I'm writing a fantasy short story taking place on a platform that was built in a lake, but is tall enough to be above the surface. Since it's a short story, I don't really want to spend much time explaining it, but there's a decent chance I'll use that location again in future works, so I'd still like to give my readers a good idea of what it looks like. What would be a good way to do that in a single sentence?
As the title indicates, I've found three possibilities, but I'm not sure which would be best:
- "in the lake" - sounds like it's submerged, but could be what I'm looking for all the same
- "above the lake" - sounds like it was built on the shore, sort of like "overlooking the lake"(?), "looking over the lake"
- "over the lake" - sounds like it's floating over it
Any other ideas are welcome as well (as long as they are concise, of course), but I'd really like to just focus on those three, if possible