“What you have with Maria, whether it lasts just through today and a part of tomorrow, or whether it lasts for a long life is the most important thing that can happen to a human being. There will always be people who say it does not exist because they cannot have it. But I tell you it is true and that you have it and that you are lucky even if you die tomorrow.”

-Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Message in the Bottle

A man and a woman walked out to the edge of a cliff, overlooking the ocean.

They sat together, and they wrote.

They wrote the raw emotions that they were feeling inside,

Nothing but the truth.

They told each other what they were feeling in the deepest valves of their hearts, and they kissed.

They kissed with passion and with love.

They dated their letter.

They wrote a message to the person who would be fortunate enough to find the bottle,

Telling them that true love exists.

That it’s not easy.

Love never is.


The message in the bottle told their love story, the first 3 years of it.

How much they’ve grown because of each other,

How much they’ve knocked each other down,

Only to realize they were a part of each other and each setback was affecting them both in the same way.


The man and the woman rolled their letter up, and gently slipped it into the empty bottle, which was instantly filled with magic.

The woman took the bottle in both of her hands, bringing it to her face before kissing it.

The man watched her in awe,

Struck by the radiance of the woman beside him.

The woman grabbed the man’s hand,

And holding his hand, tossed the bottle into the ocean.


Hoping that one day,

One person would find it,

Read it,

And know that true love exists.

And that there is nothing better.


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