Once upon a time in a land far, far away…
Shrouds of blue fog rise from the lake. The rowboat ploughs through the red, syrupy water, slowing down with every stroke. The slight rower dreads the lake monsters – slow creatures that make up in intelligence what they lack in speed. They’ll be calculating the best place to intercept the boat.
She’s known about them since she found a boatman training on a rowing machine.
‘Building strength. So the monsters won’t pull me under, Princess.’
The other thing he told her: ‘I zig-zag across. Throws them off course.’
She’s outwitted her monstrous father. She’ll fool the lake monsters, too.