Completed Fic of the Week: 6/20 - 6/26

June 21, 2011

Beneath the Undertow by aftrnoondlight
Review by AnonymouslySufferingFromOCD

Rating: M
Genre: Hurt/Comfort
Characters: Edward/Bella

Summary: Dreams past, circumstance and sacrifice... young Edward and Bella bravely smile through the tears on life's complicated path. A short journey of pure and true devotion... of choosing love above all else. EPOV M for Language & Lemons

Beneath the Undertow is a short, three chapter, completed story that has an Epi and outtake for an overall five chapters. After reading this story a couple of weeks ago, I was glad that I had the opportunity to review it. Seriously, it is a really true to life short story of the struggle between two young people that face far more than they ever should have to.

It is about teen pregnancy and the struggles you have to endure, not the drama of shows like “16 & Pregnant” but real life drama such as, how are you going to face life when things don’t go according to plan and you are forced to face things that you should never have to face as a young parent, and you struggle to pay the bills when someone loses a job?

As Edward and Bella find their way through these real life issues, it shows us that while true love can conquer all it isn’t always an easy path to get to the finish line.

The story is entirely from former Golden Boy, Edward Cullen’s POV. He was a superstar baseball player that was offered a full ride to college, when he is faced with longtime girlfriend and love of his life Bella becoming pregnant. Their hopes and dreams have to change pretty quickly.

"Do you like my dress?" She beamed, blushed and natural. "I actually feel kinda pretty."

"That's why I picked this one. You look beautiful." I held her close, swaying barely. "Where are your parents, Bella?" I whispered at her ear. Pulling back, she straightened my collar avoiding my stare.

"We had a fight." I reactively kissed her forehead, cradling the back of her head. "They aren't coming."

"Okay. That's okay." We held hands, moving towards the small church entrance. I would forever remember her courage in that moment. "Mom's inside with Pastor Black."

"Good. Let's do this."

Beneath the Undertow is a really well written short story. If you haven’t read it yet, you really need to. Aftrnoondlight is great at making us feel the emotions of their characters. They help us feel their pain, their disappointments, and their joy. I really think you will like this one.


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