Title: Reckless

Author: marjorie16

Fandom: Twilight

Summary: Edward leaves Bella in NM. She desperately needs to find him. So at the age of 19, she successfully writes and publishes a bestselling book, 'Twilight', to catch his attention. Unfortunately, not only does she catch his attention but also that of other vampires. And these immortals are not so happy about it.

When you're "forbidden to remember" but "terrified to forget", what do you do?

You write.

What if it were all true?

CHAPTER 1

Romance Times

Book Review: Twilight

By Linda Mathews

The Synopsis

When seventeen year-old Helen Naws leaves sunny Arizona to live with her father in the small and gloomy Pacific North-West town of Forks she doesn't expect to like it. After all she has made excuses not to go there enough times over the past few years. If living in Forks, with its constant mist and rain, wasn't bad enough she will have to make a whole new set of friends and settle into a new school.

Helen soon makes some new friends at school but when she sees a boy called Edmund Crawford sitting with his brothers and sisters in the cafeteria she is instantly intrigued. Edmund is stunningly attractive, almost inhumanly beautiful, and yet he is an outsider too. Although Edmund and his family have lived in Forks for two years they have never really been accepted by the townsfolk.

At first Edmund is aloof, sometimes it almost seems like he can't stand to be in the same room as her, but eventually they strike up an unlikely friendship. Even as Helen falls hopelessly and irrevocably in love with Edmund, she still can't work out exactly what makes him so different to everyone else.

On a trip to the beach, Helen is told of the local legend about the "cold ones", a group of blood drinkers who have sworn off hunting humans but are still not welcome on Indian land because vampires are not to be trusted. Realizing Edmund is vampire changes nothing for Bella, she knows that she still loves him even if he's not human.

Edmund and his whole family are vampires. Edmund himself was made a vampire when he was seventeen years-old, although that was at the end of World War I. For Edmund his love for Helen is both a delight and a torment. A delight because she is the first person he has loved since he was made a vampire. A torment because although he has sworn off human blood and only hunts animals the craving for human blood never truly leaves him and the very scent of her also stirs his hunger for blood.

When a coven of non-'vegetarian' vampires visit Forks, they see the Crawfords and Helen. James, the leader of the coven decides to hunt Helen. The Crawfords, especially Edmund, try to protect Helen by hunting James.

James does not succeed.

The book ends in prom where the two lovers discuss their future. Edmund agrees to turn her into a vampire after Helen graduates highschool.

The Review

Nineteen-year-old Isabella Swan has captivated the literary world with her debut novel, Twilight. The book is a huge success with legions of fans following the story of star-crossed lovers. Forget any vampire romance you have read before, Twilight is so unique it is almost like it's in its own genre. The book is marketed at Young Adult readers but it has the ability to cross age barriers and will satisfy both teenagers and adults alike.

The story is told in first person from the perspective of Helen, so the reader only ever know what she knows, making Edmund and his family a mystery that is slowly unravelled throughout the book. Even by the end of the book I was still thirsting for more of the Crawford family back story - hopefully their characters might be developed further in future books. Helen herself is a well-written and realistic character, shy and lacking in confidence, her sarcastic inner voice narrates the story for the reader.

Twilight is simply and yet beautifully written. The descriptions of Forks leave you feeling like you can almost smell the damp air and hear the rain falling on the roof.

The romance between Edmund and Helen is both touching and compelling. There is a melancholic feel to their impossible love, yet at the same time they both are unwilling to give up hope that their relationship is not doomed. The book reaches a fever pitch of excitement as the romance between Helen and Edmund turns into a frantic race to stay alive.

I have heard Twilight described as "a vampire story for people who don't like vampire stories" and I think I would agree with that. This book really has something for everyone. Young adult readers, vampire fans or romance readers will all find Twilight to be an appealing story.

For a Young Adult novel the book is quite long but don't let that put you off reading it because each page is to be savored. Believe me, this is one book that you won't want to end.

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"What the hell is this?" Rosalie Hale shouted across the coffee table. She was walking towards her mind-reading brother, waving a newspaper on his face. They were in a coffee shop, a crowded place. But, Rosalie didn't take that in consideration as she stormed towards Edward.

"What is it now, Rosalie?"

"You tell me." She flung the newspaper before him. It was a crumpled piece of the Entertainment section. There, a picture of an apple held caringly by smooth pale hands occupied a large part of the page. It was a book cover entitled 'Twilight'.

Edward didn't have to read the article. Rosalie's thoughts spelled it all out.

He rushed outside the coffee shop and went to the nearest bookstore. Several outcomes splashed into his head. It had been a year and a half since he left Bella. He told her then not to do anything reckless. This was by far the most reckless thing she had ever done. Who knew she could be this creative. With Bella, being creative is the most destructive force on face of the Earth.

He grabbed a little black book from the large shelf marked 'Best-Sellers'. There was also a list that hung on the ceiling. Bella's book ranked first on the Young Adult section. As he stepped in line, he saw several teenagers giggling away, hugging their own Twilight books.

Edmund is so perfect. He's a gentleman and witty and just… a dream!

Oh my gosh, I'm finally going to have my own copy of Twilight. This line is so long. I want to read it already!

Isabella Swan is so romantic. She has probably had this kind of romance. A grand passion. I can't wait to blog about it.

"Hmm" It just occurred to him that he was finally getting his most fervent wish: to read Bella's mind. Now, he gets to read it in print. He sighed. When they met, her heart always raced. He had always thought it was because she was subconsciously scared of the monster he is. Now, he would be able to know exactly what she thought of him.

Would Edmund be a monster?

He shook his head and abandoned that train of thought. He paid for the book and went straight home, avoiding his family's gaze. He knew their thoughts. Danger is near.

He closed the door behind him and opened the book. There was a quote from the bible:

"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,

thou shalt not eat of it:

for in the day that thou eatest thereof

thou shalt surely die."

Genesis 2:17

He smiled. He sort of felt the same way about her before. She was his forbidden apple. It was strangely comforting that he was hers. Strangely comforting. A burst of yearning flowed through his dead veins.

* * *

"So, Isabella"

"Bella"

"Bella, then. Tell me, what inspired you to write Twilight? This beautifully written book is very personal. A lot of fans are wondering. What gave you this idea?"

"When I was eighteen I dreamed of two lovers. They were in the woods. He was a vampire and she was human. He was saying goodbye because he was done pretending to be human. He was impossibly beautiful and he left her." She paused, remembering the memory she had told everyone was a dream. "Even though it was just a dream, I thought he was sort of keeping her safe. I mean, he was, after all, a vampire. He craved for her blood. But he also loved her."

"It sounds like the Romeo and Juliet of today. How do you feel with all this success at just nineteen. You're very young."

"It feels very fulfilling. I've always liked reading and I'm so glad that I did a good job in my first book."

"Your novel was definitely original especially the part about the vampires. Thanks to Anne Rice and Buffy, we've seen them in fangs and exploding dust. In this book, I had to actually erase everything I knew about them."

"Yeah, they're very different. They're like superheroes. I've always liked, uugghh, the idea of perfect humans. But of course they had to have a flaw. So, I thought. Vampire."

"That's very interesting. Are you writing a sequel? Because in the book, Edmund bit Helen and that was it. It seemed sequel-worthy."

"Yes, actually. My mom who forced me to publish Twilight has become a fan herself and is dying to know what happens to Helen when she as she becomes a vampire. Aside from that I had to sign a contract with my publishers. So, Twilight will be a series of three. And we've been talking with film makers too. Sp, you'll be seeing more s[atl;ing vampires."

"We'll certainly be looking forward to that. Thank you for your time. Isabella Swan, everyone"

The crowd at BPPS station cheered loudly and Bella had smiled and waved. She was off to Italy to promote her book. There, she will also be meeting with a certain film companies who wants to see Twilight in the big screen. Hence, the non-stop interviews and book fairs.

It was very tiresome.

She wished she had never let her mom talk her into publishing her book. She had written it to remember. Since Edward left, she couldn't bear to remember but she didn't want to forget. So, she wrote it down, unable to confide in others.

She never meant for it to go this far. At this rate, Edward would already know about it. And he would surely come to her. But it's been months since Twilight came out. And still he hasn't come. Maybe he didn't care. He was keeping his promise after all.

It will be as if I never existed.

She shut her eyes trying to keep the memory, so like a nightmare, at bay. She stepped into the car and drove home with her assistant, Lily. School would be starting soon. So her schedule was packed until college starts in spring. School was better than a hospital. She'd rather be studying than to spend the last of her days withering away as the disease claims her body.

She wished so much that she was Helen. Because Helen got her happy ending. But her story, the story of Edward and Bella, stopped the day he said goodbye.

The car drove along the dark alley way.

He would live through the rest of eternity. And when she dies, her soul would follow his always.

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"When will she be here, Demetri?"

"At noon tomorrow, master Caius."

"Good. Tell Aro." Demetri nodded. Caius turned his back. "Bring Jane. And I want the girl alive."

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Author's note: The review in the beginning was not originally written by me. I simply got it here (lovevampires{dot}com). I just changed the Bellas into Helens and Edwards into Edmund. Mind you, I actually researched for this. 'Bella' means beauty so I thought 'Helen' is appropriate (i.e Helen of Troy). On the other hand, 'Edward' means protector. I didn't want Bella to change his name into something completely different. 'Edmund' seemed apt and it means 'defender'.

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This story was supposed to be named Night Shadows but I changed it. Reckless sounds so much better. Anyway, please review. I really appreciate them. They're very encouraging.

I hope you guys like this as much as Solstice.

If this is your first time to read my work, Solstice is my first story. It's not yet done but it will be soon. I started Reckless already before the idea of it slips my mind.