Lake Fun

Lago Vista, Texas

Lake Fun is, or was—it’s hard to decide which is the appropriate tense—a motel in Lago Vista, Texas. It was, or is, located on the shores of Lake Travis, an 18,000-acre man-made lake in the hill country surrounding northwest Austin, on the grounds of the charmlessly named Travis Lake Resort. Much of the resort remains, but the way there is circuitous and deceptive. You may feel as though you’re looking for Shangri-La itself, because no one seems to know where, or if, Lake Fun truly exists.

Ask in town and you will meet blank stares. The Lago Vista liquor-store proprietor won’t know, even though he reckons he should, seeing as he’s lived in town for the past thirty years. Next door, the two tanning-bedded pharmacists on duty will instantly claim ignorance—after all, honey, we don’t really live in Lago Vista, we live in Austin. Even the local fishbait-and-beer grocer across the street will not quite understand what you mean and will interpret your request abstractly. “Lake Fun? A-ha. Go about two or three miles down the road. Then turn left. There is the beach. There is the lake. There, you will find lake fun.”

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—Rebecca Bengal

Rebecca Bengal lives in Austin, Texas, where she was a Michener fellow at the University of Texas. She is a reader for the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, and is working on a collection of short fiction. Her work most recently appeared in Prism: International.

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