I did a challenge like this a few years ago, with some phrases like An Ancient Curse, and A Half-burned Notebook. This is a variation, using phrases from a list of odd adjective-noun combinations . I'll give you 9, pick three at random for your story. Feel free to make it a little weird too - you know you want to. 1000 words, due noonish EDT Friday, May 17th.
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