A college grad! She couldn’t believe it. 22 years old!
“Mum, I’m home!”
The quiet dark house exploded into a mess of bright light and excited voices. Juliet stood in the doorway as a sea of happy faces rushed towards her. She was pummeled with hugs and kisses. The party started in the early afternoon and didn’t ease up until after six. Finally she found a quiet place in the garden and sat down to catch her breath. A hand touched her shoulder. It was Jake, they’d been sweethearts since high school.
“Your parents did you proud, were you expecting this?”
“Are you kidding? I had no idea. I was sad they couldn’t come to see me graduate, but mum’s illness makes things tough. This was fantastic. Did you help?”
Jake smiled “A little. Lets take a walk by the lake. I want you to myself for a while.”
They walked hand in hand down the hill, the fading sunlight reflected on the distant glassy surface. Juliet shivered and stopped in her tracks.
“Are you cold? Shall we go back?”
“No, I’m okay, someone walked over my grave that’s all!”
“What a weird expression that is, I wonder where it came from?” Jake said as he put his arm around her shoulder and pulled her closer.
They sat on a bench close to the water and kissed. A romantic setting, the sort of setting that begged a proposal! Juliet said yes and they kissed again, softly, lovingly and then with unbridled passion.
Afterwards they walked to the edge of the lake and sat for a while, dipping their fingers into the shallow water, it was cool, clean. Jake turned his back for a moment, there was no splash, no scream for help, but when he turned around again Juliet was gone.
“Juliet, this isn’t funny, where are you?”
He looked at the water, its glassy surface was still.
She looked at him from the depths of the lake, a wicked smile on her face. I was lonely, but it won’t last forever. I’ll have you with me, I’ll catch you.
I’m the lady in the lake and I take what I want.
“Jake I want you!