Asfocd Rec of the Week: 4/25 - 5/1

April 27, 2011

The Decision by windchymes
Review by AnonymouslysufferingfromOCD

Rating: M
Genre: Romance
Characters: Edward/Bella

Summary: Edward made a decision after that second biology lesson. Two years later that decision is challenged.

I need to start this review by saying that I am incredibly excited about this week’s story, since it’s reviewer pick week and I have chosen the story to review. One of my all-time favorite AU vamp fics ever is Distractions by Windchymes, so when I saw that she was writing another multi-chapter fic, I was ecstatic.

As the summary states, Edward made a decision after that second biology lesson with Bella and it wasn’t the decision that we all expected him to make, he decided to leave and not risk Bella’s safety. Haunted by the memory of Bella, and faced with the knowledge that he loves her, he has to live with that decision.

The Decision starts out two years later. While in Chicago checking on his property there; Edward sees his one true love moving in across the street from his boyhood home. Determined not to make the same mistakes again, he works on approaching a more outgoing, college student Bella and tries to figure out the best way for him to date the woman he loves.

He'd spent every moment of the last two years dealing with his feelings for Bella, accepting them, managing them, and now...

It was like being back at square one again. Like he was back in that biology lab watching her walk down the aisle towards his desk.

He put his fist through the wall.

When Alice called an hour later Edward was sitting in his boyhood bedroom, hugging his knees to his chest while he watched the windows of Bella's apartment.

"What am I going to do?" he growled down the phone and Alice sighed.

"I don't know, Edward. Only you know that, I can only see the result when you decide."

He screwed his eyes shut and banged the back of his head against the wall. The plaster cracked.
"I can't let her go again," he ground out.

The Decision was originally slated to only be around four chapters; however, it is now looking like it will be closer to six or seven, with three chapters already posted.

Windchymes has an innate sense of being able to enthrall her audience us readers with the possibilities in her stories. Much like Distractions, I find myself saying, “now if only he would have done it like this.” She doesn’t write the normal angst that goes along with Edward leaving Bella, but instead gives alternatives to how that decision could actually have a happier ending without the angst. We see and sense Edward’s struggle with what is right and what is right for him. Her characters are more mature and much more capable to handle the obstacles life throws at them.

There are only a few authors that I will drop everything for when they post something new. I am an impatient reader, and tend to wait until a story is almost complete before I read them; but for Windchymes, I forget my general rule, not caring about my impatience and dive in right from the beginning. I can’t tell you how much I love this story and think that you will too…oh, and if you haven’t checked out her other stories, you should read those as well!

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  1. Jadalulu said...:

    I ADORE this fic. Windchymes has an insane knack for capturing Vampward. So fucking sweet. *sigh* And she's a very wonderful person as well! So glad she's getting the recognition she deserves! I recommend this and Bloodlines to everyone!!!


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