Date: 10 Feb 2014 10:39 AM Title: 35 Little Sister, Big Annoyance
Loved it. It truly can be empowering to admit certain things to a sibling that has been bothering you. So glad to see Bella is getting some of the things off her chest and then letting them slid right off her shoulders. Loved the Edward and Esme moment.
Date: 10 Feb 2014 1:18 AM Title: 35 Little Sister, Big Annoyance
Nice to see all the relationships growing and changing. Although I wonder if Edward is a little jealous that everyone around him is getting some action and he is not, even if it was partly his choice. That must make it more tempting.
I live 5 min away from my parents and work with my mom, so I understand some of what Edward is going through. Somehow you think your parents will always be there, no matter how old you are. I am still looking for my Edward. One who loves sharks and other animals would be great.
Oh Alice, one step forward and two steps back... Looking forward to the next chapter.
Is the story going to end once Bella's internship is over?
Date: 09 Feb 2014 11:14 PM Title: 35 Little Sister, Big Annoyance
Just when I thought Alice was clearing the dung heap, she plants herself knee deep in the sh*t again. I'm not sure Uncle Carlisle's words will have any affect on her behavior.
The team has really solidified itself in support around Bella.
Very happy for Carlisle and Esme.
Date: 29 Jan 2014 11:41 AM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
I want more...this is amazing. The growth between Edward and Bella is awesome! I want to smack Alice and was glad that Bella did it in this chapter. Thank you for writing!!
We will have more soon! We are not done sharing Edward & Bella's personal and professional growth with all of you!
Date: 14 Jan 2014 9:48 PM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
Masen's thoughts on being conflicted about Alice's relationship with her sister verses his wanting Whit to be happy, speaks volumes about his character.
Whit's comment was quite accurate, that action adventure was 'wrapped up in crazy'!
It would appear that everyone is observing the passive aggressive actions of Alice toward Edward as interferencing with the safety of 'the team, family'. Bella's finally recognizing it for what it actually is. I'm pleased that even uncle Carlisle was able to call Alice out on her actions against the team and how they could affect balance and even safety of that little family.
Who will be the first to make the suggestion that Alice stays behind once they go ashore? Will Alice get the jump on Bella, surprising the other members?
Bella was really finding her place in the search for knowledge and confidence. Then this event happens and she is struggling to look out for herself once again. I hope Emmett's encouragement, Whit's balancing act between sisters and Lee's gentle guidance along with Edward's loving support fill the cracks in her foundation.
The next few days on land will be interesting to day the least.
Alice has lost most the forward progress she had made. Introspection, will it set Alice back on course?
Masen is a very loyal guy :)
Yes! Whit was right on the money - wrapped up in crazy
You'll have to keep reading to see who puts Alice ashore.
Unfortunately, Alice isn't capable of introspection yet. She still believes her motives are pure and right.
Date: 13 Jan 2014 1:14 PM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
So much has happened and yet we were just getting to the end of a day. Oh Alice, needs to her head on straight and out of her emotional torcher. I am absolutely giddy with the progression for Bella and Edward professionally and personally. So excited for the next chapter.
thanks for sharing your story with us.
Giddy! That's a great adjective for how it feels to watch E&B progress! :)
Date: 12 Jan 2014 2:54 PM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
Excellent chapter. Eek for the shark thing. Proud of B for staying calm. Alice really has some things to own up too. Think her leaving the boat for awhile is a good thing.
The shark experience was so fun to write!! And we were very proud of Bella's handling of it!
Date: 12 Jan 2014 1:33 AM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
A much awaited for chapter. Loved the shark suspence and seal rescue. I think Alice does need to go home and ponder her feelings. Please don't make us waitso long for the next chapter ;)
We are trying to get them out faster but real life isn't allowing for that yet. We have day jobs and families that have to come before E&B, even though we'd love to write full-time! We're just not there yet :)
Date: 12 Jan 2014 12:33 AM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
Happy New Year! Love seeing the notice of a new update. Poor Alice, I love Alice but she has some growing up to do. As for me, I can't even imagine myself in that skiff. Not sure how big it is, not sure it could be big enough. Maybe you have a pic on the blog. I kept hoping the seal would jump in, but to reach in the water next to a great white...hopefully I could do it to save the seal. Not sure tho...guess that is why I love reading. You get to experience but stay safe on the couch. XOXO, Cheri
I'll check if we have a pic on the blog. The skiff is not very big. The shark was nearly the same size as the boat. You'd prob have to look at it the way Edward presented it to Bella - grab the seal to save your team. LOL Yes, experiencing from the safety of the couch is a huge plus!!
Date: 12 Jan 2014 12:16 AM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
Was that incident with the seal and the boat inspired by what happened on air jaws? Of course they were in a slightly bigger boat.
Alice has apparently not hit bottom yet so she is not ready to accept help. Hopefully she will one day. A life lived in fear is not fully lived.
As for masen and Bella, I am glad they got time to just be and enjoy themselves a bit. ;) That much stress is not good for anyone. I am in Hawaii right now so I will be on the lookout for sharks tomorrow when I am on the whale watching boat.
It was indeed inspired by that! Good catch!!
No, she has not hit bottom yet. She will by the end of the next chapter.
Ooh! Hope you had a great time in Hawaii and that you had a great view while whale watching!!!!
Date: 11 Jan 2014 9:54 PM Title: 34 What Do I Stand For
wow, great chapter! Alice really does need to go and i'm glad it was Carlisle who gave her that talk. that should make for a very interesting morning meeting! I was so proud of Bella the way she handled herself on that skiff, she trusted Masen and followed his instructions and helped protect her team.
Bella did such a great job!! We are so proud of her!!
Yeah, Alice needs to hit her bottom so she can really begin getting her head straight!
Date: 16 Dec 2013 11:39 PM Title: 33 Thumper Owns All Horns
This story always makes me laugh. Love the interaction between the "team". You really do bring them to life! Happy Holidays and XOXO, Cheri
Laughter is one of our favorite consequences of reading our chapters ;)
Date: 16 Dec 2013 3:57 PM Title: 33 Thumper Owns All Horns
My birthday is on thurs so a new chapter was like an early birthday present. I liked Masen's strategy about giving Bella facts to help reduce her phobia. I have used that same techniques for people with phobias involving all kinds of animals. However, they need to want help. I agree that Alice has to want to help herself. It's almost like being an addict. Although my friend says that my knowledge of animals ruins animal movies for him because I am always telling him that the animals would not really act that way. lol Apparently not being able to suspend my scientific mind ruins the illusion. lol For me on the other hand, its comforting to know you have help prevent animal attacks, unlike running into some crazy, psycho human killer.
LOL Masen would get along just fine with you. I think his favorite part of being your friend would be having someone besides himself pointing out inaccuracies! Share the yelling from everyone else to be quiet and just watch the movie. LOL Hope you have a very happy birthday.
Date: 16 Dec 2013 12:43 PM Title: 33 Thumper Owns All Horns
Alice has a ways to go to prove her maturity level is back on the rise. Will Whit take a step back from their budding romance due to her short-sighted views of MMR and its leader?
Bella presented a very well thought out set of stipulations for Alice to follow. Let's hope this set of ground rules will aid in her progression. Albeit rather slowly and very cautiously, I'm sure.
Will Alice finally learn that family as well as safety is important to the members of MMR?
Esme bonding with Lee and Bella over artificial satisfaction, was very funny!
I like how Esme picked up on Bella's ability to soothe her son's nerves just by talking through his concerns.
Lovin Emmett's steadfast insightfulness.
Will Carlisle learn of Esme's interest in the Avengers? Lol.
These are such great questions! Unfortunately, we can only answer the last one right now - Esme tells Carlisle all about the convo and gives him a great laugh :)
Date: 16 Dec 2013 10:50 AM Title: 33 Thumper Owns All Horns
Wow Alice really is a piece of work. And a simple I'm sorry doesn't cut it at least in my book. Ah well. B&E and thier UST is gonna make them both bust soon. LOL
Hee hee, yeah that UST is gonna bite Masen in the arse soon enough.
Date: 14 Dec 2013 10:20 PM Title: 33 Thumper Owns All Horns
Loved this chapter and was excited to see the story update before the holidays. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your time with family and be safe.
Thanks! Hope your holidays were wonderful. Ours was pretty darn great and we are excited for all the things we have on tap for this new year, like new chapters of BTS!
Date: 09 Nov 2013 10:00 AM Title: 32 Right Thing Hurts
Really appreciate Edward's show of patience with Bella. He has really come around! :)
Now then, what a huge step for Alice and Jasper!
Great chapter! :D
It's been a daily struggle but Edward is working hard to find that balance between patience and expectation with Bella. Lucky guy to have a whole team helping him with that :)
Alice and Jasper are definitely moving closer. What happens next is all on Alice at this point.
Date: 03 Nov 2013 3:48 PM Title: 1 Intro
I had forgotten about the parrot. I was working at an aquarium when it came out so a bunch of us went to go see it. We were sitting in the theatre trying to figure out which parts of various sharks they had used to make the cgi sharks.
I was interested to read in the latest chapter Alice's response to Jasper's story. At least she was being somewhat ractional about something. I also really liked Jasper's response of saying he was a survivor and not a victim. Having just come from Polar Bear country in Canada, it can make for some tough choices for those who live around large predators. We just need to get over the mindset that any animal that dares attack a human automatically needs to be killed, especially when half the time it was the human doing something stupid.
We just need to get over the mindset that any animal that dares attack a human automatically needs to be killed, especially when half the time it was the human doing something stupid. ---- SO much truth to this! We may be intellectualy superior to these animals, but we are by no means the only beings entitled to a safe and happy life.
Date: 02 Nov 2013 1:50 PM Title: 32 Right Thing Hurts
oh wow Poor B. Hope she can get past it. Glad Jazz told Alice.
Bella is a strong young woman - even more, she's as stubborn as she is determined. Plus, she's got all of Edward's stubbornness behind her too!
Whit had to be careful with how he said it but we def agree it was the right time to tell Alice.
Date: 02 Nov 2013 1:15 PM Title: 32 Right Thing Hurts
I love it, as always! I was so excited to see this update, and so upset that I couldn't get around to reading it yesterday. Damn family needing me! ;) I'm glad that Whit & Alice talked, and things are moving forward for them. I absolutely love where Mase & Bella are though! It's just perfect & beautiful, watching their relationship develop. I can't even put into words how happy I felt reading the entire chapter. Thank you for sharing. This story has always been one of my all time favorites!
LOL Yes, family responsibility is a biggie!
We definitely catch ourselves smiling while writing certain scenes for Masen & Bella. It's a slow burn for them but it's what they both need right now. All bets are off once the internship is over though. LOL
Date: 02 Nov 2013 12:08 PM Title: 32 Right Thing Hurts
Love this story. Love how different from the usual and same old stories that I find. Thank you for sharing your talent and imagination and kick ass research to bring this story to us. XOXO,Cheri
We are happy to share! And we are really glad that so many readers think the shark research is as kick ass as we do!
Date: 01 Nov 2013 9:54 PM Title: 32 Right Thing Hurts
Lee actually understands Bella rather well. She called the situation where Bella needed to switch stations while on duty. Since Rose was able to expressing her thoughts, Edward was prepared to accept the duty roster changes.
I'm going to have to give Alice credit for recognizing Edward's leadership skills while dealing with Bella's sensitive subject matter.
Alice was more accepting of the events that created MMR than I expected. Now that Jasper has revealed his painful experience she can learn from him what it takes to move forward in life without regrets. Bella's also learning this from Masen. Just on a higher level of intensity than Alice.
I'm wondering if Alice will have another sit-down with Edward to reveal her latest thoughts on how he is helping her sister cope?
Honestly, we wish Alice would have a sit-down with Edward. The problem is that she would have to go in without all of her preconsceptions and she can't do that with him yet. Sure, she reacted well to Whit's experience, but that had more to do with her love for him than what she actually learned. Where Bella empathasizes greatly with Whit and Masen, Alice struggles greatly to see past her own pain and recognize those signs in others. But she's young and there's time for her to change - and a whole team of folks ready to help her when she's ready.
Date: 08 Oct 2013 5:33 PM Title: 31 Rewards of Trusting
hahaha i always bake my bacon ever since i tryed it once its the best way to cook bacon since it dose not curl up and its very crispy. islways put tin foil down first put the bacon in the oven while the oven cold turn oven to 400 and when it heats to 400 0r in 20 min its done. love your story keep it up
Yeah! Another bacon fan! LOL Yeah, it really is a great way to do it - Best part is no popping grease to get your skin!
Date: 28 Sep 2013 9:14 AM Title: 31 Rewards of Trusting
Loving this story. Love the witty banter between characters. Love the fact the characters seem like real people, not perfect... but perfectly suited to being a family together !
This --> not perfect... but perfectly suited to being a family together - Exactly what we are going for!
Date: 22 Sep 2013 9:34 PM Title: 31 Rewards of Trusting
Growth in all the characters but I am feeling some rough waters coming up soon when it comes to Alice. Especially when Whit tells her his story. Loved the up date.
Alice has a long road ahead of her for sure!
Date: 22 Sep 2013 4:33 PM Title: 31 Rewards of Trusting
great chapter. Glad Gopher got to be in charge for the day and E/N got to learn more about each other.
Gopher did a great job too! We are looking forward to Edward letting him have more leadership roles. :)
Date: 22 Sep 2013 12:42 AM Title: 31 Rewards of Trusting
Ahhh, they are slowly getting to know each other. Although there are still times I want to sit on Alice, even if I do have sympathy for what she is going through. The only way to get over phobias is face on, one step at a time. I admire Bella for her continued progress. It still amazes me that despite the statistics, being "eaten" or attacked is still the greatest fear for most people. The greatest way I have seen to combat that fear is knowlege. My friends say it makes watching animal movies with me very interesting (some would say annoying). Too much knowlege.... but I find them amusing. I just know if Deep Blue Sea, I was rooting for the sharks, even if they were fake.
OMG! You would fit in perfectly on our sofa during movie night! And I agree - Deep Blue Sea was a blast when rooting for the sharks. And the parrot! I wanted the bird to live. LOL
Date: 22 Sep 2013 12:23 AM Title: 31 Rewards of Trusting
Awww, yay! I'm so happy! The last paragraph. . . so beautiful.
Feels like the story is winding down to a close though? :'(
Heck no! Bella is making progress but she is nowhere near down with the internship and all she needs to accomplish to truly get control of her fears. Plus, we have some changes that still need to happen for Edward and Alice. I'd say we're half-way through at this point.
Date: 21 Sep 2013 11:28 PM Title: 31 Rewards of Trusting
The Princess Bride is one of my family's favorite movies! So many quote-able lines!
Gopher helped the team more than they realize by building a deeper trust between their leader and his crew!
What were Thumper and Whit up to during this day of cleaning? Alice was a bit over zealous with her questions. Was that her intention?
Alice isn't completely sure of her intentions. She's just running her mouth with whatever pops into her head. While she was with Whit, she was helping him take inventory of the medical supplies downstairs. Then she spent some time going over a video with Bella and Edward. And because he's Gopher and he can't help himself, she also shared in "swabbing the deck". LOL
Date: 11 Sep 2013 11:56 AM Title: 30 Along Came Thumper
This line seems to sum up every ounce of conflict Edward battles in his head while loving Bella: "She represents the danger of attachment and the fear of permanent loss."
Even Whit and Esme can't fix the heart that aches from the death of a loved one.
Carlisle is very smooth!
He charmed his way not only into her bed but her heart as well! They are to each other just what the doctor ordered. Haha
Alice is maturing a little bit each day she is exposed to others.
So very true about Edward. Hopefully he manages to follow his heart more than his head in the future.
I really like that! Just what the doctor ordered!
Alice is trying but she's not there yet. It's hard to be the odd one out--harder still when you've never been that before. Hopefully she'll stay on track on continue to improve.
Date: 07 Sep 2013 12:21 AM Title: 30 Along Came Thumper
OMG I have never read a better ff story! I love it. Please don't tell me this is the end. How many more chapters are there.
This is not the end. We don't know for sure how many chapters we'll write, but it is most certainly not the end. Masen and Guppy have plenty more to share about sharks and each other.
Date: 31 Aug 2013 1:16 AM Title: 30 Along Came Thumper
I am glad to see Alice having a change of heart but I still feel her relationship with Bella is uneven. It will be nice to see her giving as much as she seems to take. But maybe when she relaxes, more of her personality will come out. The part with esme and Carlisle was a nice interlude.
We are agree it's uneven and we too hope it evens out soon. Considering how much Alice is like Masen, it's probably going to be a while before we see it.
Date: 30 Aug 2013 6:32 PM Title: 30 Along Came Thumper
Dayum. I want a Carlisle. E is being so good with Alice. Ugh for e overreacting about the signing thing.
Carlisle's pretty damn smooth! LOL
E is trying very hard to make things work with Alice. Funny how they don't see they have overreacting in common!
Date: 07 Aug 2013 11:41 PM Title: 29 Reunited
Another heart to heart talk with mom, anxiety over his trust issues, knee buckling kisses.....Edward is all over the place emotionally. How long, with Bella's constant level headed support, will it take Edward to trust? Esme may have been harsh in her assessment of his over reaction but she was spot on.
The penguins and nicknaming Alice 'Thumper' was a great way to include her as the newest addition to MMR. Will Carlisle receive a nickname?
OOH! Carlisle with a nickname! I like that idea. Allow me to confer with my counterpart on that and if you have any suggestions, leave them in your review for the next chapter :)
Date: 07 Aug 2013 10:06 PM Title: 29 Reunited
Glad Thumper is starting to fit in, but now sure of her reaction to Bella in the water... Love this story, can't say it enough! XOXO, Cheri
Alice stubbornly wants to believe she doesn't have any issues - we'll see how that plays out once she's on the boat.
Date: 03 Aug 2013 12:11 AM Title: 29 Reunited
Please let him open his heart and trust her... don't let there be any angst between them...please don't let bella be right this time..
Bella's not going to give Edward much of a choice - he's either gonna "poop or get off the pot" as Esme would tell him.
Date: 02 Aug 2013 11:23 PM Title: 29 Reunited
Alice was much more likeable in this chapter. There is hope for her yet. Esme and Carlisle are too cute.
Alice will be a little up and down until she settles - and stops being so much like Edward. LOL
We adore Carlisle and Esme and are so glad the readers are enjoying their love story.
Date: 02 Aug 2013 10:30 PM Title: 29 Reunited
I cannot remember if Edwards distrust has already been discussed. I am glad that he opened up and can only hope that it continues. Love the story and truly excited to read the update.
According to him, he doesn't have any distrust. LOL But we'll see what Bella has to say about that in the next chapter.
Date: 17 Jul 2013 12:59 AM Title: 28 Change of Plans
I love the facts that are incorporated into this story. This is such a great story! Thanks for the update.
We're glad everyone is enjoying the facts! It's nice to share some of our gathered knowledge from years of Shark Week watching. :)
Date: 16 Jul 2013 9:11 PM Title: 28 Change of Plans
I was bouncing in my seat ad I read the frank conversation between Carlisle and Esme! Semi-retirement and bi-coastal relationships sound pretty serious. The idea of Esme having a child seems rather late in life and frot with health concerns.
The sister talk evoked a few emotions.
It would appear that Whit is under the same 'Swan Spell' as Masen. The sisters have quite the pull in these two unsuspecting young men. Haha. Well, maybe Whit saw it comin but Masen was blindsided!
Carlisle and Esme are as much realists as they are romantics. :) Esme's only 35. That's not late in life.
Whit saw something coming but he had - and still has - no idea of just what all he's getting with Alice.
Date: 13 Jul 2013 1:03 PM Title: 28 Change of Plans
So impressed with the amount of research you have done, makes this story so exciting! Truly love the C/E side story, always loved their love story. Can't wait for the reunion of the whole crew, especially the reaction to the newest romance! Again so love this story. XOXO, Cheri
Date: 11 Jul 2013 11:18 PM Title: 28 Change of Plans
Nice to be back in the sunny waters of South Africa. It makes me wish for Shark Week. I come from California and when they were writing legislation to protect our Great Whites, one of the main groups that supported them were the sufers, who recognize it as a risk they take. And as we have learned with land based environments, you take out the top predators and everything gets messed up. Humans just don't like the fact that we might not always be the top of the food chain. But that does not mean we are on the menu. I am still waiting for someone to get footage of a Great White giving birth.
This weekend (August 4th) Shark Week is back!!
Humans just don't like the fact that we might not always be the top of the food chain. -- This! So true!!
I am still waiting for someone to get footage of a Great White giving birth. -- This is the great unknown with them and I can't wait either!!
Date: 02 Jul 2013 2:27 PM Title: 22 Came With Cape
Great birthday and wonderful talks. Hope they can make things work. Still wanna slap B's mom. What a brat. Like that you guys make him flawed, like the non perfect singing. Too many stories make him so perfect that he's unreal. Love the effort you've made for realisim.
Date: 21 Jun 2013 1:54 PM Title: 27 Rhombus & Other Surprises
I heartily chuckle every time I read F'n Nudgers! Hehehe!
I like the way Gopher is stepping up as a stronger team member and how Edward is relaxing his reluctance regarding Gopher's abilities.
Esme and Carlisle.....so cute!
Alice is doing a better job of acting like an adult.
Smiling at the fact that Edward is weaving Bella's style of writing into his own. Keeping her connected to the project even though she is not with the team.
Will the weather cause them to have difficulties on this excursion?
Hee hee! Good bc I chuckle every time we write it.
Gopher is going to be stepping up even more in coming chapters and we're excited to let him come out of the background.
The weather will cause Masen some difficulties ;)
Date: 19 Jun 2013 12:39 PM Title: 27 Rhombus & Other Surprises
Love how he reassures her with fact and not placating to try and make her feel better. Such a great story. So interesting, and characters are really well developed. He tries to be so guarded and all-business, but he slept on her bed. its those sweet details that make me love this story even more.
I know it's a lot of work, so thanks for sharing it with us : )
Looking forward to the homecoming!!
He tries to be so guarded and all-business, but he slept on her bed. --Masen in a nutshell. LOL
We are excited to share the homecoming. It turned it differently than we expected, but also better in a lot of ways. We hope to have it out tomororw.
Date: 16 Jun 2013 1:09 PM Title: 27 Rhombus & Other Surprises
Another wonderful chapter! I love this story! It's definitely one of my favorites, and I always have the biggest smile on my face when I see the updates! I love how all of the relationships are developing, and it's great to be vested in the other ones aside from E&B's...though theirs is still my favorite. They have such great interactions and it's a lot of fun to read. I'm glad the research is working out, but I'm definitely looking forward to when they return on Friday. I'm also curious as to what will happen when Bella asks to see pygmy killer whales! Lots of great stuff to come, and I can't wait to read it all. Thank you for sharing!!
We wish she was going to ask about the whales right away but it's going to be a few chapters. We promise to do our best to make it worth the wait!
Date: 09 Jun 2013 8:22 AM Title: 23 Knock Down Drag Out
I was freaking out when Bella got attacked by that damn stingray, and the minutes afterward. I love how Edward is taking care of his Kapu, not that it would be any other way of course. Yay! Edward finally knows that he's in love with Bella! I'm so happy! I can't wait for Carlisle and Alice's arrival! The house will be buzzing with feelings! You wrote this chapter so well, it was intense and a little scary. Of course the best part was the love. It was just awesome! xoxo Kelly
Thanks, Kelly! Scary is an excellent reader reaction with this chapter ;)