27 y.o. social worker Bella Swan has seen her fair share of troubled souls, but nothing like Edward Cullen, part owner & manager of The Cullen House Group Home. Will he allow her into his life? And can she survive the demons that haunt him? OOC, Lemons.
It is obvious that the life of a social worker is one that littlecat358 has experience in. Her account of Bella's work day in and day out, jumps off the page and rings incredibly true. Social work is not depicted her and a dreamy haze of noble, righteous work. It's long hours, bureaucratic red tape, being under appreciated and at times thankless but Bella does this because her heart is essentially invested in making her boys lives safe and giving them the best chance at succeeding.
Emmett and Tyler are two teenage boys under Bella's caseload who have had to leave their most recent foster home due to Emmett's bad behaviour. As Bella calls through the night to find lodging for these boys she catches a break by finding a placement at the Cullen House.
The Cullen House is a home runned by Jasper, Alice and Edward for delinquent teenage boys. Emmett and Tyler settle in with the other boys albeit not without their problems but soon find that as long as they are straight up and follow the rules life at the Cullen House is fair.
Edward and Bella circle each other, seemingly too scared to fully open up to each other. Edward's past means that he closes himself off from romantic love and Bella is incredibly overworked, tired and confused by Edward's hot/cold demeanour.
Eventually they do make the tentative step to be together but drama definitely ensues around them. Bella is the product of a disinterested mother and a negligent stepfather. She feels resentment for her parents which makes it difficult to have a very close relationship to her half-sister Rose (whom she loves dearly). Rose, a young girl falls for Emmett much to Bella's horror. The consequences of this relationship is now playing out in the fic and you feel for Bella, who is torn between freedom and responsibility.
"What the hell is going on?" I yell. But they either don't hear me or they don't give a shit. Jasper and I storm in and start peeling teenagers away from the bunch. When I get to the center I find Ryan and Sam holding Emmett back while Edgar is trying to pull Tyler off of one of the visiting kids.
This is the last thing I expected to see. Tyler is throwing punches like there's no tomorrow while Emmett screams profanities.
I tap Edgar's arm and motion for him to step back as Jasper and I grab onto Tyler.
"You fucking freak!" the kid wails.
Tyler's not letting go so we tug a little harder. All of the sudden, he turns and lands a punch square in my jaw.
I'm startled, but not hurt. His eyes go wide as he realizes exactly what he just did and I literally watch his downward spiral. His face pales, his breathing accelerates and his body goes limp. This is not good. I don't have a good enough hold on him and he slips to the ground and curls up into a ball. Not good at all.
"Fuck! You fucking asshole, I'm gonna fucking kill you!" Emmett howls.
The kid he's talking to looks like he's about to be sick, but there's still an air of defiance on his stance
Jasper takes control gathering all the non-Cullen House kids and ushering them out.
I bend down and reach out to Tyler.
"No!" Emmett shouts. "Don't fucking touch him."
"Why not?" I ask.
"He. . .he doesn't like to be touched. Only Bella. . .she knows what to do."
I just love the realism of this fic, you can literally feel all the struggles that Bella and Edward must overcome which in reality is just the same shit that a lot of us all go through everyday. The way littlecat358 depicts the strength of all her characters is amazing. This fic is such a strong piece of writing that won't disappoint.
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