Flash Fiction Challenge: The Random Title Jamboree

YES, JEEZ, I KNOW, last week, no flash fiction challenge showed up.

This one below was supposed to, but I was traveling and the post failed to fire for reasons unknown — and I was unable to properly troubleshoot whilst in the sun-humped cactusland of Phoenix, Arizona. And I would’ve posted late, but this is a good enough challenge I wanted to grant it the full week that it properly deserves.

That said, we’re back!

And we’re back with a title mixup challenge.

Here’s how this works:

You pick one item from each table. You can use a random number generator to do so, or grab your nearest d20 and get rolling. You mash Column X with Column Y and you get yourself a title to use.

You can modify that title a tiny bit — permutations allowed are adding “the” and making a word plural or non-plural as you see fit. But that’s it. Don’t fidget too much, goddamnit.

Examples might be:

The Dismal Warbler!

God’s Own Testmaker!

The Radioactive Mummy!

And so forth.

You’ve got 1500 words this go around. Write it up at your blog post or other online space, and make sure we have a link in the comments so we can read it. Due by Friday the 12th, noon EST.

Get to randomizing, folks.

Column X

  1. Red
  2. Executioner’s
  3. Madness of
  4. Fist Full of
  5. Termagant’s
  6. Distant
  7. Undying
  8. Forgotten
  9. Unholy
  10. Stolen
  11. Five Days of the
  12. Bloody
  13. Doc Gurley’s
  14. Whispering
  15. Back Country
  16. Dismal
  17. God’s Own
  18. Cleansing
  19. Radioactive
  20. Neon

Column Y

  1. Warbler
  2. Cobblers
  3. Expanse
  4. Mummy
  5. Lockbox
  6. Testmaker
  7. Bridesmaid
  8. Jeweler
  9. Monster
  10. Bullets
  11. Dreamscape
  12. Sands
  13. Villanelle
  14. Dingo
  15. Junction
  16. Straitjacket
  17. Trenches
  18. Hearts
  19. Brains
  20. Cartographer

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