by Tara Dempsey

The lake had been frozen over for years. Nobody knew why or how but it was. Nobody dared go near it. It was cold almost cold enough to be fatal. The lake was surrounded by forest. There were no tourists, no towns or villages. Nothing lived in the forest except the plants. Only the pine trees that spread evenly around the lake.

Alice lived above the lake on a small mountain in an isolated hut. The entire front wall of the house was made of glass. This gave her a good view of the lake. It also gave the lake a good view of her. Continue reading