Michael had spent three years of searching for this stream. The water in it was magical. All that time ago, a single vial he and Kristen had drunk had caused the two to switch bodies. Now he was sure another vial would switch them back. At first, he and Kristen had searched together, but she had finally given up several months ago. He couldn’t wait to get some place with cell phone service so that he could call her.
What he didn’t count on was that when she had given up, Kristen had come to accept being in Michael’s body. It had been a huge task to adapt to living as him, and she convinced herself that, at this point, switching bodies again -- even to one that was once hers -- would be another huge adaptation, one that she was not ready to go through again.