Dog Star by spanglemaker9
One choice is made and everything changes. Paths diverge, lead astray, and still lead home. AU. Complete.
What if Edward didn’t come back from Denali after his first encounter with Bella? This is the question spanglemaker9 asks and answers in Dog Star, a very canon-y, AU, multi-chap story.
It’s four years before Edward encounters Bella again. It’s interesting to see the paths their lives have taken and how they led them back to each other. Have their experiences changed them? Will they still be drawn to each other after all this time? Hmm…
Excerpt from Chapter 7:
Professor Spalding handed the stack to Bella who took hers and passed them to Alice. Alice kept her eyes down, so Bella glanced past her to Edward. He was still looking at her. His strange gold eyes were light and clear in the brightly-lit room and for once, he didn’t look angry. Intense, focused; but not angry. And to be the object of that focus… It made something unsettling happen in her body. Some kind of nervousness or anticipation or something. Her chest felt tight and her face felt hot. Almost like–
She didn’t even like Edward, so there was no way she was attracted to him. Well, that wasn’t quite true. She didn’tdislike him anymore. He seemed okay now, certainly nowhere near as rude as he was at first. And it was impossible to deny that he was attractive. But that didn’t mean she was interested in him. Of course she wasn’t, because she wasn’t interested in anyone that way. She had Riley.
She inhaled deeply and made herself focus on her syllabus, even though the words scarcely registered. Her breathing was suddenly shallow and she could feel her heart thumping from the flare of adrenaline, or whatever that was. She prayed she wasn’t blushing, and laid her palm against her overly-warm cheek, just in case she was.
Edward was still staring at her, a muscle in his jaw twitching slightly as he clamped his teeth together. He could see her elevated pulse fluttering in the hollow of her throat. He could hear it, a rapid thudding in the air, like the beating of birds’ wings. He could almost feel it on his skin. And he could certainly smell it— her. His nostrils flared and he swallowed down the rush of venom. His whole body felt tight, ready to spring, but this time he didn’t necessarily feel like he was about to attack. This felt different: better, but also more alarming. If he still had a pulse, his would be rushing, too, and he didn’t know why.
It seems so. LOL However, this story is much more than a romance. Spanglemaker9 covers everything that Edward’s absence from Forks changed, including the appearance of the nomad vamps. Dun dun dun. I loved it. It was fascinating and there were a lot of “oh yeah” moments where she included details from the Twilight novel that I had forgotten. Besides, it’s canon Edward, need I say more? Enjoy.
Following on the same genre as Annie’s rec., I recently read The Fallout by OCDindeed, but this one is definitely more apocalyptic. The premise is this. What if after Edward leaves Bella in the woods, the unthinkable happens? A post-apocalyptic nuclear war. Even with Alice’s abilities, not all of the lives that were important to the Cullens were saved. The world as we know it has completely changed. Yes, vampires do survive and some humans, but that doesn’t mean that the Cullen family isn’t affected. Edward has to come to terms with the fact that when he left Bella, he may have to survive this new world without her. Can he? Does he even want to? What about the rest of the family? Can they go on like before? Before Bella came into their lives? There is definite violence and destruction in this story, but in spite of all of that, this is still a character driven story. There are so many emotional and intense scenes, that it was hard to pick one that would do it justice. I liked this one in particular, because it addresses Edward’s dilemma on staying with his family or choosing to end his life to join Bella, where ever she may be, and I love his relationship with Carlisle, more than any of the others.
I couldn’t leave the rest of them to deal with the mess I had made. I turned around to face her.
“We could wait until that’s been taken care of,” I said directly to Rosalie, avoiding Esme’s question.
“Until what is taken care of?” Esme stood up from Carlisle’s side. “This is what I’ve been talking about! No more secrets. Out with it. What has to be ‘taken care of?’” she asked, infuriated and expecting answers.
“Well, genius here, crossed the treaty line. That’s where Rosalie found him earlier,” Emmett said dryly.
My family’s thoughts were filled with shock and outrage and they all yelled silently in my mind, but no one spoke aloud. Jasper was fuming and I could feel his tension as he thought about this unexpected turn of events.
Carlisle had been unnervingly quiet, and I could see out of the corner of my eye that his face was filled with disappointment. His silence wasn’t going to last that much longer and this news was definitely something that would put him over the edge. The two of us had been through so much more than the others. We were connected him and I. I was his ‘first,’ and we knew each other better than any of the others, including Esme. My actions over the last few months had put a distance between us, that neither of us was ready to face. But breaking the treaty that we had set up over eighty years ago was not going to sit lightly with him.
“Edward? Is this true?” he said in a commanding voice, finally speaking his first words of the evening. “What on earth would possess you to break the treaty? Are you trying to…”
Turning my face to avoid the others, I looked him in the eyes imploring him to understand, and not to speak out loud of his assumption.
“I see. That’s it isn’t it? You want to go in Jasper’s place in the event there is a danger. You broke the treaty to tempt the Quileute’s into a fight. And I can only imagine what you’ve asked of Emmett to have him tied up in knots like this, and why you’ve been avoiding me.”
I nodded my head slightly, confirming his thoughts. I didn’t want it to come out like this, but he was bound to figure it sooner rather than later.
“Carlisle…” I said softly, “we can discuss this after. Just you and I, I’d like that very much. But right now, there are a few other things we need to address.”
Esme was about to interrupt, she wanted to know what Carlisle had been saying to me and was about to say as much when Carlisle reached for her hand. His solemn look, made her pause in mid-thought. She searched his face lovingly and was met with an expression of melancholy which must have spoken volumes to her. Sitting down slowly beside him, she allowed him the opportunity to speak his mind without any more interruptions. She had done her part this evening, and had gotten the family to speak, but it was up to Carlisle now to bring us all together under one common resolution.
He patted Esme’s hand and affectionately smiled at her before turning to the rest of us.
“I’ve sat here patiently this evening, listening to each of you and your opinions, and now I ask you to hear mine. And then perhaps, as a family, we can come to a decision together,” he offered to us all.
“Jasper, what you and Edward have said about the South, is very interesting and quite probable. I’m curious to know who would be able to manifest such an army, and the reasoning behind it. Rather than just for mere sustenance, I would think there is something greater behind it. Which leads me to my next thought. The Volturi. After all of these years, we still have yet to hear from them. The Volturi are alive, I’m sure of it. If Aro took our warnings seriously enough to investigate ten years ago, he would not have left himself vulnerable. He, and his brothers, would have survived at all cost. What we don’t know is what they stand for now. Rosalie is right, the rules have changed, and we don’t know who or what is building this army, and more importantly what this will mean for our family and Tanya’s.” The world has been through enough. We cannot allow this to happen. He internally voiced the rest of his thoughts, so I was the only one privy to them.
Turning to me, with a serious expression, he spoke resolutely, “Given Jasper’s history, he is the better choice.” “There is too much at stake here, and for the first time…I don’t trust you to not be reckless. I’m sorry, but that’s how I feel. It’s wrong of me to think this way, considering all you’ve done for this family already. But if you want to end your existence, this isn’t the way.”
I wasn’t shocked at the conclusion he had come to. He knew me all too well, as I did him. I looked at him with understanding, and he knew I revered him, and would listen to him above all the others.
To give credit where it is due, our Debb was the one who first recd. this story here at BT, when it first completed. I always read what she recs., especially AU stories. I was not disappointed one bit with this story, because in spite of it not obviously following the original storyline, it still felt like canon, because everything that happened in the first book, before New Moon, is reflected through out.
Debb, if you’re reading this post. Thank you. Thank you. For sharing this story. I loved it so much. Xxoo
The Vampire in the Basement by michellephants
While hunting one afternoon, the boys stumble upon what appears to be a corpse. When they learn it’s a severely broken vampire, they take him home to do what they can to help. But of course, fate has plans for this man. Canon Couples. AU.
This is a departure from most fics in that it is Edward who has yet to be introduced to the Cullens, instead of Bella. Alice and Bella become best friends when Bella is saved by the Cullens, and she learns what they are. When they stumble upon a broken and starved Edward in the woods and bring him back the house, Bella is the only one whom he will allow close enough to help him. Eventually he allows Carlisle in as well, and we get to see the development of their bond from the very beginning. Initially he does not know who or what he is, but memories start trickling in and his story comes out piece by piece.
Not since reading Wide Awake by AngstGoddess003 have I felt such heartache and angst for Edward. He is also so very sweet and endearing, you immediately connect with Bella and how protective she is of him. I love this Bella. This is probably one of the strongest and decisive Bella’s I’ve ever read. The relationship that develops between them is so achingly beautiful.
I felt the bed shifting and I turned my focus back to my vampire. He was sitting up slowly, watching me intently as he nervously lifted himself. I smiled in encouragement, trying not to show my complete fascination and excitement with his forwardness. He was clearly hesitant and anxious, unsure of whether to proceed, so I moved over a little and patted the bed next to me. He looked to the spot, then back to me, before slowly working himself closer.
We kept eye contact, but from my peripheries I could see his frame shaking. As he inched his way closer to me, I put out my hand, wanting to guide him closer but needing him to do it on his own.
Finally, when my vampire was next to me at the foot of the bed, he curled his body up and laid his head in my lap. I think I could’ve died from the sheer happiness of the moment, but instead, I brought my hands to his hair and ran my fingers across his scalp, both of our attentions turning back to the window.
The sun was lower in the sky still, the trees just beginning to obscure the bottom of it. As my vampire watched the sunset, I watched him. His dark eyes mirrored the falling sun while the blank expression I had grown so used to began to soften. It wasn’t a smile, but it was close.
So totally worth the angst.