Date: 01 Mar 2015 6:44 PM Title: 48 The Iceman Cometh
It's about time that Masen reacts to and corrects his blunder before it was too late. He recovered his botched thought process admirably. He was just the right amount of romantic, like Esme said.
Proud of Alice and her mature decisions about continuing her university studies.
The nudging duo if Lee and Whit are comical to read about as they watch the events unfold.
Would Carlisle have beat Masen to the proposal punch if Bella wouldn't have woke up prematurely?
Date: 28 Feb 2015 1:43 AM Title: 48 The Iceman Cometh
Another great chapter. Was worried Alice might of had a bad reaction to the engagement but was glad to see her supportive of Bella. She has definitely grown up heaps in this story. Thanks for sharing this fantatic story. Can't wait to read more.
Date: 28 Feb 2015 1:31 AM Title: 48 The Iceman Cometh
So much good family bonding time in all its various forms. I especially love the talks between Edward and Esme.
The scene of all of them in the room doing their report of the dive showed how far they have come as a team, especially since it included Carlisle and Alice.
And we got just enough shark talk in to break up the talk about feelings (not that feelings are bad).
I loved Edward's proposal. It was just so him. But he recovered nicely and I guess putting the ring on her finger first did give him the inspiration he needed. And his answers to Carlisle were brilliant.
This summer has been quite the growing period for everyone.
Date: 13 Feb 2015 11:16 PM Title: 47 Say Cheese
I finally made it around to reading. These last 2 months RL has been a bitch. I gotta say I got really giddy when I realized we were preparing for the cage dive. It was an amazing chapter. So much going on but I loved the sneak attack by the parents and the dive itself. I am looking forward to the viewing of the footage from the 3 shark dive.
thanks for writing and sharing this story with the rest of us. and, allowing us to escape from our real world and into your imaginations.
Awe! We are happy to pull you into our heads for a bit and away from the craze of the real world. :)
Date: 05 Feb 2015 9:46 AM Title: 47 Say Cheese
The images you captured through words had me rivited to my chair! My heart rate was even a bit elevated as the intensity of the situation grew.
The team effort, including Esme and Carlisle as well as Alice, ensured a successful completion to their mission. All that preparation didn't stop the unpredictability of the smaller male shark but it did allow for smooth responses from each of the members fulfilling their duties.
I wonder what Carlisle's thoughts are in the aftermath or Alice's , for that matter. This is all so strange and new to them. Granted Alice has had a bit more insight into the team dynamics but this level of excitement was still overwhelming.
So glad Esme and Carlisle returned to support thus endeavor.
This is why Edward makes sure that his backups have backups :) Carlisle is definitely straddling that fence between supporting Bella and begging her to stay out of the water. No matter his personal feelings, he is absolutely proud of her progress and her strength. He has raised a strong woman!
Esme and Carlisle definitely had to be there for this huge event in the lives of their "kids". :)
Date: 03 Feb 2015 6:24 PM Title: 47 Say Cheese
I love the image of gopher trying to play tug a war with a large shark. It was quick thinking on everyone's parts and a pure demonstration of teamwork.
The fact that Bella's first reaction to the third shark was to keep taking pictures at first was great and it shows how far she has come. I am not sure I would not have panicked in her place. I have always wanted to see a large great white in the wild but not sure I want to be in the water with them. Especially inside something that smells like food to them. I got to see a baby gw at an aquarium a few years ago and that was a great experience.
I also think it's great that Alice didn't totally panick. I thought that when there was a sign of trouble that she would but she is learning too.
Edward's line of there being no such thing as a safe shark was important. As we say at work, anything with a mouth can bite, even something cute and fuzzy. Don't let size or looks fool you. Remember most animals don't have hands to explore with so they use their mouth instead.
This was a huge step for Bella and I can't wait to read the rest of the journey.
Love everything you said and agree completely, especially the "anything with a mouth can bite". :)
I would love to think I would be brave like Bella, especially with how much I wanna see a GW in the wild, but I think I'm more likely to be Lee hiding behind someone taller than me! LOL
Date: 01 Feb 2015 11:37 AM Title: 47 Say Cheese
I could never have been as brave as Bella. So in awe of people who can face their fears and concure them. Yes I did feel like I was in the cage and I was scared to death. Thank you. XOXO,Cheri
You're welcome, Cheri. Scares in the safety of our homes are the best scares ;)
Date: 01 Feb 2015 1:34 AM Title: 47 Say Cheese
Is this the end, if not, how many more chapters?
Not sure how many more chapters, but at least ten. We have some big and little lifetime moments we want to make sure we share with all of you :)
Date: 31 Jan 2015 7:10 AM Title: 47 Say Cheese
Awesome chapter, glad that Bella didn't have a panic attack whilst in the cage. Thanks for the update.
Bella did a great job keeping control. And so did Edward because we were a little worried he might panic in place of her! LOL
Date: 31 Jan 2015 6:35 AM Title: 47 Say Cheese
Im so proud of her!!! (Scared to hell that something might happen to her, Edward or Gopher) she did great talking herself back into researcher mode. Her blog is going to be amazing!
Yeah!! A little scare and a lot of pride was exactly what we were hoping for!
Date: 30 Jan 2015 10:16 PM Title: 47 Say Cheese
This was absolutely the best chapter. Everyone has grown so much in this chapter!! It was awesome
We loved being able to highlight the changes in everyone and showing how their ability to pull together under pressure keeps them all safe.
Date: 05 Jan 2015 12:35 PM Title: 46 Tshirts & Talks
So much growth for each of the characters in this chapter!
The T-Shirt frenzy was funny as each of the members tried to cover up their part in pulling off their involvement.
Esme's concerns are valid but Edward's age and experiences are much more in-tune with his current situation. He was so young during his first attempt to be on his own.
I like how family, no matter it's shape, is a strong theme in this story.
Alice, the human spinning top! Too funny.
If only in real life we were so comfortable talking out every thought and feeling without becoming distraught or defensive. Things would flow much more smoothly. :)
I agree so much about the comfortable aspect of talking things out. If we could all be more like characters who think faster and speak better than we do on a day to day basis, there would be a huge reduction in misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
Yes, Edward's growth and experiences definitely put him in a different place. We like he had thought about his past on his own and had really took stock of if he was capable of being different now. Esme knows he is, but he has to believe it too.
Date: 26 Dec 2014 7:09 PM Title: 46 Tshirts & Talks
The dynamic among this groups is fascinating. It makes me want to smile most of the time but I am not sure I could take that level of teasing. However i know it's all in good fun. I am sure it's a bit different with the parents away, even if they are all technically adults. I don't think you ever grow up to your parents, no matter your age.
As for the work talk, my parents both worked from home when I was young and my sister and I had a rule that they couldn't talk about work at the dinner table. Not that it always worked but I can sympathize with the girls. However it probably doesn't feel like work to Edward.
And Edward, you are surprised that lee guessed Bella's decision to stay but sating you wanted to build couple time into the schedule for next season was kind of a dead give away. But I appreciate how Bella and Edward wanted to get their parents blessing first.
i also want one of those tee-shirts that Alice made. You should think about making a fan fic shirt of it.
No, I can guarantee age does not equal growing up in the eyes of your parents. And around Lee's parents and Whit's parents, they are much more subdued with far less teasing. They just know with Esme she's as likely to tease as they are.
It has never felt like work to Edward. Nothing that catches his interests has felt like work and that's how he becomes so easily lost in his projects.
Edward is silly enough to think Lee would believe the couple time was solely for her and Emmett's benefit. He always forgets how well she can read him. LOL
Ha! That would be amazing to have shirts like that and see people actually wearing them!
Date: 26 Dec 2014 4:12 PM Title: 46 Tshirts & Talks
Loved Esme teasing E on the skype call. T-shirts were a cute idea too
Esme is so much fun!! We know Edward doesn't always think so, but we do!
The t-shirts were fun to pick out. There are a ridiculous number of superhero styles these days!
Date: 23 Dec 2014 11:24 PM Title: 46 Tshirts & Talks
see, this is why i love them, they have they're little quirks (tantrums) but they talk and resolve, each are calm while the other is in their 'mood' but they listen a make their point like adults should. I got a little surprised by Esme and Carlisle with their concerns, i thought at first they were going to keep their reservations about them living together, but that's me, i react 1st and listen 2nd. once everyone spoke their mind, i got where everyone was coming from and the concerns they voiced. Loved that Edward said he needed help and would screw up in the beginning, no one is perfect..... Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!!!!
Esme and Carlisle would have loved nothing more than to congratulate them right away but they both feel such a deep responsibility that they couldn't express their joy until they'd made sure Edward and Bella had truly considered all possible outcomes. Have Edward admit that he isn't perfect is so big for him bc he's tried so many times to be perfect only to have things go so very wrong. We think he'll have an easier time adapting to life with a partner now that he's not expecting perfection.
Date: 17 Nov 2014 10:45 PM Title: 45 Decisions Are Made
What a beautiful chapter. They have finally realized what all of us shippers have always known, these two have a one of a kind of love. Thank you.XOXO,Cheri
Right? They took awhile and were so stubborn, but they're finally there and we are very happy to see it! :)
Date: 17 Nov 2014 2:02 PM Title: 45 Decisions Are Made
Finally got to sit down and read this chapter. So much has happened and I am just giddy with how it ended. Can we expect just a few more chapters until the end? I love haw Bella is continually growing and made the suggestion on a 2 team search. I liked how Edward added the beach search for what Bella proposed as the penguin killer. Looking forward to the next update.
Happy Thanksgiving if your celebrating.
We definitely have more chapters. We have some more surprises and decisions on the way for all of our characters.
Thank you! We both had very good Thanksgivings and we hope you did too.
Date: 17 Nov 2014 12:19 PM Title: 45 Decisions Are Made
Wonderful chapter. B has come so far and Alice is even being better. hmmm wonder how the picture thing will work out.
B is growing by leaps and bounds. And we haven't had anyone want to maim Alice in a couple chapters so progress! LOL
Date: 15 Nov 2014 2:44 AM Title: 45 Decisions Are Made
Oh, please don't lir this bethe end. I want plenty more adventures with this group!
We are not at the end! Trust us!! We have some more suprises up our sleeves for the team and for you lovely readers!
Date: 14 Nov 2014 6:41 PM Title: 45 Decisions Are Made
Things I enjoyed most about this chapter:
Bella's enthusiasm as she described plan B
Bella's ever-increasing confidence in her role as a member of the team of MMR
Lee's appreciation for Bella's conscientious approach to the plan and respect for Bella's contributions to the team
Lee's observations regarding Edward's behavior (Girl Talk) ;)
Alice's ability to participate without interfering in the work of the team
Bella's taking risk by sending Edwards photo into the competition. One that I'm sure she is willing to take knowing that she will be able to sway Edward's opinion about MMR benefiting from his spectacular photo. Whit's got her back, so to speak.
Whit's got her back but I doubt she'll need it. B is becoming as good as E at using her lips to sway him. LOL
Date: 14 Nov 2014 11:58 AM Title: 45 Decisions Are Made
Love Bella and Lee's bonding time. I think it meant a lot to Lee tha Bella was concerned about her reaction to not being on the skiff. So proud of Gopher, cracking up that he kept chanting to himself. Masen 's soft side is showing more and more especially with the little things he does for Bella, bringing back those little stingers meant so much and I was so happy about her taking the permanent position and confirming the cage dive! I'll be nervous for her but she is ready!
It definitely meant a lot to Lee - her friendship with Bella is quickly growing as important to her as her other friendships, which is huge considering where they started. Gopher did such a great job and got to be the star for a change :) The cage dive will be nerve wracking for everyone but the entire team is ready for it and Bella will gain so much from it. We can't wait to share it!
Date: 14 Nov 2014 10:53 AM Title: 45 Decisions Are Made
I'm glad gopher got to be the one to tag the shark. The fact that he didn't realize right away that he had done it was even more funny. And of course he had to get a sports reference in there with his Disneyland quote.
I also appreciated the Harry potter reference, especially since Edward does let his brain rule normally. But it sounded like at the end that he is finally getting it. Living and working together can be a challenge but I'm sure they are up for it. Especially if they don't have to share a closet. And Bella focusing on other marine life might help them view things differently.
Any rough idea of how many chapters are left?
Of course! Gopher loves his references almost as much as he loves Lee. LOL
LOL That closet is definitely a sticking point with him. He's gonna have to get over that too.
At least ten more. We definitely want to do the cage dive and we have a few other decisions that we would love to share with all of you.
Date: 10 Oct 2014 12:15 AM Title: 44 In Tandem
E&B's relationship is helping him mature as a team leader as well as balance personal life with professional life.
Alice's fantasy view of love and it's participants has strangely enough aided her in recognizing Masen's sincere feelings for her sister.
Lee's word limitation on Alice's ability to express herself is hilarious.
Another giant step for Masen is accepting Bella's possible inability to love sharks but still contribute to the team with her skills of rational logic and team support.
Wondering what words of wisdom Whit will have for Masen regarding his new sleeping schedule?
Lee's word limitation was one of my favorite fun parts of this chapter.
We're pretty sure Masen is too chicken to ask Whit what he thinks of his sleeping changes! LOL
Date: 09 Oct 2014 12:02 PM Title: 44 In Tandem
Damn good chapter. I was great to see another update. These long chapters must take it out of you plus having RL beating down on you. I love the story as well as these characters. Really enjoyed Lee's POV for a short period. I would love to get Emmett's POV especially on the skiv when they go 2 teams. That would really bring iin a new dimension of how Whit and Masen work together.
thanks for writing and sharing
Oh what a great idea! Show Gopher's view on his team and friends. We'll look into that!
Yeah, RL has not been cooperating with our posting schedule and it's drives us crazy! More than usual! LOL
Date: 05 Oct 2014 1:04 PM Title: 44 In Tandem
Surely Bella's brilliant plan proves she deserves to be a part of the team once her internship is over! :D
So glad Alice is finally "getting it," too!
We're pretty sure once they all hear Bella's plan, there will be no doubts about where her future should lie. :)
Date: 05 Oct 2014 2:01 AM Title: 44 In Tandem
So proud of Bella for proposing her plan to Edward. She is such a part of the team. XOXO,Cheri
We loved that she presented it in her own way and didn't let herself feel intimidated by her newness to the field.
Date: 05 Oct 2014 1:49 AM Title: 44 In Tandem
So much happening. I am glad that Alice is working on her relationship with everyone. I got a laugh out of the dog collar bling because I totally see her doing that. And it's not only Alice's relationships that are changing. There is just all kinds of emotional growth going on.
I just want to say I appreciate all the scientific data that goes in the story. The story about the sharks and the rays reminded me over the debate about the wolves in Yellowstone. Predators are necessary everywhere and as Edward would say, you don't have to love them to respect them and their role in nature. Sometimes as an educator that is the most you can hope for, live and let live. Humans can just have an issue sometimes not always being the top of the food chain.
It's sometimes hard to grasp how hard-headed humans can be when it comes to predators. Wolves, sharks, bears -- they all have important parts to play in our daily lives whether we see it or not. Hopefully conservation laws will keep getting proposed and passed until we can finally start to see the balance being returned on land and at sea.
Date: 04 Oct 2014 11:52 PM Title: 44 In Tandem
Glad Edward didn't flip about the collar. Alice was trying to do something nice.
Good thing that Alice is really trying to listen and understand now.
Great plan Bella came up with.
Edward and Alice showed a lot of patience and maturity in this chapter. We're proud of them!
Bella is growing by leaps and bounds and we can't wait to see how the team reacts to her idea.
Date: 04 Oct 2014 10:07 PM Title: 44 In Tandem
Sometimes you just need a fresh and new pair of eyes to see what you overlooked. i cringed with the collar incident, i thought he'd hit the roof! I don't know about Bella doing a cage dive, that's the ultimate test for her i would think
We suspect if he hadn't had an extra collar on board, he would not have been so quick to let things go. But we'll never know. He's stubborn as all hell! LOL
A cage dive will be her ultimate test for sure. She's testing her control of her anxiety, her ability to fully trust her teammate, and she has to perform her duties without freezing. We are definitely rooting for her to go for it!
Date: 06 Sep 2014 11:42 AM Title: 43 Holding On & Letting Go
ROFL for Carlisle angry dad face. Glad Esme is going to go with Carlisle for awhile.
Carlisle did such a great job of pulling off Angry Dad!! He scared Edward and Whit more than any shark has so far! LOL
Date: 02 Sep 2014 10:48 AM Title: 43 Holding On & Letting Go
As tight knit as the new and improved family has become, it is time for each of them to spread their wings a bit and experience their new relationships, as well as responsibilities, on their own.
Will Masen thank Alice for her observations and suggestion of encouraging Esme to travel to Florida with Carlisle?
Has Lee made it to the same place in her mind as the rest of the crew regarding Alice's change of heart?
Carlisle playing the fierce over protective father was funny. He had the guys quaking in their shoes for a moment.
Masen and Alice's relationship is going to be in a new place, one that both are comfortable with. Lee is almost there, and she does want to be at the point, but she's just not there quite yet.
Date: 02 Sep 2014 8:30 AM Title: 42 Got Lucky
Yeah, I'm finally back in the boat and ready to ride the waves of joy that this story leaves in it's wake.
I really enjoyed this chapter. Even though most of it was at Masen's expense. LOL.
The second the door clicked shut Whit was running off at the mouth. "So what was rocking the boat more? The storm or you blowing your line out of the water? And don't even think about lying to me, bro. I need information, not wasted time. Start with what the hell finally got through your self-imposed chastity belt."
And: Esme's reference to wild spider-monkey sex popping stitches. Hahaha
Poor Bella, finally taking the initiative to please her partner only to smash the beans and franks in the presence of her family!
Date: 01 Sep 2014 10:38 PM Title: 43 Holding On & Letting Go
It's so hard to let your parents go to start living their own lives, but Edward and Bella making the best of it. I would imagine that it changed Bella and carlisle's dynamic having Alice there. While Edward had his friends, it's not quite the same relationship as a sibling. Edward and esme have been a team for a long time. Plus she has been traveling with them. I agree that Alice has come a long way but is still growing. It will be an interesting dynamic on the boat this time. But I like how everyone is coming together as a family. Now the question is whether that can hold while working together.
That is the question and a very big one - can work and family blend for this group in a way that's satisfying for everyone? Guess we'll have to keep reading to find out! ;)
Date: 31 Aug 2014 10:43 PM Title: 43 Holding On & Letting Go
wow, that had to be hard for Masen, but he'll be so busy on the boat that time will fly and the iPads will help. Carlisle scared me there for a minute too...lol. can't wait to see what's up next!
It's going to be a new kind of challenge for Masen to be without Esme, but he knows it's what she needs and he would do anything for her. Carlisle did such a great job being fake scary that the guys better make sure they never make him actually scary! LOL
Date: 04 Aug 2014 2:26 PM Title: 42 Got Lucky
Think everyone tears up at lilo and stitch, at least the first time. Nice gesture from Alice. lol for getting caught by Carlisle et al.
Yes! More Lilo and Stitch fans!! LOL Alice is definitely making an effort and everyone is happy to see it, even if they aren't commenting on it. Yeah, poor Carlisle. LOL
Date: 03 Aug 2014 9:48 PM Title: 42 Got Lucky
Ah the joys and trials of being a part of a family, especially one that lives and works together. But Edward and Bella are now on a firm footing, enough so they can take it. Just keep your head high and give as good as you got. At least they were not naked.
It will be interesting to see what happens when they get back on the boat.
I do believe Alice is trying but in my mind she still has a lot of growing up to do. But she is making a good start.
Cannot wait for the next chapter.
Family is always a source of love and torture - at least mine has always been that way. LOL And we agree, Alice still has some growing to do, but I think we all do at her age when we step out of the bubbles we've grown up in.
Date: 02 Aug 2014 8:48 PM Title: 42 Got Lucky
gotta love spending time with the family. whit and Esme are a riot..... Alice has to reel it in a little, it was like she had a large double caffeine coffee with a shot of espresso. ;D
That is an excellent description of Alice! But reeling it in? Not gonna happen with this one. LOL
Date: 02 Jul 2014 2:12 PM Title: 41 End of the Line
oooh the storm came in fast huh. hmmm hope they are ok on the boat. nice private time together or errie scary time....guess time will tell.
Glad they are talking things out regarding e's lines. Happy lemon dance!!!
Date: 30 Jun 2014 10:14 PM Title: 41 End of the Line
It was absolutely perfect for the way they have set up the lines of communication and pushing that line of physical needs versus want into their future. Edward's revelation about his self imposed restriction helped Bella understand his new resolve at making their relationship about more than an image for the rest of the world to scrutinize.
I can't wait for Whit and Lee to decipher Edward's new behavior around them. HEHEHEHE
I'm sure Esme already knows exactly what has been resolved in her sons life. lol
Date: 29 Jun 2014 2:36 AM Title: 41 End of the Line
I am glad to see the end of the line. And I'm glad they were able to have some privacy for it. While it was not ideal circumstances, I think this time on the boat was very important for them because they were able to focus on their relationship without all the distractions. I'm also glad Edward had the courage to ask about the futur. Now Bella knows he wants her there. But Bella does have a good point about needing to earn her place. Everyone, themselves included, need to know she is there because she contributes to their work, not just her relationship with mason. Glad they have gotten better about communicating with each other.
Date: 04 Jun 2014 9:35 PM Title: 40 Doubt vs Desire
I love how receptive Esme is to Bella's methods of discussing the relationship between her son and his first girlfriend.
Did Carlisle create some of the doubt in Edward's mind regarding Bella's future?
Maybe it's Edward that is struggling to keep the lines from blurring as Bella touches all aspects of his life. Esme might be right about Edward needing to take his love for Bella up a notch or two in the physical department. Not that I advocate sleeping with the employees, but his girlfriend needs more to solidify their commitment to a future together.
Esme trusts Bella to treat Edward with respect and that is a big reason why she can have conversations like that with Bella. And Esme also isn't afraid to admit that her kid isn't perfect. LOL
We don't think Carlisle created the doubt, but he may have fed the doubt that was already there. The level of guilt Edward was feeling over his behavior was the source of his doubt - he's not used to failing at anything and to be so miserable at keeping his work and personal life separate is confusing for him.
Date: 01 Jun 2014 10:09 PM Title: 40 Doubt vs Desire
He just has to stop getting so lost in his own head but then again Bella needs to let him know where she's at in her thoughts of the future as well. Communication is always the key and they are unintentionally keeping the other out.
This is true; communication is the root and the water of a lasting relationship. We're going to start seeing a lot of talk about the future in the coming chapters while they move closer to each other and the end of summer.
Date: 31 May 2014 9:54 PM Title: 40 Doubt vs Desire
love Esme and her wisdom :) Carlisle had good input too. can't wait for their dinner!
We are very interested in finding out Edward's version of a date. The stubborn goober won't tell us any details. He says we have to wait just like his kapu. LOL
Date: 17 May 2014 6:49 PM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
:) Glad they sorted that out.
Edward is definitely working on sorting it out. He wants Bella to know he absolutely knows what he did wrong and that he will do all he can to make sure it never happens again.
Date: 14 May 2014 9:53 PM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
Wow, it is amazing how pain and meds can alter ones perception of a situation and creat larger problems. Loved this chapter.
The pain definitely kept him from realizing the underlying anger he was feeling at having his work stopped. And Bella standing strong and taking zero percent of his behavior helped him to just stop being so sure of himself and really look at what had happened and why it had happened. He's learning and that's a great sign for both of them.
Date: 12 May 2014 11:46 AM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
Wow, Masen stepped in that pile all the way to his neck! A bulldozer size explanation to move the load of crap out of the way may take hours for him to get it right. This was worse than his first infraction because a deep level of trust had been established. How much will this event affect their personal relationship versus their professional one?
Gopher was very accurate in his observations and he wasn't the one in the room. No wonder Whit was so angry.
Was Bella's maiden voyage driving the skiff uneventful?
You'll have to read the next chapter to find out how it affects those relationships ;)
Gopher hit it on the head for sure! We love when he decides to step out of the shadow and lay down the truth - So superhero of him ;)
Bella's maiden voyage was perfect! No sharks in sight, smooth waters, and she undocked and docked like the pro she is!
Date: 11 May 2014 10:14 PM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
I remember that video of all the sharks feeding on the dead whale. I also agree that those people who climbed on it were idiots. But the footage was interesting. I agree that every researcher needs to decide what level of risk is acceptable for themselves. Every person for that matter. The scar game reminded me of the scene in jaws where they are drinking in the boat. At least this time there is no giant great white trying to sink them. As for Edward, he just learned a big lesson in relationships of all kinds. Glad he was able to come to his senses in time. Although I know the damage won't be fixed overnight.
Is there a timeline you have in mind for the story? Will it just cover the summer? Just curious. Keep up the great work. Seeing update alerts always makes me smile.
No, an overnight fix is not in Edward's future. And it shouldn't be. He wants a personal life, then he has to learn how to have one just like everyone else.
Timeline - We know it goes through the summer and to the end of the internship. We definitley want a few chapters after that to show how this summer has shaped all of them and changed them, but we don't have anything concrete yet. We are waiting like all of you to see if Bella will be confident enough to join MMR or if she will feel Atlanta is still the place for her. Either choice brings challenges to her personal life with Edward and we ALL want to know how that goes. LOL And of course, we have to know where things go for Esme and Carlisle!
Date: 11 May 2014 7:18 PM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
Don't blame them for being skeptical of Alice. I would be too.
Video was a big step I think. Whit made some good points.
Ugh for E's reaction to the stitches. He was a real idiot. And even though everyone talked to him, he's still delusional.
WEll at least he finally realized what a goober he was.
We all have that one thing in our life that makes us see red to the point that everything else is hidden - not being able to work is Edward's trigger. Add severe pain to that and you get a bullheaded, loud-mouthed goober! LOL But he did the important thing - he stopped and really took a look and when he realized he was the wrongest of wrong, he did all he could to apologize and start to repair the damage. We'll see some more of that in the next chapter :)
Date: 11 May 2014 2:39 PM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
Madsen IS getting better at apologizing, but is very slow at learning when he is wrong. That is so a guy thing. Loving this! XOXO,Cheri
Right?! So many guys have to be hit over the head with reasons why it was wrong before they get it. And even then you sometimes wonder if they are just saying "sorry" to get you to move on. LOL Masen is going to make certain Bella knows he gets it and that his apology means something.
Date: 11 May 2014 3:45 AM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
I honestly love this Edward (actually, truthfully, I love any Edward as long as he is based off of Rob P) but this Edward is one of my favorites. He is so complex, complicated. He has so many levels to his character. I have an analytical brain so I completely get a lot of his thought processes, but being female allows me to see the emotional side easy. I love how he has to sepearate himself and go through things step-by-step. He sure messed up bad this time, but at least it took him less than a day to realize his mistake and how huge a jerk he was. Great chapter! I always look forward to the next hoping he will let that line he has drawn blur just a little bit more. Please let the line blur? Bella may be good at being patient, but I am having a hard time with it!
LMAO!! Love how ready so many are for that line to blur! Between you and me - it won't last as long as he believes it will.
I'm so glad to hear how and why you love this Edward. It's all the reasons I love him. I can get very bogged down in details and completely miss how it's affecting the ones around me. After all these years, they let it slide a lot, but like Bella, they know when not to let it slide. And like me, he is quick to figure out his error and digs right in to fixing what broke. We analytical types have to stick together ;)
Date: 10 May 2014 10:31 PM Title: 39 Trapped In A Rip Tide
once you're pissed at yourself, usually everyone else is a target for you, and anything said is just a trigger to snap. glad he finally realized and went to wait outside her room. i was just shocked that the other 3 were telling him what an ass he was being and he was acting like a child and saying they were taking sides.....what a mule!
You called this so right!! And yes, he was being an absolute mule - he could not for the life of him grasp why his friends were not siding with him for the first time ever and was stubbornly convinced the only rational explanation was a mutiny. LOL Thankfully his time alone helped him realize he was a giant jerk and he had a good idea on how to start fixing things. :)
Date: 04 May 2014 10:37 AM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
Okay, I have been reading this for the past week. Just caught up. You neeeeeed to post a new chapter! Please! Dying to read the rest of this story. It's great. Truly.
Welcome aboard, Rachel. We'll be posting again soon!
Date: 29 Apr 2014 8:05 AM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
Wow, just wow. This chapter has so much i am unsure of where to begin. I loved Edwards speech to Alice and how her comments affected him. Alice is an idiot if she truly believed that her comments didn't hurt him. Well the next phase will be interesting especially when Bella attempts to convince Edward she is not meant for ATL anymore but with the team in HI and the world.
There was definitely a lot going on and everything that has happened here will affect all of their futures - some just realize it way more than others.
Date: 21 Apr 2014 6:38 PM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
Man relationships take work. Lol glad to see that everyone is starting down a path to working stuff out. It won't happen over night but at least it's a start. It was good of Bella to encourage Edward to talk to Alice. I wonder if she discounted his feelings because he is not important to her right now. She was so intent on "protecting" Bella that she didn't take his side into account. But it was good he spoke up for himself. It will be interesting to see the start of a relationship between Alice and lee. I think Edward did that because he trusts lee and if lee believes Alice than he can. Can't wait till we see our team back in action on the water but it was great getting this insight into the various relationships.
That is the truest statement ever - relationships are their own full time job. You guessed exactly why Edward pointed Alice toward Lee - he figures they can't both be wrong and she's less likely to expect the worst.
Date: 21 Apr 2014 5:54 PM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
Glad Whit was there to knock him upside the head.
Love Esme. Seems like Alice is still in the me me me thinking though.
Glad Whit is going to protect himself above Alice. Smart man. Great advice from his dad too. Time will tell with Alice I suppose.
Carlisle is such a great guy. Glad E told A how he really feels.
It's not so much that Alice is still in the me-me stage, more that she is basing her views off what she knows of them and it's just not much at the moment. She'll get better as she learns more about the team, which she is really committed to doing this time around.
Date: 20 Apr 2014 9:51 PM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
That was an intensely emotional chapter on all fronts. Let's hope the building of trust and family bonds remains a high priority for Alice and the rest of the party.
Will we get to read Lee's perspective on Alice's revelations as well as her apologies?
I believe Uncle Carlisle needs to continue the encouraging comments from his brothers perspective. Reinforcing the bonds of family and the strength gained through the struggles and perseverance as they rebuild their lives.
Alice seems to thrive under the loving guidance of a mother figure like Esme.
Edward's heart felt confession to Alice of his fears of losing Bella brought the final pieces together for Alice. She has a lot to prove to each member of this amalgamated family.
Lee's perspective at this moment is sort of a mix between Whit and Masen. She hopes for everyone else's sake that Alice is being truthful and open minded now, but like Masen she is wary of putting a lot of trust into it. She's not going to say anything right now because her style is to watch and learn before passing judgment.
Alice does have a lot to prove and she actually does recognize that - this is all on her, not them.
Date: 20 Apr 2014 4:24 PM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
Thank you for another great chapter.Masen is really sweet. I love they way he cares, even when he tends to overreact. Finally, Alice is on the right track. Let's hope she'll be able to keep it up. Bella is finally starting to consider staying after the internship. Good for her. ;)
Masen can be sweet when he really tries. We will give him that. LOL
Date: 20 Apr 2014 3:56 AM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
Another great chapter. Glad Edward got to speak his piece to Alice. Hopefully she has finally grown up a bit and can be trusted. Loving this story.
Alice is honestly trying this time and she does recognize that it's on her to repair these relationships, not on the team to automatically forgive her. That's a huge step in her thinking and we think it's going to ensure things turn out right this time.
Date: 19 Apr 2014 11:44 PM Title: 38 Confession & Contrition
wow, look who did a 180! well as long as she doesn't slip back into "brat" Alice mode. i see Lee throwing her overboard if she makes or pulls any drma
LOL Yes, Lee would definitely make the attempt to toss Alice overboard! And it would take Gopher and Whit and Masen all together to stop her. LOL
Date: 08 Apr 2014 1:06 PM Title: 37 Tsunami of Emotion
So glad they left before Alice could start stuff in the AM. LOL for Esme and Switzerland. Alice has a lot of soulsearching and growing up to do
Woo hoo for great B dive!!!
lol for bad dream for Alice. Esme and Carlisle are too cute together. The root of it, Dear Alice, is you not Bella.
oooh for a little line bending time.
Alice definitely has a ton of soul searching to do and some hard choices to make as well.
We so love Esme and Carlisle together and getting to show little pieces of their growing relationship
Yeah, that line bent pretty far this time. LOL Edward was definitely not expecting to do that. Now we get to see how he corrects his course.
Date: 01 Apr 2014 9:46 PM Title: 37 Tsunami of Emotion
Well, damn. So much has happened. Alice is a real head case that gets more complicated with each chapter. The dive scene was just beautiful and perfect for the 3 of them.
already excited for the next chapter and the outcome of Alice's fitful sleep.
We had so much fine writing the dive and researching which animals they might come across. It was great to have Bella take that next big step in her career.
Alice's fitful sleep will hopefully lead to the hard choices she needs to make and the fixes she needs to employ.
Date: 28 Mar 2014 6:19 AM Title: 37 Tsunami of Emotion
Alice is really clueless. I hope for Whit's sake that she will come to her senses very soon (I trust you J) I'm very happy that E&B's relationshim is developing so well. Thank you for another great chapter.
I trust me too ;) If anyone deserves to have his heart's desire come true, it's our nudger Whit.
E&B's relationship is so beautiful and I think a big part of that is all the complixity that comes with Edward being so far out of his normal routine with her. Can't wait to see where it goes next!