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Review: In Between by avioleta

In Between by avioleta

Summary: In 1927, Edward leaves.

In case you haven’t seen the results of the VampSlash Contest, In Between was voted Best non-Edward/Jasper and, as decided by the impartial scoring of our wonderful Judges, the First Place winner overall.

At first glance, In Between might look like your basic “Edward and Carlisle are more-than-just-companions/Carlisle changes Esme/Carlisle marries Esme/Edward leaves in an act of rebellion” story. I strongly urge you to look further. With just a few minor tweaks, avioleta turns this pairing and their story on its side.

First of all, Esme will not marry Carlisle. She says that it’s because her first marriage was horrible and cruel, but it seems clear to me that it’s because she knows Carlisle prefers and pines for Edward.

Then, Edward isn’t plagued with guilt and doubt about his decisions. Instead, he believes his actions to be completely justified and, like a petulant child, blames them on his “father:”

“They deserve it, Carlisle. They always deserve it.[…] Never would have thought it of me, hmm?” The boy’s voice was cold, dispassionate.

No remorse…

“No. No remorse, Carlisle. No regret or guilt for what I’ve done.” He looked up, bloodied eyes dark. “Does that disturb you? This child of thine?”

How could you…how can you?

“I know, right?” And Edward laughed again. He watched Carlisle steadily; his expression was cool, calculating. “You wanted me to leave, Carlisle. […] This is what you wanted, isn’t it? What else did you expect?”

There’s even a hint of vamp-Carlisle and human-Edward:

Carlisle’s perfect memory recalled a scene many years before when he’d presented himself in the same way. Only then, he could hear the wild thrum of his heart, beating too fast, belying his calm.

Personally, I’d love to see the scene that Carlisle is remembering there. (Hint, hint.)

If you have seen the results of the VampSlash Contest, you know that this was also mynameisserendipity’s and my pick as a Host’s Choice. One of the reasons it was my favorite is that it gave Edward’s rebellious years meaning in a context greater than that of just the Twilight mythology. Interspersed throughout the narrative are headlines and snippets of news stories from the late 1920s about famous (or infamous) crimes. The implication, confirmed about halfway through the story, is that the crimes (murders) are not the direct result of gang violence or mafia activity, but of Edward.

The other thing that I particularly liked here was the fact that it’s honestly more about Carlisle than it is about Edward’s rebellious years. Sure, Edward is off on his canon-dictated murderous walkabout, but In Between is really a spotlight on how Carlisle’s world falls apart because he denies Edward and denies himself.

I think mynameisserendipity and I are the last people in the fandom to discover avioleta, but in case there’s even one other person out there who hasn’t read her, I have to make a mention of her other work even though it’s not vampslash (can you believe this was her first???). Everything in its Right Place was heartbreakingly beautiful, and A Cinderella Story is my new bedtime favorite. And of course, you must read Stay from the Slash/Backslash 2.0 contest. She writes Carlisle and Edward with such elegance and passion, and I can’t possibly do it justice here.

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Contest, Reviews, Vamp Slash

 

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And the Winners Are . . .

The VampSlash Contest – Results

This has been an eventful journey, hasn’t it? Announcements were scheduled for 15th of June, but of course fanfiction.net and it’s latest fail put a spanner in those works. But after relocating the Readers Choice voting poll we were back up and running, and here we are today with some bloody results!

(Please forgive me for the length of time it’s taken to get this sorted. Sickness + real life + a couple of deadlines had to take precedence, I’m afraid.)

I think we’ve all waited long enough, yeah?

Hosts Choice

Decided by fickle whim, and awarded a banner and eternal bragging rights, the Hosts Choice winners are:

  Vision by mamdi
Chosen by vampireisthenewblack for it’s entire lack of backstory and just a little bit of CrazyWard.

  All that’s best of dark and bright by rhythm junkie
Chosen by venis-envy because she hates love, and, apparently, rhythm junkie does too.

  In Between by avioleta
Chosen by sapphirescribe because it made Edward’s ‘rebellious years’ meaningful and relevant on a larger scale and, natch, because he’s meant to be with Carlisle.
(We’ll have to get back to mynameisserendipity for her quote. She’s sleeping right now.)

Readers Choice

Decided by public vote, and awarded a banner and eternal bragging rights, the Readers Choice winner is:

  Amid the Lucid Stream by ArcadianMaggie

Best Canon

Awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Best Canon winner is:

  Fire and Ice by HoochieMomma

Best Femmeslash

Awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Best Femmeslash winner is:

  Windows by shoefreak37

Best Non-Edward/Jasper

Awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Best Non-Edward/Jasper winner is:

In Between  by avioleta

Judges Scoring

Third Place

Decided by Judge’s impartial scoring, and awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Third Place winner is:

  Windows by shoefreak37

Second Place

Decided by Judge’s impartial scoring, and awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Second Place winner is:

  Amid the Lucid Stream by ArcadianMaggie

And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (if you were patient and didn’t just scroll straight down!), the overall winner and the fic that takes…

First Place in the VampSlash Contest

Decided by Judge’s impartial scoring, and awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the First Place winner is:

 In Between by avioleta

Congratulations to all the winners, and indeed, to all the entrants, especially those who were writing vampslash for the very first time. Thank you so much for entering and well done, all of you.

Thank you to our fantastic array of judges, and thank you to the readers and everyone who retweeted and blogged and pimped and voted (and voted again in some cases due to #FFnFail).

Finally, thank GOD for my fellow hosts. So many times I was on the point of flail (not an uncommon state for the vamp), and you came to my rescue. Couldn’t have done it without you!

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Contest

 

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