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Summer at the Lake

A Short Story



Tessa London


  1. Chapter One: Jane

  2. Chapter Two: Matthew

  3. Chapter Three: Jane

  4. Chapter Four: Matthew

  5. Chapter Five: Jane

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Summer at the Lake

Copyright © Tessa London, 2017

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Chapter One: Jane


It had been such a stressful year at uni and I couldn’t wait to take my last final and leave for the summer. It was such a hard time for me because I was just about to graduate, but all I wanted right now was to relax and get this last final over with. I had no idea what I was going to do, maybe go back home to my parents, or stay in this city and relax, I still didn’t know yet.

I was on my way to class when I suddenly heard my name being shouted.

“Jane! Wait up! Jane!” I turned around to look for the person who was shouting my name, which I knew perfectly who it was. When I turned, I saw my best friend, Martha, looking very worn out from the running she was doing.

“Oh my God, I’ve been calling your name since yesterday!” She dramatically said.

“Oh, don’t be dramatic.” I laughed. “And sorry, I’m just focused on this last final I have to take.” I said to her.

“Oh, well let me not bother you. I’ll tell you after your final then. I’ll wait, I just had my last final and it feels amazing. So, just finish yours and quickly because I have some exciting news I want to tell you.” I just stared at her. She was always excited about something and I was betting that she was going to tell me we were going to a club tonight, so I didn’t pay much attention to her ‘exciting news’.

“Okay, okay. Calm down. I’ll take my final and see you after. I must get going now. I don’t want to be late.” I said to her and she replied to me but I didn’t hear what she had said.

I finished my final quickly and as I turned it in, I felt as if a big weight was lifted off my shoulders. I didn’t have to worry about classes anymore. All I really had to worry about was what I was going to do for summer. As soon as I was out the door of the lecture hall, Martha once again shouted my name.

“Jane!” She said and everyone that was out in the hall turned to look at us. “Oh my God! You took an eternity! I was dying out of boredom!” She dramatically said, once again.

“Oh Martha. You are so dramatic.” I said to her. “What am I going to do with you?” I teased.

“Well, it’s a good thing you love me.” She said.

“Yes, a very good thing. I can’t believe I have survived life with you all these years.”

“Well, you have, and you will survive many others. Plus, you can’t get away from me that easily. Especially this summer.” She smirked.

“What? What do you mean?” What is she on about? She was leaving for the summer with Nick, her boyfriend.

“Well, Nick and I have been doing some thinking. We just need one semester until we graduate, so we decide to postpone our trip to South America. We are staying here for the summer!” She squealed.

“Wait? Are you serious?” I asked excitedly. I knew it had to happen sometime, for her to leave, but honestly, I just didn’t want to spend the summer alone and I was happy she was staying.

“Yes. We are leaving once we graduate. But for now, we are staying. Also, that is not the only news I have for you. I asked my father if we could borrow the lake house for the entire summer and he said yes!” She squealed once more.

I guess I knew what I was doing this summer now. “What? Seriously?” I asked, excited once more.

“Yes! And this is me officially asking you if you would like to come?” Now this time, it was me squealing.

“Yes! I haven’t been to the lake house since senior year of high school. Almost four years ago. I miss it, so yes, I would love to go.” I said happily, then I frowned. “Woah, wait? Am I the third wheel? I don’t want to be in the middle of your romantic summer with Nick.” I said.

“No, you silly willy. Matthew will be going with his girlfriend, Meghan.” She said.

Matthew has a girlfriend? I certainly did not know that. Way to crush my dreams of ever thinking I would end up with him. Yes, I have a huge crush on my best friend’s brother since I was in middle school. And although I am all grown up, I can’t seem to let that crush go. But him having his girlfriend there would be good and make me forget or even think about him in a romantic way. But damn, is he hot. I haven’t since him in two years, but when I did see him, he had my panties wet all just by smiling at me. But I need to forget about that.

“Wait, so I’m going to be the fifth wheel, then?” I asked. This trip was looking less interesting by the second.

We had been walking and I hadn’t noticed we were already at her apartment which was just a walk away from the university. It was also located in the same building as my apartment, but mine was two floors down.

“No. Minnie and Dustin will be going as well. They already finished their classes and are back home. I can’t believe those twins decided to stay in the college close to home. They were very set on leaving home to attend university somewhere else. I don’t know what changed their mind.” She said confused.

I was the only one that knew why they had stayed home. Their mother got cancer senior year and that stopped them from leaving their home. I found out when I found Minnie crying in the girls’ locker room, and she and Dustin made me promise never to say anything because they didn’t want people feeling pity. So, I made them that promise, and it was very hard to keep it from Martha.

“Maybe they just didn’t want to go after all. Who knows what their reason is.” I said to her.

After planning how we were going to leave, I stayed at her apartment until Nick arrived. We planned to leave in two days, so we could have two days of relaxation after finals. Then Nick finally arrived.

“Hey babe.” He said as he kissed Martha. “Hey Jay-Jay. How was your last final?”

Yes, he had a nickname for me. He and I had met first in secondary school. I was already best friends with Martha. I met Nick because I had several classes with him and he was the new kid in school. We became friends due to all the classes we had together, and we just clicked. We now have a sister-brother relationship and we fight like it too. When we entered high school, he started sitting with Martha and I, and I had an idea why. I later found out he had a huge crush on Martha and I made it my mission to get them together. Now they have been dating for almost seven years and I don’t regret it. On the other hand, I was always crushing on Matthew and I had never told Martha, she would not like it one bit.

“It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.” I said.

“It does feel like that, doesn’t it? I’m glad I didn’t have to take any finals, but I did have to present some portfolios. That was all.” He shrugged as if it was nothing.

“Well, I could stay here all night, but I am really tired and I just want the comfort of my bed. So, I am going to leave you two alone now. I’ll see you guys tomorrow, okay?” I said and once they said goodbye, I left to my own apartment.

The two days had finally passed and we were now on our way back to our parents’ homes. It was four hours of a drive, and we had stopped for some lunch, but after that, we had finally arrived at my parent’s house, since Nick and Martha were dropping me off.

“Oh, wait! Will you be needing a ride to the lake house?” Martha asked.

“No, actually. Johnny left his car here. I’ll be taking it up there.” I said to them.

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