A Summer Escape Novel-- Some secrets are worth killing for... --Romance, suspense and excitement come to the lake this summer to unravel long kept secrets... At the heart of every secret often lives a love story. Long ago secrets at a summer camp reveal themselves as life is turned upside down for Lois Brown's four grown children when she decides to turn the family summer home on Misty Lake into a weekly rental...
Out of the corner of my eye I see the post where the old sign for the camp the priests ran always hung, hidden by growth, as we approach the lake house.The YMCA sign hangs further up, reading CAMP MISTY LAKE.Dorothy has finished applying lipstick using the mirror in front of her.She rests her head with the styled hair our oldest daughter told her was too young for her against the seat.Behind her expensive sunglasses I know her eyes are wide as we begin to catch sight of the mansion-like homes perched upon Misty Lake.
"She is insane--renting the house out by the week!" I mutter.
"After one week Lois would realize her folly, Sam," my wife tells me, smoothing her designer Capri pants she made me tell her looked good on her three times before we left the city."It's so much work to have guests, let alone people who are paying.A paying guest expects to be waited on hand and foot!Lois doesn't realize that.One week into it she would change her mind about renting the lake house by the week right away!"
I do not respond, grunting as I pull into the long drive leading through the trees to the property.A sign by the drive catches my eye.Misty Lake Haven it reads.
"What the hell..." I mutter.
"How cute," Dorothy says."She had a sign made."
"Good thing we came a week early, before she had anyone who wanted to stay."
Dorothy nods.We are quiet for these last few moments of the drive, waiting for the moment when the lake appears with the sun sparkling like a million diamonds upon it this time of day.The moment never comes.Instead there are campers and tents.
"What the hell?"I say.
"Oh, Dear..." Dorothy manages.
As we pull into the circle in front of the lake house we see a dozen vehicles.My mother stands surrounded by a hustle of activity, people moving quickly back and forth.She waves as she sees us.
"What the hell?" I ask, climbing out of the car.
Dorothy is still fiddling with her straw hat and scarf.
"Hello, Sam!" my mother says, looking over to my wife now."Dorothy, I love your hair!"
"What the hell is going on, Mom?" I ask."Who are all these people?"
"We started the season early, two weeks ago," she says."It's Saturday.The cleaning company is here cleaning rooms and the cabins on the adjoining property so everything will be ready for the groups arriving after three today."
"After three?" I demand.
"Yes, Sam!The group from last week left at eleven.That only leaves a few hours to be ready for the next group."
"You've had people already?"
"This is our third week," she smiles."Isn't it wonderful?"
Dorothy does not say a word.We did not get here early enough!I feel sick.We are too late...
T. Patrick Mulroe
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