I being an overly emotional piece of work, this honestly should not be terribly difficult. Nonetheless, let me present a challenge for you all. Each level will have several criteria you must follow in order to complete it; before posting, please specify which level you are taking on. REMINDER: Be creative! While you cannot change things such as the word count required, look for loopholes, alternative definitions/meanings, phrases, quotes, etc. to get those nouns in there! Level 1: No more than 2000 words Two characters At least two metaphors A crack An umbrella An oak tree Level 2: No more than 1500 words Three characters At least one metaphor At least one pop culture reference A cabbage An ice cream truck A flag (any color) A plastic ring Level 3: One character Two non-human characters No more than 1000 words At least two metaphors At least one mythology reference A ballpoint pen with no ink Leopard print A thermometer A map of Mongolia A dozen Good luck, and have fun, everyone! Remember, saddest stories you can write, following the criteria provided.