Reverently Ms. Muse begins her story, “It is told that a long time ago a young girl was paddling a canoe to meet her lover in the village aross the lake, but before she could reach the other side a violent vortex appeared out of nowhere and swallowed the canoe whole. Unfortunately the young maiden was never to be found.
When the young girl settled to the murky bottom the lake creatures told her that she was not human after all, but actually the Goddess of the Lake and she was accidently netted as a baby by her wicked family. The ill-mannered father decided to keep her instead of releasing her back into the lake, because he thought she might have special powers. He hoped to use her talents for his own means.
In the meantime her young lover was so distraught when he heard the news that he ran to the edge of the lake and prayed to the gods for help. It is said, because of one tear that fell into the lake during his prayer, the predestined Goddess of the Lake is granted the ability to appear once at the beginning of summer as a water spout bearing the lotus flower in honor of her lover and those fortunate enough to see her are blessed with a bountiful year.”