Message in a Bottle

The corked bottle sat on the highest shelf in the pantry for thirty years, gathering decades of dust.

I took it down on what would have been her fifty-fifth birthday, worked the cork out gently, and unfolded the yellowing paper.

On it, she’d written, “I knew you’d look eventually. -Helen”

This story was based on the prompt “corked bottle” at TypeTrigger.

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