Without further babbling from me I will turn the post over to Fran...
Hello everyone and welcome back from WFE frenzy week. I’m finally coming down from my Robland adventure high and ready to get back into my other obsession and delve back into EPland...
Chapter 23 is short and sweet. Edward and Bella are continuing their smoke induced relaxation. Or as Edward put it, “it was erotic watching her inhale a part of him going inside of her...” I have to agree with him it was pretty steamy. Edward realizes she’s never done this before and part of him feels like he’s corrupting her but on the other hand it feels good to him that they are indulging in “normal” teenage behavior. He’s starting to feel like he wants a relationship with Bella, but he’s not sure how to go about it. He’s in love with Bella already and admits to being as inexperienced as she is and is clueless as to how to make it work.
Edward has many FIRSTS he wants to suddenly experience. He wants to kiss Bella on the lips, sleep the night with her, and for the first time he wonders and wants to “taste and smell her female juices...” You think a guy really looks forward to “female juices?” Go, Edward!
Edward gives Bella a book of his mother’s to read, “Wuthering Heights” and it’s interesting to note that he says she will like it because it’s about love, hate, obsession, passion, revenge, cruelty. These are the same themes in EP, and I’m sure that the author uses this intentionally to mirror the two stories. Bella is starting to make eye contact with Edward. The chapter ends with Bella having a bad nightmare and Edward puts her on his chest to calm her and vows to protect her no matter what. How sweet was it when he kisses her head and says, in Italian, “Sweet dreams my beautiful girl.”
Chapter 24 is in BPOV
Bella wakes to find she’s slept with Edward and she’s embarrassed and afraid she’s once again over stepped her “slave” boundaries. Always trying to keep busy she bakes peanut butter cookies because she knows everyone loves peanut butter. While baking, Tanya comes barreling in making a scene because she’s furious over Edward’s rejection of her. Didn’t you love how Edward goes after that skanky Tanya after he finds out she knocked Bella down? And how “finicky Edward” was it, as he went to hide his Volvo in the garage fearing she’d come back for revenge?
Bella must feel like she’s living with two different Carlisle’s after he comes home, happy as can be calling her “Dolcezza/sweetie” and then she’s treated like an “angelo/angel” by Edward.
Edward questions Bella about her nightmares and how concerned he is that she’s not sleeping. He knows what that’s like as he himself suers from the same problem. He wants her to be honest with him, he wants to help her. Edward tells his father that they are going to help Bella read, winking at Bella to let her know he’s got her back. Slowly Bella is being treated like one of the family. What did you think when Rosalie assumes Bella should serve her a drink and Carlisle tells her there’s nothing wrong with her legs, letting her know Bella is not there to serve?
After Carlisle watched B/E interact a bit, he seems to be wondering what’s going on. Do you think he suspects Edward has feelings for her? And what do you think of the phone call about “hits, and run the tests again” He’s confused about something alright! What do you think it is? And don’t you just love Edward’s attitude about everything as in “Beats the F**k out of me.”
Chapter 25 EPOV
This chapter expresses Edward’s continued growing love for Bella. He’s being openly aection to her and is happy to see she’s starting to feel comfortable out and about in the world.
I won’t say too much about the Halloween party, as I’m hoping that kiTT will add her comments here. She just loves the party and I can’t wait to hear her thoughts.
I will say this, I love Edward’s reaction to how beautiful Bella looks in her “treasure/tesoro” costume. And the dance and kiss, well it was all so romantic.
Chapter 26 BPOV
Jasper has some influence over making Bella feel more comfortable, mirroring cannon Jasper. She’s afraid to come down to the party and he tells her what his mother always told the boys when they needed encouragement, “In life: nothing ventured -nothing gained.” Jasper is so insightful, asking her if that’s all she wants in life, just to survive or is she willing to take a chance and move forward. It was touching when Bella asked what it was about her that Edward was attracted by and he could only guess that it had something to do with her reminding him of his mother.
Wasn’t it great to see Bella finally feeling like a normal girl in love with, as she put it, “an amazing boy?” She started to react to Edward’s romantic side, the dance, and his true feelings for her. She gets lost in the moment and remembers Jasper’s talk about taking chances and she goes for it and kisses Edward. I wanted to cheer her on at that point, go Bella!
Once again Edward has to ruin all that and over react to Mike trying to help Bella. Edward’s violent attack towards Mike causes Bella to remember being treated like that by Carlisle and she of course gets frightened enough to shut Edward out. When will that boy learn to control himself and think before he reacts? Not anytime soon I’m afraid.
Isn’t it sad how Bella misunderstands Edward, always thinking SHE’s done something wrong? Like when he catches her cleaning up the blood from his fight with Mike. He gets mad that she’s cleaning it, knowing it was his fault and she shouldn’t have to clean up his mess. But she automatically thinks so little of herself that she feels responsible for his anger.
Edward’s finally had enough of not acknowledging the attraction between them.And Bella admits she hates it when he hurts innocent people and she’s the cause of it. Finally, these two are communicating! Bella is surprised to hear that she fascinates Edward, that he thinks she’s remarkable. Can you imagine what that must feel like from someone who’s been raised to feel they have no value at all?
During the party clean up I thought it was funny to see Edward’s reaction to cleaning and Bella laughing at hearing him curse as he forces himself to help. It’s clear Edward is spoiled and doesn’t know the first thing about chores, but for Bella, he’s willing to try to figure out how to help. The dishwasher disaster was laugh out loud funny. It was like an “I Love Lucy!” episode.
Can you just picture them rolling around in a mass of bubbles? They were adorable and I can see how they wound up kissing. For two people who never kissed, they both seem to enjoy it now. Love watching these two fall in love, find themselves, grow and become better people as they help each other heal.
For me, this story is always about how Edward finds in Bella “everything” he needs, wants, has to protect and does so without a thought about himself anymore. Bella brings out in Edward something good, pure and intense, that not even he knows exists within him. These chapters are the beginning of all that and I loved reading them again.
Well everyone, let the comments fly! I’ve loved reading how much you love this story, nice to be in the company of like minds.
For next week chapters 27-29