Imagine a bottle rides the waves of the ocean until it finally washes ashore, where someone discovers the bottle, pulls out a cork, and...there is a message inside.
The message may have been written last week or several centuries ago. It might be a friendly greeting or a desperate plea for help. It might be a missive to be delivered to someone or a dying person’s will or a note for posterity. It might be anything.
What does the message say? We are dying to know!
Tell us what the message says in 27 words or fewer. The person who creates the most compelling “story in a bottle” wins a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
Here are two examples:
I am alone on a ship of ghosts, sailing aimlessly, losing my mind. I recently glimpsed Cape Agulhas, where the Indian meets the Atlantic. March 1873.
Sooo bored on this cruise! Dad’s a doofus, mom’s a control freak, brother a total ass. And there’s NO ONE here I can talk to.
Illustration by Claire Tomasi #alittleclaireity
Deadline: Monday September 2, 2019, 11:59 pm Eastern Time