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Penname: Daylen [Contact]
Real name: Daniel
Status: Member
Member Since: March 01, 2009

Mid-30s guy with an addiction for fan fiction presently, and a slew of unfinished writing in my file cabinet and computer that I never seem to manage to complete full stories. Plots and bits and pieces, sure, but start-to-finish stories still elude me.

Aside from that I'm always over-thinking things, have a science background but love my fiction books... and I guess I'm a twi-guy being here as much as I am lately :S (I own the series and The Host as well). Also a fan of David Eddings and Clive Cussler.

Just starting an Education degree that'll eventually send me out to Middle and Secondary schools to teach math and science (mostly biology, probably).

Oh and my friends just gave me an Edward doll from the Barbie range (he sparkles! lol they didn't realise it at the time either) My Twi-diction is kind of a running joke for them, but their nice enough about it :)


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Encore by Oleander Rated: NC-17 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 959]



Edward pulls a Forrest Gump and runs at a most inappropriate time. When he and Bella reconnect five years later, can Bella forgive him enough to give him a chance or is it too late? Canon pairings, NC-17 for future lemons and mature subject matter.

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Categories: AU-Human Characters: Bella, Edward
Series: None
Chapters: 45 Completed: Yes Word count: 248313
[Report This] Published: February 20, 2010 Updated: August 16, 2010

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: March 21, 2010 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

The flashbacks were great - I think I may have chuckled a little too loud at Charlie's "hide my guns" comments (based on the queries I had around me)

Rose's conversation with Bella was great fun though; I can only imagine how much material that lucky  customer has for his er... appreciation... later, when he's alone hehe

Take care with the RL stuff... I've gone into culture shock myself being back at university again. You'd think I'd be used to it after all the times I've gone back and forth between work and studies. Hopefully these next 18 months will be the last "major" chunk for a while though :)

Author's Response:

Yay!  I made you chuckle!  That's better than making you cry, which is what I seem to be doing to everyone else. 

I get you on the culture shock of going back to school.  I went back to take a couple of classes and it was rough.  Back when I was in school full-time, I knew everyone, knew all the profs (it's a small university), and it was easy.  When I went back, I was old enough to have given birth to the first-years, I only knew a couple of profs, and I felt really out of place.  It's a rough transition too, in terms of workload.  I don't envy you the work, but I wish I could go back and finish what I started.

Good luck with school...I'm sure you're going to ace it.  You're a highly intelligent guy with great taste in literature.  ;)

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: March 25, 2010 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

Well it certainly wasn't a heart-fail sort of chapter, although I think my own jaw dropped at Bella deciding to invite Edward over for the waffles along with Emmett.

Jasper's Proposal to Alice was hilarious - hmm rather, her excitement at a 'new toy' and Bella's walking in on them both in their state of undress hehe

It was good to see some progress on both Bella and Edward's parts too. I would call it a pretty big step for the two of them to set down some ground rules, and to try and accept each others' bad days along with good ones.

It's important to have a foundation to work from when trying to rebuild.

I "may" have had some watery eyes while they were working through the framework. Of course, I'm currently avoiding working on an essay due in less than 24hrs and used this as a distraction, so maybe I'm more emotional? ;)

Looking forward to more.. waffles, that is ;)


PS and story, of course! :)


Author's Response:

Aw, Daylen, you never cease to make me smile.

I'm glad I could help in the procrastination process in regard to your essay.  I am a top expert in providing procrastination material; I have a friend who begs me for it on a daily basis, although I don't know if you would appreciate random photos of Robert Pattinson arriving in your inbox as means of procrastinating.

I was as shocked as you were when Bella decided she wanted to invite Edward over for waffles.  She never ceases to amaze me (and give me whiplash).  She's all over the place sometimes.

The framework has been set, but will it work??

Stay tuned, my friend.  :)

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: March 31, 2010 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

ahhh the image of the chase through the store was quite funny.

Alfie continues to be quite the sweetie :)

Some of those applicants sounded amusing, especially the 'favourite' - Adam.

I'm surprised there wasn't a mention of the first initial and surname combination? Oh, and I know Adam is a common enough name, but being that this is the third outing, I couldn't help but think of Branded/Road Maps-Bella's nickname for Edward's peen... Adam really was one!! ;)

Intentional or just one of those humorous coincidences?

Author's Response:

Adam Dick is definitely a nod at Branded and Road Maps.  It was completely and utterly intentional.  Good on you for catching it; a lot of people didn't.

I'm glad that people like Alfie.  I had an Alfie when I worked at the store and I adored him, he kept me sane on the days when I wanted to throw dildos at everyone who walked in.  I still see him around town, but he's suffering from dementia and doesn't always remember me.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: April 07, 2010 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

hmm well Adam seems like a nice enough guy, if a little too forceful with our Bella. Though I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt since he's working with no information about her and seems only to have been successful at getting women to talk in his past (and more?)

He at least decided to take a step back when Bella was obviously not responding the way he expected... not like most of the Mike Newtons we ever read about hehe

I know we're labelling Edward as the "guy who left" at this point, and with good reason, but I'm kind of hoping/looking forward to that changing to being the "guy who came back" or even better, the "guy who stayed"

oh and I'm thinking that Alfie is going to LOVE Adam ;) Can't wait to see THAT meeting hehe

Author's Response:

Adam is a little too in-your-face and I think he needs to rein it back in. ;)

I love that you're feeling optimistic about Edward.  If only we could convince Bella of this.  They'll have a BIG talk in the next chapter and hopefully he'll take a step toward one of the better titles.  ;)

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: April 15, 2010 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12

I think the weirdest thing about Alice's behaviour is that it's usually the sort of thing we expect from Rose, so it feels especially "wrong" coming from the pixie. It was good to see Angela's appearance and support of Bella, that girl's almost always a rock star :)

On a more general note, it's been running through my head that we're all wanting to be so harsh on Edward when really, the guy was what, barely 18. He'd just lost his parents-in-law (that he was undoubtedly very close to), his daughter, and people were hassling him to turn off the machines on Bella.

Edward (and Bella, too) may have matured and stepped up to be the parents they needed to be for their girl, but they didn't have the experience and couldn't have been expected to have the resilience to deal with all of that trauma.

Edward could've had tried other options - but I think in the actual moment, he was just too close to everything, and unable to even see a way out aside from running... he might've only done it a little bit too if the guilt of his actions hadn't been magnified by himself and others...

Anyways, it's just something that's occurred to me over the last few chapters and with a few things Edward's revealed that none of the other characters seem to have mentioned.

Oh and not sure about Adam's "Forrest Gump" comment - seems to me you don't score points with a girl you're interested in by denigrating the guy they're still having feelings for. But that's a different discussion lol

Author's Response:

If I haven't told you before, Daylen, I'll tell you now.  I think I love you.  :)

You get it!  You really get it!  Finally, someone can see this from Edward's POV.  It doesn't excuse his actions, but it will make reading this story a lot easier now that you've got a handle on him.  I mean, you got it exactly.

Maybe it's your male perspective that allows you to see his side so clearly.  I mean, I don't think anyone has put it so eloquently.  You hit the  nail so hard on the head that it went clear through the board.

Adam's Forrest Gump comment was unnecessary and frankly, if I were Bella, I would have slapped him for it.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: April 20, 2010 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13

so relieved to see Alice and Bella mend their friendship back up :) but I think I'm even happier that Alice really laid things out for Bella, she didn't hold anything back :)

As for B&E's date so far - wow Edward, I didn't realise you had such a thing for Vegas-related strangeness. Is he perhaps harboring a secret desire to be a headline act there? ;)

Perhaps that's something Bella could arrange in the future to mess with him a bit? hehe

Oh and I hope Esme and Carlisle's hearts are still strong - I hate to think what "might" happen when they hear Bella's voice after all this time? :)

Author's Response:

I was proud of Alice too, when she put everything out there.  I think some people were a little put off by it, but after holding it in for four years, the girl was gonna burst at some point, right?

Edward took a walk on the freaky side there.  I think he was just trying to get a rise out of least I hope he was.  *shudders*

You won't have to wait too long to find out how the Cullens react to Bella's call.  The next chapter opens up with their conversation.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: April 22, 2010 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

The phone call was great for a first-contact for Bella - loved the way both Carlisle and Esme reacted when they realised it wasn't Edward calling. And had to laugh at Esme's "my babies are back together" - oh and Esme's question of what Emmett and Edward were doing in a porn store hehe :)

Great to see Rose & Emmett get their moment too. Yes, Rose rocks :)

Author's Response:

I was so happy that Rose worked out the way she did.  When I first started writing the story, she was kind of a bitchy-slutty Rose, but she became so much more, and I was so thankful that she can level out poor Emmett.  He needs someone desperately, poor guy has been treading water for so long that he was on the verge of drowning.

I'm glad you liked the phone call.  I was SO excited to write it and almost rushed the story too fast just to get to it.  I LOVE Esme, and just wait until you get more of her, she's freaking awesome (if I say so myself).

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: April 26, 2010 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15

Finally - Edward managed to get the words out regarding the kind of pressure he'd been under before Bella woke up :)

I'm thinking the home movies are going to be the emotional roller coaster most of us might expect - there'll be laughter and tears, some sad some happy :)

Even though it's probably too early, it might hopefully give B&E both a new sense of peace and renewal as well.

I'm hoping too, that when the bunny is eventually revealed, Bella won't be mad so much as happy/sad tears at having that tangible reminder and Edward's reasons for holding onto it :)

Author's Response:

Pack the Gravol, Daylen, because the next chapter is going to be bumpy indeed.  But, as they sometimes say, you need to remove the band aid for the wound to start healing, and if ever there was a band aid to rip off, this would be it.

The bunny...I don't think there has ever been a stuffed animal with the potential to cause so much damage.  Let's hope that Bella reacts how you suggested (ah, hell, I've written the bunny bit and it doesn't go like that at all, sad to say).

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: April 27, 2010 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16

well that turned out emotional all around - Emmett opening up more was a little unexpected, I liked Rose's strong support coming through :)

I don't know that "normal" time-frames apply to this group of people... they're all going through an intense roller coaster of emotions and it's kind of forcing their strengths & weaknesses out sooner than we might expect under normal "getting to know you" meetings.

Everyone else still seems too ready to blame Edward (himself included) for so many things even though he and Bella have had that talk now surrounding the way things had been looking for him at the time.

As for the bandaid... yeah those things hurt coming off after only a few days on, I don't really want to think about one that was on for five years :P

Author's Response:

I think that poor Edward will forever carry the burden of being "the one that left."  I don't know if that will ever resolve itself, regardless of how much they talk about it. 

Although I hope I am wrong and they figure it out.

I don't think many people expected poor Emmett to fall apart like that, but it was about time.  I can't even imagine carrying around that much hurt and grief and feeling so responsible for such broken people without having any support whatsoever.

Ugh, I can't even begin to think of the festering wound one would find beneath a five year-old band aid.  *shudders*

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: May 03, 2010 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17

well it was definitely a bit lighter, Bella's clothing Houdini was a crack up; but Edward got her even before that. And he was still wearing something!

It's a good thing that Bella's used to leaving herself notes to help remember and keep track of things... seems to me that'd be a valuable life-skill to hold onto around Edward ;)

Author's Response:

LOL!  You're a cheeky monkey, Daylen, aren't you?  ;)

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: May 07, 2010 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18

oh I'm loving Irina's character so far! Just the sort of supportive supervisor Bella will benefit from :)

Had to laugh at Emmett's "sex day" though, maybe they have something like that in Holland? They're pretty progressive ;)


Author's Response:

Irina is a pretty awesome thesis supervisor...she and Bella are going to be great for each other.

I wouldn't put it past Holland to have a sex day.  ;)  If so, I might have to consider moving.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: May 17, 2010 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22

That was a great party!! Esme was awesome, as always! I did feel some pity for Adam at the end of it all... I don't really like the way he's chosen to conduct himself, but I've also been thinking that perhaps he wouldn't have pushed so hard at the start if Alice hadn't been as involved. That's all in the past now, though, and the whole story really has been about letting those things remain there and moving forwards :)

Oh, and I'd probably risk pushing Emmett out of the way to get to the chocolate fountain ;)

Author's Response:

LOL!  You should have been with me on the weekend...I went to a chocolate museum where there was free chocolate on the tour (it was kind of a let down because there were no Oompa Loompas nor was there much in the way of good was boxed stuff and there was no map to tell you what you were actually eating.

I'm glad you enjoyed the party, and I hope you can hold on for a bit.  My beta is on vacation now until sometime next week, so it'll be a while before anything goes up.  I'm glad she validated before she left, though...I would hate for people to have had to wait too long to find out who was at the party and to see Adam make an ass of himself.  ;)

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: May 26, 2010 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23

Edward's present was beautiful! Though Bella getting pouty before she got it was cute and funny :)

And it was great to see Bella & Esme settle a few things between them too.

Jasper & Alice's inclusion with Esme looks to be on the rise as well.

Author's Response:

Thanks, Daylen, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Things are moving along, slowly, but they're starting to get there.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 24: Chapter 24

wow Happy Birthday, Bella! Fun times with all the stories there too :)

(I fell way behind on reviews lately, being away on my first teaching prac, still a year to go before the qualifications are finished though :P)

Author's Response:

Welcome back!  How's the teaching prac going?

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 25: Chapter 25

well, I'm liking Bella's little Character pieces for our favourite friends and family.

It's good to see Edward & Bella trying to take a deep breath when they feel like snapping and actually trying to talk to each other :)

Author's Response:

They're TRYING, and that's the operative word in this mess.  They may struggle as they figure things out, but they are trying, and that's the important thing.  Rather than shut themselves off, they're opening up a bit, and that's going to be a huge help to them as they muddle along.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26

hmm so Edward's not only started to realise how much he needs to open up, but also found a "men's group" that will help him do that just as much as being back with Bella will :)

Have to wonder if Alice is going to be needing therapy... for the constant visuals she's getting of B&E, if not all the stress of the years helping Bella hehe ;)

Author's Response:

As much as Bella thinks that SHE needs the grieving parents group, I really think that Edward needed it more, and he will definitely benefit from having these men to talk to.

Ah, poor Alice.  ;)

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27

heheeh Alice & Jasper as Adam & Eve.. hm... can't see B&E ever doing that, Edward's too likely to go nuts from all the attention Bella would get. Not that she won't be getting that much less as a naughty nurse ;)

Author's Response:

You're right, I don't think Edward would survive Bella dressing up as Eve.  ;)  But she's pretty smoking hot in the naughty nurse's outfit.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28

I really like Irina :)

Bella called for help! And it was Edward! AND he came! I mean, I know he's on that path now anyways, but hell, that's got to go a long way in Bella's own mind for her's (and his) recoveries :)

Such a sad day to be writing about, I was holding together mostly, but I think I lost it when Em's class kids had that talk with him and made those cards!!

Felt better coming out the other side of it too :)

Author's Response:

Everyone seems to hold it together until they get to Emmett's kids, and to be honest, I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little choked up when Jaden stepped forward.

Bit by bit they are coming together and healing together, which is really the only way I think they would have ever successfully healed.  I'm not saying the shit is over, there is still a lot of pain and angst to come, but they're getting better.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29

oohhhh!!! I can't decide whom I'm more concerned for, Bella or Edward?! I mean, I'm worried for both of them...


Author's Response:

It's a valid worry.  They're both not in very good shape.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 30: Chapter 30

wow didn't even think the damage would be this extensive; but I'm loving Adam and Bree :)

It's a cliffie to me, with Bella not really UP!!
Oh but I laughed pretty hard at Edward's "no butt shots!" - only been in hospital a few times, but I totally understand that feeling!


Author's Response:

Butt shots aren't fun.  I've had one and I've never recovered from the trauma of it.  *shudders*

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 19, 2010 Title: Chapter 31: Chapter 31

whew! well Bella's definitely better, and as for being perfect... depends on your definitions/expectations, right? I'm at the stage now where Bella being up and mobile and pushing herself to get better emotionally AND physically, is pretty darned perfect. Oh and Edward's still around!!! :)

Author's Response:

Yes, Edward is still around.  Whodathunkit?  ;)  

I like the way you think, though.  It's very sweet.  

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 21, 2010 Title: Chapter 32: Chapter 32

ahh Bella, I get the feeling that her eventual epiphany that Edward's back for good (or bad) is going to be one hell of a high-fireworks moment? I'm really looking forward to it...

Although your "calm before the storm" comment has me worried, along with the idea that Laurent made bail and is out roaming around. Low-jack not withstanding :S

Had a good laugh at Edward's sleep-talking around Esme... even though Bella was embarressed at Esme's relaying of it, I can still see Bella using it at some point in the future to make Edward squirm ;)

Especially since they're both heading into "spontaneous combustion" territory!!


Author's Response:

Hey, D!  I'm not going to say too much because I don't want to ruin anything.  I will say this, THANK YOU for the review (and incidentally, you were my first one for this chapter) and hold on to your hat, my friend, you are in for a bumpy ride next chapter.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 29, 2010 Title: Chapter 33: Chapter 33

ohhh boy! That really got intense and hasn't really come down from it just yet.

Whilst I can understand Bella's reaction, I'm also with Edward (and her logical side, and Rose for that matter) in seeing that he held onto the rabbit because it was his own biggest symbol/connection to his lost daughter.

Every time any of the people this chapter said "Bella's gone" or "She's gone" I was cringing because it just seemed like a bad choice of words for them given how dicey things have been at times for Bella's life :S

At least most of the responses were "What do you mean by 'gone'?" :)

I'm thinking we're off to the grave to really say goodbye to Emma and the Swans... although I had to read that "goodbye" from Bella a couple times to see that. I "may" have had a momentary panic you were about to go an even darker direction ;)

Of course, picking Edward up off the floor was pretty dark too :P

Author's Response:

I wouldn't go much darker than that, Daylen.  :)

I agree with you on the Edward perspective on the bunny, and I was glad when Bella's logical side was able to see that.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 30, 2010 Title: Chapter 34: Chapter 34

Aaaannndd breathe! :)

(That's pretty much the feeling for me at the end of that chapter :)

I think I jumped (in fright) and then chuckled at Esme's appearance at the cemetary.

Author's Response:

That was kind of intense, wasn't it?  Sorry about that.  Things are a little less intense after this...there are still some angsty and teary moments, but I don't think they compare to this chapter...although I've been told that chapter 41 is kind of hard.

Thanks for hanging in there.  :) You're a trooper.

Reviewer: Daylen Signed
Date: June 30, 2010 Title: Chapter 35: Chapter 35

well hmm.. it was good to see Carlisle and Bella get some connection time, though I'm not sure she completely understands how hard it was for him to see her in that bed after the initial accident. Doctors are great at helping people and all, but it's got to be hard to "be" a doctor when it's someone you love so dearly.

Emmett was fun as always, but I think especially because of his shock at his own "moment" with Carlisle :)

I'm curious/worried for Bella right now though - doesn't seem like that chapter finished with the O that it should've? ;)

Even worse (maybe?) that she had that spike in anger and had to bring it back down again :S

Author's Response:

Bella is still working through some issues as she goes.  The brain is a strange and magnificent thing, and head injuries are unpredictable and sometimes long-lasting.  My big shock is that Edward is managing to stand by her side through it all.  Dealing with someone who has had a head injury is sometimes very hard to do, and he's really pulled it together now.

I'm proud of him.  :)



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