|Reviews for In the Twilight of My Life|
| Just4ALE chapter 21 . 6/12/2012
Ah, they were tweeting about this fic yesterday. I'm so glad they did. What a sweet story... Thank you.
| ordinary vamp chapter 21 . 6/11/2012
This was a beautiful story. It had everything a love story should have, regardless of the age of the characters. I'm so in love with ITToML; it was romantic and sweet and nice and just... :''') Edward was amazing for Bella, and he for him. I love that their relationship built and grew with the tribulations of their age. I thought it was amazing neither one of them saw their age as a sort of roadblock to the relationship they deserved.
SUCH a beautiful fic. I'm in love with it.
| honeyimhom chapter 11 . 6/1/2012
This is the best story I have ever read.
| Sempre Giovane chapter 1 . 5/29/2012
Stunningly beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.
| sapphire0427 chapter 21 . 3/8/2012
Oh. It's over. :( You seem to need very little advice in the technical realm, so I'm just going to gush, okay?
First, what an ending! Sweet and sorrowful and just absolutely perfect. A septuagenarian honeymoon is better than one that never happens at all, I suppose. And as much as I enjoy a good hard lemon, it is, of course, best that this particular B&E had their privacy.
Oldward is so perfect, just the right mix of charm and insecurity and unabashed adoration. He's beautiful. My favorite O moments: the first time in the cafeteria when he calls her "my Bella"; in chapter 9 when she undresses and he begs her to look at him so he can tell her she's beautiful; his adorable and heartbreaking insecurity and hopefulness when he says he's not sure if Bella sees him "as a woman sees a man."
Wrinkella is lovely, too, and to your credit, she feels like an old woman, not a young woman with some token outward signs of age. She is nervous and shy and deeply bereaved. Her frustration and hope and longing all feel real. She really communicates the feeling of emerging from a long internal exile. My favorite moments with her are the two times she cries for Jacob (once by the tree, once at his grave), with Edward by her side both times.
I love how you used Embry during the engagement and wedding. You handled that situation in a lovely but seemingly realistic way. I felt the full complexity of the situation, without your having to spell a bunch of things out or beat it into the ground, as some authors do.
It is a lovely, lovely story. Like many great fanfics, it could stand alone as an original work and be just as striking... but I would certainly miss those lively green eyes. :)
| sapphire0427 chapter 17 . 3/7/2012
| sapphire0427 chapter 14 . 3/7/2012
I don't often wish to meet fanfic authors, but you're the exception. I'd love to sit down and have a beer with you, just to see where this unlikely story was born. (I hope that doesn't sound stalker-ish. Not a stalker, I swear. Just a stay-at-home mommy who kind of has it bad for Oldward.)
| sapphire0427 chapter 13 . 3/7/2012
Usually, when I am into a story, I live in it. I read incessantly, every second I can, devouring. When I am pulled away to do something else, I feel like the characters stay in my head, whiling away time until I can get back to them, and I don't waste any time getting back.
But I can't read this story non-stop that way. I think maybe it's too beautiful, the mix of the sweetness and hope and the absolute fucking tragedy... It's too much to take in more than little bites.
I hope that sounds like I think it's wonderful, because I do.
| sapphire0427 chapter 9 . 3/7/2012
Wow. You are a crazy (in a good way) woman. And I love Oldward and his Bella so, so much.
| sapphire0427 chapter 7 . 3/7/2012
"How I always imagined my Jacob had been there, calling my Edward to me, not wanting me to be alone in the gathering darkness of the twilight of my life."
Are you KIDDING ME with this stuff? Or trying to kill me with sweetness and sadness and hope and hopelessness?
| sapphire0427 chapter 6 . 3/7/2012
I don't want to read the next chapter.
Instead, I want to put my kids down for naps, then sit here in front of my laptop and cry my freaking eyes out.
Like, I feel it coming on, you know? When you can feel the sob building in the back of your throat? I wish I were cooler, cool enough to be exaggerating. I'm not.
| sapphire0427 chapter 4 . 3/7/2012
SERIOUSLY? You're writing an Oldward/Wrinkella story, (where my two favorite characters in contemporary literature are aged and failing and way past being the vital, exciting, ridiculously sexy people that I've fallen in love with), and you are actually PULLING IT OFF? Kudos, tlig. Kudos.
Also, I haven't read what the other readers have (said yet, so I don't spoil my own perceptions of the story, but I wonder if anyone has mentioned how brave you are. This is a part of our lives that, as a society, we hide from, minimize, and generally do what we can to ignore. And here you are, all ballsy, writing a love story here. Amazing. I wrote the same thing to Quothme in a review of "Awake in the Infinite Cold," which, if you haven't read it, deals with mental disability. Fantastic story.)
I'm really enjoying this.
| sapphire0427 chapter 3 . 3/6/2012
I am completely freaked out. Completely.
Not by the fact that Edward is wrinkly or that Bella is dependent and wheelchair-bound. Not by the fact that this story takes place in an assisted living facility instead of a meadow or a Seattle dorm room or a huge ass mansion in Chicago.
I'm freaked out by the fact that Bella has lived her life, and it wasn't with Edward. I mean, Bella lived, had a child, passed years and years and years, and Edward was out there the whole time! *heart breaks*
But, again, I trust you. And so I'm going to keep reading. :)
| sapphire0427 chapter 1 . 3/6/2012
So... I have very little use for Jacob Black. I appreciate him keeping Bella alive until Edward comes to his senses, but beyond that, I have a hard time keeping my patience with him. Needless to say, of the hundreds of Twifics I have read, Bella/Jacob has never been interesting or entertaining (or even palatable) to me.
That said, I've spent several days working through a handful of your stories (Fear of Flying, Virtual Intimacy, Five Nights, and String Theory, which was devastatingly beautiful and also eerily similar to my own love story). You clearly know the power of words and have the wherewithal to wield that power by telling stories that are sweet and tense and funny and ohsosexy... So even though I run from anything that presents Jacob as an acceptable match for Bella, and even though my mind was in panic mode through the whole first chapter, I'm going to read on, because I trust you. 3
| Edward'sDJ chapter 20 . 3/3/2012
Lovely. In retrospect, Edward's affections grew significantly after he tased Bella's lasagne; the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!