Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Legend of Lake Manor by JoAnne Myers

THE LEGEND OF LAKE MANOR-one tale from "Wicked Intentions"

Twenty-three year old Cassandra Lopez, embarking on a long-standing family quest, traveled by bus to Lancaster, Ohio, arriving late in the afternoon of March 9. Opposite the depot, directly across from the parking coach, she saw a taxi line running along the street. As soon as traffic permitted, she scurried over, grasped the door handle of the first Yellow Cab and climbed into the rear compartment.

Excerpt: “Lake Manor, please,” she informed the pair of dark eyes peering at her via the rearview mirror. Eyes that widened in shock at her destination.

“That’s a bad hotel. I know many that are much better.”

Leaning forward, Cassandra politely told the middle-aged ebony driver, “So do I, but take me there anyway.”

The man reluctantly removed his cigar. “If the lady wishes.” He then kissed the rosary around his sweaty neck.

Cassandra nodded at the gesture. “I’ve never needed religion, but I’m sure it’s calming to many.”

“For one not to need faith, one must have many guardian angels or be an atheist.”

She smiled at his comment. She then removed her heavy hobo bag from around her shoulders and breathed a sigh of relief. Her two-hundred mile journey was finally over.

The taxi driver shifted into Drive and pulled away from the curb, heading toward Route 22 East. “The only people who dare stay at Lake Manor are fugitives or strangers who don’t know ‘bout its history. Which are you?”

“Neither,” she said. “I’m a thrill seeker.”

“Ahhh, even worse.” He added a hearty laugh as he turned onto the winding Lake Road.

From the corner of the road, with the corn still low, she clearly saw the brick and mortar mansion. The three-story building, built into a hill, was an impressive yet daunting sight. Her first glimpse made the hair rise on the nape of her neck.

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