Let’s face it ladies; Originalward was no athlete. Yeah, he defeated James and Victoria in battle and played a game of baseball here and there, but he wasn’t a sports freak by any means. Even though we ALL love the pale, sparkling, sleepless music-lover, sometimes a girl just wants–dare I say NEEDS–a good jock.
Thankfully, our fandom is blessed with a plethora of authors who are willing to improve on perfection and give Originalward that extra little something to whet the sports-lover in all of us.
Grab some beers, settle into your favorite recliner, put your feet up, and prepare to enjoy the wide world of Sportswards. You might wanna grab a drool towel, too, because tight-fitting track pants and bulging biceps abound in this our latest installment of Fanfiction Fridays.
*Reviews by Cared*
Shifting Gears by ChocolateSparrow
*Made by sparrownotes24*
Shifting Gears ~ A race. A cyclist. A physio. He wants to win the Tour de France at any cost. She just wants to make it through without getting burned. A birthday gift for the lovely Erron.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance – Chapters: 5 – Words: 11,746 – Reviews: 145 – Updated: 4-21-13 – Published: 3-18-13 – Bella & Edward
Negative Twenty and Falling by katinki
*Made by katinki*
Negative Twenty and Falling ~ COMPLETE O/S. Two weeks, a few cups of cocoa, a mountain of snow, a pair of mittens, and one Mr. Perfect-Gorgeous. I present to you: Skiward. Just a little bit of wintery fluff so that you don’t think I’m always so doom and gloom. AH.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 2 – Words: 20,666 – Reviews: 296- Favs: 781 – Follows: 216 – Published: 12-13-11 – Status: Complete – id: 7632850
Negative Twenty and Falling opens with Bella listening to a weather report; the destination she is intent on travelling to is minus twenty degrees and falling – hence the title. Our Bella likes to keep warm and is a little shocked at the forecast.
Okay, fine, I think to myself as I test the thickness of my one and only (and new) parka. That’s in Celsius – damned Canadians – but I remember high school science. That’s still below zero in Fahrenheit. It’s negative four to be exact. And that’s… really freaking cold. Like deathly cold. Like my blood will freeze in my veins and I better not lick metal objects (not that I go around doing that) cold. Yeah so… cold.
See, for pretty much… forever, I’ve lived in the desert of Arizona – Phoenix actually – where there are only two possible forecasts: (very) hot and dry and pretty warm and dry. Like year round, too. Not snowing and negative twenty. Or negative four. Whatever. I wear shorts and tank tops at Christmas, not long johns and battery operated socks.
Damn that Alice.
As I shove pants and turtlenecks and a scarf I’ve never worn in the biggest suitcase I have, for the hundredth time, I curse myself for saying yes to her. Sure, she’s my best friend and I love her like a sister, but I should be going with our other roommates to Cabo for New Years’, not to Banff. Where it’s negative twenty. Did I mention that already?
I sigh as I pull the tags off a pair of chunky black mittens (that look remarkably like my oven mitts) before finally stuffing them into the side pocket. I don’t know how you do anything in mittens – like write, or drive, or eat French fries – but if I want to keep my fingers, I have a feeling I’ll need them. And maybe a portable space heater with backpack straps. Do they make those?
Considering my aversion to less than balmy weather, I honestly have no idea why I said yes when Alice asked if I’d please, please, please go with her to the mountains of Alberta in the middle of winter.
Okay, that’s a lie.
I know exactly why.
If I reveal to you that Alice has a brother named Edward, a brother named Edward who will also be staying at the cabin in the snow, will you know exactly why too? Believe me, once you have met this charming Skiward, or as Bella thinks of him Mr. Perfect-Gorgeous, you will not be surprised at her willingness to brave the elements. After all, they can always warm up in the hot tub. *wink*
This story is romance pure and simple. For those of you worried, if you are familiar with katinki’s usual fare, she assures us “this is an angst-free zone”. At over 20,000 words, it’s long for a one shot, but every word is warranted. While it’s delightfully told in Bella’s POV, katinki’s voice, complete with tongue-in-cheek, shines through. Put your thermals on ladies and cozy up to Skiward. I know you’ll be toasty warm.
*Review by FluffyLiz*
Offside by Savage7289
*Made by Rose Arcadia*
Offside ~ Edward’s the star keeper for the Forks High School soccer team, and is already being scouted by leagues overseas. Bella’s just moved from Phoenix and interferes with his…focus. Soccerward lives! Rated M for the good stuff, of course.
English – Angst/Drama – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 125 – Words: 170,098 – Reviews: 32,661 – Updated: 08‑30‑11 – Published: 05-30-11 – Status: Complete
When Cared asked me if I would review Offside by Savage7289, I have to admit I jumped at the chance. The reason? Well, apart from the fact that it’s a brilliant fic by the amazing Shay Savage, it’s also directly responsible for me becoming a TwiFic writer – about which, more later.
Offside is the story of a hot young High School Senior who is also the star goalie of his school soccer team. His father, Carlisle Cullen, is a doctor and the ambitious Mayor of Forks, and has high hopes for Edward to win a professional contract after graduation. He sees it as his ticket out of a one-horse town, and is single-minded in pushing his son to achieve fame and fortune via his sporting talent. The fact that Edward is more captivated by Shakespeare than penalty shoot-outs is an annoyance to his father, so much so that Edward has long since stopped risking his ire, keeping his academic yearnings to himself.
“I’m counting on you,” Dad said. He put his hand on my shoulder and gave it a squeeze. I flinched a little and stopped breathing again. Even though I knew I was too built up now for him to really do anything to me, old habits die hard. “You know the plan, now you just have to focus, Edward. Don’t lose your focus. Classes okay so far? I don’t want anything distracting you.”
“They’re okay,” I told him. I shrugged a little, hoping it would get his hand off me. It worked, and I took a deep breath. “It’s only the first week of school, but they’re all okay so far.”
“I never should have let you sign up for those AP classes,” he grumbled.
I really, really didn’t want to have this fight again.
“And no girls,” Dad added. “If you want pussy, I fucking buy you some pussy.”
“Geez, Dad,” I turned my head away, cringing. “Not a problem, okay? Seriously, I need to get to sleep soon.”
“Running tomorrow? Six AM?”
So, as you can see, Edward is ruled by his bullying father’s ambition, and he seeks relief in sketching – something else his father has no time for. As for girls, well they’re just a means to an end, and his treatment of them is very much informed by his father’s vile misogyny. But then, along comes soccer playing Bella, and everything changes.
Long, thick brown hair covering most of her back and shoulders, pale skin, athletically built, and deep brown eyes. She looked up at me, her teeth sank into her bottom lip, and I knew immediately who she was. It was the girl I slammed into after I was kicked out of the game on Friday, and she was sitting at my lab table. I dropped down next to her and looked at her out of the corner of my eye. She tilted her head down, which made her hair drop over her shoulder and hide her face. It kind of pissed me off, actually, though I wasn’t sure why. I reached over and pushed her hair away from her face and back over her shoulder. She looked up at me, her deep brown eyes wide.
“Hey,” I said as I smiled at her.
“Um…hi,” she replied. She pulled back a little, and her hair dropped away from my fingers. At least it wasn’t hiding her from me anymore.
“I’m Edward,” I told her.
“So I’ve heard,” she said. Her eyes flashed up to Mister Banner, who was beginning his lecture on cellular anatomy.
“Have you now?” I smirked. I wondered just what she had heard, and from whom. “You got a name?”
“Yes.” She turned to look up at the front of the classroom. I had to laugh.
“Want to tell me what it is?” I asked. “Or do we get to play Rumplestiltskin?”
A few other games I could play with her flashed through my mind.
I glanced back over to the girl next to me, and saw the corners of her mouth turn up a little, like she was holding in a laugh. I shifted my lab stool, moving a little closer to her. She looked up at me, and then quickly looked away.
I didn’t touch her, though it was a little tempting. I kept my leg just about three inches away from hers, shifting when she moved away a bit to keep the constant distance. She had long, slender legs, but I could tell they had some muscle to them as well. I resisted the urge to run my hand over her thigh. No need to move too quickly on a chick that was obviously new. Maybe even a challenge.
Predictably, a relationship is formed, but Carlisle is not happy about it. He’s such a complete dick, in fact, that Savage felt compelled to ask readers to come up with novel ways to knock him off in her ‘Die, Daddy C, Die’ contest. I tried my hand at this, submitting my first ever piece of fiction, and thus caught the writing bug. So, thanks, Shay! BTW, you should check these out, as some of them are absolutely inspired and very imaginative!
This is inevitably a story of star-crossed lovers, but, as ever with Savage, there’s much more to it than that – there’s heat, there’s angst, and there’s even a little intrigue. Topped off with a very satisfying denouement, this is yet another high quality and brilliantly told story from one of the fandom’s most talented authors.
Die, Daddy C, Die Community here.
*Review by Midnight Cougar*
Quarterback Rush by musegirl
*Made by perfacidadeliberada*
Quarterback Rush ~ Bella has a chance meeting with college co-ed Edward and is immediately smitten. But how will she handle finding out Edward is a star football player? Will she be his good luck charm or a curse? AU/AH. Fluff, fun, and lemons. Rated M for a reason.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 20 – Words: 111,589 – Reviews: 1,591 – Favs: 2,526 – Follows: 1,592 – Updated: 01-27-12 – Published: 11-10-10 – Status: Complete – id: 6467809
I have to admit, I’ve read a fair amount of Sportsward over the last several years – Baseballward, Soccerward, Swimward, Hockeyward … I seem to be pretty partial to any jock Edward, bulked up, cocky and in some type of sports uniform! *sighs dreamily* But I think my favourite has to a QBward. There is something about Edward Cullen all fit, fast, furious and decked out in a tight football uniform that really does it for me! *fans self*
One of the first QBwards I read was Quarterback Rush by musegirl. Now, it has been quite some time since I read it, but it was definitely memorable. What I remember the most was that I absolutely loved the romance of this story. I read the whole thing in just a few days. The story is set in a Texas college, Edward is the star Quarterback; he is intelligent, a bit cocky, but also adorable, and Bella has no idea who he is as she has no interest in sports. She is an all-around great Bella, though: studious, beautiful, nice; she is so real and down-to-earth. I really enjoyed them both – from their first encounter where their witty banter immediately takes hold, we see their sweet chemistry…
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a guy smirking at me. Glancing at him, my breath caught. Damn, he was hot. Really, really hot. Panty-wetting hot. Fuckhot. Brown-ish, red-ish…bronze-ish…crazy sex-hair with the most beautiful green eyes I’d ever seen, like fresh-cut grass. A perfectly straight nose and jaw that were a sculptor’s dream and his perfect, totally kissable lips formed that smirk that made my lady parts sit up and take notice.
He lifted an eyebrow to go with his smirk and I quickly looked down, blushing. Fuck, I’d been caught staring. I bit my lip, immediately regretting pulling my hair up so I couldn’t hide behind it. I climbed onto the bus in front of him and headed for the back. The bus was only half full so I took an empty seat in the back corner. Looking out the window, I reached up and released my hair and ran my fingers through it. I peeked through the strands and saw Smirkhot-Sex-Hair Guy chatting with someone before making his way further back. I hastily looked away to avoid getting caught staring again. I heard someone rather noisily take a seat in the row in front of me and I turned my head. Smirkhot-Sex-Hair Guy was sprawled across the row of seats and smirking once again at me. Now I became defensive, “What?”
He chuckled lowly and a shiver danced down my spine. His smirk deepened and he asked, “So, going to the game on Saturday?” Oh dear God in heaven, that voice! That smooth, deep, velvet voice. Just that one sentence had my stomach, amongst other things, quivering. What the hell was wrong with me? I’d never reacted like this to any guy before. I was practically panting over him like a cat in heat.
I mentally shook myself and pulled out my trusty friend, sarcasm. “Oh, yeah. I dream of nothing else.” I rolled my eyes. “Don’t tell me you’re going to lecture me on the wonders of football too? I get enough of that from my father. He thinks I’m un-American.”
Smirkhot-Sex-Hair Guy laughed again and smiled, shaking his head. “I wouldn’t dream of it.” He cocked his head to the side, “You’re an interesting girl. You don’t like football, so I’m guessing you’re not much of a tomboy. But you don’t like shopping either, so you’re not a princess. I can’t quite figure out what kind of girl you are.”
Ah, well, Edward, that is for her to know and you to find out! And since it looks like our Bella, while “quivering” on the inside, can hold her own on the outside, he may just have to work for it. *nods head and smiles*
As you can already see, she did make quite an impression, greatly intriguing our “Smirkhot-Sex-Hair Guy” QBward; and his interest only grows during the first few chapters as they continue to enjoy each other’s company during bus rides home. But it’s after Edward visits her sorority that Bella learns who Edward really is: starting Quarterback Cullen, number 17. Not only does Bella feel she is way out of Edward’s league, being as she is, “…plain as you could get. Brown hair, brown eyes, with that wholesome girl next door look. Not exactly the kind of girl guys would beat down a door to get to,” but she also thinks it’s all a game to him: for the popular jock to romance the quiet, book nerd. But our smooth QBward would disagree wholeheartedly, and his romance knows no bounds, as he pulls out ALL the stops to prove to her he is sincere and to win over his “beautiful girl”…
I was doodling on my notepad when the doorbell rang downstairs. I sighed; the meeting would come to a halt until whoever was at the door left. Jessica ran downstairs to answer the door when singing drifted up to the chapter room. She came racing back upstairs, almost tripping and yelling for us to get downstairs. Half of the girls followed her down and the other half ran to the front balcony. I stayed upstairs, not all that excited. I assumed it was one of the frats ‘serenading’ us. I’d heard Charlotte had met a guy named Peter at one of the parties over the weekend and figured it was his fraternity out there.
I stood in the back, laughing over the song choice, ‘You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling.’ The scene from Top Gun where the guys all serenade their teacher was always one of my favorites. I yelped when Alice grabbed my arm and yanked me to the front of the group. Completely startled, I looked down to see Edward out in front on one knee with a large group of football players behind him as backup. They were all wearing their jerseys and smiling and totally hamming up the performance.
I covered my mouth with one hand, laughing at the sight in front of me. Edward looked up and spotted me. He smiled and, still singing, crooked his finger at me. Eyes wide and blushing, I shook my head. Edward winked at me and nodded, crooking his finger again. Alice dug her nails into my arm in warning and I hastily retreated to the stairs. I walked down them, taking deep breaths to cool my cheeks and calm my pounding heart.
Making my way through the girls gathered at the door, I stepped out in front of them. Edward’s smile was blinding. I took a few more steps forward and he took my hand as they finished the song. I ducked my head causing my hair to fall in a curtain around my face, shielding it from view. I knew my face was bright red still, but I couldn’t bring myself to care when Edward was smiling at me like that. The song ended and Edward rose, grabbing my waist with one hand and supporting my head with the other as he dipped me low to kiss me. I clung to his neck, partly to help keep myself from falling, but also to hold him to me. Even though the kiss was nowhere near as deep as the one we’d shared in my bedroom, I still felt it all the way to my toes.
The girls and guys all cheered when Edward lifted me upright again and I hid my face and grin in his chest.
Now THAT is how a football jock, who’s smitten, wins over his girl and scores his own touchdown! You now see why I found this story so memorable? But this only brings us into chapter 3 and there are 20 chapters, so you have lots more to read about Bella and Edward’s lovely, budding relationship in QR. It was a pleasure for me to read; it’s filled with romance and humour, with a little drama and some lemony goodness thrown in to keep things interesting, as Bella learns all about her “tight end.” *wink*
*Review by AllyVera*
Major Misconduct by m7707
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Coincidental Major by m7707
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Major Misconduct ~Edward Cullen – hot high school hockey player. Bella Swan – shy high school student. They’ve admired each other from afar, so what happens when they finally meet? Will they be strong enough to handle a threat from his past? No good deed goes unpunished…
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 36 – Words: 160,515 – Reviews: 4,686 – Favs: 5,101 – Follows: 2,345 – Updated: 07-17-10 – Published: 03-16-10 – Status: Complete – id: 5821543
Coincidental Major ~ A tale about a hockey-playing boy who loves his girl. This is Edward’s story from Major Misconduct.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 35 – Words: 193,272 – Reviews: 2,917 – Favs: 1,883 – Follows: 1,176 – Updated: 07-05-11 – Published: 02-02-11 – Status: Complete – id: 6709135
It is no secret that I have an unabashed passion for Hockeywards – hell, my Favourite Edward EVER is the original Hockeyward from HunterHunting’s brilliant The Misapprehension of Bella Swan *Ally goes all glassy-eyed thinking about him* Oh sorry, I got sidetracked… What I do keep under wraps however, is that I am secretly a High School Fic hOOr. I love them – so when MC and Cared told me about Sportsward, there was only one choice for me – Major Misconduct and its EPOV companion story Coincidental Major written by the wonderful m7707.
Of course, in MM, Bella is a very smart girl for her age and has crushed on the gorgeous Edward Cullen since first laying eyes on him as a freshman. Being very shy and unsure of herself, she never acts on her crush, and doesn’t actually officially meet Edward until the beginning of junior year when her best friend Alice starts dating Jasper, Edward’s best friend. What Bella doesn’t know is that Edward has crushed on her for probably the same amount of time… *sigh* These two! All that wasted time!!
What I adored most about MM and CM are the characters that m7707 has created. Bella is shy and doesn’t run with the popular crowd, but there is a side to her that is fierce, passionate, glorious, and she has a wicked sense of humour. Edward is not your typical jock, he’s intelligent, focused and very driven and you will adore the way he loves his Bella.
Here is a glimpse of Bella getting a dash anxious waiting for Edward to turn up for their first date – I laughed myself silly when I read this (from chapter 8)…
“At 7:25 I ran down the stairs. Edward seemed like the on-time type. I pulled the curtains in the front window back to peer out into the dark, and jerked back as headlights flashed across the front of the house. Oh God, I hoped he hadn’t seen me looking out and waiting for him like some overeager loser. I spun around, and saw that Charlie was watching me incredulously.
“What?” I demanded. “He’s here. I think. I think that’s him. It’s probably him. Should I get the door? No, you probably should. Will you get it? No! Wait!” I flung my hands out at him as he started to rise from his chair, and he froze. “I’ll get it. I’m sure he doesn’t want to see Dad the Police Chief first thing, give him a second to adjust. Right? Don’t you think?” The doorbell rang, and I jumped as if I’d been goosed. “I’ll get it. Dad! Be nice,” I reminded him, and dashed down the hall to the front door.
“Ooo-kay,” I heard Charlie mumble, and realized I was acting like a lunatic. I paused before the door and took a deep breath, shaking my hands to loosen them. Calm down, Swan.
I pulled the door open, and there he was—Edward Cullen, standing on my front door step—tall, gorgeous, smelling fantastic, and smiling down at me. I just stared at him, leaning against the door for support. “
No wonder Bella got all worked up! She might be shy, but she’s got spunk and is so funny! She’s also a perv (it’s always the quiet ones), and her slight obsession with Edward’s compression pants is hilarious and well-founded. m7707 delighted in her AN’s with YouTube visuals to help those of us who had no idea what compression pants were. Well, suffice to say, I am an expert now! (Below is the video that m7707 shared with us… just pretend it’s Edward… although Sidney Crosby does fill out those compression pants pretty well!)
If you are wondering which story to read first, Major Misconduct was written first, and then Coincidental Major. I read MM first completely and then I read CM as a WIP. Personally, I would advise to read MM first, and then delve into Edward’s POV afterwards in CM – but you could read them in tandem if you wanted to, but I think it takes away some of the mystery when you know what Edward is thinking – if you know what I mean!
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