Winter 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 1 2011 Kenyon Review Short Fiction ContestJanuary 1, 2012 |

The Boy in the Lake

2011 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest Runner-Up   There was a boy in the lake. Men in boats were searching, dragging lines. A son and his father watched from the end of a dock in a bay connected by a rocky strait. The bay was shallow, good for swimming, with a marsh at the north end. The son had come here a few times with his friends and their parents, and when he'd asked his mother about returning, she had suggested he go with his father. "It would do you both some good," she'd said. "I'll say something to him when he comes to get you for the weekend." They had heard about the accident on the way to the lake before his father had switched off the radio: "Three college students capsized on Great Pond in the turbulent waves of yesterday's sudden storm. One is missing and presumed drowned." The missing student was foreign. The police were waiting to release his name until they could contact his parents in Burma. He hadn't known how to swim. The two students who'd taken

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Nichols Ford Malick lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and daughter. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon. This is his first published story.

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