I decided to sit down on the dry sand not far from the strange jar and gaze at it for a while. It was mesmerizing. Sitting there quietly contemplating the glowing jar offered me a bit of a respit from my hectic life.
After a while, my curiosity got the best of me. I walked over and picked up the jar. It was warm to the touch and the glow seemed to come from little pieces of iridescent paper. I grabbed the twine attached to the cork stopper and pulled with all my might. The cork stopper finally came loose and as soon as I removed it, all of the glowing strips of paper slowly floated up and into air above the jar and, one by one, started to explode into what looked like miniature fireworks.
I dropped the jar back into the wet sand and stood there, transfixed, watching the sparkling pieces of paper disintegrate. But one piece of paper remained intact and as it slowly fluttered back toward the ground, I reached out and grabbed it.
I unfolded the paper strip and saw that there was was something written on it. I unfolded the strip of paper and read what it said.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Andrew Morris @ Unsplash. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (glass), MMA Storytime (random), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (never) Word of the Day Challenge (hectic), and The Daily Spur (rebirth).