It was Ellie’s idea, certainly not mine. A lakeside cabin in the Canadian wilderness was not my dream vacation spot. Bugs, wildlife, water sports—yeesh! We’d tried the cabin experience years before when our kids were young, and it had been the holiday from hell. But Ellie must’ve forgotten about that because all she wanted to celebrate her sixty-fifth birthday was two weeks at a lake.
We left Toronto at noon and headed north. When we arrived in Good Springs, we had an hour before we could claim our little piece of paradise. So we toured the town, which consisted of a police detachment, a diner, a Laundromat and a general store. We bought triple-scoop ice-cream cones and ate them on the bench in front of the store.
We drove further north on the highway and turned onto a dirt road. A good ways down that road, two cottages came into view, each with a numbered marker on a tree. Behind the cottages, an expanse of blue lake sparkled in the afternoon sunlight.
“Paradise Lake!” Ellie said beside me in the passenger seat. From the awe in her voice, it sounded like we’d reached the Great Beyond.
At the marker for the second cottage, we bumped down a rutted lane and pulled up in front of a weathered brown bungalow. Moss was growing on the cabin’s shingles, its wood siding buckled, and its deck with its overhead grid of beams had seen better days.
“It’s darling, Henry!” Ellie cried. “We’re going to have our best vacation here ever.”
A good little story. Nice progression and the little bug—s get their just desserts.
Sorry - deserts
Nice story and a good find of the Meth house on the other island. Not sure how the broken toilet and the drugs play together. Is there another hiding spot for the drugs in the cabin?
Cute story! Thanks for the read.
Really enjoyed taking a break and reading your story. Good plot, good pace, crisp writing. More!
I just got done reading Black Bear Country and I want more. It's refreshing to read a story that has a good plot, the characters are what drew me into the story. It was a clean read that I would have the young adults along with grown ups to read this story.
Good one! Guess I'm never going to Black Bear Country:-))
There are no "drop off points" for drugs. Drugs are exchanged for money, usually under tense circumstances due to the nature of bringing drugs and money together at the same place. Exchanges are done in clandestine places to avoid attention and not where drug parties are held. Didn't even find out Henry's name until halfway through the story and can't remember if he had a last name. Have no idea what he or Ellie look like.
This was a light and upbeat story. I expected more of a mystery, but, overall, I liked it.
A wonderful short story. I liked Henry. I got a few good laughs, so I enjoyed the humor. A refreshing read. Keep on writing...
Thanks for all your comments! It's great for authors to get readers feedback. Keeps us on our toes.
A fun story. The husband and wife are such real characters, and the plot line was clever, and unexpected. Great job.
a good read, keep writing.