Saturday, January 9, 2010

Guest Fic Rec: LVP's Jasper Serialized

I came across this story by way of a tweet from letmesign, who recommended it as "good Bella/Jasper angst." Now, don't go running away at the mere sight of the words "Bella" and "Jasper'" connected by a slashy thing, this is the kind of Bella/Jasper fic that I think even canon folks could get behind, or at the very least, could appreciate for the very original, very emotional storyline.

It was actually intended as a one-shot for the Cullens Incarcerated contest, but the author decided she couldn't wait three months to be able to post it. Of this I'm quite glad, I'll admit. She has now built upon the original O/S and it has become a series of vignettes focusing on both the future and pasts of both main characters.

The story begins with a broken, very numb Bella, who has lost Edward, the love of her life and her true soul mate. In an attempt to find some reason to continue existing, and in the absence of any hope for her own happiness, Bella decides to do some volunteer work. The charity work she decides on involves offering companionship and a home-cooked meal to inmates in a local prison. Given the manner in which she lost Edward, the irony of this kind of work is not lost on her, but it's her selflessness, her numbness, and possibily a tiny amount of morbid curiosity that allows her to justify her choice. Of course, as she waits to meet the prisoner that's been assigned to her, she wonders how she'll react to the situation:

She wondered, as she was led down the hall to the small visiting room, if she would be able to look at the inmate she was assigned and not see him. The one who took everything away from her was behind walls like these. If he was in prison, it stood to reason that people like him were there too, logically speaking. She didn't want to think about someone doing this for him. She didn't want to think about someone talking to him, granting him the gift of civilized conversation and a home cooked meal.

Enter Jasper Whitlock, Inmate 6261121.

Jasper is just as broken and just as numb as Bella is. While he is nothing like the man who took Edward from Bella, he's been sentenced to prison for, technically, a similar crime. However, as Bella disovers when Jasper tells her his story, few could truly fault him for what he did or the choices he made. The way in which he lost Alice, his love, his soul mate, was gruesome and terrifying and left him not only alone, but filled with regret, shame and anger.

After an awkward first meeting, we get to witness a deep bond form between Jasper and Bella as they discover that though their lives are vastly different, emotionally they have much in common. Soon, Bella finds that Jasper has given her something to live for. In addition to the fulfillment she begins to feel as a result of their relationship, Bella is determined to help Jasper get out of prison - and now that Jasper has Bella, he actually wants to.

What I loved about this story was how quickly it moved, while still conveying the slow build of Bella and Jasper's relationship. It wasn't excruciatingly long, and yet Jasper and Bella's characters, and the story itself, were developed so fully in just the first installment. From there, LyricalKris has added four more chapters which are glimpses into Bella and Jasper's life - as well as their pasts - with one chapter focusing on Bella and Edward's relationship and another, which is forthcoming, that will focus on Alice and Jasper's.

As I mentioned before, it's the kind of story I think even a canon shipper could appreciate and in fact, the author herself claims to be a canon girl through and through. LyricalKris shows great respect for Edward and Alice, and Bella and Jasper's relationships with them, and though she does an amazing job with the Bella/Jasper pairing, her loyalty to canon couplings does show clearly throughout the entire fic. Edward and Alice remain a huge part of both of Bella and Jasper's lives, and while LyricalKris never makes it appear as though Bella and Jasper are each other's "second best" or "consolation prize", she also maintains the dignity of their previous relationships. Bella and Jasper share a love for each other that is as deep and meaningful as their love for their departed soul mates, but it's a different kind of love than the one they had experienced prior.

Ultimately this is a story of hope, love, and life after loss. While overall it's pretty sad and angsty, there are some beautiful moments in each of the chapters that may have you shedding some happy tears as well. I very much look forward to reading whatever LyricalKris has in store for her wonderful characters and I thank her for doing such amazing justice to the Bella/Jasper pairing.

LaViePastiche writes Son of A Preacher Man> by herself, and The First Breath with ElleCC. She loves Jasper and hates writing blurbs about herself.


  1. So, true story. I told my mom about this rec, cuz I'm a nerd like that - you understand - and she reads it and the next thing I know, she's going "...what's slash?!"


    I remember gazing wistfully at this blog, months and months ago, and wishing I could write something good enough to get one of those little "I've been discerned" images.

    Thank you for the rec. :) I think I've said before that this story kind of tortured me, so the fact that people understand it and enjoy it is so rewarding...

  2. I love this fic. Nice blurb, peach. Nice story, LyricalKris :)

  3. As if hearing you and Elle tweet about this wasn't motivation enough, I have finally clicked the link and am reading this fic.

    Thank you so much for the rec - It sounds like a fantastic, albeit heartbreaking, story.

  4. Congrats, LyricalKris! Can't wait to read this. Excellent recommendation!

  5. I found it really sweet. It really takes the issue of a lover's lost and makes it, if not understandable, more easy to read. This fic made me understand something about myself -of course, because I'm me, something not very deep, but still- I find the pairing J/B more easy on my eyes if they are vamps- crazy I know- I have readed some of the most sweetest stories with Jasper and Bella as a couple in their vampire forms, but when it becomes and issue between humans it's just odd for me. Don't get wrong, I find this particular story very sweet -after all I give it a shot- but not as sweet as other involving vampires.
    It really was easier for me to read the slash E/J that J/B...maybe the fandom has made me realize that I'm a perv of epic proportions. jajajajaja. I know is not very important information but, I wanted to share it with you guys. Even so, I really recommend reading this story, if the Bella/Edward chapter doesn't make you cry then, I don't know what would.

  6. I absolutely adore this story. I can't believe I didn't know there were additional vignettes to it. A very well-deserved honor, being discerned here. Congrats LyricalKris!


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