Challenge Deadline: 4 Mar 2020
Time has been captured in a small space. A month seems to hold a year, and there seems to be no way forward, no way to break the endless cycle. Write about the scenario. Tell us what is happening, either to the world around your characters, to the characters themselves, or both. If they can break the bottle, how do they do it? How do they react to the bottle? What circumstances led to the bottle in the first place. This is almost certainly an inherently speculative fiction piece, but bonus credit will be awarded if you can break into another genre altogether.
I'm giving a month to complete this challenge in the hopes that we'll see more participation that previous challenges. Who will step up and attempt to earn a coffee bean?