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Found on the Coast Near Astoria, Oregon
By Jessica Knauss
When the bottle harboring this paper lands on the cloudy Oregon coast, you will have given up on me long ago. This is just to say I’m sorry I had to lie to you. I’m sorry I led you on for forty years, so sorry you believed you made me happy when I never felt anything but boredom and despair at your side. I did not go to the movies with my friend, but to the airport. I expect to live out my days on the sunny side of Diamond Head, which, as it turns out, is not a tourist trap like you always said. I’m happy now, truly happy, and I’m sorry you couldn’t be a part of that. With any luck, the tides will dash the delicate glass of this bottle apart on the stones, and the salt water will wash the ink from the paper, turning it back into nothing but pulp, so I can write this apology without any real risk of you seeing it. But I won’t include a return address, either.
Born and raised in Northern California, Jessica Knauss is a New Englander by design. Jessica has been a fiction editor at Fireship Press and co-founded Loose Leaves Publishing. Her first historical novel, Seven Noble Knights, is a gripping tale of family, betrayal, and revenge set in medieval Spain. Get updates on her writing at her blog: JessicaKnauss.blogspot.com.
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