Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Lake

Amanda stopped. Trisha heard her stop and turned around.

“Wait, is this the spot?” Trisha asked.

Amanda didn't answer right away. Instead, she walked to the middle of the road and turned towards their previous location. The road was curvy. Amanda could no longer see the car.

Amanda remembered the lights bearing down on her, but it was light now. She really couldn't tell by sight.

She then turned towards Trisha. “Yeah, I think so.” Then Amanda gave Trisha a sly smile. "It's hard to tell without the high beams of the car.

Trisha laughed apprehensively.

Amanda heard a car coming and walked back to the side of the road. A few moments later, she and Trisha watched it pass them. Amanda pointed towards the woods.

"I must have walked out of there," Amanda said a little disappointed. She was hoping to remember something of significance, but other than the memory of the lights and the blanket on her shoulders; she couldn't think of anything else.

"Isn't there a spot over there where we can see the lake?" Trisha asked. "Several cars had passed without seeing you moments before you were nearly run over by the car that found you. So it's not likely you walked down the road."

"Yeah," Amanda responded, "You might be right." She was disappointed. Still no triggers.

She then checked her phone GPS. She marked the spot and then put her phone back into small shoulder bag.

Amanda started walking towards the woods. "Let's go."

They both headed towards the woods.

Halfway there, Trisha started to complain a little. The trail was much steeper than they thought it was so it was taking longer, and both were getting tired.

"'Let me go with you,' I said, 'It'll be inspirational,' I said, 'How hard would it be?' I said," Trisha moaned and stopped walking.
"The lake view isn't that far," Amanda stopped and turned to face Trisha who was leaning up against the tree. "It's not even a half-mile. It's just really steep."

After Trisha had caught her breath, they continued. It wasn't long before they reached a cliff overlooking the lake. While Amanda walked around the area, Trisha grabbed her phone and started to take pictures. "Well, I'm not going to sit here and paint," Trisha explained after Amanda shot her a questioning look.

The area was familiar. However, it seemed that Amanda was somewhere else before. Happy that she may be getting somewhere. Finally, she looked back over the lake and wondered if she somehow crossed it first.

She turned back towards Trisha, and for a brief moment, she thought she could remember a rock flying towards her head. She put her hand on the spot over her right temple. It was where the doctor said that something hit her.

At that moment, she felt the “twinge” again, but this time it was different. Amanda suddenly had a sense of fear and dread. Images randomly appeared in her mind. A lot of images were like memories, but none of them made any sense.

She took one last glance at the lake again, then told Trisha, “We need to get back.”

Trisha noticed Amanda's unease. “Wait, what is it?”

Amanda didn't respond. She recognized the place, but she didn't want to say anything about it yet. It wasn't that Amanda didn't trust Trisha. She simply could not shake the feeling that danger was nearby or that someone was watching them.

"I'll have to tell you when we are home," Amanda said. Then she started walking towards the road. "Let's go."  
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