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The Empty Bottle
Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by

Day Five of the WWFC Blog Writing Challenge asks us to use the theme “The Empty Bottle.”

empty message bottle

Kelly stared at the empty bottle as she swallowed her last piece of sinewy meat.  She hoped she could keep it down, knowing a rancid odor when she smelled one.  She choked and suppressed a dry heave.  There wasn’t going to be any more meat in the near future.

How long had she been on this island, anyway?  Not that a small mound of sand holding two trees was much of an island.  Had it been a month yet?  Having lost all track of time, she chose not to further pursue this train of thought.

Back to the empty bottle.  If she put some kind of message in it, someone might find her.  Right?  Isn’t that how it worked?

It’s too bad she left her pen and journal at the bottom of the ocean.  The next time she nearly dies in a boating accident she will be sure to plan better.  “That’s so funny I forgot to laugh.”

Somewhat startled by her own voice, she pursed her lips and glanced around.  Not having a corner drug store nearby, she had to be creative.  Even if she was able to get some bark off a tree, she didn’t have anything to write with.  Blood would wash off in the ocean.  Leaves would deteriorate.  There had to be something…

And that’s when she came up with a plan.  It was only a few steps to where Jenny was.  She made them swift like the wind.

“Jenny, you need to get in the bottle.”

The slim little bone made a “plink!” sound when dropped in.  Kelly pulled her arm back and threw the bottle as far as it could go.

Cupping her hands around her mouth, she yelled, “Tell them where I am Jenny!  Make sure you tell them where I am!”

Plopping back down on the sand, she eyed the smelling pile of bones.  Maybe… just maybe there was a little more meat she could gnaw on.

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  • http://www.stubbornfool.com/ Shawn Ohara

    Ha! Great story. Wonderful twist.

  • http://www.thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/ Tami Von Zalez

    At first glace I thought that was a doobie in the bottle …

    • http://www.shoot-me-now.com Katherine Murray

      Sadly we don’t live in Denver… ha ha!

  • http://www.triloquist.net/ Ron

    Ooooooooo….Katherine…..that ending TOTALLY got me by surprise!

    Outstanding story and twist! Well done!
    X

  • http://wheresthefunnyhere.blogspot.com/ Laughing Mom

    EWWWWWW! Remind me not to go boating with you! Well written!

  • frankleemeidere

    Totally caught me out, there. Somebody’s been taking their dark pills. Nicely written.

    • http://www.shoot-me-now.com Katherine Murray

      Yup my dark pills continue tomorrow… but maybe I will swallow some sunshine and butterflies tomorrow night!!!

  • http://nonamedufus.blogspot.com/ nonamedufus

    Oh, my, I get it now. I hope she wasn’t too good of a friend.

  • http://www.roses2rainbows.com/ Linda R.

    Well written and the ending took me by surprise, and may I just say…EWWWWW.

  • ReformingGeek

    Great Googly Moogly! I just ATE! Thank goodness I didn’t have what she had.

    Nice story, though.

  • MalisaHargrove

    WTF??? Ok, now I am seriously worried about you. You are supposed to put salted peanuts in the bottle…not bones of your friend! I just wasn’t expecting that. Shudder.

    • http://www.shoot-me-now.com Katherine Murray

      Oh no you are gonna be even more worried tomorrow… ummmm I kinda went dark again. DANG-IT. Honestly this weekend I wanna do the coke thing and somehow put it in one of my challenge posts. Now… I HAVE learned from someone southern that birthday cake with ice-cream on top and salted peanuts sprinkled on that is AMAZING. I had NEVER seen that before… it is so good. Have you done that?

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com/ Nicky

    Oh my. We will not be traveling together anytime soon. :-) Well done, Katherine!

  • http://artofbeingconflicted.com Cheryl P.

    I am so with Nicky. You aren’t on my short list as a traveling companion. In fact, future travel partners must be vegan, just to be safe.

  • Cadeaux

    I tell ya – I am never going to visit any of you people. You either want to kill me, poison me, or eat my dead flesh.

  • http://mommamiameaculpa.com/ meleahrebeccah

    OMG. I am totally horrified!! Brilliant, though!

  • http://prosaicshadesofgray.com/ KZ

    That came together really well. Tightly written, and unexpected ending. Great piece of writing today.

  • http://howtobecomeacatladywithoutthecats.blogspot.com/ Paula Larew Wooters

    That’s the trouble with those skinny types… just not enough meat on their bones to keep you alive. Love it, Katherine!

  • http://www.hoohaablog.com/ P.J.

    Holy cow. I’m catching up and some of this theme’s posts are dark. I think therapy is in order if this challenge is getting to each of you!