FanFic Friday: Free for All Friday with Annie and Debb

It has been a great Valentine’s week here at Bookish Temptations! If you missed, be sure to check out sweet messages from some of your favourite literary characters. Swoony, smexy goodness. 🙂

A Valentine from Blake to Livia

A Valentine from Gabriel to Julia

A Valentine from Dominic to Kerrigan

A Valentine from Gabriel to Jessie

A Valentine from Caleb to Lauren

Now, Annie and I thought about doing a Valentine’s post but to be honest we don’t particularly like the holiday (lol – if it ain’t Edward who cares, right? I kid. Kinda). And besides, too much sugar is bad for you. 😉 So, in the spirit of “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” we are having a Free For All Friday with a little of this, a little of that.

I recently read two very sad but incredibly well done one shots and have been dying to share them with you. First up, a very short one. I was actually stunned when I saw the word count after reading because I was rapt for what felt like hours. I was truly swept up in this not-an-easy-read story. Maybe it felt longer because I was holding my breath the whole time.  If you check this one out let me know. I’d love to discuss it in the comments.

Forever Mine by 107yearoldvirgin

The one shot that stemmed from two simple words: What if? Twilight – Rated: M – English – Suspense/Angst – Chapters: 1 – Words: 1,848 – Reviews: 36 – Published: 12-14-11 – Bella – Complete

Fans of 107yearoldvirgin’s stories will be happy to hear she has been reposting previously pulled fics!!! I’m especially excited to have Mannyward back on FFn. 🙂

Next up, another sad one. I love a tortured Edward and I love mentally shouting at a character while reading. This is beautifully descriptive and so poignant.

The Only Right Way Left by SleepmyBella

What if Edward never changed Bella? To him, it’s the only right way left. One-shot entry for the Black Balloon Contest. AU/in character. Rated M for lemon and mature subject matter.

*puts on my Renee voice* Okay… enough with the heavy. This next fic is just about one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read. I read it with sappy, happy tears in my eyes. I just loved it – and if you read the above fics you may need a little pick-me-up. Here it is.

Tiara by SydneyAlice

Edward had been unable to give his princess the wedding of her dreams the first time around. Can he convince her to marry him again? Valentine’s Day fluff. AH.

Two more one shot recs from Annie! First up…

I’ve had this next one on my list for a while. With Annie’s stamp of approval it’s being read TODAY!

Cherry Moon by Lola-pops

In 1962 I find truth in bad boys, loud cars and cheap bourbon. Originally written for the 2011 FGB Compilation.

From Annie: The secrets people had to keep back then are mind blowing. Angst alert. (and thank you to Nancy, aka Socalmom2four for the 1962 Edward and Bella pic! *smooch*)

Another one shot rec from Annie…

Bad Penny by elusivetwilight

In the sultry summer heat, Bella finds a dirty penny. Can she expect more in exchange from the person who finds her? One Shot written for the Fun With Your Clothes On Contest. AUAH E&B

From Annie: This one is pretty and wistful. The ending is wide open so you can imagine your own HEA.

The Age of Edward contest is now open for voting!! There are so many fantastic entries and banners. Remember, there are Young Adult and Literotica categories as well as a banner contest. A treasure trove, my friends. Be sure to check it out and vote, vote, vote. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by. We can’t wait to see what YOU have been reading. Have a lovely, fic-filled weekend. xoxo Annie and Debb

A Valentine from Caleb to Lauren

A letter to Lauren Smith Cochran from Caleb Cochran

To my wife on our first anniversary,

You probably know that I don’t write many letters and you’re probably wondering why I’m writing one now.  It’s pretty simple.  It’s our one year anniversary and after this morning, I feel the need to do this.  I want to put into words how I feel.  It’s hard to know where to start.  You know I love you and I know you love me, but it’s deeper than that.  Love doesn’t seem to be a big enough word to describe how I feel about you, so that’s why I have to write a whole letter.  I want you to hold my words while you read them and to be able to keep them and read them again and again.  I want you to read them to me on our fiftieth anniversary.

That first day, when I saw you standing in your kitchen, I felt like I got stabbed in the heart.  You see, before that second, my life was pretty stable.  I was getting along from day to day.  I had survived my demons and laid them to rest.  I had family.  I had friends.  I had responsibilities that kept me busy and kept me from focusing on myself.  A business to run.  Customers and employees who depended on me.  The fire department.  I spent my days going from the shop to the job sites to the meetings to fires and fairs.  At night I just went to bed.  The next morning it would start over.  It was a routine and it filled my days.

Then, when I met you, with your beautiful hair and your pretty eyes, I realized there was more to fill than just days.  There was me.  I loved you from the first minute I saw you, Lauren.  From that day on, it was like I had waked up from some kind of drugged daze.  I saw in that minute how much I needed somebody and how that somebody had to be you.  My first reaction was not to take the risk.  Just bury the feeling so deep that I’d never be aware of it again, but then you touched me.  Physically touched me.  Remember?  In the cellar, when I burned my arm?  I wanted to kiss you right then and there.  I could have done more than that!  All that time it took for us to get together, I was scared.  I was scared when you went back to the city.  I was scared of falling back into that black hole of a daze where I had been for years.  When it seemed I had lost you for good I thought, at least I had true love once and I know how it feels.  I would just live on that memory.  I felt fortunate, even after I thought I would never see you again.  With you, I had experienced what most people never get a chance to.

I know I’m rambling right now.  I tend to do that when I can’t find the words.  And that’s it.  I can’t find the words to tell you how much I love you.  I’ve been thinking about you all morning.  When I passed MacTavish’s, I thought about our dinner there, and the time I saw you with Joan’s nephew.  When I passed my old house, I thought about that night your car gave out and you knocked on my door.  And when I drove past the firehouse, I thought about how close I came to really losing you.  Finally I had to just sit down and write this letter.  I did buy you a present.  I thought it was pretty special when I got it, but it’s nothing now, compared to the news you gave me this morning when I came down for coffee.  When you said you were pregnant, I thought my heart was going to burst because I didn’t know how it was going to hold all the love I have for you and for our baby.  A new person!  A new person is coming because of our love for eachother.  It’s unbelievable.  I never thought this would happen to me, but until we got together, I didn’t know what real love was.  I love you, Lauren.  I always will.  Happy anniversary to you, my wife.  You are my greatest strength and comfort, every day.

Love always,


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