Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TLS Fics of the Week 8/20/13- 8/26/13: The Fab Five are up!

The Practicum by TheFicChick
The-Practicum"We're going to be teaching high schoolers how not to get each other knocked up or infected with gonorrhea. It's hardly a romantic evening for two." Rated M

Reviewed by: DH78

There are fics that try to do fluff and are not quite successful because they lack the interesting little hiccups that make a good story. It’s sticky sweet and when they end,we’re left wondering how much sugar we consumed without biting into something delicious.

Empty calories.

Not this one. No siree.

The Practicum by TheFicChick gives you something to enjoy; the sweetness, the naturally-moving UST, the fuck hot PE coach-slash-health teacher with a propensity for blushing, and the smart, realistic female lead that is equal parts sexy and intelligent.

The story follows Bella, English teacher teaching in the small town she was raised in,and the new guy, Edward. He’s an ex-soccer player coaching Forks High’s talented soccer team and newly appointed Health/sex ed teacher. Bella’s assigned to assist him with teaching the curriculum, and well... you can imagine...

Edward should be cocky and over-sexed, considering his looks and athletic background. But he’s not. He’s sweet, a complete gentleman, and sexy in a completely adorable way. He’s not a complete prude, but he’s definitely the kind of guy we would probably meet in RL.

Bella’s a great, natural character. I love realistic Bellas. I also love witty ones.

Here’s a little clip from one of my favorite scenes so far:

"So, thanks for dinner," I say, suddenly feeling like this is a really bad movie script,and Edward only further confirms that assessment when he says, "It was my pleasure." I roll my eyes at our joint lameness and he chuckles. "Yeah, okay, this is awkward."

"See? This is probably why that whole chivalry thing has gone the way of eight-track tapes and VCRs. You should have just slowed to a crawl at the foot of the driveway and I could have hopped out. I can duck-and-roll like a ninja."

"If memory serves, we used a VCR just last week," he points out, ignoring my joke entirely, and is treated to my second eye-roll for his trouble.

"And, if my memory serves, you weren't exactly adept at doing so, which further illustrates my point."

"Trust me when I tell you that I'm far more adept at this than I am at operating archaic technology."

When he blushes, the implication of his words hits me and I can't resist thebait. "Oh? And what exactly is 'this'?"

 "Um. Well." He licks his lips, and I step closer; when he looks down into my face,his eyes are heated. "You know. Dating."

 "I see."

 "Okay, that's a lie. I suck at dating."

 I laugh, the flirty sexual tension eliminated entirely. "I don't know," I counter. "Ithink you're doing pretty well, actually."


 I nod. "Yeah."

 "Okay," he breathes. "Cool."

 I smile and bite my lip, inordinately pleased when his eyes go immediately to mymouth. "Hey, Edward?"

 "Yeah?" His eyes are still on my mouth, and it's amazing how very seventeen I feelright now. Were this a different porch on a different street in this same tiny town,this could be the first-date kiss I missed out on a decade ago.

 "Wanna kiss me?"

 "Badly," he says.

 Nope. Not gonna ruin it for ya. You’re just gonna have to read it yourself. By the way,my other favorite scene is a certain conversation they have in the diner about his...shall we say, experiences regarding creative sexual activities-slash foreplay that had me spitting out my water and laughing hysterically. I won’t post it here because again, it would just ruin too much, and I want you to RUN, not walk over to read it.

Now, most people know I’m a teacher. One of the aspects of this story I like the most (besides the obvious wonderful and true-to-life UST) is the school atmosphere and the camaraderie among the teachers. I found myself laughing at Bella’s colleagues as they down margaritas and nachos as they gossip about the student and teachers. Yes. We do that. We have lives. We have sex. We’re still awesome teachers. Same goes for the antics of the students; crushes on teachers, being pressured to be sexually active, boys being... well, BOYS. It’s all very entertaining to read.

The story is story is now complete and you're lucky because it definitely was one of those “put everything down to read” fics. And after reading most of TheFicChick’s stuff, I can safely rec just about everything else on her FFN profile. But read this one first. It will surely put a smile on your face... and you won’t lose any of your teeth from sugary sweets with no substance.

Down Home by MrsSpaceCowboy
Sometimes, everything you're looking for ends up being right where you left it. *Entry for The Heart of Country Contest. 1st Place Silver Spur Award Public Vote, 2nd Place Silver Spur Award Judges Choice, 1st Place Gentlemen Wear White Award (Swooniest Fella) Public Vote and Judges Choice, 2nd Place Hay Ride Award Judges Choice.* Now expanded! Rated M

Sandstone Cove by Cosmogirl7481
I came here looking for some rest, some relaxation…some downtime. I never expected to find anything else. I certainly never expected to find him. Written for Marvar's birthday because I love her. Rated M

God's Gift by ThatEnglishWriter
"I don't care if he's the CEO of a company that manufactures chocolate-coated puppies and rainbows. The guy is a jerk." Bella just isn't impressed by good-looking men who own their own companies, especially when they're used to getting their own way and don't take no for an answer. AH. Rated M

Forgive Me Father, For I Will Sin by AngelGoddess1981
Forgive-Me-Father-for-I-Will-SinHome for Thanksgiving, Bella wakes up in her childhood room . . . but, much to her surprise, she's not alone. The man she's unknowingly shared a bed with just so happens to be the source of her fantasies for years . . . and her dad's closest friend. Can her fantasies finally become a reality? Rated M

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