This post submitted for Friday Fictioneers.
The lake is beginning to refreeze. The new ice will bond with the existing base and very soon they will be locked in until the spring thaw. The family will sleep more, eat less, and try to survive this unexpected situation on rations they had brought for a short reprieve from civilization gone wild. The temperature will fall below zero tonight. They will burn fence posts to keep warm as they have already made the house bare over the last few nights by burning all the simple furniture that the cabin contained. The horses sense something sinister .