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Well, here it is.  The image in each chapter is the work of art from which that chapter got its name. All of these pieces are housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Art After 5 may not be my best writing, but I feel as if it’s my soul.  It’s comfortable, and sometimes when other things aren’t going well, I like to revisit it as a reminder that I can create something worthwhile, and that there’s in beauty in our flaws.

And that’s kind of how I feel about Art After 5.  It’s flawed, yes. But it’s also quite beautiful.

I hope you agree.

C.

A PDF is available by clicking the link below:

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  1. on 08 Feb 2010 at 2:58 pmKate

    So is there a way to get the password for AA5?

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    sleepyvalentina reply:

    The chapters up on artafter5.net are nothing like you remember them. I don't have the original version online anywhere with that capability; you probably want the original.

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  2. on 08 Feb 2010 at 3:04 pmPenny

    Thanks for letting me know about your website..

    I hope to one day reread AA5.

    Penny

    PLV-Twilighted forums

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    sleepyvalentina reply:

    You're welcome.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. on 09 Feb 2010 at 12:11 pmJennifer

    So excited to read aa5 again, may I have a password please?

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  4. on 10 Feb 2010 at 5:23 amAzucena

    Valentina, you are exceptionally good, please dont pay attention to your mal-intentioned critics, now gives us access, I am sure the story has morphed into something different yet still a great read.

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  5. on 21 Feb 2010 at 12:57 amfrenchsong87

    I really love AA5 and was so sad that you had to take it down, but I do understand your reasons and can't believe others would steal your work. Is there any way you could post the chapter where Edward and Bella are back together shopping, the Easter meal, or Bella taking Esme out? Those are some of my favorites of their reunion and they aren't up.

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    sleepyvalentina reply:

    I'm working on it.

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  6. on 05 Mar 2010 at 5:31 amrobslittlesecret

    it's your prerogative as the artist to control your content, and brava for reworking the novel into a publishable form. and screw the narrowminded haters. AA5 is a great work that really surprised and moved me. (surprised because i didn't see the big carlisle twist coming, and i usually can spot 'em a mile away.) i do think the story arc naturally flows with that of twilight in many places (with bella/beth assuming edward's/reed's role) and will be interested to read the new novel in the future.

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  7. on 05 Mar 2010 at 2:58 pmMargie King

    It breaks my heart and angers me that you were treated with such a lack of common courtesy and compassion. Flames regarding story lines happen, but to attack you personally because of a dislike of your topic is completely unacceptable. If they didn't like, they shouldn't have read it. End of discussion.

    Your writing is thoughtful and thought provoking. I've enjoyed it, all, from start to finish. Best of luck with the non-fanfic rewrite.

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  8. on 05 Mar 2010 at 3:42 pmVivian DeLongpaw

    So pleased to read your blog, get your thoughts, and let you know what a big fan of your work I am. I will avidly read anything you post. (I am acting like a true fangirl huh!) It is astonishing that anyone would personally attack you, I just can't wrap my mind around that. I know that when you posted about your medical challenges I was concerned and included you in my evening meditations. I love that you found your calling through fanfiction. Your work elevates the whole genre. I remain, your devoted fangirl, Vivian DeLongpaw

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  9. on 05 Mar 2010 at 10:43 amTippyL

    I had no idea you’d dealt with such horrible slurs against you. I will admit, I gave you a slightly harsh review when you pulled aa5. Selfishly, I was just wanting to read it all after investing time to read 43 chapters. I also think I gave you a review whilst reading aa5 that at first the story gave me the icks but I kept reading it. Now I think this is probably one of my ff favorites. But it’s almost an insult to call it fan fic because your talent is clear and goes much beyond Bella and Edward. In fact, the only thing it had in common are the names.

    I hope you find success, however you define it. Best wishes.

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  10. on 06 Mar 2010 at 4:53 pmeimski

    Love the website- what a beautiful place to present YOUR work on YOUR terms. I was so sad that you had to pull Art After 5 but Ihad the honor of reading it all before it was pulled. I hope to one day have a tangible book in my hand that has you as the author :) As the creator of such work you entirely reserve the right to control it's presentation and distribution and I am sad that you faced ridicule in exercising this right. Bravo on all that you have created I love and will continue to love reading your past and future creations as long as you share them.

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  11. on 12 Mar 2010 at 1:08 amJamie

    I'm devasted over what happened to Art After 5 – I truly consider it one of my favorites stories(and not in a "fanfiction" way). The storyline wrecked me completely and I've been eager for Counterpoint updates and extras.

    I'm anxiously awaiting all of your future work!

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  12. on 17 Mar 2010 at 5:43 amOhBlackBetty

    I was six chapters away from finishing "Art After 5" the day you began to remove it from FFN. I loved the story. I loved your prose. I loved the cadence. After reading your reasoning, I love it all the more as the story of Reed and Beth. It's that much better as original characters. I wish you all the best in getting it published. When that happens, I'll be one of the first to buy Reed and Beth's book.

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  13. on 02 Apr 2010 at 4:29 amChris

    I read on Twilighted that you’ve had to deal with Flamers again.. I’m really sorry you have to deal with all of these. I just wanted to say that you should never doubt for a second that you have more supporters than flamers, silent though they may be. And thanks for sharing AA5 again, I’m really grateful to have been able to read through the latter chapters again before they come up in Counterpoint.

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  14. on 10 Apr 2010 at 1:05 amNancy

    Wow. I'm sorry to hear that there are people who would attack someone without even knowing them. I had the priveledge of reading Art After 5 while it was still on ff.net and I have to say it was one of the best written stories I have ever read with a great storyline. I'll admit I was uncomfortable with the age difference at first, but soon got over it because the way that Edward is written, it was impossible to think of him as 17. It's sad to say that if it were the other way around (Bella and Edward's age reversed) people would be more accepting. Best of luck to you in your publishing adventures, and if I happen to one day come across the story of Reed and Beth, rest assured I would purchase it.

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  15. on 11 Apr 2010 at 10:06 amtwilightelle99

    I haven’t read aaf and am about to start Counterpoint on Twilighted. I just wanted to say that regardless of content, no one has the right to steal your work or insult you in ways you’ve previously mentioned. If someone doesn’t like what they’re reading they should MOVE ON, not insult the writer. As an avid reader of fan & original fics, please know that there are lots & lots of us out here who genuinely appreciate those of you who pour yourselves into creating such amazing works of art. Good luck pursuing your dream! I look forward to reading Counterpoint!

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  16. on 01 May 2010 at 11:24 pmAndrea

    I sooo wanted to re-read AA5, i was addicted to it and read it in one sitting… is there someplace else we can find it?? please please??? i’m craving that story

    btw. counterpoint rocks! i love how edward counts seconds

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  17. on 19 May 2010 at 4:06 amNanette

    I loved AA5 and was up to chapter 51 when it was pulled. I really wished I could have finished the story. Is there anyway you can send individuals chapters? When you publish the novel of the story, I will certainly buy it. Good luck and keep writing because you have a great talent. This was a beautiful story and I’m sorry you have been subjected to such hateful comments.

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  18. on 17 Jun 2010 at 10:24 amm244robp

    Hey! I finally understand how things went for you with Art After 5. I hope to someday actually read it in its completion, whether or not they are still Edward and Bella, or Reed and Beth.

    I am sorry you met so much adversity as you accomplished this great feat. But it certainly was a feat, and I am sure you know you are all better for it.

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  19. on 16 Aug 2010 at 9:05 amBR549

    Yay! I finally get to read AA5! Thanks much, and the site looks good but I liked it before too.

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    Colleen reply:

    Thank you. Let me know how you like it.

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    BR549 reply:

    @Colleen, loved it! But I knew I would since I loved Counterpoint. Really nice to have both sides of the story. Thank you SO much for sharing these stories.

    … and don’t let the haters get ya down :-)

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  20. on 20 Aug 2010 at 7:41 pmChocolate Lover 82

    Hey!
    Thank the Lord I can get to read this story entirely, last time I missed the final chapters (and I blame procrastination on that). So yay!
    Good luck with everything and don0t mind the haters :)

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  21. on 21 Aug 2010 at 10:16 pmEliz

    colleen,
    any idea on how long you will leave story up? i read it in its entirety on ff, but would like to let a couple of people read it who missed it the first time.

    thank you for allowing us the opportunity to read the story again.

    e

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    Colleen reply:

    At least until Labor Day, but probably until I finish writing Some Little Girls. Thanks for your interest.

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    eliz reply:

    @Colleen,

    Was able to reread (in under a day!) and told some friends about it who had missed it the first time around. They had read Counterpoint on my recommendation and were excited to read the original story. Thanks again for the opportunity.

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  22. on 23 Aug 2010 at 8:15 pmMaria

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was losing hope that you would ever re-post this story

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  23. on 24 Aug 2010 at 7:38 pmJamie

    There are positively no words that can describe how happy I am that Art After 5 is back up. I was at the verge of selling my blood, plasma, and eggs just to offer you money for the chance to read it again – and I’m only slightly exaggerating. I love these characters (Bella, Edward – whatever you call them, I adore them) so freaking much. I will read anything and everything that you write, even if it’s a re-telling of the phone book. :)

    Thank you so so so much!

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    Colleen reply:

    you’re welcome. I tried to use the art (when it was available) and hope it’s a new reading experience.

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  24. on 29 Aug 2010 at 5:05 pmEmily

    It was only by chance that I discovered you were posting this here for a brief time. This story has haunted me, in the best of ways, since I first read it and I have often lamented the fact that I couldn’t read it again. Thank you so much for posting it here – you have made me enormously happy! x

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  25. on 31 Aug 2010 at 1:32 pmJen

    I was reading the comments below and wanted to make sure I’m understanding correctly. The story posted here isn’t exactly the same as the one posted on ff.net? And I’m assuming that this is going to be published as an original work (going by the mentions of Beth, Reed, and Whit)?

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    Colleen reply:

    It’s pretty close to the version that was on FFN. Reed and Beth are characters in my manuscript which is nothing like the version posted here. The comments you’re reading go back to when I just had the end up for people who hadn’t gotten a chance to read it. Cleaning the FFN version up from the back-up and posting it here took a lot of time—almost an entire weekend, actually—and that’s one of the reasons I was hesitant to do it. It’s a lot of work something that’s temporary and does nothing to help me complete the stuff on my list that needs to be done, if that makes any sense.

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  26. on 01 Sep 2010 at 9:56 pmAnne

    “Beautiful” is right.
    I’m so happy to have a chance to read this again.

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  27. on 12 Sep 2010 at 11:29 amAzucena

    Art after 5 is full of heart, it touches the heart and soul. This is the story when i became a girlfan. It made me want to read everything that Sleepy Val wrote. It is refreshing to see how instead of putting all the elements into one sole story but the development of characters in new stories. There is much to be learn from AA5, as a writer, as a reader. It is a joy to read over and over again.
    abrazos,
    azu

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  28. on 26 Sep 2010 at 7:10 pmRhonda

    Just found your website through twilight fanfiction recommendations on f/b. I’m getting ready to start it tonight and can’t wait. I’m so glad I happened to stumble upon this site because I’ve been wanting to read this for so long. Thanks.

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  29. on 27 Sep 2010 at 1:57 amAmy D

    I was just getting caught up on “Player” and read that AA5 was available to read again? Thank you for doing that! It is an awesome, awesome story and I can’t wait to read it!

    -Amy

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  30. on 29 Sep 2010 at 12:53 pmAnita

    I love AAF. I got th chance to read it in FF and just can´t get over how honest it is.

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  31. on 03 Oct 2010 at 11:10 amSongirl

    Hello Colleen,
    I would love to read AA5 again if you will allow it. I would say I enjoyed it from the beginning but that is not an adequate word to describe the complex journey you take your reader on in this work. I believe I once told you I gave you my first tears shed for a fan fic when Carlisle died on a rainy Tuesday morning. The truth is that I had never cried before when reading any book. You did that with the ecsquisite beauty of the relationship between father and son, between man and wife. I am misting now just thinking of it. I will read whatever you write. Again and again. If only you will allow it.
    With gratitude,
    Jen

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    Colleen reply:

    @Songirl,

    You should be able to read it. It’s complete, and not password protected. Were you having problems before?

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    Songirl reply:

    @Colleen,
    Thanks for the reply! I sent my message before realizing I could just click and read. My sentiments remain the same….
    Fondly,
    J
    Ps. The blue dress was great!

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  32. on 10 Oct 2010 at 10:14 pmPBJilly

    Thank you so much for posting this long enough for me to read it. It is an amazing story of two people growing apart and together. More than once i was moved to tears. Age issue never bothered me. The story was originally rec’d by Belinda Willis when I met her and some other authors/fans in March in NYC. At the time it was gone but she assured me if I emailed you you would send it. Since that conversation I have started and finished so many wonderful stories but it wasn’t until I read you current work in progess, Darkrooms and Safe Light, that I remembered Belinda’s recommendation. So glad I was able to enjoy this story, as it is wonderful.

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  33. on 27 Oct 2010 at 12:11 pmmomams

    It was a very pleasant surprise to find the story again. I was truly sad when it was removed. There are stories that you read once, while there are others that you read and read again and again. Sometimes the entire thing, others just some chapters, bits and pieces. This is one of those stories.
    I just hope it will be here enough time for me to truly enjoy it again, more than once.

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  34. on 03 Nov 2010 at 6:33 pmpalasluna

    I just discovered your stories and I’m freaking amazed! love it!

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    Colleen reply:

    thank you so much.

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  35. on 04 Dec 2010 at 6:57 amAlisa

    You are an amazing author. Vindicative, hateful, evil people are miserable souls.

    I can’t imaigne being so disenchanted with my own life, to try to hinder the success, and happiness of another person.

    You are true to yourself, your writing is beautiful and excellent.
    To hell with them, I say.

    Just think, a truly gifted writer elicts all kinds of emotions from her readers. Does it really matter if it’s a beautiful one, or an horrendous one? Just think, you made them feel enough emotion to respond to your writing either way.
    ***Very few writers possess this ability>***
    You made your audience feel emotions so strong, some reviews almost seem controvosal to you. Honey, Stand tall, be proud, hold your head up, publish your stories, and make some money.!

    BE PROUD! That is your writing that got those respones. Girl, you are doing something right.

    You are making people think and feel emotions.
    That is after all, the goal of any Great Writer.

    Have a Merry Christmas
    An Awesome New Year

    Elis

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  36. on 14 Dec 2010 at 1:44 pmAmber

    I would love to read your story, I just found it today on fanfic andsaw it was taken down. I was reading comments about passwords to read it and I would love to get one so I can start reading what a great story I hear this is. Thanks
    Amber

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    Colleen reply:

    no password is required.

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  37. […] Art After 5 by sleepyvalentina. Even though this fic has been a ‘classic’ amongst many for quite some time, it’s actually a fairly recent read for me. And I have to admit the “forbidden” aspects of the relationship between Bella and Edward definitely intrigued me. You literally feel Bella’s uncontrolled attraction to high school loner Edward.  Oh, did I mention Bella’s a high school teacher? At the school where Edward goes? Ummm, yeah. He graduates and Bella’s resistance is too weak. Their relationship is intense but in a lot of ways it’s Bella’s hang-ups and her immaturity that slow them down. There’s angst. Like your heart will legit hurt. But I think you’ll find the story line and the writing are well worth your suffering. […]


  38. […] Esme Fic but don’t let that stop you from reading. It is no secret that I love the stories Art After 5 and Counterpoint and this is the tale of the Carlisle and Esme from that world. You do not need to […]


  39. on 01 Apr 2011 at 10:26 amgretaswan

    “And that’s kind of how I feel about Art After 5. It’s flawed, yes. But it’s also quite beautiful.

    I hope you agree.”

    I don’t cuz i think it’s perfect. Thank you for sharing ur talent to us

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    Valentina reply:

    You’re too sweet. :)

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  40. on 08 Apr 2011 at 7:59 pmEvie

    Well, well, well… Looky who it is! Someone’s certainly grown over the years. I have to say, I’m insanely proud of you and how well you’re doing. If you still have my email, mail me and let me know how you’re doing :)

    Evie, x.

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  41. on 28 Jul 2012 at 4:51 pmsapho99

    I read AA5 I think about 2 or 3 years ago. So this is the first time reading it with your editing the story. I must say, Bravo! What an amzing story. loved it even more. Thank you so much. You truely are the Best.
    sapho99

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  42. on 10 Jan 2013 at 8:06 amEmme

    Thank you so much for the PDF :)

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