Writer Submitted Fic: 9/3-9/9

September 06, 2010

The Ride by Aylah50

Rating: M
Genre: Romance/Drama
Characters: Edward/Bella

Summary: Bella and Edward meet at a concert as teenage strangers during the height of grunge in the 90's. When their paths cross 14 years later, Edward is stuck in the past while Bella is fleeing from hers.

As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, I have a certain love for music from those decades, particularly the grunge era of the 90’s. That’s one of many reasons why I absolutely adore The Ride by Aylah50.

We open with Edward going to see the band Live perform in 1996. While there, he meets a beautiful mysterious girl whom he is strangely drawn to. They have a very brief, yet extremely intense five minute interaction, after which Edward turns to talk to his siblings and turns back to find that the girl had disappeared, he looks for her, but never sees her again. In the second chapter, we get to see the beginning from Bella’s point of view, but it ends on a far more ominous note.

Fast forward just over a decade to thirty year old Edward going about his life in NYC and yet not really living. Edward gave up on his dream to be a musician, and settled for a business degree. He is now stuck working 9 to 5 at the Engineering business he started with his brother, Emmett, and brother-in-law, Jasper right out of school. He’s not happy at all with his solitary existence as he wanders through his daily life, bored to tears.

One day, Emmett convinces him to go to his gym, where he decides to take a spin class, led by a woman he finds extremely familiar, but he just can’t place. He instantly feels drawn to her and her connection to the music she uses for the class, much the same taste as his own. Of course, we eventually learn that the mystery girl is Bella, and we set off on a journey, which slowly uncovers where they first met and what really happened to Bella that night that traumatized her and changed her life forever.

This is an extremely well written story and Aylah50 does a fantastic job of dealing with the ramifications of Bella’s trauma. The night terror flashback scenes do get very intense and it makes you really feel what Bella went through. It’s a beautiful story of pain, healing, and fate, and is a definite must read!


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