Testing the Waters
You get away with many things in Port Athens. Breaking contracts is not one of them.
The founders of the prosperous fishing village of Port Athens have each agreed to give up certain objects and a great deal of power to settle into a new life.
So when one of the founders, Eli P. Marin, returns from the city with a suspicious purchase, the rumor mill churns into action. Is he only showing off? Is it even real?
Most importantly, will Eli break their contract and reclaim his former influence despite knowing how harsh the punishment might be?
Find out today as you wander the quaint streets and meet the mysterious founders of Port Athens in Testing the Waters.
(Sample excerpt below)
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SAMPLE - TESTING THE WATERS
On a perfect spring morning with flat seas and clear blue skies, Captain Eli P. Marin made a terrible mistake. He broke his contract with the gods.
No one could believe he’d really done it when it happened, but as in any small fishing village, the founders of Port Athens would later recall the little signs they’d seen over the past months and the little flaws in Eli’s character, then claim they each had seen problems coming for a long time with him but had wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.
It started the day before the opening of the spring fishing season, when Eli P. Marin, captain of the S.S. Neptune, claimed he had to go into the big city to attend a yard sale. That a yard sale would even be held in March struck everyone as odd. Like barbecues and horseshoes, yard sales were a summer thing, but Eli insisted he'd been specially invited to this one while avoiding answering questions of why and by whom. He deftly waved them off by claiming he’d been told there was an item for sale he’d been searching for for ages.
Eli P. Marin returned three hours later with a vaguely familiar tool.