The lake is thick with ice, I push my heel into it; a crisp crunch. I make my way, precise across the lake, and with each movement the ice begins to fissure. To splinter. I can see dark water through these small wounds.
These tiny cracks build and build, one after the other like a burgeoning river recreating its source.
I set my heel once more and the fissures tear through the surface at a rapid rate, they rip; the ice splits and sinks.
And I fall.
I plunge beneath the surface, sink cocooned in the cold.
There’s a clink as the ice closes over my head.
I flounder, I beat my hands bloody against the ice.
I twist, turn and scream silent in an echo chamber where no one can see or hear me.
I realise I’m not drowning in water, I was never stepping on ice.
With every beat of my hand against the surface, dark black blood pulses round me, oozes out of the surface, through the cracks, as I harden the bruise, as I spread the tears, as I rip through the surface, as I strip the body to get to its source.