“Yes,” she said. “It ran right through here.”
“What happened to it?”
“They built a dam. It’s a lake now.”
He’d come back to see the river. As a boy, he’d spent many lazy days there, fishing, swimming, skipping stones. Over the years, he thought of it often. It gave him peace.
“It’s a lovely lake,” she said.
He imagined the river standing still, waiting, waiting for him. Then he went to it.