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Penname: icrodriguez [Contact]
Real name: Isabel
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Summary:

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Bella begins a new job at a university library, only to be haunted by dreams of earthquakes and the presence of a mysterious and tortured young man she just can't bring herself to stay away from. Edward is running from a dark past while remaining emotionally stagnant, nursing decades-old injuries that go more than skin deep.


Can they rescue each other from their pasts, and maybe find love in the process? AU/AH, OOC. Rated for Edward's foul mouth and for future lemony goodness.


Categories: AU-Human Characters: Bella, Edward
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 42 Completed: Yes Word count: 324214
[Report This] Published: July 25, 2009 Updated: September 09, 2010


Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: March 04, 2010 Title: Chapter 21: Behind Closed Doors

He can't breathe without her. If he could, he would possess her entirely, affixing her to his hip so that she was always within reach. He is terrified of losing her, despairing at the hurtful words he spews against her in his fear. He revels in the loving look in her eyes, sighs at the warmth of her cheek as it presses against his heaving chest, and prays that she can feel and understand how desperately devoted he is to her. And through it all, he has yet to recognize any of it for what it is...LOVE.

 

A month has passed and he has YET to define his need and want for her. Why the hesitancy? Has life and loss marred him to the point of fearing any declaration his heart may demand of him? Can Bella help him surrender his fear and choose hope over doubt?

 

I pray she can. I pray he will.

 

All in good time.

 
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Date: March 05, 2010 Title: Chapter 22: What I've Said Out Loud

You fear that if you love her, you will lose her.

You fear that life will inevitably come to reclaim any semblance of happiness that you feel has been accidentally bestowed on you.

You fear that lonliness and despair will once again triumph over your joy.

And you can't help it. Your mind, your heart, your soul lock down and all that is glorious dies in defeat.

But oh Edward, exhale in surrender and reach out your hand, unfurl your fingers, and graze the cheek of the one who loves you devotedly in return. She will not be taken. She will not be lost. All you need to do is take hold of her and hold on for dear life.

She is your love, your hope, your everything. As you are hers. So rest easy now, melt into her embrace, and swallow your fear. 

Godspeed.

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: March 20, 2010 Title: Chapter 23: Compromise

To be loved so purely, so devotedly, and so passionately is a wonder that even the loneliest man can cling to. Our Edward is such a man. But let us pray that through the haze and fog of self loathing and doubt, hope will take hold and envelop his soul.

 

Oh, how I truly, truly love this.

 
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Date: March 23, 2010 Title: Chapter 24: On the Outside

Amidst all the romance, all the passion, all the desperate want and more want, simmers a growing need for revelation.

 

Such a dangerous need, and yet, the only path to redemption and home.

 

Oh Edward, follow your heart and it will lead you home.

 

 
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Date: April 17, 2010 Title: Chapter 26: Let Me Love You

So much sadness. So much lonliness. So much despair.

All gone. 

What is left to awaken, left to explode with all it's raging need and desperation, is a love that has suffered cruelly under the guise of self inflicted penance and isolation. It has been smothered with restraint, silenced with abuse, and denied in fear.

But no longer.

It is now wild. It is now uninhibited. It is alive, breathing, sighing in relief. 

It is free.

What is no longer is now lost to a forgotten past, tainted with remorse and agony.

But what now is shall live in the inferno that is both maddening and delightful, a passionate and all consuming love.

There once was despair.  

And now there is love. 

Breathe.

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: June 09, 2010 Title: Chapter 28: Setbacks

Thank you so much for updating here. I needed this chapter like I needed air. It was absolutely gorgeous.

I sigh in relief.

 
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Date: June 18, 2010 Title: Chapter 29: Family

God, I just love how this story owns me.

Sigh.

 
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Date: July 07, 2010 Title: Chapter 31: Fear

I am seriously terrified now. 

TERRIFIED.

 
Summary:

Ten years.

Ten years have passed since Edward left Bella that day in the woods. He doesn't know what happened to her. He doesn't know if she's happy. He doesn't know if she's had the life that he intended for her.

Alice has developed a new talent closely related to her precognition, and she finally prevails upon Edward to check up on Bella, for her and Esme's sake if nothing else.

And what they see will destroy the fragile peace that Edward has lived in for the past decade.

(Note: this is most definitely not a Bella/Jacob story. In fact, it is at its heart a Bella/Edward story.)

The rating is for violence and character death, not erotica. If you're looking for erotica... sorry. Wrong place.


Categories: New Moon, AU Characters: Alice, Bella, Carlisle, Edward, Emmett, Esme, Jasper, Other Character, Rosalie
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Completed: Yes Word count: 39016
[Report This] Published: July 27, 2009 Updated: February 27, 2010


Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 03, 2009 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 1

OH MY, I LOVE WHERE THIS IS GOING!

I've actually always had this fantasy where Edward would come to find that Bella had become an FBI agent in Seattle, or a law enforcement officer. I've even gone as far to have imagined Bella having enlisted in the Army. So I'm thrilled that someone thought of approaching a similar story line.

My only worry is the whole "she looks older in her years" than she should be. That made me hesitate a bit. Maybe she looked older on PURPOSE for her undercover/covert surveillance/work? I really hope she's at least more gorgeous than ever. Sigh...

Can't wait to read more! I'm seriously salivating here! LOL!



Author's Response:

Lily: It's icrodriguez!!!

Velvie: Should I know what that means?

Lily: She's one of my Biggest Fans.

Velvie: In that case, you should probably disabuse her of the notion that this story has a happy ending.

Lily: Yeah, I should, shouldn't I? And where in hell is she getting the idea that Bella's in Law Enforcement? What if she's one of the bad guys?

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 22, 2009 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 2

 

Ladies, ladies, ladies….I bow before thee! This was more than I ever could have hoped for. And I guessed right, didn’t I? I had guessed (or I think at least hoped) that Bella was in the military of sorts. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

 

And you just about destroyed me with Bella’s beautiful prayer, her prayer for the family she will always love and believes never wanted her. I cannot wait to hear her story. What happened to Charlie? The cutting? The lack of ‘living’ in her life? You two certainly have created something totally original here.

 

Will you ever be so kind and merciful as to give us an EPOV chapter? Because Darlings, this story is SCREAMING for one.

 

Please post more asap. This is really FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC writing.

 

Wow.

 

Btw, when Bella removed her makeup and Esme remarked on her appearance, does this mean that Bella doesn't really look older than her 28 yrs (as Carlisle suggested)?



Author's Response:

Lily: Hi, icrodriguez! Nope, Bella looks much older than 28 - grief will age you faster than time will.

Velvie: We'd love to do an EPOV for this chapter - maybe as an epilogue. We're saving EPOV for an even more emotionally harrowing scene later on.

Lily: Charlie died of a heart attack Bella's junior year of college. Completely natural. But just one more tragedy for Bella to deal with.

Velvie: Thanks for taking the time to review!

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 28, 2009 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 3

Magnificent. Unbelievably magnificent.


Christ.


My tears are still drying, leaving tracks on my cheeks, reminders of the emotional ride I just experienced.


WHAT AN EXPERIENCE.


One, I was absolutely floored by Alice's true understanding that Bella has survived at all BECAUSE of her promise to Edward. For had it not been for that, she would have most certainly taken her life long ago. That broke my heart, as it did Edward's.


Two, I also appreciated Emmett's quiet observation that Bella's life was void of any living, "No wedding, no white picket fence, no two and a half kids...."  -


Bella’s tormenting nightmare was heart wrenching as it was jolting. 10 years of such agony. Oh Bella…


Oh Edward….


But let me tell you both what I thought was the most powerful element of this chapter, SILENCE.


Silence was a controlling entity in this chapter. An entity that engulfed the Cullens with shock, awe, and worst of all, horror. To see what had become of their Bella (for yes she is more than just Edward’s Bella, she is THEIRS as well) rendered the 7 guilty immortals completely paralyzed with their own remorse, their own despairs, and their own sorrows.


And they were drowning in it, deservedly so.


I pray Edward’s pov will soon grace us and suffocate us with his thoughts.


I can’t wait to read more. No, seriously ladies…I’m needing this, and needing it badly.


Sigh….


 



Author's Response:

You are so amazing. Thanks so much for heaping such (intelligent!) praise on our story. We are working our asses off on the next chapter.

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed
Date: October 25, 2009 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 5

This is the first chapter that's left me scoffing at all of this. So far, they're all a failure to our Bella. EVERY DAMN ONE OF THEM. Bella could declare OUT LOUD that she is going to grab her gun, stick it in her mouth, & pull the trigger, and they wouldn't do damn thing to stop her. And the worst thing is, the way you've written them so far, I don't think they'd really give a crap beyond the occasional "Edward, come to your senses" plea. Immortal perfection my ass. Poor Bella. And by what you've warned us so far in what's still to come, poor us. 

Lights out.



Author's Response:

Bella wouldn't shoot herself. She takes her promise too seriously.

Um, they do care. They care a lot. You'll see....

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: November 03, 2009 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 6

Hmmm...so you say you've got a 'major blowup' comin' up, huh? I hope whatever it is will FINALLY GET A CULLEN - ANY DAMN CULLEN - OFF THEIR ASSES!!!!!

Ugh, this is so frustrating, yet so completely addictive!

 



Author's Response:

hahaha!

thank you

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: January 10, 2010 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 7

The BEST, most OVERDUE, most HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, and most IMPORTANT chapter yet. Thank God the wait for Edward is over. 

It's only Chapter 8, but Christ that felt like an eternity.

I found this chapter to be devastatingly emotional. To hear Bella's retelling of how Edward left her was beyond heart breaking, bringing tears to my eyes. 

But at long, long last Edward has finally decided to return to Bella and beg her forgiveness. 

But I do have one question: in deciding to return to Bella, Alice would have undoubtedly seen this in her visions. Is Edward counting on Alice not sharing this knowledge and vision with the rest of the family? And why does Edward feel it necessary to lie to his family? Can't he just explain to them his need to not overwhelm Bella with the entire family?

And please post more EPOV chapters. They're truly the most captivating of all.

I pray you update soon as I cannot wait for more. The wait for this chapter was unbearable.

Godspeed.

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: February 25, 2010 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 9

Did you say a "happily ever after"? In THIS story? You must be mad.

No, I MUST BE MAD to have read this story and never dropped it. 'MASOCHIST' is a SERIOUS UNDERSTATEMENT here, Darlin'.

But for the love of all that is holy, I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW A 'HAPPILY EVER AFTER' IS GOING TO EMERGE OUT OF THIS CATASTROPHE.

Maybe a reunion in Heaven? Seriously woman, next time have mercy and just throw US over a cliff or something. 

But I can't say you didn't warn us, and warn us well. 

HOLY. HELL.


 

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: February 27, 2010 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 10

Thank you for this.

Even though this story made me more distraught, more angry, and more frustrated than any other currently out there, it's ending was positively beautiful and fitting. 

You gave them their Heaven and therefore, their forever. 

And I thank you in relief.

 
Stripped by reagan Rated: NC-17 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 83]
Summary:

Bella finds herself trapped in a bad relationship and takes off to start a new life. She finds work as an exotic dancer, and finds she must overcome many issues in order to build a new relationship with a new man, Edward Cullen. Contains adult themes.


Categories: AU-Human Characters: Alice, Bella, Edward, James, Laurent, Mike, Rosalie, Tanya
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Completed: No Word count: 29458
[Report This] Published: July 28, 2009 Updated: June 04, 2010


Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: August 23, 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oooooh! I like this already! Please post more asap. This is going to be good I can tell!

 
Summary:

Bella isn't a werewolve, vampire, or witch. She's "something other." Vamps/Werewolves included. Cannon Pairings. Nominated for Indie TwiFic Award for Most Original Story Line WIP.


Categories: AU Characters: None
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 30 Completed: Yes Word count: 62264
[Report This] Published: July 28, 2009 Updated: December 04, 2009


Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: August 23, 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oooooh! I like this already! Please post more asap. This is going to be good I can tell!



Author's Response:

Thanks for your review! I'll be sure to submit a few more chapters to my beta today.

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 19, 2009 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

I'm with you through thick and thin here 'cause it's all so good. But damnit! WHAT IS SHE?!!!



Author's Response:

Thanks for your review! You and Edward will know after some more buildup, I promise. :)

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 21, 2009 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

SO SHORT! Ugh! I kept leaning in closer and closer to my screen, hungry for more, when it finished! 

Please post more asap! 



Author's Response:

Thanks for your review! The chapters will get longer I promise!

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 24, 2009 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

I can't believe just how wonderfully romantic and delicious this is. NOW we're getting somewhere! 

WOO-HOO!



Author's Response:

Thanks for your review!

 
Summary:

Edward leaves Bella in Seattle for nine months while he pursues his career. See how they cope with the absence while 5000 miles apart.


Categories: AU-Human Characters: Bella, Edward
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 5649
[Report This] Published: August 02, 2009 Updated: August 13, 2009


Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: August 14, 2009 Title: Chapter 1: 5000 Miles Too Far

Beautiful. It was one of the loveliest things I've read yet. Bravo!



Author's Response:

Thanks for taking time to review. It gave me the warm fuzzies. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

 
The Best Man by Whitney Love Rated: NC-17 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 392]
Summary:

Womanizer Edward meets Maneater Bella let the sheets fall where they may. It's not the average every day lover story between Edward and Bella. He's not into the one woman kind of deal and she's not into the one man kind of deal. The meet at a wedding, Edward is the Best Man and Bella is the Maid of Honor. Anything goes with these two so hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

Out of Character, All Human, Cannon Pairings.

Potty mouth and lots of lemony goodness included.

First chapter is kind of risky but I gotta show you just how naughty my Edward is. Give it a chance you won't regret it!

This banner is by Readergoof. I have another one that was up before but I'm switching to just this one for now.

 

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Categories: AU-Human Characters: Bella, Edward
Challenges:
Series: Always Human
Chapters: 12 Completed: No Word count: 41376
[Report This] Published: August 04, 2009 Updated: February 27, 2010


Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 29, 2009 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

I love how much fun I'm having with this story. The lemons are fantastic, as is now the building tension and emotional attraction between our B&E. I cannot wait to see how this develops. WOO-HOO!



Author's Response:

I'm so glad that you are enjoying my version of B&E. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I wanted to show that Edward was truly effected by Bella. I hope that is coming across. There are still stuff these two have to work through before they can fall for one another.

 
Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: October 06, 2009 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

SO SHORT! But oh soooo sexy! I am just loving where this is going. Can't wait for more! WOO-HOO!



Author's Response:

Sorry so short. Just wanted to get you guys something before the next one. I've been wanting to get this chapter out too. I couldn't resist the flirting and angst in this little gem. I love them being sweet to one another, but it won't last with these two.

 
Summary:

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Thanks to TellyTubby101 for the fantastic banner!

What if Bella realized Edward was planning to leave her after the incident at her 18th Birthday party? Could she let his family give up the one place where they could be truly comfortable? Would she be able to disappear to give the Cullens a chance to live normal lives? She has to find the strength to walk away before Edward has a chance to break her heart – something she is certain she would not be able to survive.


Categories: New Moon Characters: Bella, Edward
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 23 Completed: No Word count: 65697
[Report This] Published: August 06, 2009 Updated: June 03, 2010


Reviewer: icrodriguez Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 12, 2009 Title: Chapter 2: Consequences

This is really really good. But it's SCREAMING for an EPOV chapter! Please?



Author's Response:

His POV is next, I promise :-)

 

Thanks!

 




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