Creative Writing: Down and Out


"What you say we go down shore and see what the storm brung in?" says
Richard.

"Ya, bet we get ourselves some fresh lobster out some ole\' trap we find
washed up!" exclaims Chester.

"Martha, get us our coats while we find dem damn boots!" says Richard.

The two men get their boots, grab their jackets and head for the beach.
They two men walk for about an until a shiny object catches the corner of
Chesters eye.

"Hey Rich, I think I see something over there, lets go check it out,"
says Chester.

They men walk to the edge of the grass where they find the gleaming
objects. They notice that there are more than one, but about fifteen. They all
have the same characteristics, they are all in the shape of bottles but they
can\'t see in them. There is a name written on the outside but the salt in the
water must have washed most of it off. They throw all the bottles in a garbage
bag and decide to head home. From what they could see no traps had washed up,
and their legs were getting tired. They walk the hour trip back to Richards
house where they take off their garb and empty the bags.

"What you suppose are in these?" asks Chester.

"I don\'t know but as soon as we wash them a bit and open em\' up we
should find out" replies Richard.

Chester fills an old fish box with water to wash the bottles. They
clean the bottles them take them out and dry them. Martha hands Richard a
corkscrew and finishes making supper. Richards grabs the first bottle and pops
out the cork. He pulls out what seems to be a letter written by hand .
Considering the conditions of the bottles the letters are still white, except
for the contrasting black ink. He sets this letter to the side and opens up
another bottle. He takes out another letter and sets it to the side. This
process continues until all the bottles are empty and put to the side.

"What do you make of these?" asks Richard.

"I\'m not sure what to make of them. I guess we will have to read them
first," replies Chester.

The two men begin to read the letters. What they learn is astonishing.
As they read more they eyes open wider and wider. Martha eventually joins them
and reads them out loud, starting at the first.

Day 1 Coordinates 43\'N 67\'W

It is a nice day to start our trip. It is sunny and about 27\' outside. The
weather report sounds good for the next few days. Everyone is happy that our
trip has finally started but sad to leave friends behind. The wind is blowing
well and we hope to sail at least 15km before dark. We haven\'t had much time
to test all the equipment on the boat but have no fears that it won\'t function
properly.

Day 2 Coordinates 42\'N 69\'W

We have managed to keep a good speed by following the Labrador current down the
eastern coast. The weather is still excellent with a good breeze today.
Everyone managed to get some sleep on the boat last night. We plan to stop in
Boston to refuel within the next few days. Moral is still high with only a few
complaints about not being able to watch TV. Everything seems to be working
well with the exception of my watch that I dropped overboard. We caught some
fish for breakfast which will help us save on food costs. WE hope the rest of
the trip will be as enjoyable as the first two.

Day 3 Coordinates 39\'N 70\'W

We stopped in Boston just long enough to refuel and get a few bags of chips to
keep the kids happy. The wind has picked up and the sky is dark. We expect a
slight storm tomorrow but noting to get worked up about. Swells are from 1 to 3
metres but nobody seems to mind. I managed to do some wind surfing while the
women were shopping for food.

Day 4 Coordinates 35\'N 67\'W

The wind has picked up quite a bit which enabled us to make up for the stop in
Boston. Everyone is still happy and wants to continue. I am kind of iffy on
the weather conditions but have decided not to head for the nearest port. The
weather report is calling for a storm tomorrow but they don\'t expect it to be a
bad one; let\'s hope they