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.
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!
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?
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 ;)
Date: 03 Jun 2013 9:24 AM Title: 20 Sunken Shark & Parachute Jump
Awww...I can't even tell you how much I loved this chapter. I even got a little teary eyed in a few places.
Don't hate me for the short review, but I've been up all night and need some sleep! I'm getting close to being caught up with all the chapters though. :) I can't wait to read the rest!
Date: 03 Jun 2013 7:43 AM Title: 19 Diving Deep
I was so nervous, just like watching it all unfold on the t.v. screen as I was reading the part when the shark whipped it's tail around and knocked Mase down! The way you wrote that was so real. Bella's reaction seemed to be in slow motion to me as I read; the poor thing. It was like I could feel what she was feeling.
I absolutely love that Whit and Lee are helping Mase and Bella to get their stuff together. I'm just ridiculously giddy at how things have changed for the better for all of them! I love your story so much!
I love, love, loved Bella's reaction to Mase as he stood in her doorway. I was so proud of him for telling Bella how he feels about her. I know he struggled, but he did great! I'm so happy for them! I know there might be hurdles to overcome, but I have faith!
Thanks again for writing this awesome story!
Date: 27 May 2013 5:59 AM Title: 18 Nudger Strikes Again
I loved this chapter! I had no idea what the crew of the Colossus did exactly, but was pleasantly surprised! You must have based that on the show that aired last year where they caught, tagged, etc. I loved that show! I think I sent you a pm about it, but I can't remember. Even if you didn't see that little series, I'm glad that you wrote about that aspect of research, etc. I could just picture the MMR gang helping them out. I loved that Bella got to see a different prospective, and that she actually looked at the sharks when they were in the cradle. Awesome job! xoxo Kelly
You did PM us and we had watched that show and planned to include it. We even picked Brett's name from one of the guy's on the show :)
Date: 27 May 2013 4:44 AM Title: 17 Course Correction
What a great chapter. So many emotions. I rolled with them as the story unfolded, and what a ride it was! I'm so glad that Mase and Guppy told each other their stories; I cried like a baby though. You wrote it all so well, better than well but I don't know what word to use. Looking forward to the MMR team joining up with the Colossus crew, but I have a feeling it will not be what they expected. I'm also thrilled that Masen has finally seen the light as far as Bella is concerned. Let's just hope that light gets brighter. :) Thanks for writing. *Hugs* Kelly
Date: 27 May 2013 1:55 AM Title: 16 If You Only Knew
I love your story so much! I love the interaction of the gang, and their dynamic as a team. It's great to see how Bella is being more and more a part of that team. *rolls eyes at Masen* I know he's doing what is best for Bella as far as her future is concerned and what's best for MMR, but he's not being fair to himself or Bella as far as their feelings go. It's a good thing she seems to be so patient. I don't think it's hurt that Whit has shared a few things with Bella either. Mase is still too stubborn to listen to his best friend, and oh my does that grate on my nerves. :) I love him anyway. :) I can't wait for dinner, and what other fun things they'll all do. Mostly though; I can't wait for Bella to tell her story. I have to say one more time how much I love Lizzy! xoxo Kelly
Date: 26 May 2013 7:15 AM Title: 14 Egg McMuffin
Awesome chapter! I love that Lee has warmed up to Bella, and has started to help her out. I'm so proud of Bella for the progress that she has made. I would like to strangle Masen, of course. I'm so glad that Bella is making her thoughts about Mase perfectly clear to him. He needs to get his head out of his ass, and she pretty much told him that. I got a big smile on my face when she let him have it! xoxo Kelly
Date: 23 May 2013 9:20 PM Title: 26 Twinkle Twinkle
I'm beginning to think this is my favorite chapter so far! I have appreciated the glimps into each characters concerns and their impressions as to making this amalgamated group of misfits into a blossoming family.
This description of cannon Bella's flaw of not liking surprises is perfect: "My dad always said it was because my curiosity is stronger than my patience."
Edward is expanding his heart and mind at the expense of his comfort zone. While his friends-family look on with delight at his struggle and good fortune. This is encouraging to read.
Chuckled at Gopher's description of the affect the Cullen girls are having on the group.
Not just the girls........Esme seems rather smitten herself. Laughed so hard that tears streamed down my face while reading Esme's text to Whit. He's an awesome nudger and a true romantic! Paris stroll in my dreams, sigh.
How long before Edward gains the ability to speak the words of his heart? He seems tortured by his inability to stop being so analytical. Lee's reference to 'Masen speak' was comical especially knowing Bella's figured it out rather quickly.
Esme assessed Alice's actions quickly. Summing up the similarities between Edward's approach to figuring out life's ups and downs through cobtrol and Alice's need for safety. Very smooth approach, getting Alice to see the need to view the groups efforts to aid Bella in overcoming her fears.
There is a line from a song called SISTERS from the classic movie White Christmas that popped into my head while reading the last few chapters: ........Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister; and Lord help the sister who comes between me and my man!
That's a great line, Moltz! And will hold very true for Bella and Alice!
It was a lot of fun and a learning experience to mix in some different POVs. And we certainly had a lot of changes and suprises going on in this chapter. We're excited to bring even more!!
Date: 22 May 2013 10:58 PM Title: 26 Twinkle Twinkle
I love his story but Edward and Bella started off so hot and heavy then understandably the story line had them take a huge step back but now they have worked their way to even saying I love you yet we barely see them kiss till their out of breath. Kinda wish the heat would turn up a little with these two now. :)
The heat will come back soon. As passionate as Edward can be, he's also a time and place kind of guy and we really haven't given him much of that recently. So when we finally do, he'll have some time to make up for ;)
Date: 30 Apr 2013 1:18 AM Title: 25 For Love & Tacos
Thank you - I love this story and look forward to your updates! Each one is better and better and this one left such a big smile on my face, I feel kinda like Gopher! XOXO, Cheri
Woo hoo for Gopher feelings!! LOL
Date: 27 Apr 2013 11:51 AM Title: 25 For Love & Tacos
Edward's approach to confronting Alice was a bit more calculated than I imagined. I thought he might let his emotions run the show.
The team did a great job supporting him as well as keeping their environment as natural as they always are. Esme can't fool Edward and Edward can't fool his mom/aunt. They are very cute when calling each other out on their feelings.
Carlisle and Esme.......perfect together in their first phase of flirting and getting to know each other. Jasper's empathy and steadfast ways are slowly working their way into Alice's fears of another family member being lost to sharks.
Loved Bella's saucy comeback to Edward's flirtation.
Love the relationship with Edward and Esme so much! They are equal parts friends and mom-son.
We're bringing some more great flirting between Carlisle and Esme in the next couple of chapters.
Alice is so worried about Masen "brainwashing" her that she is completely missing all the ways in which Whit is making her question herself.
Bella is definitely Masen's match ;)
Date: 25 Apr 2013 10:37 PM Title: 25 For Love & Tacos
is it going to be addressed that alices dream man is also a shark person? its a little of pot meet kettle to me.
It will be addressed. The guys just know that if they address it right this second, it's just going to push Alice further away. And it'll take a few chapters, but Whit will also tell Alice about his encounter.
Date: 10 Apr 2013 10:22 AM Title: 24 Band Together
Kudos to tds88 for the Charmin Ultra line! It was hilarious and your use was well timed.
I was a bit taken aback by Alice's out burst towards Bella. Given the circumstances and her memories I guess its understandable but yet I feel she is mis-placing her anxieties on her big sisters shoulders. Where the blame has now been multiplied causing anguish in Bella's heart.
Whit has his work cut out for him.
Really enjoy the camaraderie as the crew rallies around Bella.
Gopher is more in-tune with Edward's thoughts and feelings than Edward could ever have ever guessed. Heart warming and funny at the same time.
Carlisle and Esme have their kids figured out. Haha. Now how about each other?
Alice definitely needs to address her anxieties rather than pretend she has none and it's all for the good of her sister. Whit and the entire team will end up lending a hand with that. But yes, they definitely have their work cut our for them.
Gopher is great!! And he's really starting to be able to show that to Masen.
Carlisle and Esme are beginning a walk down an interesting path. We'll all have to see where it leads ;)
Date: 08 Apr 2013 4:34 PM Title: 24 Band Together
Loved it! So much revealed and so much presented. Each character revealed more of themselves. Now we just need to Bella and Edward to admit their love to one another.
Love? Who said anything about love? LOL Patience! It's nearly here.
Date: 08 Apr 2013 2:43 AM Title: 24 Band Together
I'm so excited I finally got a chance to read this chapter. I've been looking forward to it, and it was my reward for a long weekend of hard work. I really hope that someone is able to get through to Alice, especially help her realize how much her comment hurt her sister. I'm glad that Bella is sticking around though...where else could she go anyways, without Masen? I am defnitely looking forward to the ILY's now. They are adorable together! Thanks for the update!
Woo hoo! Glad you got your work done and enjoyed your reward! We have big plans for Alice and they don't involve her staying upset forever. We promise.
Yeah, they kinda are a little adorable! Just don't tell Masen we agreed with that! LOL
Date: 07 Apr 2013 1:48 PM Title: 24 Band Together
Great chapter as always. I really wasn't expecting Alice to be this upset. Guess I can understand it, but it was a little shocking. Like the progress that Edward and Bella are making. So glad that this accident isn't causing a relapse in Bella's progress. Give us more Gopher. He's awesome. And he could really help bring Alice around with his personality.
Can't wait for the next chapter.
More Gopher is absolutely in the works!! He and (surprise!) Masen will be very instrumental in helping Whit to change Alice's opinion of them all.