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Reviewer: KathyK (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 08:45 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

I swear, this is the saddest story I have ever read. (Maybe the one where Bella and Edward both died may have been sadder, but anyway, this one is heart wrenching!) My heart is in my throat the whole time I'm reading this. I want to cry for her, and beat him to within an inch of his life. How could he do this? I know men are idiots, but this is beyond idiocy. He'd better have one hell of an explanation. Cause I'm really pissed.

Author's Response:

Hi KathyK,

Oh no, the saddest story you've ever read!? I'm sorry! Things will start to cheer up a bit soon, I promise! Eeek! I've never heard of a story where Bella and Edward both die, that's awful! I imagine that would bring quite a sudden end to the story, too...

Lots of readers are ready to whack Rob over the head at the moment. Rest assured that he is punishing himself as well, big time.

Thanks so much for reading, despite the angst!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: emozing (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 08:08 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

No review again – just more or my rambling mind.  Sorry!!!

Gemma is still struggling with her emotions.  Looking for a safe haven.  There isn’t one.  She must hold her head up and face this heartbreaking situation head on if she is to survive.  She needs to make some decisions.  Forward or forgive and forget.

Sarah was priceless at LAX.  Still trying to make things better for her friend.  Not wanting to tell her that Marcus came back with Ally.  Another ingenious cog in this ever-turning wheel.  But yet not quite completely honest.  I feel there was so much more to Sarah’s conversation with Rob. 

How did Rob’s key get on Gemma’s night table?  Did he give it to Sarah or perhaps to Ally so that she could return?  Interesting!

And Ally – coming to help Gemma forget the Vampire guy by taking her out drinking and dancing.  By the way, song choices were once again spot on.  I feel Ally will put Gemma first.  But will she unknowingly be a go between for Rob?  After all she and Marcus will discuss this situation.

Loved the dancing.    But, I didn’t like the prick on the dance floor.   Gemma’s drinking much too much.  I’m not quite certain how I feel about Marcus’ intervention with Jason.  Yes -  Marcus should have stepped in - but I am questioning his reasoning.   I hope he has Gemma’s best interests at heart here.  Not wanting her to do something that she will regret.  But then there is also the Rob factor with Marcus.  He is walking a very tight rope.   As Gemma’s friend, how can he do anything except save her from making a mistake that she will ultimately regret.    As Rob’s friend, will he be able to help him work through this – with or without Gemna?   Or will March simply be the go between for both of them?  Knowing that they both still love each other.  Hoping there is a together in their future.   Seeing both sides and only trying to help.      Hmmmmmm.

And Rob continues to text.   Pouring out his heart.  Sorry for the decision he made.  Letting her know she still has an option.

 Gemma has a major decision to make.   Is she willing to forgive him and communicate?  Should she change her phone number and move on?  Knowing she leaves the love of her life behing. 

Shit Bee, this is still in a f---ing mess!!!!  And you said it’s not rock bottom yet.   I have a headache with all of these questions.   And don’t you laugh!  This is exactly what you meant to happen.  Evil.  Just evil.  But I love it!  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Need update soon.

Elaine – sparkledamnu on twitter


P.S.  Is Rob at the club – somewhere she can’t see him?

Author's Response:

Hi lovely Elaine,

Oooh, another amazing review! Thank you so much! Don't apologize for your "rambling mind" - I love it! :)

So yes, this whole chapter was really about Gemma struggling with her emotions. She wanted an escape - somewhere (or something? Someone?) to forget all about Rob, just for a night. She didn't want to be sweet little Gemma for the night. Of course that didn't happen because she's always surrounded by Rob anyway, even when he's not there. You're right though - she does need to make some decisions, and she will soon... but not in this chapter. She was letting herself escape in this chapter. Allowing herself to be a mess.

Sarah was definitely worried telling Gemma about Marcus visiting. Another thing to remind her of Rob. I think there was lots more to Rob and Sarah's conversation that night he came over too. Clearly something went on with the key, and they talked enough for her to realize how badly he was doing, but then she kicked him out anyway. Shall we add that to the little list of outtakes that might never be written? Eeek!

And hmm, Ally. She's definitely on Gemma's side in all of this, but whether she likes it or not, she will probably still have contact with Rob too, through Marcus. To what extent, we don't know as yet. But Ally's sensible enough and her relationship with Marcus is strong enough to work the situation out between them. They'll be okay. :)

Same with Marcus. He's like the 'Dad' of the group, remember? Hehee. So he'll be able to handle Rob and still see Gemma too. As I said over on the forums, clearly Rob's not doing so well. He's miserable at home, and Marcus left him there anyway, so he could go spend the night with Ally and Gemma. He's trying hard not to take sides, I think. Rob's texts only started when Marcus left... Maybe Marcus had put a ban on his phone up until then! And he certainly wouldn't have let Rob come out with him to the club, either! So yes, Marcus really does have Gemma's best interests at heart. He interrupted her dancing with Jason because he knew she would regret it in the morning if it went any further, and because she was doing it for all the wrong reasons. It was only Gemma lashing out at him that suggested he was doing it for Rob, but deep down, I think she knew that wasn't true. She was just taking her anger out on the wrong person.

Yep, Rob continues to text. Sigh! Lots of people are angry at him about that, and for good reason. He's not giving her the space she needs, and it's just overwhelming her even further. But that being said, she hasn't asked him to stop, either. And she could have turned off her phone, but she didn't. It's that final little link between them and maybe neither of them are quite willing to give that up yet...

Hopefully the next chapter won't be far away. I've posted a mini little teaser over there on your suggestion! ;)

Thank you so much for your amazing review, Elaine. I love hearing from you!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: leanie13 (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 04:54 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

This story was amazing. i was wanting the whole time for gemma to just either text him back or call him and just yell at him or somthing. but im glad she didnt. :)

im looking forward as always for the next chapter!

Author's Response:

Hi leanie13,

Great to hear you enjoyed the chapter! It was so tempting to let Gemma write an angry text back to Rob, but somehow I think her not responding at all is hurting him more than if she got angry with him. Not hearing from her is killing him, so at the moment it's the best form of punishment!

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing. Next chapter shouldn't be too far away. :)

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: amber_v (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 11:44 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Ally's heart was in the right place but it was definitely too soon for going out. And Rob texting her all the time made it only worse. 

I love this story!!! I hope you'll update soon ;)

Author's Response:

Hi amber_v,

Hmm, poor Gemma. It really wasn't her night. You're right, it was too soon to go out drinking and dancing, but Ally really wanted to cheer her up. Rob's texts certainly weren't helping... He's missing her desperately and although he knows he shouldn't be texting her, he can't seem to stop himself. Eek!

Thanks so much for continuing to read and review. I'm glad you're still enjoying the story!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: Pinkcookie (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 10:58 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Whew!  I am drained!  If it turns out that Rob made up this story of sleeping with someone else, GET. MY. GUN.   I know you keep talking about Rob pushing people away when they get too close, but that scenario would just be too cruel to poor Gemma.  I anxiously await next chapter...  (thanks for the good story Bee!).  Pinkcookie

Author's Response:

Hi Pinkcookie,

It was definitely a tough chapter! It was just as difficult to write, too. Sorry you're feeling drained... But don't worry, things will start to get a bit more cheerful soon.

But no, Rob certainly didn't make up the story about sleeping with someone else. He really was telling the truth about that - we just don't know why he did it yet. We will find out eventually though.

Thanks so much for continuing to read and review!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: RobAussieFan (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 08:35 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

You are a briliant writer and this is a brilliant story. My heart is breaking but I have faith that they'll pull through. Love the music too.

Author's Response:

Aww, thanks so much, RobAussieFan. You're too lovely! :)

I'm glad you still have faith in Rob and Gemma. It'll take time, but things will start to cheer up soon. Glad you enjoyed the playlist, too!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: ipreferbrunettes (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 06:41 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

poor **sniff** gemma

so, it's not a good idea to read this story at work! 

Rob is sure making it hard for Gem with all the text messages.  If he was trying to push her away why is he hanging on so damn tight! 

pleeeeeeeeeassseeeeee!!  i can't stand my own tears anymore! I so need them at least communicating again and trying to work through it :( 

Author's Response:

Uh-oh! Sorry for bringing on more tears! And at work, eeek! :( 

Poor Gemma, it just really wasn't her night and Rob's texts certainly weren't helping. As he said in his last text, it's all he can do right now. It's that last little link between them and he can't let that go. He's hanging on tight because he misses her desperately and totally regrets his decision to push her away. Sigh!

I promise things will start to cheer up again soon. They won't be miraculously better overnight, but things will get nicer soon. :)

Thanks so much for reading through the tears!

-SwimmingBee x


Reviewer: Carly1989 (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 06:09 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

AMAZING chapter!
Can't wait for the next!

Author's Response:

Thanks so much, Carly! More coming soon! :)

-SwimmingBee x


Reviewer: xrxdanixrx (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 05:12 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Eek, poor Gemma. Rob isn't really making it easy for her, either. I mean, he could leave her alone, but he isn't. Not sure if he knows the effect he's having on her.

Either way, I hope she can pull through. She's a good girl and deserves some form of happiness, and right now, Rob isn't making her happy with his presense around, even if it's in the form of text messages.


Author's Response:

Hi Dani,

Ooh, I know. Poor Gemma. It really wasn't her night, and Rob's text messages certainly didn't help. He definitely could have left her alone, but you know what? She could have turned her phone off, or wrote back and told him to stop texting her. Rob can't let go, and maybe Gemma can't quite allow herself to either. Hmm.

Thanks so much for continuing to read and review. I always enjoy hearing what you have to say. :)

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: Newmommy2509 (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 03:06 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

I really love how you've made Rob into a "real" guy. Too many fics paint him as the perfect man. It nice to read, but just not realistic. I'm loving the turn of events in this story. Can't wait for the next chapter!

Author's Response:

Hi Newmommy,

Thanks so much for your lovely review. It's great to hear you're enjoying the story - and my flawed Rob, too! Nobody's perfect, right? Not even our lovely Robert Pattinson, as much as we'd like him to be. We all make mistakes and do silly things, especially when we're in love!

Thanks again,

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: twilightteacher (Signed) · Date: February 15, 2011 01:10 AM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Wow! That was painful to read. Things need to get better soon! This is torture! When will Rob get it? By texting her, he is proving that he does not understand how much he hurt her, and continues to hurt her.

Author's Response:

Hi twilightteacher,

Hmm, it was certainly a painful chapter to write, too! Don't worry... things will start to cheer up soon, I promise! Rob's texts certainly aren't helping the situation, but as he said, it's all he can do right now. It's that last little link between the two of them and he can't bear to let her go. 

Thanks so much for reading, despite the angst! 

-SwimmingBee x


Reviewer: jordan (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 11:56 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Interesting chapter, as always. I just can't stop thinking about this story!!!! I know you'll answer these questions at some point so I'm just ranting outloud...I just can't imagine a scenario that would justify what he did.  If he was freaking out because of the intensity of their relationship and cheated to push her away, then why would he now be texting her, stopping by her place, telling her he loves her?!  Ahhh!!!! I was a little surprised Ally pushed Gemma so soon to get out there. I know she was just trying to help but I think Gemma just needs to be sad for a bit (and have it out with Rob).  They do need to talk, she needs closure and to have her say... Love these characters. You're the best!!!!

Author's Response:

Hey jordan,

Thanks so much for lovely review! I'm so glad you're still enjoying the story, despite the angst. :) 

You raised some interesting questions and thoughts... and don't worry, they will all get answered! Maybe Rob's reasoning behind why he pushed her away will never fully justify his actions, but he will get a chance to explain things eventually. But why is he texting her? Basically, he misses her and feels awful for what he did. And because he's a bit messed up and totally regrets his decision to try and push her away. Sigh, Rob! 

I totally agree with you about Gemma just needing to be sad for a bit. You're right, it was too soon to go out for a night of drinking and dancing, but she wanted an escape. And Ally's such an energetic, positive person that she didn't want to see Gemma sitting around feeling miserable, even though that's probably exactly what she needed.

Thanks again! More coming soon!

-SwimmingBee x


Reviewer: kimjhill (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 11:29 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

he's a sorry sorry boy now, huh???? i was really surprised when rob didnt show up at the club!!!  i have a strange image of rob showing up at gemma's school to try and win her back when she goes back to icrazy or what.......what grade does she teacj again?????  would the kids know who rob was if he did show up...well just cant wait for next update- how many chaps have you planned for tis story??? :)

Author's Response:

Hi kimjhill,

Yep, Rob is certainly a sorry boy now! A bit too late, perhaps? Marcus never would have let him go to the club though. I think even Rob would have known that wouldn't be a good idea! His texting made things difficult enough. Hmm, Gemma teaches Year 3, so I think some of them would know who Robert Pattinson was, if he showed up at her school. Hehee.

There are 46 chapters altogether for Days Like This. Getting closer and closer to the end, eeek!

Thanks so much for continuing to read and review! I really appreciate your support and love your questions and predictions. :)

-SwimmingBee x


Reviewer: twilightmom96 (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 11:28 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

i just dont think this is so easy to forgive i mean its bad enough he cheated...but he cheated on purpose he set out to destroy their relationship...i just dont think it should be easy. if i were gemma i would be reevaluating my life i mean she let him in and he does this to her?

Author's Response:

Hi twilightmom,

I think you're completely right! What Rob did is certainly not an easy thing to forgive. He hurt her in the worst way possible, which is why she's in so much pain right now. Clearly, Rob is struggling too, but so he should! Nobody is telling her to forgive him. At this point, she's just trying to get through her days.

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to review. :)

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: danimcket (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 11:23 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Very realistic chapter. I hope by rock bottom you do not mean that Gemma will sleep with someone else. That would be totally out of character.

Author's Response:

Hey danimcket,

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! It was a tough chapter to write, but I'm glad it came across as realistic. Sometimes life is tough!

We'll have to wait and see what "rock bottom" means, but don't worry... It's not going to be totally out of character. Just something that has to happen to start the slow recovery process.

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: Enchanting Lilly (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 11:07 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

I can understand why she wanted to loose herself in the music and just dance. When your heart is broken and you see no light at the end of the tunnel you just give up. I know Rob is sorry but he was a shit to do that to her. Some things you just can't forgive that easily. I hope they can find there way back to each other. It is in your hands now.



Author's Response:

Hi Lilly,

Aw, poor Gemma. She really was kinda giving up in this chapter, wasn't she? She was completely overwhelmed and frustrated, and just needed an escape. Rob really was a shit, and he knows it. His texts really aren't helping the situation, but as he said, it's all he can do right now. It's his final link to her and he can't let that go. Sigh! Things will start to cheer up a bit soon, I promise! :)

Thanks so much for continuing to read, despite the angst. More coming soon! 

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: Emily Belle (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 11:00 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

I'm just sad.

Author's Response:

Aww, sorry Emily Belle. Things will cheer up soon, don't worry! :)

Thanks for reading, despite the sadness!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: campcathryn (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 10:57 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Love it

Author's Response:

Great to hear, campcathryn! Thanks so much!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: ruthhazelton (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 10:39 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Well - she has the spare key back - doesn't really matter how it got back.  She still needs to change her cell phone number so he'll stop texting her.   Glad to hear he's miserable.  Serves him right.  Hooray to Marcus for getting her away from Jason or whatever his name was.   Otherwise, that wouldn't have turned out well and she'd have hated herself in the morning and she would be in even worse shape.




Author's Response:

Hi Ruth,

So yep, Gemma has her key back. You're right - it doesn't really matter how it got there, and she really doesn't have the energy to find out. Sigh! Hmm, she could get her cell phone number changed... or she could just text him back and ask him to stop! She hasn't even tried that yet, remember. Even though she's completely overwhelmed and frustrated with him and his texts, I think there's still a tiny bit of her that doesn't want to tell him to stop. If she did, that would be it. At the moment, his texts are the last little thing linking them together. She could have always turned her phone off... ;)

Yay for Marcus indeed! He definitely saved the day, and made Gemma realize she was making an even bigger mess of things.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review, Ruth. I'm getting a bit spoilt by your reviews lately, love it! :)

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: boomerand (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 10:28 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Better, soon - please???  Still, a great chpater - love/hated it.  Update??

Author's Response:

Hi boomerand,

Things will start to cheer up soon, I promise! Things won't be all fixed right away, but definitely better than they are now. I'm glad you still (kinda!) enjoyed this chapter though. Thanks so much for continuing to read and review!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: gopher4953 (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 10:21 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Oh Bee!

It has to start getting better soon or I'm not gonna be able to stand it! I hate the sadness and anger that is dominatin' Gemma's heart right now. She doesn't deserve it. Rob fucked up royally!

Sarah, like always, was there for Gem when she came home. But Gem's state of mind didn't really let her respond to her best friend. Sarah is worried about her and rightly so. She's been here before with Gem and doesn't like seein' her there again,

Oh Ally! I know that she means well, but having Marcus join them at the club was not a good first. But when Gem started flirtin'...albeit not enjoyin' it...with Jason (he kinda creeped me out!)it was good that he was there. And even though she was furious and suspicious, deep down she was greatful, realizin' that she was really bein' bitchy toward him and Ally.

How in the hell can Rob justify his constant textin' to Gem? Alright, he knows how fucked up he is and that what he did to Gem was unforgivable and that he's caused them both a world of hurt. But, he needs to leave her alone, for a while at least. Gah...I hate this!!!

I'm so glad to "hear" you say that things are goin' to start gettin' better soon, very soon! Don't think my heart can take much more! So, darlin' I need MORE PLEASE, ASAP! Gotta have my Gem and Rob back together again!

Again, sweetie, this is one of my faves and I look forward to every update. I'm waitin' for the HEA that you have promised...but not too soon. We just had one from Les and I don't think I could handle another endin' so soon! Too happy/sad!

Thanks for an amazing tale, bb! Awesome!

Love ya!

Ellen xx


Author's Response:

Hi Ellen,

Oooh, yes. Things will start getting a bit cheerier soon, I promise!! Maybe even in the next chapter, perhaps... ;)

Sarah and Ally are both lovely friends to Gemma, but in different ways. Sarah will give Gemma her space when she needs it and let her be sad, whereas Ally is such an energetic, positive person that she can't stand to let Gemma sit around feeling miserable... Which is why she dragged Gemma out for a night of drinking and dancing when she wasn't quite ready for it yet.

You're right though, Marcus joining them was never really a good idea, but he was worried. He knew taking Gemma out wasn't really the best thing for her, and he ended up helping her a lot. He's Ally's boyfriend, so Gemma's going to have to see him eventually, and get used to him being around. That night though? Gemma took her anger and frustrations she was feeling towards Rob out on Marcus and Ally instead. Eeek!

The random guy on the dancefloor (Jason?!) kinda creeped me out too. Gemma didn't even like him either. He was just different. He was an escape... Until Marcus interrupted, of course. Knowing Gemma like we do, she would have regretted it the next morning if things had have progressed with Jason.

And oh, Rob with the sad texts! He knows he shouldn't be texting her, but as his last text said, it's the only thing he can do. It's the only link left between them, and he misses her so desperately. Sigh! And really, she didn't tell him to stop. She could have turned her phone off. So maybe she's not quite willing to break that last link either...

We've still got a few more chapters to go before Rob and Gemma's HEA, don't worry! There's 46 chapters in total. They'll get there eventually, but they've got lots to work through first.

Thanks so much for another amazing review, Ellen. I always appreciate your kind words and thoughtful comments. :)

Until next time...

-SwimmingBee x


Reviewer: carlyyt (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 10:11 PM · On: Chapter 1 - Girls' Night Out!

Ok, well... I've been creeping on this story for awhile now and these last few chapters have just made me feel the need to comment! First of all, excellent writing! You are fantastic and I was totally into this from the very first chapter I read!

But anyways, I kinda figured something big was going to happen, but I never would have thought that Rob would cheat on Gemma. I was SOOO pissed!! I do like that Gemma seems like she is getting stronger and to be honest, I would hate to see her go back to Rob. It would be absolutely fantastic if this story ended with Gemma kicking him in the balls and telling him to go screw himself! I realize this probably won't happen, but I am sure I will be completely happy and satisfied with whatever you come up with! :)

Looking forward to the next chapter!

Author's Response:

Hi Carlyyt,

Welcome! I'm so glad you're enjoying the story, and very happy you decided to comment! Yay, thanks so much! :)

Hmm, yep... Something big was definitely around the corner for a while there. Things were just too good and easy, and although that's lovely, there was a lot they still needed to talk about, that they never got around to. They were living so happily in their own little bubble, but it had to eventually pop sometime.

So now we'll have to wait and see how Gemma deals with this situation. Although she doesn't want to admit it as yet, she still cares for Rob. She's furious with him and has had her heartbroken, but as you said, she's getting stronger and she'll work out what she wants to do eventually. They both will.

Thanks again for taking the time to read and write a review. I really appreciate it!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: angela2805 (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 10:08 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

I am very into this story, and Im having a hard time waiting for the updates...Good job writing this.  It usually makes me cry but thats a good thing.  It means your writing really gets to the point!

Author's Response:

Hi Angela,

Aww, great to hear you're enjoying the story. Sorry for making you cry! Don't worry, things will start to cheer up again soon. :)

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to review! More coming soon!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: goldeyedsoul (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 09:52 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

Hey Bee,

what an amazing chapter again.  Loved it! :)

I feel for Gemma and I'm kinda disappointed in Marcus. I know, Marcus intentions were good but he should have known better.

And Rob is texting Gemma? What does he expect? An Answer? ..silly Rob..

I'm dying to read the next chapter! Hope we won't have to wait a whole week again! Tell your beta she should hurry :) :)


drea :)


Author's Response:

Hi Drea,

Aw, I'm so glad you enjoyed the chapter!

Poor Gemma... but don't be too disappointed in Marcus. He was just worried about Gemma and knew she would regret it in the morning if anything happened with the random guy on the dancefloor. True, it was overwhelming for her to see him there, but she was going to have to see him eventually. He's Ally's boyfriend. Sigh, what a mixed up little group!

And yes, silly Rob! He just couldn't seem to help texting her, even though he knew he shouldn't be. It's that last little link between them and he can't seem to let it go. And really, Gemma didn't tell him to stop, either. Hmm.

I'm hoping the next chapter will be up soon too! I don't want to be bossy to my beta though... She's lovely and they're all pretty busy around here! So we'll just keep our fingers crossed that it might be up soon. :)

Thanks so much for your lovely review and all your support!

-SwimmingBee x

Reviewer: frickandfrack09 (Signed) · Date: February 14, 2011 09:30 PM · On: Chapter 36 - Mess

I don't even know where to begin. How about Gemma getting shit faced. I mean really girl, please try and hold it together. I know she's practically falling apart at the seems and that totally sucks, but getting drunk and dancing on some weird/gross/random guy is just leaving me speechless. 

Then there's the lashing out. I know it's a step to grieving/healing, but Ally is her friend who is worried about her. And poor Marcus, he is worried about her too and he's only trying to help and Gemma goes all crazy lady on him too. Okay, granted I would've went crazy on him too, but he's doing this on good terms. And I must admit I was skeptical of him at first thinking he was there because Rob asked him to be, but he's not. He's there because he cares, and that is so sexy.

But that leads me to Rob. Rob, Rob, ROB! What the fuck is wrong with him. I was sitting reading this thinking, "Are you trying to torture Gemma?". I am pissed because he has no right to send her these needy text messages and call her telling that he's sorry and that he misses her and that he loves her. SHUT UP! But then I kept re-reading those texts and I just wanted to cry and reach out to run my fingers through his hair. I feel so bad for him.

Lastly, I just want to compliment you on your fantastic writing. I am absolutely engrossed in your story, and I cannot wait for your next update. Tell Gemma I said hi.


Author's Response:

Hi Frickandfrack,

What an amazing, detailed review! Thanks so much! :)

Hmm, getting drunk really wasn't the best idea for Gemma, was it? Really, she just wanted an escape for a night, but then Rob started texting her and Marcus arrived, and things went downhill very quickly. The random guy on the dancefloor was just another diversion - and as Marcus said, a way of getting back at Rob. Knowing Gemma like we do though, that was never going to work out well for her.

She really did lash out at Ally and Marcus, and he made her realize that in the end. She was taking things out on them, when she should have been taking them out on Rob. Marcus wasn't afraid to tell it like it is though. You're right, he was only there because he cares for her, and because she's a good friend of Ally's. He wasn't there for Rob... In fact, he'd clearly left Rob at home by himself, feeling miserable enough to text Gemma repeatedly. Eek!

And sigh, Rob! His texts certainly weren't making things any easier for her, but on the other hand, she didn't write back and tell him to stop, either. And dare I say it, she could have turned off her phone. But she didn't. It was that final little link between them and if she told him to stop texting her, that might be it between them. Is she ready for that yet? Hmm. Time will tell. I think secretly, she's feeling a little bit like you. She wants to hate him and tell him to shut up, but maybe she kind of wants to cuddle him and make him feel better too. He's still Rob, after all, and she's still Gemma.

Thanks so much for your wonderful review. It really means a lot! I'll tell Gemma you said hi. :)

-SwimmingBee x

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