Saturday, May 21, 2011

CBWR? Chapter 100

Author’s notes:
The end is nigh!  And I don’t mean the rapture!  
FYI – this still counts as a 100 chapter story.  There won’t be a chapter 101 – there will just be an epilogue called “Epilogue”, not chapter 101.  Ha!
As if I was going to argue.
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Chapter 100:
“It’s not much,” Bella said softly as her eyes dropped down to the floor.
I reached over and took his chin with my fingers, tilting her eyes to mine and placing a soft kiss on her lips.  How could I explain to her how much this place meant to me?  My words were – as usual - inadequate.
“It’s home,” I eventually whispered to her.
She broke into a smile, and a tear started to escape from the corner of her eye…again.  I swear she had been crying for two days straight, ever since I walked out of prison.  At least for the most part they had been happy tears.  I crouched down a little and grabbed her up into my arms so I could carry her over the threshold.
The apartment Bella had been living in since she graduated probably would have been considered small by most people, but when you spend over seven years in a ten foot by ten foot cell, a modest studio apartment seems pretty damn spacious.  It had a dividing wall that separated out a bedroom area from the living area, a small kitchen and a bathroom.
Just the idea of peeing in private was pretty damn fantastic if you asked me.
I decided taking a really good look around the place was going to have to wait, because my new wife was probably going to do something to me that would cause her incarceration if I didn’t make love to her immediately.  I carried her straight over to the bed, dropped her into the center of it, and then crawled on top of her.
Bella giggled as my fingers stroked over her sides and down to her legs.  I reached for the bottom of her simple white dress and pulled it up, smiling broadly as I found the garter wrapped around her thigh.  I kneeled beside her and pulled it off with my teeth.  I was pretty sure that was what the groom was supposed to do at a reception, and I was trying my best to make the most of our simple wedding.  We had it in small chapel, with Pastor Lee refusing to let me pay him anything for his services or the chapel rental.  Seth stood beside me and when it was time, he handed me the gold ring with the little row of three small diamonds on top of it.  Bella’s mother, Renee stood beside her, though she refused to even look at me.  I didn’t care – she was there for Bella, which was all that mattered.
I did hold my breath when Pastor Lee asked if there was any reason we shouldn’t get married.
Renee didn’t say anything.
I flicked the garter up towards the headboard with my finger, and then grabbed Bella’s ankle so I could start kissing her from bottom to top.  Well…I actually only got about half way before I was distracted, and hung out there for a while as Bella screamed and moaned about how fantastic my tongue was.  Her hips bucked against my face and I tasted her sweet, sweet nectar.  I’d have to taste the rest of her body later, because I needed to join with her as soon as fucking possible.
Bella reached down to the edge of her dress, which was nearly up to her breasts, and pulled it up and over her head.  I reached behind her back to help her with the clasp on her bra, freeing her beautiful breasts for my hands to rediscover.
Bella went to work on my shirt buttons, getting through them pretty quick so she could push the shirt off my shoulders.
“Holy shit, Edward!” Bella murmured as her hands traveled from my shoulders down my arms.  “You weren’t this…um…buff before!”
I laughed.
“Well, I had a lot of extra time in the gym these past few years,” I reminded her.
 She blushed, and started apologizing.
“No,” I whispered to her.  “Don’t be sorry.  I can only hope I changed more on the inside than I did on the outside.”
“You have,” she said quietly back to me.  Her eyes glistened – first with tears, and then with humor – as she ran her fingertips over my chest.  “And I like both sets of changes.”
“Well, my insides and outsides completely belong to you now, Mrs. Swan,” I told her.  “So do with them what you will.”
Yeah, Mrs. Swan.  In prison it cost me fifteen dollars to change my last name from Cullen to Swan.  It would have cost Bella over two hundred if she was to change her name to Cullen on the outside.  Besides, I needed the fresh start, and a new name made sense.  Taking Bella’s name made even more sense to me, because she was the one that changed me.
She smirked and reached down to the button of my Dockers.  She popped it open and slid the zipper down before she pushed them off my hips, taking the boxes with them.  After I kicked them off my feet, ridding myself of shoes and socks as well, Bella’s hand ran up my thigh until she wrapped her fingers around me.
“Holy shit…Bella…that feels so fucking good.”
Her fingers moved lightly from the tip of my cock down to the base, then over my balls.  It felt way too good, and I couldn’t breathe right.  I started moaning.
“You gotta stop, baby,” I told her.  “I don’t want to come on your hand…not this time.”
She smiled and bit down on her lip, but released my cock so I could take an actual breath again.  She wrapped her arms around my waist and squeezed, holding me tight as I started nuzzling at her breasts.
The feeling of Bella’s fingers against the skin of my back was incredible.  It was almost as good as having them on my dick.  She ran them up to my shoulders, then all the way down to my hips, and back again.  I focused on her nipples, playing with one of them between my thumb and forefinger while sucking and licking the other.  I switched, and Bella’s hands suddenly dropped father down, grabbing my ass and squeezing it.
“I want you,” she said urgently.  Her fingers dug in, and she seemed to be trying to pull my backside up so I could get lined up for a little something more.  Her hips lifted off the bed and pushed against mine, grinding herself against my cock.  “Now!”
As if I was going to argue.
I lifted myself up a little and moved forward, positioning my knees between her legs and lining my cock up with her entrance.  I placed my lips against hers, my tongue tracing over her mouth as I slowly pushed the head of my cock into her.  I paused, breathed deep, and slid the rest of the way home.
The feeling of being inside of her again was absolutely indescribable.  To be buried once again in her warm, wet, silky flesh was like I imagined walking through the gates of Heaven must feel like.  Her body gripped me, holding me inside as I shifted my hips back and forth against her.  It had been so, so long…and even though I had been here before, it was different.   Knowing she was here as my wife – for real this time – because she truly wished to be, made the sensations so much sweeter.  I felt the tension building inside of me all too soon, and I slowed my pace to make it last.  Bella’s hands found my hair, and she pulled my lips to hers.
“Don’t hold back,” she mumbled against my mouth.  “Please…don’t stop.  We have a lifetime for this.”
“Oh, God…Bella,” I whispered as I moved my mouth over the edge of her jaw.  “I love you so much…so much…”
“I love you, Edward,” she moaned back to me.
My pace increased again, and as I rocked back and forth inside of her I let the pressure over take me, and spilled inside of her as I cried out her name over and over again.  My arms wrapped around her shoulders and I held her to me, kissing her tear-covered cheeks, her eyes, and her nose.
Eventually I rolled to my side, taking her with me and wrapping my arms around her to hold her close.  I didn’t ever want to let her go.  Bella snuggled into my chest and her hand reached up to my face as she ran her fingers over me, lulling me into the most restful sleep I had experienced in – quite literally – years.  If I could just keep her close to me for the rest of forever, that would definitely be a mighty fine thing.
I wasn’t stupid…well… I wasn’t stupid anymore.  I knew the times ahead of us were going to be tough.  Hopefully they would be made easier because we would have each other in a much more real sense now.  I loved her, and by some miracle, she loved me, too.
Could be worse, right?
The End
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Chapter end notes:
There ya go.  Who would have thought so long ago that this Reformed Doofusward could have pulled it off?  Scooby snacks for everyone!
Name change – I originally thought he’d change his name after his parole was up, but when I started looking up ex-cons changing their names, I found this article about inmates changing their name on the tax payers dollar.  Thought it was kind of interesting, so I added it in that way.  Fucking sue me.  LOL
I would say there will be a short epi, but I think it’s going to be pretty long.  Should be out tomorrow or the next day. 

133 comments:

  1.  I loved this chapter :)

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  2. Loved it. I'm glad Renee was there for Bella's sake. Love the little bit about the name change, too; makes perfect sense to me.

    Looking forward to the epilogue, though not really looking forward to this ending; I've enjoyed it way too much. :)

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  3.  Oh, what a ride! Doofus is now Mr Swan! Heheheheeeee ;)

    Thank you for each and every word, I've loved reading this story and seeing the characters become who they are! :) 

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  4. At first I was disappointed it was so short but now I think it's the perfect ending for these two. <333 Can't wait for the epi!!!

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  5.  First comment. I'm boss like that. 

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  6. Loved this chapter - but did I miss something along the way?  Where's Charlie?  Did he die while Edward was is jail?  I remember mention of him speaking at the sentencing hearing, but I don't remember reading about him after?  Please tell me if I missed a part. 

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  7.  I believe this is the first Edward Swan I've ever read. Ever. That's kind of impressive.

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  8.  Loved that he changed his name. And that you used the quote from the book where Edward and Bella talk to Charlie and tell him they're getting married.

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  9. Thank you, I have no words to express how much....
     

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  10.  Amazing, the entire story. I was on tenterhooks waiting for every chapter.
    Can't wait for the epi. Congrats Savage on such a fantastic  read!

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  11. Perfection!!   I always love it when a story ends with title, couldn't be more appropriate here.  I think changing his name makes sense - she did change him afterall.  Good for Renee being there.  I cannot wait to see what you have figure out for the rest of their lives.

    Loved the UC outtake in the compliation!  Made me like that edward just a bit more too!

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  12. Very, very sweet. Bless our doofy for graduating into life ;-)

    How have you liked this writing style - a post (or 3) a day?

    And well over half a million page views at this point. Did you ever think/dream there would be so many?

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  13. Thanks for the wonderful story!  What should I do no....I am so spoiled by your daily update!

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  14. I love it. I am sad to see the story end. I think that Edward changing his name is a great idea. He is a diffrent man now so it makes sense. I can't wait to read the epilogue.

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  15.  Definitely not.  Honestly I was surprised how many people followed it after it was moved to the blog.

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  16. I'm more surprised that YOU were able to pull off a reasonable HEA ending. I'm anxious to read the epi. But I must admit, I got my link to the Tsunami donation compilation and I'm dying to go read EPOV from UE.

    I love everything you write (well, except the ass rape in prison) so as always, I'm looking forward to whatever writing adventure you embark upon next.

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  17. Yes, he did. It was mentioned in that no-sugar-coating letter Bella wrote when he'd been in jail for a couple of years. Her letter said he'd died two months prior of a heart attack.

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  18. Perfect.  I am so going to miss looking for the updates on this story but I couldn't ask for anything more than the way you ended it. 

    P.S.  I love that he changed his name to Swan.  It just fits. 

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  19. THIS WAS THE BEST FREAKING CHAPTER EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR *wipes the tears*
    omg it took so long but it was worth it 

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  20. What a wonderful ending to this story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  21. i still can't believe it's over *sniffles*
    the end was SOOO GOOD it hurts 

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  22. AWW!!!!! Loved that he changed his name! What a great ending!!!!!!!!!

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  23. thank you Shay... for this incredible ride...for this crazy rollercoaster... for just sharing it with us...
    I know that slavery is a really difficult theme to abord but I'm glad you did it... and still, as a woman and a mom, the most difficult part for me to read was the little boy asking for a bath... it made me think... a lot...
    let's cherish our children and make the best we can, till it's possible...
    thank you again
    xo

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  24. Savage - is the ring he used the wedding band he first gave her or one he somehow purchased?  What chapter was it in about jasper helping pick the ring - I just looked over 31-43 and didn't see it!

    THANKS FOR THE HELP, AND THANKS FOR WRITING THE STORY!

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  25. Now will this be an epilogue we WANT to read or a Surviving Bella 'well shit I wish I hadn't read that' epilogue? Lol ;)

    This story has been a wonderful ride, thanks for the journey :)

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  26.  aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh the end!!! Fuck... i loved that fic, i love all your fics!! You are the best!!! TKS!!!!!!

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  27. I love that he took the name Swan!! They deserved an HEA after 7 years of hell. Thank you for making that happen. Loved this story so much...you're great :)

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  28. Perfect ending to an incredible journey!!

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  29. THey have BOTH come so far...I'm sure it was E's letter that brought Renee there for Bella...

    He had to grow up and accept his part in things..and then learn a new way of doing things...

    I'm SO proud of him!!!

    Thank you, sweetie!!! 

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  30. Thank you, this has been an interesting experience from start to end, lots of passion involved. lol Great ending, can't wait to read the epi, thanks again Savage 

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  31.  i loved the last line.

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  32. Tears, great chapter. Caught me off guard with the name change.

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  33. The last line brought it full circle. Nice one.
    I loved that he took her name and I was happy for Bella that Renee was there.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing story.

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  34. thank you SO much for this wonderful amazing awesome story! I loved it with passion. I LOVE it.  

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  35.  No, the ring he used the first time was very extravagant - this one is just a little one.  :)

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  36. Whoo-hoo! They're married! It's The End! It was ALL Awesome! Thanx! 
     

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  37. Sometimes words fail me...and I'm an English teacher! "Thank you" doesn't express the gratitude I feel for you and the story you have created.  I appreciate all of your hard work since the writing process itself can be brutal sometimes. You, however, make it look effortless.
    I will miss looking for updates to this story a dozen times a day, but you can rest assured I will be visiting your blog to see what new and enticing tales you have in store.
    Again, thank you for an extraordinary ride.

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  38. Thank you so much for this great story. Your writing pace was incredible. I still wonder what happened to Edward's parents? But, I am glad for their HEA. I love all your stories. You have a brilliant mind.

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  39. Thank you for this wonderful story and all of your work in putting it together !!

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  40.  He sometimes wonders what happened to them, too. :)

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  41. I also wanted to say that one of the most heartbreaking parts of the story was about the little boy asking for "bath?"  so sweetly and innocently and to be abandoned and neglected so terribly, thereby starting the horrible chain of events.  That part really made me cry, sniff! 

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  42. You surprised me with this story ... and I love it! Thanks for sharing:) ... Waiting for the epi!!!
    x

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  43.  That last line just about killed me. I really don't want to say good-bye to Mr. and Mrs. Swan (nice touch!), but their story has been told, and very well. Edward's in a much better place now than he's ever been--he truly is a different person, thanks to Bella.

    Thank you so much, not only for writing this to begin with, but for updating so frequently.

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  44. aww sweet!  I am so happy that they finally got to be together and hope that he keeps his nose clean.  

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  45. Soooo totally awesome!!!!!  :) Thanks for another GREAT story!!!!  Just love them all!!! 

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  46. Catalina AntoineMay 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    thank you thank you thank you
    PS: I thought the name change was pretty cool, I would've done the same in doofus place

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  47. Okay, I feel kinda like that wasn't the way this should end. I get it. He grew up but still...I don't know....that wasn't the ending I was thinking.
    I know, what was the ending?
    Well, I guess I thought he'd be out. His crew would contact him and tell him they had his money and they would live HEA but with a shitton of money for security...
    Waiting on epilogue to see how I guessed!

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  48. A sweet ending. I was so glad that Renee was there for Bella when they married and I hope in the epi that she will be a part of their lives. Edward has changed so much and now Bella comes first before anything else to him so what mother couldn't be happy for her daughter to have such a man right?  

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  49. Shay this story was so good. It had me hooked from the beginning. I am glad they got their HEA. I can't wait for the Epi!

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  50. I am so glad and relieved! Bella and Edward went through hell and put so much effort in order to get to this point, that I hope that they will be able to make their life together the way they want it to be. 

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  51. I am glad this guy served his time and actually fixed himself before getting sprung from the clink. I think it will allow these two to actually build a new life instead of trying to salvage their old broken one. I look forward to the epi. This story has been an amazing ride.

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  52. Sniff. Sniff. What can I say. Thank you for writing this. Live the name change. Must be the first Edward Swan in FF?

    Roshambo

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  53. I loved this and looked forward to your updates.  I am really going to miss this :(
    It is interesting about the name change.  I am glad that Renee was there for Bella. 
    Thank you for the wonderful ending!

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  54. i once googled the requirements for a change of name in my country, and i found a question in one of the forums that intrigued me.

    this person wanted to know if it was possible to change both his first and second name along with his mother and  fathers last names -(in my country we can have that many names and last names, its very common)

    and someone answered:

    what do your parent think about this?

    i could almost hear the self-righteousness.

    i didn't comment.  i had no information to give and my personal opinion was not something this person requested.

    how ever it made me think. why would some want to do this? practically cut all ties to who he is?

    and now i get.

    this Edward had so many  reasons to change his last name to swan, even if charlie is spinning in his grave. not only was that symbolic for a new beginning, but it also meant he now belong somewhere.

    to someone.

    and that is big deal for person who had no choice but to be detached. it all makes sense.

    =)

    thanks you for writing this story.  it was an emotional rollercoaster.

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  55.  *tear*  so proud of our doofusward! I was so happy that this ended this way. it was an amazing journey and thank you for taking us on it

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  56. omg that was just so frickin awesome!! edward had such a rotten life...right from when he was that little boy just asking for a bath..*sniff* everytime i think about it it breaks my heart. and it's like he kept having shit happen to him and he kind of accepted it cos it seemed better than the life he had...but now with bella it's like he really has accepted that he is able to have a better life from now on. i do hope so! it was good that renee was there for bella and that he accepted that cos of how he how renee is towards him cos of how he feels for bella!! yay finally they are legal and soooo in love it's wonderful that they're husband and wife and have legally and passionately consummated their marriage and how wonderful it was!! so thankyou shay and i can't wait for the epi!
     

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  57. Oh I loved this, I loved this!!!

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  58. Thank you for your story!

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  59. wow!  i hope things finally go their way they deserve it after all that heartbreak.. ed you grew to be a man anyone would love to have you totally did a 180!!  i loved the story and i am soo glad to have read it! you are a wonderful writer!!  can't wait for the epi!! 

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  60. LOVED it well done what age are they now (if i mind righ bella was 18 and edward was 28? so if he spent 7 year in jail then they are 25B/35E is that right?)

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  61.  thank you - going back to reread now!

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  62. I am so in love with this story and will be so sad to see it end, but at least we are getting our HEA after all. I didn't think we would for a while there but I thrilled at how things turned out. I hope you continue to do stories like this. You can crank out short updates more often and we can all get a little more sleep or actually see our families. LOL Thanks so much for giving us this. Gonna go start on the FFT Compilation now. Probably won't come up for air except to read the epi. :)

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  63.  Correct - 25/35

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  64. Doofus you few up on me and bece a real boy. Congrats. This story was amazing and I can't wait tonsee what you have for the epi.

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  65. wow doofusward has come so far! i'm so proud! 

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  66. Shay!  Thank you so much for one of the best fan-fiction stories!  Up there with Master of the Universe, Master of My Heart, University of Edward Cullen.....god all of YOURS that I have read, UC , Hide and Drink and the list goes on! You are such an awesome writer,,,how big is your heard right now?? lol  I loved this story and I can't wait for the long epi to see how far these two have overcome their challenges...I am going to miss this everyday and can't wait to continue reading your other fics!  Thank you thank you thank you so so much!!

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  67. Simply spectacular!
    I have no words!
    Perfect!

    P.S. Is Already Sunday?

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  68. I have enjoyed following your story so, so much. Your writing is so addictive to read. I really don't know how to describe it. (you have a gift, what else could it be?).. I think you deserve a whole box of scooby snacks. I think I emailed those to you a couple of weeks ago?...So glad Renee came to the wedding in support of Bella. Can't imagine getting married without a mom's support even if it's not approval.... My daughter worked with a guy who took his wife's last name when they married because he did not get along with his family and did not want to be associated with them at all.  

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  69. I loved this story, as I do all of your stories. I actually work at our county courthouse in the clerk's office. One of my jobs is  opening inmate mail corresponding with and filing their suits. I will not even start to tell you how things really are because I can appreciate writer's license and enjoyed the story. The only thing I wish would have been realistic is a shorter sentence for Edward, no sex offender I've heard of ever spends that long of a sentence, drug dealers get more time. Inmates pay  20% of their trust fund account balance to file which is not much.
    If you do ever need facts for stories I would be happy to get you facts. I also deal with protective orders for victims, divorces, emergency custody, child support, marriage licenses and filing new criminal cases.
    There has been a new law passed recently that allows sex offenders on the outside to have their name removed from the registry, I have had 3 so far come in to file the papers. I somehow don't feel what Edward did was that bad, but probably because of what I see on a daily basis. Real life is a lot yuckier. Most days I am dealing with the victims of those crimes, and am also a survivor of those crimes.
    Mostly, I read Fic to escape RL, but I truly love your style, I will always read everything you write!!!

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  70. Couldn't be better for sure!

    Amazing Edward, amazing story, amazing talent of yours. Thanks so much to share all of them!

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  71. Loved this story even when it took a turn I didn't see coming.  Great job and congrats on finishing.  

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  72.  Congrats, good story :)

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  73. EXCELLENT story.  Your best yet, IMHO.  I enjoyed following Edward on his journey, even if I hated the event that got him started on the road to redemption.  I can't believe it is over.  * sigh *  I'm so glad you needed to write a little something to get your mind off your other story.  I am also ecstatic that you were able to pull a HEA out of the hat for these two.

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  74.  Great chapter! You are such a great writer. I'm going to be disturbed forever about the long separation and Bella's behavior.  Heck, I'm stick bothered by Hide and Drink . The mark of a good writer is to make their reader feel intense emotions that linger long after they finish the story (good or bad.)  Anyway, you did such an outstanding job at redeeming this Edward.

    Any word on when you're going to continue Surviving Bella?  Also, will you ever write a story where Bella is the one screwed up and needing redemption and Edward helps her save herself?  

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  75. Here's to Mr. Swan. He's come a long way! 

    Hang on to each other.

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  76.  There is a question no one has ever asked me!  You know what, I don't know...I like effed up men.  We'll see.  Maybe I'll consider it a challenge. :)

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  77. I had a great time reading this story. Great job. I'm happy for them both and wait patiently for the epi....thanks so much.  I will miss these two. 

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  78. Wish it could really be this perfect for them.  

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  79.  I have only read one other one also, Your Voice Was All I Heard http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5888382/1/  Really good story, you should check it out.

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  80.  Thank you for the update <3 I'm so happy to follow this story from the beginning till the end. This story is AMAZING. One thing I love about this story is you keep it updated every single day, which is good ya know ;) so I don't need to wait too long for a new chapter.

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  81. I effing love you. What an awesome story! Can't wait for the epi!

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  82.  He so made the change.....which is awesome. Bella was a rock yet she healed herself too. Are we gonna find out what happen to the others. Hell they should have put some of Edward's money away for him but that wouldn't be right for him to take it. I guess.
    thanks for writing this.

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  83. melissaringuetteMay 21, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    I loved this story... kinda sad that  it`s over... 

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  84. Ahhhh, so the Dofus Duckling becomes the Swan, eh?!  ;D  Nice touch.

    Loved their eloquence before the panel and giggled at the casting.  Very nice.  Loved what the reply was and it occurred to me that at this point it would almost be punishing Bella more to have kept him in.  Agreed with both him being put on the list (ignorance is not a defense for an adult in relation to a crime) and with the rationale for it not being permanent.  That's how I think it should work (and hopefully does more often that not).

    I'm actually impressed with his restraint considering the length of their celibacy and the intensity of their connection.  ;)  Love that he savored and his internal comments were delightful giggles.  Adore what you do with her too! Really adore how you had him notice that it feels different and better when you are actually married.  My mom said it did, and that's one argument for waiting for marriage, but was still surprised when it was true -- no matter how sexually liberated you think you are! lol  Adore your touches of reality!!  They so do it for me.  *blissy sigh*

    *pops Scooby Snack and chews blissfully*  ;D

    Than ks for writing and sharing!!!  xoxo

     

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  85. That was a perfect end i am so sad this story is over i have totally loved it. 

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  86. Sigh.  Short but sweet.  Really, as others have said, the name change is a nice touch.  Although, I hope Edward sees that he has value as a person outside of Bella.  Knowing that he has maintained other relationships (Seth, Pastor Lee) makes me worry less.  I still struggle with Irina's name (because of MoTU), but adore her here.  They had an atypical therapeutic relationship; I wonder how they will progress as well.

    Finally, Bella's depo shot has long since worn off and she is broke enough that I wonder about her "coverage."  Were either of them thinking /hoping for an instant bun in the oven??  (And, no, I'm not obsessed over this.  I don't think authors should feel obligated to detail every personal event, from planned parenthood visits to menstrual cramps, lol!)

    I'll miss this.  Your whim turned into a special thing.  Thanks for the time you devoted to them/us!

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  87.  Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww ^_^

    I'm glad they are at this point in their lives. It's been really tough but it needed to done :) You know what cracks me up? 100 chapters, only 2 lemons in the story and you had us all at the edge of our seats- only you could make a story about sex trafficking not really be about that ^_^ I hope the epi shows us a bit about their future. 

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  88. I'm so glad Doofus got his HEA. I will miss this story, it was amazing. Can't wait to read the epi. After that I'll just go back to reading in the shadows.

    Thank you so much Savage! 

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  89.  This is great. I hope him and Bella have a baby in the future.

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  90. What a great way to end this story!  I am so happy (and shocked) that you had a HEA....and we got a lemon to boot!

    Thanks, Shay...this was an incredible story, and so emotional for all of us (including Edward and his Bella).  I am so glad that our beloved Doofy redeemed himself ...for all of his heartbreak, he deserves his happy ending!

    Big hugs,  Sus

    P.S.  Your Fandom UC outtake was awesome, as was the picture with it!

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  91.  Ohhhh so sad it's over.  It's amazing to see Edward's transformation throughout the whole story and how he worked so hard and it paid off!  You just want to have a group hug :)

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  92. I'm loving how reality is present now. There is no more unlimited moolah, no fancy wedding, and bottom line- its jsut down to the raw bare-bones basics for them. They have come full circle. Love it!  

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  93. This was wonderful. I didn't think that I could be so hooked to a story. It's had it's ups and downs. It's shocking moments and really sweet moments as well.
    I've really enjoyed what you've put out here for these two characters.
    Can't wait for the epi. 

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  94.  Wow, that was AMAZING!  So happy for them!  I really loved that he changed his name, so sweet!  I cannot wait to see what happens in the epilogue :)

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  95. I was thinking of putting off reading this for a couple of days in order to break the spell it has over me and then read it, but I feel better now, that I can handle it ending, even if I wish it wouldn't. So I read chapter 100, the final chapter of your story, and loved it. It was just perfect, really beautiful. So now that his name is changed does that mean that he will be on the dangerous offenders registry for two years as "Swan". I guess so. Oh well. I hope they move after the two years. I was wondering, in your last chapter you mentioned that it might be hard for Bella to get a teacher's job with a husband who is on the list... I don't see why as they are hiring her, not him and would not be looking him up just her.  Hope it all worked out. So he got out two days ago... I guess they decided to make love and see the apartment after they tied the knot. So glad Renee was able to come to the wedding, to show her support... even if she could not show her approval or give her blessing. Having Seth there as a witness and I guess his best man was a nice touch and fitting. I sure hope Emmett, Rose, Alice and Jasper do not find them as they are not good people or friends, they are criminals who kill people, deal guns and have limitted scruples not to mention they steal other people's money and businesses and probably Edward's things from his apartment as well. At least they helped with getting rid of Aro and deactivating the chip.
    Thank-you so much for not giving him any misfortune like getting beaten up or worse in his last week in prison. Thank-you so much for that. I look forward for what you have in store for them (for us) in the Epilogue. Take care. 

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  96.  They had sex three times and if you count the oral well five times and if you count James... never mind. Forget I said anything about James...and forget about one of those times for the oral too. They did it twice in Paris though in addition to Edward giving Bella oral. I was awesome maybe a re-read is in order. Hehe!

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  97. philippayfrancisMay 21, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Wow! This is so different from anything I have ever read before.  So powerful in the storyline to the characters and their growth and I really enjoyed your writing style. When I first read it I felt guilty about reading this type of story (slave and master) but it totally changed and I'm proud to have read it and just thank you! I look forward to the long epi :)

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  98. having e change his last name, interesting. haven't seen that one. can't wait for the epi. they've been through so much. would like to see what's next for them - hopefully somewhat easier times

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  99. Could surelynhave been worse, but it hasn't been worse lately. Tji gs haven't been easy and as. Jch as them and us would like them to be that way, we need to be realistic and know it can't be easy always. There will be times for easy and other for cop,icated, tough and uncomfortale. As long as they are together, it will work out.
    Renee wasthere, standing right next to Bella. She wasn't too ice with Edward, he didn't mknd. Allhe had hoped for was Renee standing next to her daughter supporting her. That's what she did, the rest isn't important to them.
    It's done, over. Renee might have supported them tonthe end, it's ti e to change certain things.

    I must say it again she is impressive.

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  100. Wow wonderful! Thank you very much!

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  101. Oh god...the relief...he's out...and they still love each other and they're together. What happens now is up to them. They've been to hell those two...and even though I know it's not going to be easy for them, I think it'll be a hell of a lot easier than anything they've had to endure in these last few years on their own. That said...I really really hope it does get a lot better for them...they deserve good things now. That's a not so subtle hint for you not to pull a 'SB' on us and have Alice lurking in the shadows waiting to bump our poor Doofy off in the epilogue...you evil evil woman you..lol

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  102.  that totally broke my heart and made me sob .. omg that poor poor child

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  103. *Wild cheering and clapping*

    Thank you so much for this wonderful story.  Many of us were skeptical at first, but you came through with one of the most interesting Edwards I've ever read.  His journey has been extraordinary, and it means so much to see him finally living a happy life with his Bella.  To think, we all called him Doofus...and he was certainly deserving of it for awhile!  But he has more than earned the right to be known as Edward.  Edward...Swan?  Interesting twist—I like it! 

    So many great things in this chapter—making Seth the best man, for one.  I'm glad you had Renee come to the wedding, and I wonder if she'll ever come to see the good in Edward.  It would be so hard to get past the pain, though grandchildren may change things somewhat.  And the lemon was sweet and beautiful—not overdone, just perfect for this stage of the story. 

    I'm glad that Edward and Bella have no illusions about how difficult their future will be at times.  Because they are prepared for it and because they have each other, they have a better chance of weathering the storms ahead. 

    So...I'm intrigued by what sort of epilogue you will give us.  A summary of their lives to come?  A jump ahead to their tenth anniversary, showing us a glimpse of where they are—what Edward is doing for a living, where they are living, and whether they have children?  A tense moment when Alice shows up with a late wedding present?  (Please not that one—knowing her, the 'present' would be in the form of a bullet between the eyes...or maybe between the balls...)  Or perhaps something similar to the Surviving Bella epilogue, hinting at another tale to come?

    Whatever happens, please don't kill them both off...unless it's of old age!  ;-)

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  104. Bloody brilliant story. Glad Renee turned up, it means she'll be there for Bella and she accepted Edwards letter. I'm now pacing until the epi, you own me, Savage! I'll save the gushy worship till the epi, but you know it's coming.

    So, what you going to do next? ;) you created serious little addicts and Im going to miss you sooo much.

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  105. What a ride... what a story!!! Thank you for your amazing creativity...your writing is addicting ...this one wins the prize!! And yes you halted at your nice round OCD number of 100 chapters plus one epilogue comin up...Thank you again! 

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  106.  So many things i love about this story. Yes the name change totally makes sense and I think this is the first one I have read where he takes her name. After so many decades of women's repression it is nice to see men taking her name even if it is for these reasons. Serious topic sorry. But another thing I love is no one ever said "I love you, too". I don't know why it irritates me so much when people add the "too" but whatever. Lets just live people. Can't wait for epi and your next story because you are too good to stop now.

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  107. Aww I loved it! Their going to make it in this crazy world. Thanks for the great writing.

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  108. I have seriously loved this entire fic (except for him changing his name to Swan...). It has had the perfect amount of angst, love, passion and anger. You are so talented...cant wait for more from you! 

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  109. This was epic in this American Gothic couple's history re-visted, and you wisely did not invite the seven unicorn's a-leaping to this wedding nor have Edward discover all the money has magically returned to his bank account: ta daaaa. (crickets and mouth-breathers)

    You threw a bucket of water on us, Savage, and Edward's white t-shirt was all the finer for it.

    What? I happen to remember those early days when it didn't take much, so I can share in their intense joy of being finally reunited with the one you love. It may have not been the vixen in lingerie while Mr tall dark and dangerous paces around, *snaps fingers* commanding when and how, but I have no delusions about looking ahead or back.
    I loved that you are keen-eyed and true to these two to know that this quick bliss was the shot heard around the world (re: see read number below) and so true to any over excited bridle couple. I'll take this any day (or night) over three hours of silly gymnastics upside down in the shower.

    My oh my, the  scooby snacks served up here taste fantastic, I must say: like they were made with experience and a recipe from a triple tested kitchen of women who like each other, and come here not for the pay, but for the company. You can taste the difference, non?

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  110. *Sigh* even though I'm sad to see it end I think you did it beautifully. I think Edward taking Bella's name was a great thing because he'll truly be able to start his own life. Maybe breaking free of his 'Cullen' name was what he needed to finally move past his old life. 

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  111.  Perfect ending. I cried. I actually cried. I usually hate endings, and I was completely dreading this one, but the way you wrote it was just very fitting and just made you so happy for these two. Amazing job, Savage.
    ~Jessi

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  112. I really dont like happy endings cuz that only tells me dat its the end..........1st of all tho, i must say I asked for SMUT in the last chapt & i got it *evn tho i din get the wedding, well technically i did> but waw..........Eddie has come a longggggggggggg way. Read this story ina week & a few days.....it was 2 AWEZZOME!!!!!!!!! Thnx for da ride @savage7289:disqus ........one of the BEST FANFICs i've evr read!!!!!!

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  113. -.- I finally catch up in this story only to find out it finished last night, figures. That was a sweet and yummy sort of ending, just wish it wasn't over yet.

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  114. Nice wrap up chapter. It was so fitting that Edward changed his name to
    Swan. I'm sure many of us would have wanted to travel along these two for a
    longer time after their wedding day, so we could witness more of their happy
    times together, but I'm glad that at least the epilogue is going to be long.
    Could be worse, right? LOL

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  115. Beautiful ending! Thank you !

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  116. There's another one, Sinful Thoughts, in which Edward is adopted as a baby by the Swans and brought up with Isabella without knowing they aren't biological siblings.  They start to get what they believe to be unnatural feelings towards one another and try to fight it.  http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5474752/1/ 

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  117. Wonderful last chapter.  So glad Renee turned up for Bella to see her get married, even if she couldn't bring herself to look at or speak to Edward - at least she was there and that must have meant the world to Bella.  And kudos to Edward in managing to not cum like a teenager when he finally got Bella into bed - after 8 years in prison that was impressive! 

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  118. Aw I loved it. Renee made an appearance, and they got married, and I loved that the last line was the title. :)

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  119. Still saving it for the epi..

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  120. Wow! This has been an amazing Fic!! When I started reading this it was with some trepidation because of the subject matter.  I have to say you've dealt with this issue amazingly and the only thing that has distubed me have been some of the reviews.  The fact that people will forgive anything as long as it's Edward Cullen doing them sickens me, to have him described as adorable in the beginning just seemed insane to me.  You have taken us on one hell of a ride and I just wanted to say thank you!!!

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  121. Great ending! It's more depressing than thinking they could be together when they returned from Paris, but it is much more realistic this way and the healing they have experience just could not have happened any other way. I hope Edward finds a legitimate way to make some real money, possibly by leveraging his skills at running a company. Maybe he could start some organisation and run it?

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  122. I agree so very sad and heartbreaking.  Bath . . . bath.  Just really sad

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  123. That is really a beautiful way to celebrate the beginning fo them both.

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  124. Fucking great that he changed his name to Swan. Totally makes sense.

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  125. Wow wonderful! Thank you very much!

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  126. Sniff. Sniff. What can I say. Thank you for writing this. Live the name change. Must be the first Edward Swan in FF?

    Roshambo

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  127. I'm more surprised that YOU were able to pull off a reasonable HEA ending. I'm anxious to read the epi. But I must admit, I got my link to the Tsunami donation compilation and I'm dying to go read EPOV from UE.

    I love everything you write (well, except the ass rape in prison) so as always, I'm looking forward to whatever writing adventure you embark upon next.

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  129. "I wasn't stupid...well I wasn't stupid anymore" lol

    So glad they got their HEA

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  130. I like that idea. Nobody writes screwed up Edwards like you do but maybe it's time to spread your windgs and creat a really wreck of a Bella who finds her redemption in Edward for a

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