Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
For Carolyn Mays
The tide rolled in, erasing the first of the footprints in the sand, like the memory of a presence gradually being excised from the history of the beach. The marks were small, as of those left by a child, except no child had walked there, or none that Parker had noticed; yet when he looked up from his book, the evidence was before him.