|Reviews for Sanctuary|
| Guest chapter 6 . 9/16/2013
Aro and his kids seem slimy. I'm sure Edward will get to the bottom of things
| Guest chapter 5 . 9/16/2013
Aww, such a lovely chapter even though Bella is in a bad place at the moment.
| Guest chapter 3 . 9/16/2013
Edward is right to be anxious of Aro, I think he seems sinister
| Guest chapter 2 . 9/16/2013
Oh dear, what is going on in bellas life for her to have such strong reaction like that. I guess I will find out as I read more
| Guest chapter 4 . 9/16/2013
Oh no wonder she is pissed off with life if she has to sleep up there
| Pcdogmom chapter 16 . 9/13/2013
| sonogal chapter 16 . 9/13/2013
This is such an interesting story. I knew that Aro and his family were evil. They just use religion and the church to look good for society. Can't wait for next chapter.
| Moltz chapter 16 . 9/11/2013
What have the Volturi done to Miss Bella to instill such fear? Keeping her location a secret from them. I'm just as confused as Edward seems to be.
| SleepMyBella chapter 16 . 9/9/2013
You utterly amaze me. Thank you, thank you!
| kymbersmith90 chapter 16 . 9/9/2013
I was looking forward to this chapter. I couldn’t wait to see where Bella was taking Edward. I thought she would be taking him to the meadow we are all very familiar with but if she is, your description of the journey getting there is so much more picturesque. I did laugh a little when Edward started to worry that by climbing the fence, he would be breaking a law. I doubt that would have stopped him. He would follow Bella to the ends of the Earth if she led him there.
I think Bella did take them to their version of the canon meadow. As Edward noted, the path looked like it had been well-worn but only because of its use and I doubt many people have been up there before. I think this is probably Bella’s safe place. I wonder if she has ever spent the evening there, before, when she has needed to get away?
I felt a little bad for Edward when the nerves started kicking in. I so badly want to hear his story but not if he is going to feel that uncomfortable talking about it. Although, I am curious about why the last time he told it, it was out of necessity. Was he forced to see a therapist and talk about his issues?
Something tells me there is more to Bella’s story about how she found the clearing than she gave away. However, I am not disappointed with it. This is the first piece of information she has given us about her private life and I am going to be grateful for every piece of it. It’s such a shame that she found the clearing because she was visiting her grandmother’s grave. It sounds to me like they were incredibly close.
I started getting a little excited, thinking we would learn more about Bella when she spoke about her mother but then she cut herself off. She seemed to give Edward the answer to his question about how close she was to her grandmother, without revealing anything else about herself. I wonder what happened to Bella’s mother that would make her not want to talk about her. At first, I thought maybe she had died and it was too painful for Bella to talk about but now I am not so sure. The way she said “after my mom was…in bed” suggested that she was hiding something. I’m just not sure what.
It was so sweet to see how when Bella closed herself off at the idea of love, all Edward wanted to do was show it to her. I don’t think she is ready for him to pull her into his arms and declare his undying love but knowing that he wanted to show her that was good enough for me. One day she will trust Edward and open up to him completely and I think that will be the time for him to tell her how he feels about her. He was also right to hold off on showing her any kind of affection if he was worried about keeping his desires in check. I am still so worried that the absolute worst has happened to Bella and if that is the case, the last thing she needs is a horny priest on her hands. Both he and Carlisle are right. She needs friendship and protection at the moment and Edward is the perfect person to offer that to her.
I like seeing the feisty side to Bella, even if it does come out at Edward’s expense some days. Hearing her opinions on how there is hidden meanings in most things that religious people do made me laugh a little. My partner and I had been talking about the same thing only earlier in the day. I think her passion and spunk is part of what Edward likes about her and so far, nothing she has said has ever offended him. I doubt it ever will. Didn’t he say before in the story that he enjoyed talking to people who could challenge him?
Hmm, Jane’s picnic basket of goods definitely seemed like she was hinting for Edward to take her out with him to enjoy the food. I am still on the fence about what to think of her. One part of me wants to believe that she has good intentions after we saw her talking to Edward. The other part of me cannot shake the feeling of dread that crawls up my spine every time we see a member of her family. I guess only time will tell.
It was cute to see how Bella’s face fell when she realised that Edward hadn’t made the picnic himself and how disappointed he was about that. And then when he assured her that he would make her lunch, if she would let him, and her smile picked up again. I wonder when was the last time someone offered to do anything for Bella without a hidden agenda? Maybe that is why she was excited about Edward offering to make her lunch, even if it is only sandwiches.
I should have known that something was going to spoil their time together. I just wasn’t expecting it to be an ingredient in the chicken salad. As soon as Bella’s voice hardened and she told Edward what the secret ingredient was, I knew that she knew who had made them for him. Bella’s reaction to those sandwiches was so harsh and sudden. I have speculated before that the Volturi family have something to do with what she is hiding but after seeing that reaction I am now convinced they are involved.
I hate that just one bite of those sandwiches caused Bella to regress back so much. I was just praying that Edward would be able to stop her if she tried to run. Then when she started talking about how anything could be pretty if you covered it up enough I felt a little sick. That really isn’t doing anything to help rid me of my very worst fears about what happened to her. Then she went on to ask if they knew she was staying with Edward and my heart dropped. That has to be the reason why Alec has been watching the Parsonage every night. He has to have seen Bella going into it.
When Bella vomited at the name of the family, I felt like all of my worst fears had been confirmed. I think they have abused her and they are the ones she is trying to hide from. I am guessing her father has something to do with it all, but given that he is the town drunk, that wouldn’t be too much of a surprise.
I really wish Edward had followed Bella into those woods but I think if he tried, he would probably end up lost and making things worse. I am guessing that now, he has to just wait for Bella to come back to him again. It is such a shame she won’t open up to him but I can see why she doesn’t trust him, yet. I am just hoping that after this reaction, Edward stays as far away from any pleasantries with the Volturis as he can. I doubt he will want to spend any social time with them after seeing what the mention of their name and food does to the woman he has fallen in love with.
And after all of that, we still don’t know Edward’s story.
I cannot wait for more.
| kymbersmith90 chapter 15 . 9/9/2013
I’m not at all surprised to hear that this will have been the first time Edward has shared his home with a woman. He doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy to have been in a serious relationship before he moved to town. It also doesn’t surprise me that he has been living alone since he finished college. He seems like the kind of guy who would prefer his own company to that of other guys looking to party.
I’m glad that as much as it does seem wrong for Edward to be sharing the parsonage with Bella, it felt right to him. I think it is right for both of them. The more we see of Edward and Bella together, the more it does feel like a higher power has brought these two together because they can help each other.
I was worried too when someone knocked on Edward’s door. My gut reaction to it was that Alec had worked up the courage to come to the door this time instead of hanging around outside. I loved Edward for not asking Bella to hide in her room because he wasn’t ashamed of her and he didn’t want to add to the shame she already carried. Yet, at the same time, I found myself hoping she would stay in the room. It would definitely make things easier for Edward and I have a feeling Bella won’t want to be seen at the parsonage either.
Ugh, I should have known that Jane would show up again sometime soon. She was definitely crushing on Edward when she first met him at that Sunday service. While it was sweet of her to have baked some good for Edward, I didn’t like the way she invited herself inside. To me, it felt like she was almost testing him to see if he would allow her in or if he would make her stay outside. I got this feeling like she and her brother were in on whatever it was that made him stand outside of the parsonage all night long and he had sent Jane to get into Edward’s home and do some snooping.
I am glad Edward invited her inside, so that he wouldn’t seem rude, but at the same time, I was torn between hoping Bella would stay out of sight, so Jane couldn’t start spreading rumours around the town, and hoping that she would come out so that she could stake her claim over Edward.
I was definitely wary of everything that Jane said while she was inside Edward’s home. I don’t trust any member of her family so I don’t blame Edward for feeling a little nervous around her. He did well to keep the conversation as natural as possible. I think if I were in his position I would have found conversation difficult because I would have been worried that Bella would walk out any time and everything would go to hell.
When Jane went on to say that the parsonage needed a woman’s touch, I shuddered a little. It was almost like she was telling him that he needed her to make his house more of a home. That was kind of forward, especially for someone addressing a priest. I am glad Edward could see the true intent behind her words and wasn’t fooled by what I think, she thinks, is a sweet and innocent exterior. I wish he could have told her that his place was about to get a woman’s touch, with Bella staying with him.
I love how Edward argued that he didn’t need her in any way, even if it was to give his home a woman’s touch, by arguing that he had much better living arrangements that Jesus had. I really did think he had her there. But then she had to come back at him with a counter argument that made her seem much more mature than I originally thought her to be. It is no wonder Edward was speechless.
I was kind of wondering if I had her all wrong when she said that she was only there looking to be a friend to Edward. She seemed genuine and I think Edward felt the same way. However, with what we already know about her father and her brother, I still do not trust her.
I was a little worried too when Bella still hadn’t left her room. For a moment, I was worried she had seen Jane in the house and that she had gotten the wrong idea. I should have known she would be having second thoughts about staying with Edward. I liked how Edward dealt with her concerns. He didn’t lie to her or give her answers he thought she wanted to hear. Instead, he was honest about why he had invited her to stay and I think that was what convinced Bella.
Poor Bella. You could see just how badly she had been hurt in the past when she told Edward that she didn’t want to hear his story if he was only telling it to her because he wanted to know hers. I am so glad that is not what he was doing. I really hope that once Bella hears about Edward’s past she will feel comfortable enough to open up about her own, even if it isn’t right away.
I love the idea of Edward being able to tell Bella his story, in a quiet and private place as they enjoy a picnic. The way Bella ran her hand over the handle of the basket suggests to me that the picnic is going to have special meaning to her. I wonder if she has ever been on one before?
I cannot wait to see where she takes Edward. I just hope that they aren’t seen together by someone who could make things difficult for them both.
| Nicffwhisperer chapter 16 . 9/7/2013
Yikes...what just happened? I KNEW that family was BAD news!
| Pinkpixiechick chapter 16 . 9/6/2013
Very much enjoying this story! Thank you!
| Kimberlina903 chapter 16 . 9/5/2013
Ooooh boooooooo, she spoiled it! I wanted to know his story! How insensitive of me, I should be more considerate of her feelings. Obviously the Volturis are scary people who have hurt her.
| Kimberlina903 chapter 15 . 9/5/2013
Thank goodness you've posted the next chapter, I don't think I can wait any longer for his story.