The lake changed as the years went by, as more houses were built, and the phosphates built up, causing the lake to explode with plant life that made it soupy with algae. In the early years it was safe enough to drive a truck across the ice in a(more) cold winter, and they did. But it became dangerous, as an increase in rotting vegetation heated the lake and kept the ice thin in spots. A few family dogs and one girl was lost that way. A girl I knew.
She was a neighbor that had a summer home on our street and one year she attended our annual 4th of July party. We eyed each other most of the day until I tried, nervously, to talk to her and we did talk and she said she was going to be moving up here permanently soon. I remember being secretly overjoyed at this news, as I was shy and needed more time than a summer party to get to know this pretty blonde girl in the light blue summer dress and white sandals. But I never saw her again, because she fell through the ice and drowned that winter. (less)
"Sweetheart I'd be happy to answer all your little questions but do you think you could ease up a bit with the knife?"
He looked so much like James I was finding it hard to tear my eyes away from his face.
"I've already been circumcised luv but(more) I'd be happy to show you if you don't believe me," his James-blue eyes were filled with laughter which only pissed me off more than I already was.
"You're a pig," I hissed as I punched him in the face one more time only this time not as hard.
His stupid James-face was making the punching part less fun than it should have been but his little prank earlier had me wanting to stake him.
"What the fuck was that all about?" My ego was still stinging from the shit he said to me before. I was also a little more than pissed at James for neglecting to mention his brother was an identical twin.
"We can stay like this as long as you want luv, I'm happy to be on the bottom but if you keep wiggling around like that I can't be held responsible if I flip you over and- owww!"
"Stop being a pig and what do you mean you didn't ask your brother for help?"
"And," I waved my knife in the general direction of his face enjoying his barely perceptible discomfort, "Don't think I'm gonna let you get away with that little scene before either."
"Shut up. What the fuck is going on?"
"Don't blame me for whatever mess you got yourself into this time!"
I could hear myself making no sense and screeching all harpy-like.
Still sitting on top of what looked like James who always made me melt.
I punched him again.(less)