Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Lemon Drops


I think we can all agree this is shaping up to be the year of the contest and I am humming thinking about the Mark Me Contest! Submissions are now being accepted so I'm helping you get in the mood with a sampling of my favorite flavor of E, TATTWARD! Mmmmm. Click here for more info:
And as always, read, review, and PLEASE write. I'm dying for your ink. 
xoxo
Mel

Guns and Needles by celticbliss
A tragedy. A tattoo. An old friend. O/S Rated: M - Romance/Angst - Bella & Edward - Words: 4,512

Seventh Heaven by TheInsatiableVampire 
When Bella and Alice go to the "Seventh Heaven" tattoo shop, they get more than they bargained for. Alice gets seduced by her tattoo artist, leaving Bella alone to wait for her.. until Tattward comes to keep her company. Lemony goodness. One-shot. NC-17. Rated: M - Romance/Humor - Edward & Bella - Words: 9,845

Sleeper in a Clone Suit by annanabanana
...His eyes seemed to hold secrets, and I silently wished his hair were a true reflection of him. Beautiful, surreal, barely-tamed and begging to be released." AH, AU ExB Entry for the Tattward & Inkella contest. rated M for bad words and lemony goodness Rated: M -  Romance/Humor - Bella & Edward - Words: 18,811

Vanilla and Chrome by theladyingrey42
I stared at him, taking in the steel bar above his brow, the line of helix studs along the curl of one ear, the swirls of green and black ink around his neck dipping down below his shirt. And then I looked deeper." Tattward & Inkella. AU/AH BxE Fiction M - Romance - Bella & Edward - Words: 8,180

Virtual Intimacy by theladyingrey42
Bella is too shy to approach the pierced, tatted boy at the back of the lecture hall. But when she begins chatting with a classmate with an unusual screen-name, she lets a bolder side of her personality through. Lemon-shot Christmas present for antiaol. Rated: M - Romance - Bella & Edward - Words: 7,314



Friday, August 30, 2013

TLS's Flash-Fic Fridays are in full effect! Come and see who's flashing us this week: 8/30 - 9/4

FLASH-FIC IS HERE


Each Friday a new prompt will be posted along with the previous week's winners.
What exactly is a Flash-Fic? It's pretty much a spur of the moment, tiny story, prompted by words, images or silliness. Not sure if you've ever been on twitter when this has happened, but it's pretty awesome when it does. It also happens often in threads, with a combination of people contributing. 

How does it work? Each Friday one admin of TLS posts a picture prompt here to the blog. Using this image, entries are created by commenting on this post. Submissions must be 100-300 words ONLY. No more, no less. The entries are then judged and we post the winners here, each Friday, to share with all of you.

THIS WEEK'S NEW PROMPT 


 "I know I shouldn't be watching him, but I can't look away."


You will have until next Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST to submit your entry.

We have a very special guest this week and are so excited to have her here. You all know her from her site, The Fictionators, which she shares with the lovely Kassiah. We welcome the picture prompt and GUEST JUDGE this week: @Carenl  http://www.fanfiction.net/~sparklnfade !


Please leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post using this format:
Your name (use your Twitter, Facebook or FFN name)
Your link to your FFN profile if you choose to share it
Submissions will be judged on Thursdays and on Friday the winning entry will be posted here, on the TLS blog.
This feature is open to everyone, so come one, come all!


LAST WEEK'S PROMPT AND WINNERS




FIRST PLACE 

@bebeginjaWord
count: 298

She’s there.

I can’t believe it. She’s actually there.

She remembered.

I squint into the midday sun, against the ocean air kicking up grains of sand as it breezes off the Pacific, and take a long, hard look at Bella to make sure I’m not imagining what I’m seeing.

That was the last place I saw her, sitting just like that, in that exact spot. Four years ago, the summer we left for college.

“I don’t want to go,” she told me, leaning her head on my shoulder.“Yeah you do.”“Yeah . . . I kinda do,” she laughed.

It was time. We were both leaving this small town, discovering the world on our own. We promised each other we’d keep in touch. And we have, for the most part, but college life and work make for busy lives. Not to mention opposite coasts. Social media made it convenient. Random texts to say Hi and share old personal jokes made the time pass a little easier.

We also promised to return to this place.

“The next time I see you, I want it to be here. Just like this. Meet me here. In four years, after we graduate. Okay? Promise me, E. No matter what.”

I take a step off the concrete stairs leading from the parking lot to the beach and begin walking to her, my eyes fixated on her nearly bare back. Before I know it, I’m running, thankful that the hot sand quiets my footsteps.

Bel-la, Bel-la, Bel-la my heart sings with every stride.

I slow to a walk as I get closer. Hesitating slightly, I walk up next to her and sit down to mimic her position.

“Hi,” I say guardedly.

She leans her head on my shoulder. Smiles without looking up at me. “You remembered.”


SECOND PLACE

@Twilightladies1
Word Count 298
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2878973/twilightladies

A couple sit further down the beach. Their bodies are angled toward each other as the girl laughs at something the handsome boy says.

I should look away. I should turn and walk in the opposite direction forgetting I ever saw them. Instead, I stand frozen unable to move.

Silent tears fall down my cheeks. I don’t wipe them away.

You were supposed to wait for me.

One year.

We didn’t even make it to Christmas.

You surprised me one weekend. I thought it was romantic, that you couldn’t bear to be away from me. I was wrong.

You loved college. It suited you. You loved the freedom, the parties… and the girls.

It was over. You wanted to enjoy college life properly. And the proper way was single, without a girlfriend pining for you back home.

I cried. I yelled. I threw stuff and told you to leave. I didn’t mean any of it.

As the summer months loomed closer I listened to the rumors. You were coming home. And you were bringing someone.

I dreamed of the moment you would be back here. In our spot. I never thought you would be here with another girl.

She’s beautiful.

Her blonde hair shimmers in the sunlight, her shoulders tanning in the midday heat.

You smile at her and my heart shatters. That smile used to be for me. I hate that it’s now hers.

In those moments I realize it’s over.

Planning to follow you to the same college is not an option. I can’t be near you and watch you love another.

With one last glance at my past, I turn and go back the way I came.

I don’t see you turning round, or the smile that falls from your face when you see me.


THIRD PLACE

Nuttyginger
Word Count - 299
www.fanfiction.net/u/32532

I dream of you. Every night, I lay my head on the pillow, your pillow, and smile. It’s my favourite time of day. I know that in a few short minutes, the sleeping pills will kick in and I’ll be with you.

As always, we’re sitting on a beach. Today it’s Waikiki, from the last trip we took together. The soles of my feet sting in the heat as I walk towards you, your back to me. I can still see the faint red lines from where I raked my nails down it last night.

You hiss as I press the ice cool bottle of water against those scratches. Tugging, you pull me down into the sand, rolling to near on top of me but mindful of the families nearby.

“You minx,” you growl, but your eyes sparkle in playfulness, so full of laughter.

I may have seen your face a thousand times but I can’t help but stare. You’re beautiful and you’re mine.

“What?”

“Nothing,” I smile. “I was just wondering what I did so right to have you wander into my life?”

Your hand reaches up to caress my cheek, you gold band glinting in the bright light. “You were you; perfect in every way.”

A beat or two passes before I burst into laughter. “God, that was the cheesiest of cheesy!”

You blush, and I can’t help but kiss you. “Just as well I love you, your cheesy lines and all!”

We lie there, cocooned in our own bubble, talking about everything and nothing at all. The sun starts to descend, and I know we have to leave soon.

The beach scene begins to fade, taking you with it. I wake to another day where you are no longer in my world. At least until tonight.


HONORABLE MENTION

bonadea777
Word Count: 243
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4985819/bonadea777

It is just another day in paradise. We are sitting on the beach. It is our honeymoon. We are a perfect couple. My bleached-blonde hair looks nice against his olive skin. I smile. Jake is a generous lover. I can still feel his kisses all over my body. Mrs Black this time… It’s my fifth honeymoon in the past seven years. It’s my third time at Belize and it‘s getting old. Maybe Maldives next time?Tomorrow Jake will get on his boat and sail to the sea, the defective wire will cause the fire. A honeymoon tragedy. The inconsolable widow (me) will collect three million dollars in life insurance. Just one more day in paradise and I will be free to join my husband, partner and love of my life Edward Cullen.***My wife is sitting next to me on the beach. Bella. The name suits her. We do look good together. She is blonde and I have a black hair. We are a perfect couple. The sex is amazing too. I still have one more night with her. Bella, Nessie, Leah… The list is too long. I have to admit that I will miss Bella but I will do anything to keep my girlfriend Vicky happy.Tomorrow I will take my wife on a boat ride…Defective wire. Fire. Boom. Three million dollars in life insurance.***From a local newspaper: Honeymoon Tragedy. A Seattle couple married last weekend vanishes at sea.

The Lemonade Stand would like to also thank all of the participants. We thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the entries!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TLS Fics of the Week 8/27- 9/2: The Fab Five are up!


Stolen by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9101669/1/Stolen
He stole her heart, and then he stole her father's fortune. Love and forgiveness are nice concepts, but highly improbable. Right? Drama, romance, action, and a heavy sprinkling of the good stuff.

Reviewed by: FFpassion - Irene

When I was asked to write the rec for this weeks fic of the week I had a little panic attack.

How was I going to do justice to Rochelle's Allison words?

I love her work. I love the way she can take your heart from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows .

Stolen is another story that will make you laugh, swoon and cry. From the prologue you will feel the deep connection between Bella and Edward, it's very intense and will leave you wanting to know what the heck is going on!

Here's a little about the story...

Bella and her sister Tanya are in Miami to attend their cousin Bree's wedding.

They vowel to make the most of their holiday by sleeping in, drinking lot's and having fun.

It's while enjoying the sun and a few drinks with her sister and cousins that Bella first comes into contact with Edward...

Glancing around, I finally clue in. One of the waiters is standing nearby, hands in his pockets, smiling faintly as he waits for us to get it together. I assume his shift has just started, because we've been here all day now and I haven't seen him before.

But he's one of those guys.

Dimples and a killer smile.

Sunset hair and sun-kissed skin.

One of the beautiful ones.

"I, okay," I stammer, even though I'm a little light headed. The sun's going down, but it's still really hot, and I've been drinking all day. "Just club soda. With lime. Please."

All the girls are having so much fun telling Bella how he was checking her out but with Bella feeling the affects of the sun & drinks didn't think anything of it until he comes back with her drink...

But then he's in front of me like a mirage in the desert, handing me my club soda. There are plenty of limes inside, and a couple of cherries too, and I can't help but smile. He smiles back, running his fingers through his hair. Tanya pays him, and he thanks her, but then he's looking at me again. I sip at my cold drink, glad for the relief it brings, but inside I'm overheating at how his pretty eyes trail over me. Guess Tanya was right. I get the feeling he might want to say something, too, but then his co worker touches his arm, nodding toward another group that needs attention, and the spell is broken.

"Have a good one, ladies," he says, flashing one last million dollar smile as he walks away. He doesn't turn around this time.

There have been boys.

But never, ever a boy like that.

SIGH....

The story unfolds, Bella and Edward continue to see each other and they start to go out.

They have this amazing connection and their chemistry is off the charts.

Bella and Edward spend as much time as they can together and they both are feeling sad at the thought of not seeing each other when Bella has to go back home.

Knowing Bella's holiday is coming to a close she decides to make her last night one to remember.

After spending an amazing day together they find themselves back in Bella's room.

Edward sits on the edge of my bed, watching me. His tan is pretty dark, too.

"So, what do you want to do on your last night?"

"You."

He laughs quietly, cocking his head. "Oh, yeah?"

Ummm yeah, Bella knows what she wants and it's being with Edward.

As we all know from the prologue the night is everything Bella has dreamed.

In the morning Bella is alone with only a note left by Edward.

Bella is crushed :(

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.

I hope you can forgive me.

I cannot tell you how happy I was when we got an update that was told from Edward's POV.

We get to see everything that has been going in Edward's life and how deeply he has fallen for Bella.

And then I do something I haven't done in months, maybe even years. It's not much, and it's silent, but it burns anyway.

I cry.

My heart... That last line left me in tears and I cannot wait to read more.

If you are not reading Stolen you are missing out, I promise you will not be disappointed. If you know Rochelle's work you know we are in for an emotional ride and one that will forever touch our hearts.

Thank you to The Lemonade Stand for asking me to write this rec.



Fill Me With Your Poison by Nolebucgrl
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7007740/1/
Bella Swan's intrigued by vampires. Edward Cullen's bored and alone. What happens when they meet? AU, vampire. Rated M. Inspired by Katy Perry's ET. Rated M

*Huge thank you's to the lovely jarkin33 for this lovely banner*

Hard Hearted by Counselor
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9338559/1/Hard-Hearted
1946. The boys are home from the war. Eddie meets Isbe at the movies. Rated M


Rescission by GeekChic12
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533161/1/Rescission
We met. We got off. We went home. We weren't lovers. We weren't even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked... Until it didn't. AH, ExB. Rated M for a reason.



Dress You Up by MazzyStarla
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8634731/1/Dress-You-Up
Bella Swan has everything she needs. She's an up-and-coming stylist, she owns her own boutique and she's got a great best friend, who knows her better than anyone. The last thing she wants is a man to slow her down. But then he shows up, and her world turns upside down. (AH) Rated M


Monday, August 26, 2013

Welcome to TLS Nursery!


Welcome to TLS Nursery! 

Here we nurture all of the newborn stories (stories published within the last 30 days or so), that we love! 

Everything in our nursery has been read and approved by a few, or a lot, of the TLS ladies, and we think you'll enjoy cuddling up to these babies as well.

As ever, there are some amazing stories to check out this month. 

Remember to leave these lovely ladies some love, and let them know TLS sent you!

XOXO

Small Bump by thimbles
Pregnancy is an entirely natural process, one I'd studied and seen in all its stages. Yet in that moment, knowing that Bella was carrying our child, a little person somehow knit together from her and me, and the love we shared, it seemed a strange miracle—she seemed a strange miracle. Life, loss, love, and hope. (Angst rating applies to Ch. 1 only.)

Aerosol by Honeybeemeadows
Waste your heart for the aerosol art . . . At 11:47 on a Tuesday night, Bella Swan met her match.

Confessions After Dark by 2DrunkUnicorns
"Everyone has something they'd like to confess…" Every Friday night, he calls. And every time he calls, I listen. A story about what happens when fantasy blends into reality – when the secrets we share are just as important as the secrets we keep.

Patroclus Rising by giselle-lx
When a strong and beautiful boy is admitted to Cook County Hospital, Carlisle Cullen finds himself in what will prove to be the test of many lifetimes. Edward/Carlisle slash, but canon compliant…if you do some reading between the lines. An FGB novella for Team CarlWard Slash.

Awkwardly Yours by Vancouver-Canuck-Girl
High school Edward likes a girl named Bella But he's not a smooth-talking kind of fella He has his fair share of inserting foot into mouth And inappropriate risings down south But he's really kind of sweet Even if he's sort of a geek. You may come to hate his bro Who's Edward's number one foe But I promise laughs as the story progresses Because real life is full of stresses

Number One Zero by BelieveItOrIreen
Divided and reunited. Add time. Subtract color. Carry the remainder, carry a torch. Factors, figures... Edward loves equations, Bella loves expression. They think they know themselves; they think they know each other. But there is always more to learn. "We are what we imagine ourselves to be. "

These Hearts Adore by YellowGlue
Innocence spins him harder than moonshine. Patience makes her glow from the inside. Summertime on the lake, and a fall she fears more than anyone ever should. Wild sweet pea and Jeremiah Weed. Morning rain and pink sunshine. One love. Two mouths. One love. One house. Palm to palm, this is how we always start. What started as an entry for Dirty Talkin Edward, grew and grew.

Rescission by GeekChic12
We met. We got off. We went home. We weren't lovers. We weren't even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked... Until it didn't. AH, ExB. Rated M for a reason.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Meet the Poll- What we read in TLS this week:



Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

Please click the Flash Fic Friday page to visit this week's Flash Fic Friday post.

A Wilderland by Phoegurl-rec'd by Heather Eaton McIntyre
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7238434/1/A-Wilderland
Bella Swan has a destiny. A hunter of the dark, she was always meant for the world they tried to rip away from her. When her past refuses to stay past she finds herself in the fight for her life. AU-New Moon. Things have changed. Rated M

Bella Donna by JiffyKate-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9175099/1/Bella-Donna
Edward and Bella are similar creatures; they both screw people for money, but one of them goes for blood. It's nothing personal...until it is. Rated M

Birds of a Feather by Luckyirishtart-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9459691/1/Birds-of-a-Feather
He drives her mad. She frustrates him to no end. How did they let it get
this far? If you truly love someone, is it always worth fighting for?
ExB AH Rated M

Confessions After Dark by 2DrunkUnicorns-rec'd by Twilover76
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9613993/1/Confessions-After-Dark
"Everyone has something they'd like to confess…" Every Friday night, he calls. And every time he calls, I listen. A story about what happens when fantasy blends into reality – when the secrets we share are just as important as the secrets we keep. Rated M

Cruise by DeeDreamer-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9351736/1/Cruise
It's the heat of the summer and Eddie Masen's heart just got trampled in the Carolina clay. He's convinced his summer is ruined when a li'l firecracker enters his world. Bella's a sweet name for a girl so hell-bent on makin' mischief, but she might just be exactly the thing to breathe new life into good ol' boy Eddie. June 2013 WitFit.

Deviant by Planetblue-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9069505/1/Deviant
He pissed me off and then he turned me on. Spectacularly. Rated M

Diary of an Ugly Girl by Anton M-rec'd by Staceleo
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6469320/1/Diary-of-an-Ugly-Girl
Follow Bella as she grows from a bullied little girl into a sassy young woman. After all, it's not about what you're looking at, it's about what you see. An unorthodox story about best friends and their journey. Humor/Angst/Friendship/Romance. HEA. AH Rated M

Luckless by NinaQ-rec'd by Susan Q Susan
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8959415/1/Luckless
Everything about her was the same. Even after all these years, he'd recognized her, but it made no sense. There was no way she was the same woman. It couldn't be. He had watched her die. ExB. AU Rated M

Paper Heart by Hezpixie-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5827150/1/Paper-Heart
Bella and Edward fall in and out of love over the course of 5 years. We begin at the end, we end at the beginning, and somewhere in the middle, we realize just how easy it is to lose each other along the way. Rated M

Penalty Shot by Edward's Eternal-rec'd by Agrutle
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9203413/1/
Recently divorced, Bella struggles to find a new life for her and her son Jake. Enter Edward and his son, Emmett. Used to being alone, finding Bella is an unexpected surprise for Edward. Blending their lives together sometimes requires an extra shot on goal to even things up. A simple, heartwarming story of two single parents finding love again, healing and building a new family. Rated M

Snare by Raum-rec'd by Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8955111/1/Snare
"The lives of Charlie and Bella Swan were devastated when Renée was murdered by a serial killer: The Drainer. Charlie, a former FBI profiler, is convinced that the killer is a vampire, and that those creatures are real. Nobody believes him, till the day he captures one of the undead." AU. Rated M

The Debt by Ta Paixao-rec'd by Everydamnbody
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9339195/1/The-Debt
Juniors in college, Bella and Edward live together under a tense agreement. They aren't exactly friends - not anymore - but Edward has a debt to pay and a promise to keep. Edward will get his chance at redemption... Rated for all sorts of adult content. EPOV. Rated M

The Sound of Steel Guitars on a Fallen Soul by Staceleo-rec'd by Cutestkidsmom
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9070951/1/The-Sound-of-Steel-Guitars-on-a-Fallen-Soul
Isabella Swan travels the world to escape heartache. A work trip becomes much more personal when she meets a guitar playing cowboy who enjoys bathing outdoors. Will he be the catalyst for her to find love and a permanent home?
Rated M

These Hearts Adore by Yellowglue-rec'd by Twilover76/PawsPeaches
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9614194/1/These-H
Innocence spins him harder than moonshine. Patience makes her glow from the inside. Summertime on the lake, and a fall she fears more than anyone ever should. Wild sweet pea and Jeremiah Weed. Morning rain and pink sunshine. One love. Two mouths. One love. One house. Palm to palm, this is how we always start. What started as an entry for Dirty Talkin Edward, grew and grew. Rated M

Friday, August 23, 2013

TLS's Flash-Fic Fridays are in full effect! Come and see who's flashing us this week: 8/23 - 8/28

FLASH-FIC IS HERE



PLEASE JOIN US EACH FRIDAY TO SEE WHO'S FLASHING US


Each Friday a new prompt will be posted along with the previous week's winners.What exactly is a Flash-Fic? It's pretty much a spur of the moment, tiny story, prompted by words, images or silliness. Not sure if you've ever been on twitter when this has happened, but it's pretty awesome when it does. It also happens often in threads, with a combination of people contributing. 


How does it work? Each Friday one admin of TLS posts a picture prompt here to the blog. Using this image, entries are created by commenting on this post. Submissions must be 100-300 words ONLY. No more, no less. The entries are then judged and we post the winners here, each Friday, to share with all of you.


THIS WEEK'S NEW PROMPT




You will have until next Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST to submit your entry.

Picture prompt and judge this week is: Surething302

Please leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post using this format:Your name (use your Twitter, Facebook or FFN name)Your link to your FFN profile if you choose to share it. Submissions will be judged on Thursdays and on Friday the winning entry will be posted here, on the TLS blog. This feature is open to everyone, so come one, come all!


LAST WEEK'S PROMPT AND WINNERS


"If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?"


FIRST PLACE WINNER

@boomboom_jones
Word Count: 185

"If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?"

You don't understand what I mean. Your face is hard. Unreadable. Deliberate.

You reach out to touch my hand. I pull it away.

We used to live in a bubble made from stone. It's almost like we're there now, but the bubble is translucent. I'm aware what's on the other side.

You begin to speak and I beg for you to tell me what I need to hear. You close your mouth. I want your lips on my neck. Don't say it. It's all wrong, isn't it?

Press my cheek to your leather jacket, let me smell wood and winter. Mask the exhaust in this parking lot.

Let's pretend for a while. Cover my ears with your hands. Take me away and unbutton my blouse then say things you'd never say anywhere else.

Your expression is here and now and it kills me.

Okay.

Okay.

"Fact or weapon?" My god, I don't even recognize my own voice.

A million seconds pass before you say, "I don't know." And then you admit, "Both. Mass destruction."


SECOND PLACE

http://www.fanfiction.net/~honeybeemeadows
Word Count: 253

"If I love you, is that a fact, or a weapon?"

You always had a funny way of showing your affection.

As though you knew a language, but forgot all the words. Lost the ability to speak, even though nothing was wrong with your tongue. Just stared at me with raging emerald eyes and your tongue tied between your teeth like stitches holding together a wound.

Scarred across the mouth and right through the very center of your heart.

“Everything about you is infuriating,” you say and I wither, a flower caught under the baking rays of the run. “I didn’t want to do this,” you whisper and I fold, an origami creature smashed flat under your weight. “You made me fall for you,” you hiss and I shatter, the slow motion view of a bullet through a water balloon.

When you tie me down, it’s your adoration speaking.

When you blindfold me, it’s your lust.

When you wrap your palms around my neck and fuck me with no air, it’s love.

You still haven’t said the words, but I know they’re there, somewhere. Between my skin and the metal around my wrists. Beneath the silk of your blindfold, dipped in acid truth and my eyes can see everything, even in the dark. The gag in my mouth tastes of stone-washed regret and I wonder why you can’t just say it. Why you can’t show me in a way that doesn’t involve weapons and handcuffs.

Body armor and a battle plan.


I am a prisoner of your war.

I’ve already given myself up.


THIRD PLACE

@chocaholic12345
http://www.fanfiction.net/~chocaholic123
Word Count 297

It starts with a rose; fleshy, red petals laying softly on the porch. She picks it up, inhaling the sweet, fresh fragrance. Carrying it into the house, she places it in a glass of water. A smile curls at her lips.

Weeks pass. She finds more gifts; old, dusty books, classics she has loved. She opens them and motes dance in shafts of light, particles itch her nose.

Then a note. Lipstick smeared on dirty glass.

I love you.

Months pass. From the corner of her eye she sees a dark-haired stranger, the blur of a car as it accelerates away from her house. She pulls her collar up, keeps her head down. Wishes herself invisible.

A newspaper cut up to form new words.

You’re mine.

Spring becomes summer. Windows are flung open, doors left unlocked. A doll on her wrinkled bedcovers, its once shiny, brown hair has been ruthlessly chopped, body mutilated. She comes home late from work to find the stove burning hot, a stainless steel pot full of steaming, bubbling water. She is too afraid to look inside.

A note next to it, this time handwritten. Only one word.

Dinner?

This time she calls the cops. They laugh.

Years pass. Plump thighs turn slender then thin, lush hair becomes lank. Her natural posture is stooped, body shaking like an old man. Her eyes dart from left to right, rarely meeting anybody’s gaze.

Work is her only escape. She arrives early, leaves late, is grateful for the security guards. Her computer screen is her friend, until the day an IM slams onto her screen, making her heart drop.

I love you.

She leaves the office that night, her body weary, her gait slow. He waits. She walks. He wields love like a sick weapon. It burns.


HONORABLE MENTION

@sparrownotes24
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4244397/SparrowNotes24
Word Count: 300

The knowledge you can't have something makes the unattainable shine.

It lures you with curls brushing the delicate skin of bare shoulders, lips wrapping around words that steal your attention, bright eyes holding a thousand promises across your heart.

"Maybe you could come by the coffee shop sometime, Edward?"

She's a break in the clouds, a caress of wind on a deep summer’s day.

Everything I need.

Everything I can't have.

"I'm not sure that's a good idea." I hate the lines of disappointment I’ve etched onto her face.

"I'm sorry that was inappropriate."

Her embarrassment is unnecessary. I want to tell her I think about her when I shouldn't, picture her smile when I'm alone.

"No I’m sorry. I should go." I wish she could see every facet of my apology.

There are so many.

~

She's kept her vigil, curled on the window seat.

Her breath frosts the glass where she traces patterns, eyes glittering navy blue in the dim light. "I've missed you."

"I'm home now." I pull her into my lap. Relief wilts her body while guilt settles heavy in my chest—bleak as the snow covered garden.

"Remember when I lost control and crashed my car into the crab-apple?"

Memories of the night I’d forgotten to call home shudder deep in my bones.

"Yes." My voice croaks, breaks, cracks.

"The tree hasn’t blossomed since. Do you think I killed it?"

Love for her strangles the answer in my throat. "No, you didn't."

In weighted silence, I trace the silver scars on her arm, translucent in the moonlight. My penance for the night I stayed out too late.

This love binds us in shackles that maim and slice. She believes holding my heart is worth more than the beat of hers.

So, I let her crush it.


HONORABLE MENTION

@JennaReads
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3763428/
Word Count: 298

Funny how time can shudder to stop, a tiny breath, a tortuous frozen instant when you reach a pivotal shift in your reality.

A light mist coated the quiet street and my skin, chilling, moist, bitter. Better to hear the sound of my heart ripping wide, I suppose.

I stared through open blinds at one of the dozen quaint little tables in the quaint little cafe. Jake leaned across the white Formica and pressed a kiss to Leah Clearwater's lips. As though he had to taste her now, this very instant, couldn't wait until the hindrance of the table was removed.

I stood in pained stillness, my breath fogging the window, but not enough to obscure the couple holding hands inside.

No, I wouldn't be so lucky.

Someone jostled against my shoulder in passing, but my gaze didn't falter from the pair. A quaint little bell tinkled as the stranger opened the door, the chime harsh in my frozen quiet. Jake looked toward the sound. I felt the burn of his gaze the instant he saw me, fiery and excruciating, even as the icy mist coated my skin. He shoved away from the table, said something to her, then strode quickly to me.

Too late.

He stood beside me—not true. I'd always been one step behind, never more proof than the dark-haired girl waiting patiently for my boyfriend inside that cafe.

He stood near me, his voice low, intense. “Bella.”

I shook my head.

He reached for me, tried to pull me into an embrace.

He would lie. Tell me he loved me, that I was reading the situation wrong. My naive love for him his greatest weapon against me. If I loved him, after all, I would trust him.

I sucked in the frigid Washington air. “No.”


The Lemonade Stand would like to also thank all of the participants. We thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the entries!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Announcing the 2013 TLS Angst Contest WINNERS!

We're so excited to announce the winners of the Angst Contest that we couldn't wait until September 2
so we won't dilly dally around here...
We'll get right to it.  

Firsty, I would like to thank our Judges: VampsHaveLaws, Runtagua, Jaxon22 and Rose Arcadia, The Validators: Sixdlb5& Edmazin and Twilover76 for helping me get this whole thing organized. A huge thank you goes out to all of you who took the time to write your beautiful words and share them with us. We appreciate you more than you know. To all who supported us, read the entries, tweeted them (Dreamweaver94 & TFT) and to all that read, reviewed and voted: Thank you so much!
I would like to also thank the sweet Soapy Mayhem for all of the beautiful award banners!

Don't forget to scroll to the very bottom where I'll spill all of the author deets on the entries, below the winners announcements.

And now for the winners!

You made us smile, you made us cry but most of all you made us want to scream and shout. Congratulations! You've won!


Best Over All: 
More Ferarum by Ireen H 


Best Angst 1st Place: 
More Ferarum by Ireen H 


Best Angst Public Vote Winner: 
More Ferarum by Ireen H 


Best Lemon: 
More Ferarum by Ireen H 


Best Slash: 
Past Tense by The Fic Chick


Best Non-Canon: 
Little Stars by BrutalLittleAche a collab b/t Yellowglue and LovelyBrutal


Best HEA: 
Another Love by SparklyMeg


Judges Pick: Runtagua
 Would be Bluebird by HoneybeeMeadows


Judges Pick: Rose Arcadia
 Hollow Veins by SparrowNotes24


Judges Pick: VampsHaveLaws
Past Tense by The Fic Chick


Judges Pick: Jaxon22- 
Metastasis by Lellabeth


Public Vote 2nd Place: 
Hollow Veins by SparrowNotes24


Best Angst 2nd Place: 
Past Tense by The Fic Chick


Best Angst 3rd Place: 
Hollow Veins by SparrowNotes24


Best Angst Honorable Mention:
Would be Bluebird by HoneybeeMeadows

Best Angst Honorable Mention:
Little Stars by BrutalLittleAche a collab b/t Yellowglue and LovelyBrutal


Best Angst Honorable Mention:
Metastasis by Lellabeth

While we would have liked to award many many more, we had to stop somewhere... so please don't ignore all of the other most wonderful entries we had. I've compiled a list below, of the entries with the authors that wrote them. Thank you all so much for participating!


Entries in order of how they are listed on ffn:

Little Stars by BrutalLittleAche (a collab b/t Yellowglue and LovelyBrutal)

Watch Me Burn by Livie79

The Kiss that Changed Everything by wandb

Darts in the Dark by capitalAB

The Long Black Veil by HelloElla

Oriental Limited by Daphodill

Metastasis by Lellabeth

Me Without Him by Suebee0619

Breaking Beautiful by ohgeefantasy

Hollow Veins by SparrowNotes24

Roads Untraveled by Vican

Another Love by SparklyMeg

Prevarication by Fiyaaa

Strong Black Vine by MagTwi78

Bella's List by Vancouver-Canuck-Girl

Would be Bluebird by HoneybeeMeadows

Chasing My Demise by Mylisssa

If Only by cravingMOREplz

Breathe Deep by EveryDayBella

Til Death do us Part by Shadowed by Passion

Near Wild Heaven by TheFanWhoWasntThere

Obsessions of a Scathed Heart by Gemmahfanfic

Past Tense by TheFicChick

More Ferarum by Ireen H

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

1st Place Public Vote Winner will get a banner made by TypoKween which we will share here, with a review once that banner is finished. 






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



The Practicum by TheFicChick
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8906792/1/
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."

 "Yeah?"

 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
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9070588/1/Down-Home
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
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9555470/1/
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
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8853478/1/God-s-Gift
"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
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8507499/1/
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

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Meet the Poll- What we're reading in TLS this week:



Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

Please see the Flash Fic Friday tab, under our header, to be directed to this week's FFF post.

Bite Club-You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having by Honeybeemeadows-rec'd by Runtagua
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9149354/1/Bite-Club-You-Can-t-Imagine-How-Much-Fun-We-re-Having
This is your life, and it's ending one moment at a time. I know this because Masen knows this. A tongue-in-cheek mash-up of Twilight and Fight Club. No copyright infringement intended. Rated M for blood and bad language. Rated M

Chance Encounter by Besotted-rec’d by Memphis Lamb
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5429288/1/Chance-Encounter
When Bella Swan, a 23 year old cellist studying music at Julliard meets Edward Cullen, a Hollywood movie star, their lives will be forever changed as they struggle to make their relationship work against the greatest of odds. A/H Rated M

Dress You Up by MazzyStarla-rec’d by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8634731/1/Dress-You-Up
Bella Swan has everything she needs. She's an up-and-coming stylist, she owns her own boutique and she's got a great best friend, who knows her better than anyone. The last thing she wants is a man to slow her down. But then he shows up, and her world turns upside down. (AH) Rated M

Fill Me With Your Poison by Nolebucgrl-rec’d by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7007740/1/
Bella Swan's intrigued by vampires. Edward Cullen's bored and alone. What happens when they meet? AU, vampire. Rated M. Inspired by Katy Perry's ET. Rated M

Hard Hearted by Counselor-rec'd by Pawspeaches
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9338559/1/Hard-Hearted
1946. The boys are home from the war. Eddie meets Isbe at the movies. Rated M

May Be Reckless by Foreverx17-rec’d by SixDlb5
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9246242/1/May-Be-Reckless
"Everything changed when I had laid eyes on her. She was, without a doubt, the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. I stopped myself again. This was Charlie's daughter. Charlie, the man who had given me a chance when I felt like I was down on my luck. I would never undermine his trust by trying to get at his daughter. I knew why I wasn't good enough. I knew I had to stay away." Rated M

One of the Boys by Addicted-to-romione-bedward-rec'd by Sunflower Fanfiction
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9584881/1/One-of-the-Boys
What happens when two lovers drift apart? After ten years apart, things have changed. In the past she couldn't trust his love. In the present he struggles to trust hers. Will they have a future? Do money and fame matter more than love and happiness?  Rated M for a reason.

Paying for Your Sins by ConstantRamblings-rec’d by Sunflower Fanfiction
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8335205/1/Paying-For-Your-Sins
Edward is an alcoholic. Bella is terrified of the rain. She never wanted him like this but she's willing to take whatever he'll give her, even if it kills her. - AH. Rated M. Warning: not for the light hearted. Rated M

Reality and Other Inconveniences by OhMyWord-rec’d by EvilNat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5281521/1/Reality-and-Other-Inconveniences
Edward’s body was close, too close for sensible thought on my part. He watched me like he was waiting for an opening, my own personal loosening of morals. Rated M

Rescission by GeekChic12-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533161/1/Rescission
We met. We got off. We went home. We weren't lovers. We weren't even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked... Until it didn't. AH, ExB. Rated M for a reason.

Rising Dream, Falling Star by MrsShortHand-rec’d by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6313185/1/Rising-Dream-Fallen-Star
He was the lead singer of The Volturi. I was a new musician with everything to prove. We were Hollywood's It couple. Until he ruined everything. Can our love be saved if he can't save himself? A story about love, lemons, lies, and learning to forgive. AH Rated M

Say Goodbye by MariahjilE-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8800933/1/Say-Goodbye
Sadness, anger, acceptance, love. This is the story of Bella Cullen's goodbye. Rated M

Stolen by Rochelle Allison- rec'd by PAWsPeaches
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9101669/1/Stolen
He stole her heart, and then he stole her father's fortune. Love and forgiveness are nice concepts, but highly improbable. Right? Drama, romance, action, and a heavy sprinkling of the good stuff.

Torrid Teachings by BabyWard-rec’d by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9197730/1/Torrid-Teachings
Bella is a spoiled brat, only at university for the parties. When her practice exam results are sent to her father, he forces her to see an ugly nerd for tutoring. During their two weeks studying together, Bella learns a lot for her exams, but more about herself. She matures, focuses on studying, and sees Edward in a different light. Lemon warning. Rated M

Turn it Around by Willyoupleasebequiet-rec'd by Mssl Masen
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9433192/1/Turn-it-Around
The first time I met Edward Cullen, he had blue hair and wore a panda hat on his head. The second time, it was at a wedding and I convinced him to spend ten days in London with me. The third time, I shaved all his hair off on national television. Rated M

Friday, August 16, 2013

TLS's Flash-Fic Fridays are in full effect! Come and see who's flashing us this week: 8/16 - 8/21

FLASH-FIC IS HERE



PLEASE JOIN US EACH FRIDAY TO SEE WHO'S FLASHING US

Each Friday a new prompt will be posted along with the previous week's winners.
What exactly is a Flash-Fic? It's pretty much a spur of the moment, tiny story, prompted by words, images or silliness. Not sure if you've ever been on twitter when this has happened, but it's pretty awesome when it does. It also happens often in threads, with a combination of people contributing. 

How does it work? Each Friday one admin of TLS posts a picture prompt here to the blog. Using this image, entries are created by commenting on this post. Submissions must be 100-300 words ONLY. No more, no less. The entries are then judged and we post the winners here, each Friday, to share with all of you.

THIS WEEK'S NEW PROMPT



"If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?"

You will have until next Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST to submit your entry.

Picture prompt and judge this week is VampiresHaveLaws.

Please leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post using this format:
Your name (use your Twitter, Facebook or FFN name)
Your link to your FFN profile if you choose to share it
Submissions will be judged on Thursdays and on Friday the winning entry will be posted here, on the TLS blog.
This feature is open to everyone, so come one, come all!

LAST WEEK'S PROMPT AND WINNERS




FIRST PLACE WINNER

@Chocaholic12345
http://www.fanfiction.net/~chocaholic123
Word count: 291

“Just let me touch you.” You breathe in my ear. Your hands feather up my sides, cupping my breasts, the sensation shooting between my thighs like it’s the Fourth of July.

“We shouldn’t …” I bite my lip as the fingers of your right hand dance on my belly, just dipping inside the elastic of my panties. I can hear people outside the door, the murmuring of voices, the clinking of ice against glass. The party is still going strong. They’ll be looking for you at any minute, the genial host, the family man.

My father’s best friend.

“You’re so fucking sweet.” You place little butterfly kisses along my throat, your teeth nipping at my skin. “I need to taste you so bad.”

Your fingers dip farther still, making my body hum. You linger on the edge, long enough to make my hips roll to encourage you down, needing to feel you right there.

“Please.” Your lips capture mine and I moan into your mouth. You push down; cool fingers on slick heat, slipping and sliding. My eyes roll back as you play me like a finely tuned instrument. None of the boys at college even come close to your expertise.

“You don’t have to beg, sweetheart.” Your tongue pushes into my mouth at the same moment you plunge your fingers inside me. My back arches from the bed and I’m lost.

You drive me insane.

I can’t remember my name, or your name, or even why I’m here. I only know I never want this feeling to stop, never want to let you go. Fireworks explode behind my closed lids as pleasure whips my body. You silence my scream with your lips.

And then you do it all over again.


SECOND PLACE

Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/~edmazing
Word count: 292

This room is sweltering.

The triple digit numbers caused the brown out, but your naked skin brought the heat.

“Ugh, I can’t breathe. I need air,” you whined through a smile. The frayed denim shorts rushed down your legs a second before you tugged and yanked off your shirt.

“I never got ‘offending garment’ til now,” you tried to laugh as you stretched out on the bed. I paused to take in the sheen on your chest, your ribs and, the curve of your hip. I took in the swell of your breasts while you arched to twist your hair out of the way. I’d always loved to watch the motion, but moments like now? With you nearly naked?

I understood how keeping you covered was goddam offensive.

I stripped down to my straining boxer briefs, needing to feel you and get some relief, as my eyes ran over your skin. I started at the Peachy Breeze nail polish I’d put on you after slow, take all afternoon sex and scanned up your legs. Up to where pale pink met heaven at a tiny bow before they flashed to your hooded ones. I twined myself around you on top of the sheets.

The fan’s blades hung motionless. The curtains stood still without a breeze to dance to, but my fingers swayed. First, tiny shifts back and forth over your elbow while you shifted and sighed before long strides up over your arm. I dipped down your collar bone and your chest rose. Tightened nipples came up as I swept down to capture them. I cupped and squeezed until your steady touch guided me home. I knew it then.

The air in this room is stifling, but you leave me struggling for breath.


THIRD PLACE

@sparklymeg
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4417049/
Word Count: 295

The bronze and green dancing in my brain swirl into grey, as I open my eyes and squint against the blinding yellow that beams through the window.

Images of my dream fade and I groggily fumble around for my tank top, having discarded it in the sticky summer night.

Head pounding, memory blank.

I climb out of bed, not quite awake, ready to make a hasty exit from this nameless stranger's embrace.

I'm startled by a tug to my shoulder and pulled back into bed.
A calloused hand palms my breast, the contrast of his rough skin on mine sending shivers down my spine.

Sensations sharpen as a single digit traces the lace edge of my underwear. Flames lick across my skin, my body blazing under his touch as his finger explores my flesh.

Learning.

Yearning.

Burning.

Heightening my awareness, rousing the ache inside me.

The previous night comes rushing back.

He arrived drunk and sad because she broke things off.

We downed shots and cursed her name.

We got smashed and stumbled into bed.

Now, in the stark sober light of of day, his green eyes bore into mine and my heart skips a beat as more memories crash through my mind.

His hands in my hair, on my face, his lips on my shoulder, whispering that he wanted me.

That he needed me.

That it had always been me.

That she was just a distraction.

Words that I realise now weren't part of my dream.

My hand on his halts his movement. "Edward..."

"Please," he rasps, as his hand moves below the fabric, dipping into where I'm dripping for him. "Please, Bella. I've wanted this for so long."

My lips taste his, long, slow and torturous.

As if I would ever deny him.



The Lemonade Stand would like to also thank all of the participants. We thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the entries!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lemon Drops


I know, I know. I’ve been a bad, bad girl and have stayed away too long, but I’m ready to take my licks. And I'm gonna make it up to you. I’m offering up the DIRTY this edition. The omg, are they gonna’s of the fandom. And you’re getting some variety, as well. We’re exploring with our favorite canon couple, their friends, and hell yeah, there’s even a little Walking Dead just in case you really wanna get wild. Mmhmm, enjoy. And be good and leave your authors some love. 
Xoxo,
Mel

A Taste of Kink by anontwih00r
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7581523/1/A-Taste-of-Kink
Twikink Prompt: "E/B, J/A While hanging out one night it is revealed that Bella is not adventurous in the bedroom but would like to learn to be. E/J/A decide there's no time like the present." Dirty sexin', AH, M/F, M/F/M, F/F Fiction M - English - Bella & Edward - Words: 5,826

Anything You Desire by FoxxyJ
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7140491/1/Anything-You-Desire
Bella hopes her move to a ski resort will spice up her dull life. Surrounded by charming skiers and snowboarders, a close encounter on the mountain leaves her longing for the mystery instructor who came to her rescue. ExB AH OOC Aussie Floods O/S Fiction M - Romance - Bella & Edward - Words: 9,085

Backward by Tinsley Warren
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533246/1/Backward
Bella gets dragged out by her best friend one Friday night and finds herself in an unusual situation. Just when she thinks her night is going downhill fast she bumps into someone who may be exactly what she needed. Fiction M - Humor - Edward & Bella - Words: 10,230

Eighteen by Gothic Temptress
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6283100/1/Eighteen
Black night against perfect light, a circuit of touch and reverence inspire a countdown to seduction, the darkness awakened one lace of a leather corset at a time. Get ready to lose your breath ... An erotic One Shot showcasing the veneration of lovers enjoying the tightening of laces down the spine, and the awakening of a burgeoning need to sensually explore. Fiction M - English - Romance - Edward & Bella - Words: 4,738

Hunting Trip by Incog Ninja
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9595834/1/
Daryl's out for a hunt and gets caught in the rain. What does he find in the abandoned house where he seeks shelter? 100% pure PWP - no additives, no preservatives. Fiction M - Romance – Walking Dead – Daryl D. – Words: 2,758

The Greatest Gift of All by theladyingrey42
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6568717/1/The_Greatest_Gift_of_All
Edward Cullen wanted. He wanted a thick cock in his throat and a sharp jaw beneath his fingers. The worst part? His wife knew it, too. Well, he thought it was the worst part, until for Christmas she got him exactly what he wanted: a threesome. PWP, E/B/J Rated: M - English - Edward - Words: 11,376

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

TLS Fics of the Week 8/13/13 - 8/19/13: The Fab Five are up!


Suddenly by LyricalKris
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9437432/5/Suddenly
An apathetic actor. A young girl coming into her own. He was always larger than life to her. She was always just a child on the edge of his horizon. For both, love was a silly game other people played, until it wasn't. Rated M

Review by: Maplestyle http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1821639/Maplestyle

LyricalKris could write the phone book and I would read it. A multitalented writer she’s brought us everything from mixed up sperm, to contract marriages. It was no surprise to myself, or my family, when an alert for Suddenly hit my inbox and I squealed and danced a jig.

We are first introduced to Edward, a 36 year old actor, who seems to be pretty jaded about everything. He’s over the paparazzi following him everywhere:

 “Today, his glamorous celebrity life consisted of driving the long way around town so as to avoid any potential paparazzi who might have tailed him to a mediocre restaurant he'd chosen because they had a filthy alley he could easily slip into without being seen.”

Over the women he knows:

 “Edward snorted. "Haven't you read the papers? She's done with me." He rolled his eyes. "That's why I had to sneak in. Couldn't let the paps catch me in my fragile state."

"Oh, but it is a saucy scandal, isn't it?" Garrett laughed. "America's most beautiful couple. The steamy seductress Victoria Wyle and Hollywood's most eligible bachelor. What could be more embarrassing for a leading man like you to lose Victoria to the fresh faced, boy-next-door, Hollywood's most charmingly adorable Riley Biers?"

"Look at me. I'm so ashamed I can't even sit up straight." It was true, in a way. His favorite booth in the restaurant was his favorite because it was tucked into a dark corner. Still, he was slouched up against the farthest corner. It was just a matter of time before someone recognized them.”

And doesn’t seem to care about the trappings of Hollywood that most actor’s long for:

“"You got the Carmen Medina project?" Garrett looked impressed. "Damn. Not going to lie, I'm really jealous. I wanted that part. Are you excited?"

Edward waved his hand. "I'm indifferent."

"Oh, of course you are. Carmen Medina is one of the most brilliant directors out there. She exudes the scent of Oscars."

"You know how I feel about Oscars."

Garrett shook his head. "I do. Of course, I do. A popularity contest. No measure of talent. Blah, blah, blah. And fuck you. I still want one."”

Edward decides that maybe it’s time to get a way for a bit, and goes to visit his brother Emmett and sister-in-law Rosalie.

Bella, herself, is as jaded as Edward. At just 18, she’s had a tough road. Her mother left her with her Aunt Rosalie to be raised and she only sees her a handful of times a year, not that Bella minded much, she needed the consistency and stability her Aunt provided.

Recently dumped at a party by a jerk she thinks her mother’s stance on love is correct:

“"Love is boring, my dear. If you're always free, life is an adventure. Every person you meet can show you something new and exciting."”

Not having dated in high school though she had found herself caught up in the newness of everything and how it made her feel:

“Being caught in the eye of the storm, being the one pursued, had a blinding effect. In her heart of hearts, Bella had known from day one she and Felix had nothing in common. Still, she'd been caught up in the teasing, the touching. She discovered how good being wanted could feel.

She felt pretty, oh so pretty.”

When actuality crashed down on her at that party it left her feeling disillusioned:

“Now, reality had crashed on her once again. The only thing Felix wanted was to get between her legs; he didn't care about her or appreciate her at all except for what her body could offer him.”

From the moment Edward arrives you can tell that he and Bella share a really close relationship:

“As she stepped in the door, Bella saw a blur come flying at her seconds before she found herself being lifted into the air. She screamed, disoriented for a moment. She was being hoisted over someone's shoulder and carried off like a cavewoman. She began to kick.

"Whoa, whoa. Duckling. Calm down!"

"Edward?"

Edward gave her ass a playful smack as he set her down. "Who else would it be?"

Both relieved she wasn't being attacked and thrilled as always to see him, Bella flung her arms around his neck, hopping up to wrap her legs around his waist. He laughed, holding her securely. "There's my girl."”

And we also get the sense that not everyone in Bella and Edward’s life finds their relationship to be healthy:

“"Oh, for God's sake."

They both looked up as Rosalie stepped back in the room from wherever she'd been. She put her hands on her hips, shaking her head. "You are not a little girl anymore, Bella. You look ridiculous on his lap like that."

Bella tried to scoot away, but Edward held her tight. "She's my little girl, Rose. Leave her alone. She's fine where she is."

It was true, Bella thought nothing of being this way with Edward. It was how they always were.”

Despite their difference in ages, Edward and Bella have always been great friends. They bond over their shared ideas in being in love:

“"No, I've never been in love." He folded his hands over his stomach. "To be honest, it seems like much more trouble than it's worth. I'm not unhappy alone."

"People do act ridiculous about love, don't they? God, sometimes it's all they can think about. Even Aunt Rose and Emmett."

Edward chuffed. "Oh, I know what you mean. When they get in those moods where they stare into each other's eyes. Are they still doing that?"”

He’s protective of her when others try to get her to be who she isn’t:

“Rosalie touched her hair, running her fingers through the dark strands. "You have such pretty features, Bella. Look at this beautiful hair. It would take so little effort for you to look amazing."

"God, Rose. Stop it. Just stop."

Bella's head snapped up, and she looked across the table. Edward wasn't looking at her but glaring at his sister-in-law.

Rose glared right back. "What's your problem?"

"You know, people like you are the reason women have so many self-image problems. There's nothing wrong with how Bella dresses. Leave her alone." His eyes flicked from Rosalie to Bella and back.”

But when Edward takes Bella out to get her mind off her break up suddenly, feelings are starting to change; lines are starting to become blurred:

“She might have reached up to touch the stubble along his chin, as if to assure herself he was real. She wasn't sure this whole moment actually existed. Maybe it didn't. She'd seen every one of his movies, of course. Something like this had happened in at least three of his movies. She could have been dreaming the whole thing, like the way his fingers moved through her hair, finding the bobby pins Alice had put in for her. His eyes were on her as she touched him.

The scratchy hair at his chin felt real enough under her fingertips though.

He chuckled and cupped the side of her face. His thumb stroked her cheek, and Bella couldn't name the feeling that coursed through her then. It was the same familiarity she was used to but something else.

He probably hadn't put her to bed since she was four, and this was nothing like that.”

And when pictures of their night out are published we discover one more person who would be against any sort of union these two might have:

 “"Yeah, oh fuck." Emmett shoved him. "What the hell is wrong with you? You sick bastard. She's a kid."

"What are you talking about?" Edward shoved his brother right back, getting more pissed. "What the hell is wrong with you? You think I asked for this shot to be taken? You know-"

"You think I give a fuck about people taking your picture?" Emmett was up in his face, intimidating as hell with his size. "What, were you just waiting for Bella to turn eighteen so you could get a piece?"”

Edward tells his brother that it isn’t the way it looks but Emmett isn’t done, and something he says has Edward reconsidering his thoughts and feelings:

“"Nothing. Happened. I'm really at a loss to explain why you would think something would happen. You know I love Bella. I'd do anything to protect her. What makes you think I would do this?"

"Because I've never seen you look at anyone the way you're looking at her." He grabbed the newspaper back and pointed to his photograph on the front page. "Look at you, Edward. Look at your face and tell me what I'm supposed to think. Blase Edward Cullen. You're never smiling in those pictures with other women. You look bored. Always. Rose and I joke about it all the time. But here? Holding her like you are... just look at your face."

“He was more distracted by his brother's words, wondering if there was really something so different about the way he looked at Bella and if so, why that was.”

Suddenly every action, every spoken word and innocent touch takes on a whole new meaning for Edward and he does the only thing he can think to do … run:

“"If you're not going to tell me what's bugging you, there's only one way I have left to make you smile again."

"Don't-" he began, but she had already lunged.

As someone who'd known him for all her life, Bella was privy to information she knew the most the interviewers in Hollywood would die for. She knew how to make Edward smile on demand. It was something she'd discovered when she was still tiny, and she would climb him like a jungle gym like she did her uncle Emmett.

Edward was ticklish. In the extreme.

So Bella attacked without mercy, forcing him to smile and giggle and writhe. He squirmed, but Bella was relentless. He fell backward, trying to scramble away from her. She was over him in a heartbeat. "Bella," he gasped. "Bella, stop." He was breathless. "Bella!" He grabbed her wrists, holding them tight in both his hands.

Bella had no idea what happened. One minute they were both laughing - Edward because she was tickling him, and Bella reveling in his chortling. The second he grabbed her wrists time stood still. Their laughter faded to nothing, and Bella was suddenly very aware of her position.

She was on top of him. Chest to chest as they were, she could feel his fast heartbeat. His face was flushed. Hers was too. Heat radiated off their skin.

Bella's head spun, every thought scattering like birds taking flight. Her mind was blank. Her throat was tight.

Edward sat up, taking her with him. He released her wrists, and her hands fell limply down in her lap. She was still looking at him, and he had not broken their stare. They were still so close. No closer than usual, so why it felt different, Bella was at a loss to explain. Her heart raced.

"Bella," Edward whispered. She opened her mouth to respond but found she had no words. His breath stuttered, and he raised his hand, brushing his fingertips down her cheek. Her skin felt hot, like fire but without the pain, where he touched her.

He swallowed hard.

And stood so suddenly she gasped.

"I, um..." He ran his hand through his hair. "I'm going home. Tonight."”

I, personally, love a well written older Edward/younger Bella story and this one promises to be great! The relationship between Edward and Bella is flirty, fun and innocent … so far, and I can’t wait to see the ride that LyricalKris takes us on by the time all is said and done.


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