Todays fic rec is a fun little number. I’m going to be completely honest here. I’ve never actually seen a Bond movie. Or read the books. There are books, right? I’m not even 100% positive. I do know that GoldenEye for Nintendo 64 was epic, and I could kick anyone’s ass in multiplayer as long as auto-aim was on and we weren’t playing in The Complex. I tried playing in first-person mode, but I could never get past the level where where I had to rescue Natalya because the dumb bitch would never cooperate and always got herself killed.
Anyway, I digress.
When Pagly first said she was writing a Bondward story, I was like, “meh.” I gave it the obligatory friendship read and discovered I really liked it.
A Bullet from Chekov’s Gun
“Charming” was the first deep cover Edward Cullen ever affected, years before he became a spy. Bella Swan is an American girl at Oxford with skills MI6 wants. “Befriending” Bella Swan will be his most challenging mission yet.
Rated: Fiction M – Romance/Drama – Edward & Bella – Published: 09-12-12 – id: 8520585
The story is fairly new (chapter 5 posted while I wrote this post), so there’s not much I can tell you about the plot other than Edward is a Bondesque spy who’s seeking out Bella for her cunning linguist skills. What really sucks me in about the story are the characterizations. Edward is a cocky ladies’ man, but self professed nerd Bella doesn’t waste time putting him in his place. Their interactions and internal dialog are clever and filled with hidden references. I may have even LOL’d a time or two.
He was tall. Bella estimated his height at about six-foot-two. One of the more random parts of her brain, one that she never managed to corral into thinking in a straight line, calculated that to be 1.85 meters. She then felt a moment’s self-disgust with being a hopeless nerd – a hopeless nerd a man who looked like that would never be interested in, or perhaps only pursue as a matter of sport.
With that thought, Bella’s emotional walls snapped up like a tripped bear trap.
Bella Swan would not be a bedpost’s notch. She would not be the sexual equivalent of a GetGlue check-in sticker. She would not be able to think of another analogy, because she was rapidly becoming angry.
Edward watched the play of emotion on Bella’s face with an amused grin that faded in perfect sync with the hardening of Bella’s eyes. He was used to women responding to him, and physical attraction was a major part of his plan of persuading Bella to contract for MI6, but something was going wrong now. Alarm bells sounded in his head. Obstacle imminent. Pull up, pull up.
I am so excited to see how their relationship progresses, not to mention how the plot will unfold. Bella’s got some mad skillz we have yet to discover.
Also, I knew I was in trouble when I started reading this story because half the things Pagly says on Twitter go over my head. Good thing for me (and you) she has a resource page on her blog with pagslations for Brit speak, along with per chapter breakdowns of other terms and references.
Go forth! Read, review, and report back.