Everyone knows this part of the lake is shallow, especially at this time of year.
But they put up the sign warning about depth because they think no one would believe if it read “Beware of Monster.” People would laugh, dipping their toes into the water, taunting the beast to come out—laughing until an icy hand dragged them under.
I know it’s true. I saw it. I watched its grimy green claws take my brother away, down into the muddy depths, never to return.
You have been warned.