Beneath The Surface by Barbara Davies

Uhhh I’ve got it, it’s right there at the tip of my tongue! If you are an avid reader you must have experienced thinking of a storyline, but not quite being able to put a name to the book or online fiction that you are thinking of. Well I’ve found the answer to this problem, at least when we are talking of online fiction – be it original or uber. Don’t worry this wont require that you download new software and use strange it-like tools. If you can work you browser, you are very close to the help that you need!

All you have to do is go and ask for a bit of assistance at The Athenaeum’s Fiction Discussion Forum. This forum has a number of friendly members who are quite capable when it comes to identifying a fic from just a few bits of information. It’s really quit amazing!

The “Please help me find a story” theme got me thinking that maybe I should give you a review in which I didn’t name the title or the writer ? This just to let you work a bit before you sit down and enjoy a good read, but then again this seems to be a rather strange concept for a review, so I decided to let you have this fic with no extra work involved.

As you can get this story just by following the link, you might be one of those “very few” (irony!) people who like to sit comfortably, your feet up, enjoying a nice cup of tea, while you watch other people work their butt off. Should you be “one of those” you might like “Beneath The Surface” as this story gives you the opportunity to watch a bunch of people do pretty hard and dirty work and all you have to do is scroll a bit now an then.

“Beneath The Surface” presents us with the story of Cordie who captains a swordfishing boat of the cost Massachusetts. The swordfishing business takes Cordie out to sea 30 days at a time with just a few days of shore time between each trip. This is a lifestyle that makes a real solid base for a romantic relationship! So as you might imagine Cordie is unattached and dreaming of turning her life around to allow for a steady girlfriend.

If you choose to take a closer look into Cordies life, you will get your hands dirty and your feet wet with the crew on the “Dawn Piper” while they set the fishing lines, haul them back in and kill the catch of swordfish and sharks. You will also get a chance to see how things work out for Cordie when she gets to entertain the boss’s daughter Piper on a fishing trip.

The story is relatively short on romance and pretty high on the fishing business stuff and drama at high sea, but I found it surprisingly entertaining none the less, and well written too. The story would have benefited with an extra 20 – 30 pages dedicated to building up the romance before the “happily ever after” kiss, but I guess that the writer is more into the fishing and drama parts of the story than creating a touching romance. So don’t go fishing with Cordie if all you want is a bit of getting to know each other and a lot of cuddling, kissing and “hot stuff”.

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