FanFic Friday: Departures and Figmentum

Hey there, It’s me, Annie, all by my little self here. Today, I’ve got two great WIPs for you. I know, I know, many of you are ‘complete’ only. I understand, believe me. If you stay ’til the end I’ll have something for you too, deal?


Departures by TheFicChick
“Every day for the rest of my life, I will wonder how kissing a virtual stranger goodbye could have felt like a hello.”

I think everyone may be reading this already, but just in case… In the wildly popular original one shot, Edward and Bella meet at the airport when both their flights have long delays due to weather. Bella is going home to Seattle, Edward is leaving for a tour of duty in Afghanistan. They have an instant connection, but in the end, sadly have to go their separate ways. After a lot of passionate begging and pleading by fans, on twitter at least, TheFicChick has continued the story. We’re seeing what it’s like to care about someone in a dangerous situation and how it is to get to know someone through correspondence. This story is full of longing, excitement, hope, and anticipation. Don’t miss out. P.S. They have one hell of a first kiss. Just sayin’.


Figmentum by thimbles
Figmentum: 1. figment, fiction, invention, unreality; 2. thing formed, devised; 3. image. She coaxes him into existence with every word she writes. What will Bella do when she finds herself falling in love with the main character in her latest novel?

If you’re looking for something different, this is the one for you. Bella is a writer, a novelist. One day she realizes she’s in love with one of her characters, Edward. So much so that she’s jealous of the love interest she’s created for him. She wonders if she’s gone insane. Now I don’t know about you but, wow, being in love with a fictional character, that’s just cray cray… Really… Bahahaha! Gotcha! I remember the exact moment I realized I was in love with Edward Cullen. Here’s an excerpt of Bella’s moment:

He’s not fucking real.

He is a figment of my imagination—a character that I’ve allowed to manifest into … well, into some sort of delusion.

Inexplicably, he’s somehow stepped out of the words that shaped him, out of the pages of his story, and become real to me, and dear to me. And now I’m turning down dates with really lovely, genuine, corporeal men—because they can’t compare to the man I’ve created in my mind.

So what do I do? What the hell can I do?

Twisting the ends of my hair, I move out onto the verandah. The late afternoon air is still warm, heavy with the scent of star jasmine and sea-spray. A slight breeze flutters around me, and I close my eyes as I lean against the railing.

If I thought the fresh air would bring clarity, a new understanding, I’m disappointed. The stark, absurd facts remain. Bold type, underlined in my mind: I’m falling in love with this man.

Yep, been there done that. Well, I didn’t create Edward Cullen but still. I wondered if my children should be raised by a crazy mother LOL. Anyway, in this story, Edward’s not real (Yet?). We follow Bella through both her real life and her writing life. Usually I can get a feeling of where a story’s going to go, but here I have no idea and that’s exciting in itself. It’s owned me all week, sneaking in to my non-reading-time thoughts. It’s worth reading for the HQ writing alone. The author has a previously completed story The Loving Kind that I really loved and rec’d here. Give it a try, maybe just the first chapter and see if you’re not hooked too.

Giveawaygirl2 copy

Okay, a completed rec. I have not read this one BUT it has been highly and frequently recommended by fic authors I trust and respect, and had a great buzz on twitter while it was a WIP. It’s first on my list when I’m ready to start something new:

The Give Away Girl by MrsSpaceCowboy
Honor student Bella Swan has mastered the arts…of manipulating her divorced parents, rolling the perfect joint, and faking an orgasm. Who wouldn’t want to keep a girl like her? An unconventional coming of age tale for Gen Xer Bella. Rated M.

Have you read The Give Away Girl? What did you think? Desperately kissed someone goodbye in an airport? Have you ever been in love with a fictional character? Debb? What have you been reading? Don’t leave me all alone here, people, talk to me.


11 thoughts on “FanFic Friday: Departures and Figmentum

  1. abinar says:

    Bonus rec! Bonus rec! A new Holiday story from rinabina. Excite! Here We Are, As In Olden Days


  2. katiebirdie says:

    *standing up* Hello, my name in katiebird and I’m in love with the male character in a book, named Edward Anthony Mason Cullen. I know that he isn’t real, but I don’t care. I will love him til the day I die. *happy sigh*

    I remember the moment I realized that He was it for me. New Moon, under the clock tower. The thought of him being killed by the Volturi, as he was headed into the sun, wrecked me.

    Great recs. Chica! Added them to my list. 🙂


    • abinar says:

      I was just starting Eclipse, Bella was waiting for Edward to come over and I thought, “Blah blah blah, where’s Edward? I miss him- I miss him? He’s a character. Oh crap I’m in love with Edward!” And then I emailed my sister and told her to send the men in white coats to come get me. LOL


  3. deb24601 says:

    EDWARD IS REAL OKAY!?!? We’ve talked about this. 😉

    What have I been reading? I read some real books (lost my mind over Daughter of Smoke and Bone and its sequel) and some slash one shots (fic diving – nothing I’d rec unfortunately) and I’m enjoying Tink’s new story, AH witfit inspired and a sweet smoochy Edward. Oh oh and I read all the posted chaps of Miss My Lion… was that rec’d here? I LOVED it. Hope it finishes but I’m glad I read it either way.

    I’m going to check out Figmentum. Great post Annie baby. 🙂


  4. Shell says:

    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for your kind words about “Figmentum.” I’m blown away.

    Shell x


  5. ChocoMG2112 says:

    Edward. Is. Real.


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