The sun was setting, casting a deep orange hue on the lake in the small town of Havenville. It was a beautiful sight but all was not tranquil.
It was said that a creature lurked beneath those still waters, a creature that had been there since the town was founded more than a century ago.
No one knew for sure what the creature was, but the tales of its presence were enough to keep most away from the lake. Children were warned not to go swimming, and people who lived nearby kept their windows and doors locked at night.
No one in the town had ever seen the creature, but there were signs of its presence every now and then. Fish would sometimes be found floating dead in the water, and occasionally a boat would come up empty, its passengers missing.
Even though no one had seen the creature, everyone had their own theories about what it could be. Some said it was an ancient sea monster that had been trapped in the lake. Others thought it was a creature of some kind of dark magic.
Whatever it was, it had a hold on the people of Havenville. People would tell stories around the campfire about it, and the fear was palpable.
One night, a fisherman decided he was going to take his boat out on the lake and find the creature. He loaded up his boat with supplies and set out into the darkness.
For hours he searched the lake, but he could find no sign of the creature. He was about to give up and return home when he heard a loud splash.
He looked out across the lake and saw something huge rising out of the water. It was a massive creature with glowing eyes and razor-sharp teeth. The fisherman felt a chill run down his spine as he realized he was looking into the eyes of the creature of the lake.
He was so scared that he dropped his oar and the boat started to drift away from the creature. The creature lunged forward and grabbed the boat, but the fisherman was able to break free and swim to shore.
When he returned home, he told the townspeople what he had seen, and the tales of a lake monster were confirmed. People were warned to stay away from the lake, and the town of Havenville was never the same again.
To this day, people still tell tales around the campfire of the creature of the lake, and no one ever ventures too close to the water’s edge.