: Hi there! Here I am again with another story, something I just couldn’t get out of my head. From the first time I heard it, “E.T.” by Katy Perry screamed Edward and Bella to me. I love the song and I loved the image I had of the two of them to go with it, so I sought to put it on paper. This is different for me. Third person, not really humorous, but it’s exactly as I saw it. I hope you enjoy!

Nolebucgrl told no lie by saying this is different for her.  Roll over Brothers Grimm; there is a new storyteller in town!   Fill Me With Your Poison doesn’t start with “Once Upon A Time” and I don’t know if it will finish with “And they all lived happily ever after,” but somehow, I feel as though Nolebucgrl is recounting a fairy tale to me.  Not a children’s one mind you – given what Edward has in mind to do with Bella – no 107-year-old virgins exist in this story!  That thought sparked my interest, and so I looked up the definition of fairy tales to see if vampires have ever been included in the genre. I discovered “A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments.”  Pfffttt!  They are going to need to reconsider their definition to include vampires, and IMHO, the mating bond…magic doesn’t come any more wondrous than that.

The story opens with Bella and her friends Lauren and Jessica getting dolled up for a daring night-out in Venom – a vampire club!  I’m not talking fancy dress night-club here, I mean a place you could go to meet vampires in a social setting, perhaps even be changed upon agreement of both vampire and human.  Vampires have become tired of hiding their true existence; they want to live in public without hiding behind a façade, and so following negotiations with the human leaders, deals were struck that allow them to do just that.  This whole premise of the story is unique, and one of the lures that sucked me in. (Pardon the pun.) I was completely captivated, and a bit in awe of Nolebucgrl, actually; how she came up with the methods of these vampires entering and co-existing in peace in the human world.  The thought process and precision that Nolebucgrl  must have gone through to think this up and make it all work is astounding.

Edward Cullen is the owner of Venom, but it’s obvious his power and influence stretch way beyond those four walls, and I suspect he has his own agenda for how the power balance between vampire and human will eventually play out.  His brothers Jasper and Emmett turn humans for pleasure, but the only humans Edward has ever turned were poor unfortunates he used for practice.  Then the delectable Isabella Swan walked in the door…

It was then that Edward saw her. The girl that wasn’t sure she should be there. His red gaze turned black as his eyes moved over her perfect face. Her skin was so light that it was almost translucent. Edward immediately regretted the flashing lights of the club, for he wanted to see her luminous skin in white light and in total darkness. Anywhere, really. Her wide, frightened eyes captured him, and he felt his hand tighten around the table’s edge. He wanted to touch that skin, feel that softness between his fingertips, and take the fear off her face.

He watched as she bit her lip and looked around uncertainly. Her friends had already abandoned her for his brothers, and he could tell, even without focusing on her thoughts, that she was thinking of hightailing it out of the club. He could not have that. He stood abruptly and ran down the steps, past his bodyguard. Nobody was allowed onto the second level of the club without a special invitation from Edward, and he had yet to grant one, though he was thinking of rectifying that immediately for the gorgeous girl in blue.

He ignored the writhing bodies as he walked slowly through them. Though he was impatient to be near her, he savored the path to get to her. It felt to him like something momentous was happening, and he almost swore that he felt his dead heart pounding in his chest. Too soon, and not soon enough, he was in front of the girl, and she was even more glorious up close. His eyes moved over her hungrily.

Bella saw the man-no vampire-with the strange hair approaching. It was hard to tell, with the strobe lights going off everyplace, but she swore she could see a mix of brown, blond, and red there. His eyes were black, which frightened her, but something about the way he was looking at her told her that she had nothing to fear. She felt as if she were a priceless painting or something, the way he watched her. She held her breath as he approached, for she knew he was coming for her.

When he stopped directly in front of her, she gasped at the utter beauty of the man before her. The vampire at the front door had been handsome, and the two vampires that had absconded with her friends had been even better looking. But this vampire, right in front of her, looking at her like she was the only person in the room, was the most gorgeous thing she’d ever seen in her lifetime.

He’s beautiful. Edward smiled at her thoughts.

“Hello, my name is Edward Cullen.” …

And with that “Hello,” masterful, complex, enigmatic, sexy Edward has me; he has the uncharacteristically bold and daring Bella, too.  Instead of being frightened by Edward’s vampire nature, Bella is intrigued by him and surprisingly, even to herself, she feels safe.  Edward, for his part, is dazzled and aroused by the beautiful, shy human, but more importantly, she awakens feelings he didn’t know existed.  Ah, the emergence of the mate bond…a thing of beauty to behold!  Nolebucgrl says she plans to explore the mate bond; that is akin to a melodic vampire voice to my ears, as it’s the other aspect of this story that immediately ensnared me.  From what I’ve read so far, I gather that both the fathers, Aro – yes, I said Aro – and Charlie, will prove to be forces to be reckoned with in their own way; that’s yet another element of interest to this already absorbing story.

And then they all lived err… I don’t know…but I definitely want to find out.  So, why not set off on this fascinating and delightful journey with me, and we’ll explore it together.

ET by Katy Perry – the inspiration for Fill Me With Your Poison.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7007740/1/Fill-Me-with-Your-Poison

Nolebucgrl is also a published original fiction author.  Her first book is called Code Red and her pen-name is Amy Noelle.  I recently read this book and loved it. Congratulations and I look forward to many more!

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She’s Royal by halojones

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She’s Royal ~ The Cullens are in Hawaii on holiday, but only Alice knows the reason why they are there-she’s had a premonition that Edward would finally meet his true love. But when their meeting is ruined by unforeseen circumstances, will Alice set things right again?

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Supernatural – Chapters: 20 – Words: 110,148 – Reviews: 2,663 – Favs: 2,202 – Follows: 1,214 – Updated: 03-27-09 – Published: 06-08-08 – Status: Complete – id: 4310111

Alice had a dream.  No sparkling vampires were harmed or even featured, and she didn’t make enough money to pay off her minivan loan.  What she actually did experience was a tantalizing glimpse of the perfect woman for Edward, and instead of the aforementioned good financial fortune – she maxed out Carlisle’s credit card in an effort to turn the dream into reality.

Alice’s Dream…

Edward was in a dark, crowded club. The music wasn’t the usual club music you hear in the states-it was a reggae/dancehall style. And among the sea of tanned, after beach clubbing, swaying bodies, Edward looked out of place. He was overdressed, undertanned, and standing alone. Then something caught his eye- a girl with her back to him was dancing gently to the music. Her thick, long, brunette hair swayed about a beat behind her moving hips. She was alone too, and Edward started closing the distance between them. In the background, a musical refrain could be hear loud and clear:

“she’s royal yeah, so royal,

and I need her in my life,

I never knew anyone, so one of a kind

until the night that I seen your eyes,”

Edward softly tapped her on the shoulder, smiling so widely and openly as she turned around to meet his gaze. I couldn’t see her profile as she turned, because a flower behind her ear blocked my view– but I heard Edward clearly say, “Finally.”

Sometimes in fanfic…okay… quite often in fanfic, Alice is portrayed as an annoying but likeable, interfering pixie with shopaholic tendencies.  IMHO, she is one of the hardest Twilight characters to portray somewhat canon, without turning her into a caricature.  In She’s Royal, Alice is indeed a vertically challenged, meddling, visionary, but she is perfectly balanced, and it didn’t take long for halojones to convince me to sign up for both Team Alice and her crazy plan.  Alice moves Heaven and Earth to persuade the Cullen Clan to travel en masse to Hawaii for a holiday, just so Edward can meet his mystery brunette – the woman she believes is his destiny.  Edward and Alice may be twins with a freaky special connection, but in this case, Edward is clueless and messes up – carefully laid plans of mice and Alice are trampled underfoot by him dancing with a cute girl who had…shoulder length blonde hair.  Men!  What a time for usually reserved Edward to come out of his shell!

Alice is very mindful of Edward being the loner among happy couples, and it concerns her; she insists on sharing accommodation with Rosalie so that Jasper and Emmett can bunk with Edward.  Needless to say, Jasper and Emmett are not keen on the sleeping arrangements and are determined to hook Edward up so they will be off the…err…hook IYKWIM.  Their meddling once again throws a spanner in the works, but fate is not one to give in easily; they say fate is a fickle mistress, but I say fate is stubborn as a toddler in the sweet aisle in the supermarket, – she wants her HEA for Edward and Bella and sets up another opportunity for them to meet.  Cliff diving no less…

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They both laughed-knowing I was stalling. I didn’t care though-I needed a moment to get the urge up to jump. I watched the water until a new set of waves came in-the water was definitely not shallow now. And yet my feet were stuck to the rock.

“Excuse me, ” said a little boy about 10 years old. He hopped right in front of me, and leapt into the sea. Jasper and Emmett were cracking up below.

“You just got owned by a second grader, Edward,” Emmett called out.

I tried one more time to will my feet to jump-but they wouldn’t. The dread was evenly spread throughout my body now, and I seriously began to consider just walking back down the rock. I didn’t want to do it.

The light pressure of a hand was suddenly on my shoulder. “Are you okay? ” a soft voice asked gently.

“Uh, yeah.” I mumbled as I continued looking at the water-and the mocking faces of Jas and Emmett.

“Don’t look down like that. Whatever you do, don’t look down. You won’t jump if you keep staring at the water.”

I finally looked to my side to acknowledge the voice. A girl with long, brown hair was beside me, with a flower behind her ear. She had almond shaped, dark brown eyes that seemed to empathize with my situation.

“What a chicken shit you are,” Emmett cackled out from beneath.

The girl looked down to see where the voice was coming from and glared at Emmett. “Don’t listen to that idiot. People can be so rude sometimes.”

I let out a small laugh. “Actually, I sorta have to listen to that idiot. He’s my older brother.”

Her nose scrunched in disbelief. “Well, I’m sure he’s nice most of the time, but he’s not being very nice right now.”

“But that’s a big brother’s job, isn’t it? ” I countered with a smile, trying to keep the conversation going-which kept me on the rock that much longer.

“I don’t know what a big brother’s job is since I don’t have one. But if you want to jump, you need to not look down AND not listen to your big brother-doing his job apparently.”

I let out a small laugh, but I was only half listening. She bit her lip while looking at me-she looked like she was trying to figure out how to approach me.

“I came here for the first time yesterday, and I was frozen in this very place just like you. I just couldn’t get my feet to move. I was this close to just walking back down the rock and calling it a day.”

I tried to not look down and focus on her instead. “And did you get over being frozen?”

She nodded enthusiastically. “Some nice boy came up beside me, told me to stop looking down, and offered to jump with me. He held my hand, and without giving me time to think, he leapt off with me.”

Before I could respond to her, she grabbed both my hands and said, “Your turn.” 

Edward and Bella develop a fascinating bond but even with supernatural intrigue weaving its way through to bind them tight, their relationship is not the without normal human misguided decisions and some heartache.  This mystical tale of romance is all human though, with enough of a supernatural twist  to bring us into the AU realm, and is a lovely short read – perfect for a lazy day.  Take Edward by the hand and jump!

And to get you in the mood…

halojones says if Bella’s lullaby was a reggae song, it would be this:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4310111/1/She-s-Royal

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Mo Chroí by SweetDulcinea

*Made by inside-the-disarray*

*Made by inside-the-disarray*

Mo Chroí ~ Summer of Smut Contest Judge’s Pick – Summer camp romance is put on hold when Edward returns home to Ireland & ended altogether after a misunderstanding. Will the next summer be torture for Bella, or will she be able to forgive & move forward? AH

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Friendship – Bella & Edward – Words: 10,495 – Reviews: 51 – Favs: 157 – Follows: 33 – Published: 08-21-09 – Status: Complete – id: 5319855

Mo Chroí was awarded a Judges’ Mention in the Summer Smut contest in 2009.

Mo Chroí is a very well-written one shot and contains a perfect blend of friendship, with a sprinkling of angst, and a bucket load of love.  Many of you ladies share my love of Irishward, but being Irish myself, I set the standard for them quite high, and believe me, this gorgeous example does not disappoint.  In fact, none of the characters do; even Garrett in the usual Jake role, made me warm to him and want to fix him up with a nice girl.

The story is set in an American summer camp where the usual suspects work as counselors.  It’s obvious from the opening scene, where Bella discovers that Edward is once again on staff for the season, that the previous year’s romance between Edward and Bella is in tatters…

June 2009

“Mary Alice Brandon, I can’t believe you,” I fumed at my best friend.

“Bella, I swear to Prada I didn’t know! Jasper told me that Edward wasn’t working this summer.”

I threw my last bag down on my bunk and glared at her. How on earth my little fashionista BFF ever came to work at a summer camp is beyond me. You would never believe someone like her could be interested in camping, wilderness, and water sports, but she somehow managed to last each summer in Tommy Hilfiger and Sperry’s. It was slightly less formal than her usual designer wardrobe, but for Alice, it was her version of camp wear. All my camp clothes came from Target.

Alice and I met at camp three summers ago when we were co-counselors in the same cabin. It was the last summer before we both started college and we bonded immediately. By midsummer, she changed her undergraduate plans and was enrolled at Texas A&M with me. That’s where she met her boyfriend Jasper, and the second summer, she dragged him to work at camp with us.

That second summer – last summer – is when I met him.

Edward and Emmett McCarty were the Irish born wonder brothers, sent by the devil himself to torture and tantalize every female staff member and camper to step foot onto the grounds of Camp Chautauqua Lake. In reality, their American mother had worked here when she was a teen, many years before meeting Edward and Emmett’s father and moving to Ireland. According to the guys, they attended a week of camp one summer when they were kids. Deciding to work there had been a last minute excuse to spend their summer in the States, and the camp director ate up the idea of having two “international” counselors on staff.

The thing you have to understand about working at a summer camp is that everything moves in fast forward, especially relationships. You spend twenty-four hours a day with a staff of less than fifty people for ten straight weeks. Every meal, every experience, and every night off are spent together. Friendships are formed quickly, and in such a small social circle, the bonds run deep and intense. In most cases, boyfriend-girlfriend relationships only take days to form from the point of initial flirtation to exclusivity.

That is exactly what happened with Edward and me.

While that is what happened the first year, this time around Edward needs to earn Bella’s forgiveness and win her back.  There is a lovely slow burn as he woos Bella.  *I’m pausing here to sigh as I let the romance of the story wash over me again.*  Their back-story is revealed as the story moves forward and we see how sweet and right they are together; beautifully passionate too.

Mo Chroí is Irish for My Heart – take five minutes to swoon over Irishward and discover why it’s the perfect title for this charming story.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5319855/1/Mo-Chroi

Author’s Blog can be found here.

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One Summer Night by  karenec 

*Made by Falling Stars*

*Made by Falling Stars*

One Summer Night ~ When Edward Masen gets stood up at his sister’s wedding, a surprising confession from his friend Emmett might just turn the whole night around. Edward/Emmett, AH. Slashy drabbles.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Friendship – Edward & Emmett – Chapters: 2 – Words: 803 – Reviews: 30 – Favs: 17 – Follows: 32 – Updated: 06-12-13 – Published: 06-10-13 – id: 9376336

The story opens with Emmett having witnessed Edward being stood-up by his date to his sister’s wedding…

“Besides, you should thank me. Now you’re not the only single guy at this shindig.” Edward winked.

Emmett hummed in agreement as the two men walked off the elevator. Part of him wanted Edward’s date to show; clearly, his friend’s feelings were slightly dented at being stood up on such an important evening. A darker, secret corner of Emmett’s heart was glad that Alec had gone AWOL, though; Emmett had always suspected that a jackass lurked under Alec’s handsome face. He felt a smug satisfaction that Alec had finally shown his true colors … until dejection flashed in Edward’s eyes.

~oOo~

Edward put on his game face. He pushed his disappointment with Alec away, covering it with an easy laugh.

He escorted Alice down the aisle, placing her hand in Jasper’s with a feeling of satisfaction. His throat ached as the couple said their vows, and afterward, he laughed when his baby sister threw her arms around his neck in a fierce hug.

At the reception, Edward paid attention to everyone as only he could, ensuring that champagne glasses were full, that his mother had a comfortable seat, and that Alice and Jasper had food to nibble; that everyone was content.

~oOo~

“Buy you a drink?” Emmett asked when Edward finally joined him at the bar.

Edward nodded gratefully, casting a glance over his shoulder at the party in full swing. He turned back when something cold brushed the back of his hand, and accepted a glass of beer from his friend.

“Relax, Ed. It’s a good party.”

Edward’s head snapped up at Emmett’s gentle tone. The affection in his friend’s expression warmed him. “Yeah, you’re right,” he agreed with surprise. “Mom’s happy. And Alice and Jasper love it. Everyone’s having a good time.”

“The real question is,” Emmett asked, “are you?”

We are all familiar with the scenario where Edward and Bella are best friends and one of them is secretly in love with the other.  There are a myriad of ways for awareness to dawn on the oblivious party and for the relationship to morph from purely friendship to more. I’m so looking forward to the different dynamics in this story, though – in case some of you haven’t guessed it, this time, the developing relationship will be between Edward and Emmett – making this story a completely different ball-game altogether. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist it.)

One Summer Night is really only starting out, and whilst I haven’t learnt too much about the characters yet, I know Emmett is a loyal and caring friend, that much is obvious, and Edward is a wonderful, loving brother and son; for some reason I suspect he is a sensitive soul. I wondered how else to describe them to entice you to read the story, then in a review reply to me karenec said,  “Honestly, I have no idea how someone could not have feelings for Edward or Emmett — they’re way too easy to love.”  So, all of you dear readers who don’t normally read slash, I entreat you to take a chance on this couple. Why? Quite simply – these are two people who are easy to love.

I asked karenec to share her inspiration for One Summer Night ~ ” I got the idea for the story from a tumblr photo that I reblogged at some point – it is very simple, just two men in tuxes on a city sidewalk, but I thought there was a story there. When Les16’s birthday came around, I thought I’d write some drabbles as a gift. I liked the birthday offering enough to keep going into another two parts.

When I set out write something, I just go whatever pairing fits the story. The guys in the photo look like they could be Emmett and Edward to me, so that was that.” 
 
*Sweet Inspiration!*

*Sweet Inspiration!*

*This story is in three parts, it is entirely prewritten, and karenec plans to post 3 times a week Mon-Wed-Fri.  Given that schedule, it will take about 8 weeks to post, start to finish.*

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CLOSING

Mmmmhhhh!  This is my vision of Summerward and below are three of my all time favourite summer fics.

Summer of Salt by lola-pops 

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Summer of Salt ~ The heat wave lingers. Sweet, savory and slick. Jasper, Rose and I wade through the humid days, content in our relative isolation. We spend June through August at our family lake property, and this summer is like any other. Until it’s not.

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 26 – Words: 88,646 – Reviews: 4,245 – Favs: 4,947 – Follows: 1,869 – Updated: 07-05-10 – Published: 12-18-09 – Status: Complete – id: 5589694

Read this for the carefree days of summer that LoloPops allows you to relive, for the strong Bella, and for a Douchbagward that you will love to hate – even while you love him.  There is no denying the heartache along the way, but it serves to make the ending that much sweeter.

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For the Summer by camoozle

*Made by MisforMarisa*

*Made by MisforMarisa*

For the Summer ~ Every year Bella waits for the ‘Pay Checks’ to roll into her sleepy river town and every year Edward’s hers, just for the summer. AH, AU, OOC, B/E

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Drama – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 19 – Words: 176,780 – Reviews: 8,640 – Favs: 6,936 – Follows: 3,766 – Updated: 08-19-10 – Published: 04-30-10 – Status: Complete – id: 5934882

Another story that will take you back in such a delightful way to a simpler time, to friendship and first kiss, then all the way to first love and sad goodbyes.  For The Summer is just adorable and unforgettable; it’s full of longing and love – a story definitely not to be missed!

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Summer Nights by Jenny0719

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Summer Nights ~ Bella Swan moves to Chicago with her son and Jacob Black. She then meets Edward Cullen and falls in love. But someone doesn’t want Bella and Edward to be together…

Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Angst – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 47 – Words: 234,648 – Reviews: 2,748 – Favs: 2,325 – Follows: 874 – Updated: 04-26-10 – Published: 07-13-09 – Status: Complete – id: 5215869

Oh my!  This Edward is a former naval officer, a surgeon, drop-dead-gorgeous, and for me, the pièce de résistance… an IrishAmericanward!  This story is so much more than a simple romance between Edward and the wonderful woman that is Bella.  I don’t just mean the juicy lemons either – this story has as many twists and turns as the maze at Hogwarts.  Enjoy!

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ROB WET DOWN UNDER

So, ladies, Edward is waiting for you to take the plunge with him, but first, please dive right into the comments and tell us what you’ve been reading this week.

The FicSix

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GUEST AUTHOR REVIEW WEEK

Fan Fiction Fridays

Welcome to a special authors’ review week of Fan Fiction Fridays, where today we ~ The FicSix ~ are thrilled to have joining us three talented fan fiction authors who are going to share with you a fic rec of their own!

Please welcome Thimbles, Missus T, and Livie79!

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*Review by Thimbles*

Something True by BelieveItOrNot

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Something True ~ With too many secrets and a haunting past she’d love to forget, at seventeen, Bella is sure love doesn’t exist. College dropout Edward Cullen can’t seem to keep hold of love, or his music. A cottage, a lake, a tree, a muse, wrong choices, and heartache. How will these two cope with life and keep afloat? A daily word-prompt WitFit. Alternates between past and present. AH E/B

Rated: Fiction M – English – Angst/Romance – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 20 – Words: 37,557 – Reviews: 1,271 – Favs: 349 – Follows: 597 – Updated: 04-11-13 – Published: 03-15-13 – id: 9103200

Disclaimer: Not only do BelieveItOrNot and I write together on occasion, but she’s also one of my dearest friends—the 10000 miles between us be damned.

As the title implies, Something True is an exploration of truth and falsehood, secrets, rumours, gossip, what things are and what they seem to be. And more than that, it’s the story a young Bella seeking the answer to the question all of us must ask ourselves at some point—who am I? Am I more than the things I’ve done? Am I more than my mistakes and bad choices?

As a little girl, Bella understood secrets. Not the kind learned from others through whispers in ears as she promised not to tell a soul, but the kind that were somehow discovered, that became a true and unwanted part of her—shouts inside her heart that could never be let out. She knew how one secret could grow, stacking itself like a staircase in her mind. And she knew that the longer it went untold, the tighter it had to be locked up, and that if it was released, it would cause devastation and destruction.

Letting a secret like hers out could be like detonating a bomb.

Nobody taught her these things. She just knew. Like knowing if you open your mouth to talk your voice will come out; like knowing if you move one foot in front of the other, you’re walking.

Something True skips back and forward in time, moving between the past and the present with each chapter. Right from the first few chapters, the differences in Bella as we see her “now” and “then” are striking. We see her last winter, as a giggling Junior, holding her own with her friends. This summer, we meet a quiet, withdrawn Senior who is being shunned by almost everyone as taunts fly and rumours abound.

Because of the shift back and forth each chapter, we unravel the mystery of what has happened to change Bella so drastically piece by piece. In the “then” chapters, we watch Bella struggle to come to terms with her mother’s continuing affair. Her English teacher, Mr. Biers, gains her trust with his compliments and kindness, providing a shoulder to cry on and building her sense of self-worth as he ropes her in to grading papers and assisting other students. Vulnerable and somewhat disillusioned, let down by the adults in her life, Bella’s admiration quickly morphs into a crush. Riley—as he allows her to call him—doesn’t discourage her, and it doesn’t take very much before they tumble straight past the line of an acceptable teacher-student relationship.

This can’t end well. And it won’t.

We know from the outset that something will happen to leave present-day Bella a shell of herself, bitter and listless, counting down the days until she can escape from high school. Exactly what it was that’s happened, we can guess, though at this point in the story, we’re not quite sure.

It’s in these present day chapters that we really get to know Edward, too. In his own words, “Some people can be a lot of different things, you know? Maybe that’s why some people have a hard time deciding what to do, because they have a lot of choices. But that’s not me. I’m one thing. A composer. Not a student, not anything else.”

When we meet him, Edward is nursing a broken heart and a dying tree. He’s dropped out of college and is looking for inspiration—for his muse. Through the “now” chapters, we watch Bella and Edward’s friendship grow, their secrets slowly unburdened.

At the time I’m writing this—with eighteen of approximately twenty-five chapters posted—we’re seeing a beautiful, inspiring friendship developing as these two find solace in each other’s company. There’s a peacefulness between them, a sense of trust that allows them to express themselves in each other’s company. As Edward tells Bella early on, “I like your quiet.”

Something True is a witfit (that means BelieveItOrNot gets a prompt each morning, writes her chapter around it and posts the same day), which I think makes the depths this story explores quite remarkable.

I’ll be honest. Personally, I’m generally not interested in reading student-teacher relationships. (Not even, or perhaps especially not, when he’s named Edward.) I’m married to a high school teacher, and I can’t tolerate the romanticizing of these kind of relationships—“age is just a number,” or “it’s different for us.”

But there are some writers I will trust with absolutely any subject, and BelieveItOrNot is one of these writers. There is a grace and sensitivity in the way she approaches difficult subjects that never ceases to amaze me. She has the ability to see beyond the surface of things and to draw out the nuances and complexities that govern the way people interact with each other, and within themselves.

In her writing, we meet characters who are flawed and authentic—real people who make real mistakes. There are no caricatures or melodrama, there is no romanticizing or gratuitous angst—these people and the situations they find themselves in are explored with a deft touch and startling insight.

And of course, I can’t tell you about one of BelieveItOrNot’s stories without mentioning the exquisite craftsmanship that goes into them. The intensity with which she makes you feel, and with such economy of words – it’s steal-your-breath-away stunning. There are a lot of brilliant writers in this fandom, and Believey is among the best of them.

… I’m off to obsessively refresh my email inbox until today’s update lands.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9103200/1/Something-True

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*Review by Missus T*

What If by twihart21

*Made by HeatherDawn*

*Made by HeatherDawn*

What If ~ Edward is a successful defense attorney living in LA. He lives a lonely, predictable life. But one day, he wakes up in an unfamiliar house, in an unfamiliar room with Bella laying next to him. Will he ever want to wake up from this dream? AH EPOV

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 31 – Words: 211,785 – Reviews: 2457 – Updated: 7-17-11 – Published: 1-25-10 – Edward & Bella

*Fic is not “complete” in that the final chapter is up, but the epilogue was never posted.

I rec’d What If  by twihart21 in a recent update of my own fic, and Cared asked if I’d be interested in reviewing it for the blog. I’m all kinds of flattered and nervous, so bear with me.

I found twihart21’s story while reading Firefly in Summer as a work in progress. I’ve always had a thing for time travel and parallel universe stories, and FiS left me wanting more – not because the fic was lacking, it’s clearly not – but because I needed something to read between updates. A search of the Twibrary brought me to What If, and I’m so glad it did.

The summary doesn’t quite do this fic justice, although I’m not sure how to explain it all myself. If you say too much it’s spoilery but if you don’t say enough…You just can’t describe it. I’ll give it my best, though. LOL

Los Angeles based attorney Edward Cullen is driven, career focused and lonely. He misses his family and is sick of his predictable life. One night out with friends and family, he’s introduced to a woman, Bella, who makes him wonder if things could be different. Then he wakes up the next morning and everything has changed. He’s in a strange bed with the woman he just met. There’s a picture of the two of them on the wall and as the background picture on his cell phone. He’s inwardly freaking out but she’s entirely comfortable with him.

He sneaks downstairs to investigate while she’s in the shower. He’s never seen the house before, but his friends are all there acting as if everything is normal. He finds mail on the table addressed to himself – but not the self he knows – it’s for Dr. Edward Cullen. In Seattle.

His first reaction to everything is panic. He tries to go home, to find someone who knows him, the Edward he was before he woke up, but it’s as if he’s been erased.

(Edward)

“Hello, sir. Can I help you?” the doorman greeted me. I really wished I could remember people’s names.

“I just have a quick question,” I said, stepping closer to him.

“Okay.”

I leaned towards him and studied him carefully. Still the same doorman, still the same building. What had changed?

“Do I look familiar?”

The expression on his friendly face changed and his eyebrows gathered together in the center of his forehead.

“I mean, the slightest bit? Do you think that there is the slightest possibility that we have met before?”

I stepped even closer, never breaking our eye contact. I wanted to make sure that he stared at me long enough to know without a doubt the answer to my question.

So, I waited. I could tell that he was taking his time, like the solution to this was not easy.

It was as if he knew how important his answer to my question was.

Suddenly, his faced relaxed, and he sighed.

“I’m sorry, sir. But I’m positive we’ve never met.”

I ran my hand through my hair and groaned slightly under my breath. “Thanks anyway. Sorry to bother you.”

Without waiting for his reply, I stalked out of the building and back to the cab. I told the driver to take me back to LAX International Airport.

I wasn’t sure where else to go. I had nothing. I owned nothing. No job. No home. No identity. No life. And for the first time in a long time, I felt completely alone.

As if she heard my thoughts, my phone buzzed in my pocket. A text.

“Come home to me. – B”

I thought for a moment about if I should respond or not. I felt sorry for her. She was waiting on someone. Someone who wasn’t me.

With no home to go back to, Edward has no choice. He jumps into his life in Seattle despite feeling like a fish out of water. He doesn’t know or do things his friends and Bella expect him to, but he’s able to play most of it off. He starts to get a handle on things and recognizes that he likes being this other Edward. He’d rather be this Edward. He loves Bella, and he’s terrified of waking up to find it all gone. Eventually, he can’t fight his feelings and lets himself hope for a future with her.

But this wouldn’t be twific if things went easily, if they rode off into the sunset. Nope. Edward wakes up one morning and he’s back in his cold, sleek Los Angeles condo. I found myself sobbing as I read how Edward reacted to returning to his former life. It was gut wrenching. I couldn’t even imagine his devastation – to finally accept the second chance he felt he’d been given, only to have the rug pulled out from under him.

From there, Edward has one hell of a climb if he wants to get back the life he briefly knew. He has to start over – again. He has to pull himself up, relocate, and convince a girl who hardly knows him that they are in love with each other. It’s no longer a question of what if for him. It’s about what he knows can be.

While I was rooting for Edward and Bella to get back together, I loved that their reunion wasn’t quick and easy. It wasn’t angst ridden I-want-to-eat-Ben-and-Jerry’s-‘til-I-die, but it was real. Because no one lives in a bubble. Life doesn’t always go as planned, and sometimes people get hurt while others are trying to get happy.

I thought Twihart21 did a great job of weaving the different versions of Edward’s life together. There were twists I never saw coming that I felt in my heart because she set them up so perfectly. Little details she dropped in that came back later to fit perfectly in the puzzle. She created an compelling original character in Blake. I liked him a lot, and then I felt awful for him, even during the point of the fic when I wanted to hate him.

This story has humor, some great lemons, some E/B arguments that made me cringe for them, and sweet bits that made me sigh. Pretty much, it had all the feels.

(Edward)

I tip-toed away, thinking about what I had heard.

One broken heart is better than two.

Was it? Possibly.

But I couldn’t help that little feeling inside of me. The one that felt so elated… so overjoyed to know that she felt something for me whether it be a feeling she wasn’t quite sure about. Still. She felt something. And right now, something was better than nothing.

Plus, she thought I was pretty.

Walking into the kitchen, I could feel myself smiling. Bella Swan liked me. She didn’t say it, but I knew that’s what she meant. She liked me. She thought I was pretty. A fluttering in my stomach gave way to the emptiness it had been feeling for so long, and for the first time in a long time there was a new emotion taking over me.

Hope.

And that’s what this fic was about since the beginning. Hope.

The final chapter was posted in July of 2011, and Twihart21 hasn’t published anything new on FFnet since then. I have no idea what happened in her RL or where she’s at, but I’d love to thank her for her words. While I’d still really like to read the epilogue, What If ends at a satisfying place. If you’ve skipped over this story because it’s not marked complete, you should give it a try. If you love the idea of time travel and parallel lives, you should definitely check it out.

*Made by Rose Arcadia*

*Made by Rose Arcadia*

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5694977/1/What-If

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*Review by Livie79*

Adore, Adore by ooza

*Made by ooza*

*Made by ooza*

Adore, Adore ~ Bella is in a bit of a financial pinch. Can one night with Edward solve all her problems? “What do you want to do to me?” she asked. “Everything.” One-shot written for SFFR, now expanded! BxE, AH, Rated MA for dirty citrus

Rated: Fiction M – English – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 6 – Words: 37,973 – Reviews: 1,749 – Favs: 2,857 – Follows: 4,149 – Updated: 10-13-12 – Published: 01-19-11 – id: 6667983

Summary: Bella is in a bit of a financial pinch. Can one night with Edward solve all her problems? “What do you want to do to me?” she asked. “Everything.”

When we meet Bella, we learn she’s a struggling waitress who just can’t seem to make ends meet. She’s in a pitfall of financial woes with no end in sight.

Enter Edward.

He’s recently taken over the financial responsibilities for the building Bella lives in. This translates to collecting the rent. He sets out to track down Bella, one of his most delinquent residents, but things take an interesting turn when he offers her an alternate solution to clear her debt.

“Look, I don’t want to evict you, okay?”

“So don’t.”

He ran his hand down his face and sighed again. His eyes scanned my apartment, finally settling on the large stack of mail on the table. “Bills?”

“That’s none of your business.”

“Ooh, feisty. I like it.”

I scoffed loudly.

“Bella—”

“Miss Swan,” I corrected through my teeth.

“Miss Swan.” Edward smirked. “Would you be open to coming to an . . . alternate agreement?”

“Like what, a payment plan? It’s not necessary. I’ll give you the money when I get it. I promise.”

“No, not like a payment plan.”

No, not like a payment plan. Edward has something a little more…physical in mind.  When he shares his idea, Bella immediately rejects his offer. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, Bella’s mediocre paycheck won’t cover her rent and she realizes she’s out of options. After a tense phone conversation with Edward, Bella agrees to his terms: sex for rent.

When she shows up at his apartment, Edward takes complete control. At first she’s hesitant, but Edward’s confidence and cocky attitude quickly break her resolve.

I whimpered in frustration as he removed his fingers. He dragged them higher, grazing the sensitive skin between my cheeks. I inhaled sharply as he applied more pressure and began caressing the area.

“What are you doing?” I choked out.

“You know what I’m doing,” Edward teased, applying more pressure. “Are you going to tell me no again?”

“No.”

Never has a sweeter word been spoken. Because when Bella lets go, the readers are swept away by a tidal wave of lust and left in a puddle of goo. But contrary to what Ooza says, this story isn’t just about smut. She’s created two very complex characters who will send you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Bella struggles to come to terms with what she did but can’t deny how much it helped her financial situation. When rent comes due the following month, Edward offers her the same deal. And even though Bella has the money to cover it, she finds herself accepting. Thus begins their arrangement and subsequently where things get tricky.

Edward is a conundrum. In a relationship that’s supposed to be based purely on sex, he blurs the line time and time again. And his hot and cold behavior leaves Bella’s head spinning.

“You should stay.” His voice was authoritative and didn’t leave much room for argument. I really wasn’t in the mood.

“Look, Edward,” I said sternly. “I’m a big girl, okay? I understand the nature of our . . . arrangement. We’re adults. It’s just sex.” I glanced around the room for my clothes before remembering they were in the entryway. I didn’t want to look for my underwear; he could add them to his collection. “I don’t need to spend the night or cuddle with you to be okay with that.” I turned toward the door, but his next words stopped me in my tracks.

“Maybe I do.”

I looked at him, trying to figure out if he was just trying to manipulate me to get his way, but I could see nothing other than sincerity in his eyes.

“It would make me feel better if you spent the night. Please,” he added quietly.

Apparently my inability to deny him extended beyond sex, because I found myself walking back to the bed.

“Okay,” I agreed. “I’ll stay.”

And then you think, oh wow, he has feelings for her. It makes you smile and feel all warm and fuzzy. That is, until he does something like this:

As I reached the sixth floor, I heard Edward’s low murmuring. I smiled, glad he was home and that I’d get to see him. My excitement came to an abrupt end when his voice was followed by a feminine laugh. I turned the corner, coming face to face with Edward and a very tall, very beautiful woman with silver blonde hair.

I froze. Edward’s eyes widened as he looked at me with an expression that could only be described as panic.

“Hello,” the woman said pleasantly. She smiled, showing off unnaturally white teeth. Her voice seemed to pull Edward from his trance.

“Miss Swan,” he said formally. “What a surprise to see you. Is there a problem with your apartment?”

His words slammed into me with the force of a freight train. I stood there, holding his Tupperware to my chest like an idiot, shocked and unable to come up with a proper response.

So this was how I rated. He could fuck me, he could call me his friend, but the minute he had a hot date, I was nothing but a tenant.

“No,” I answered dumbly.

“Excellent.” Edward wrapped his fingers around the woman’s arm and gently tugged her toward the elevators. “Have a nice evening,” he called over his shoulder.

Ouch. Jerk. Or is he?

Edward has a story. That much is obvious. But since we’re experiencing Bella’s POV, we’re left guessing. It’s one of the many things that make this story so addictive. One minute he’s abrasive and blunt. The next he’s sweet and caring. There’s one thing about him that never changes though: he’s hot as fuck in the bedroom.

The lemons? Oh, my God, the lemons. Hats off to Ooza for some of the hottest sex scenes ever written. But is that enough to make up for his bullshit? I’ve found myself on more than one occasion screaming, “What is his deal?!” And better yet, will Bella bother sticking around to find out? Will he give her a choice?

Edward pressed me against the wall, pinning me with his hands and his body. “You agreed to be mine, remember? Mine.”

Oh…my.

As the story develops and the layers are peeled away you can’t help but fall in love with both characters. When they laugh, you’ll laugh. And when they hurt…so will you. Adore, Adore is an excellent story that is well written and contains all the pieces to make for one hell of an exciting journey. If you’re not already reading Adore, Adore, you’re only cheating yourself. Go! Now!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6667983/1/Adore-Adore

Visit ooza’s blog for stories, author’s notes, updates, teasers, banners, downloads, etc.: www.gardenofsin.net.

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