Random Documents to Find (Noir-Themed)
I recently asked around Facebook and Google Plus for some ideas on random tables to write up, as I felt in the mood to be inspired by others. Several great ideas came up, so when I was sick this weekend, I spent some time building up a table for Darcy Ross's idea: a table of random documents to find. These are noir-inspired, so I used the noir era to help determine what kind of paper artifacts humans might leave behind.
- An unpunched train ticket for three days ago, heading north.
- A sealed envelope that looks to have been carried around for a long period of time. If it's opened, the inside letter is a confession of love that was never sent to its intended recipient, but instead looks to have been carried around for a long period of time.
- A photo of a happy couple taken sometime within the last decade. On the back, two names are written along with 'RIP my beloved', and a date.
- A ticket stub for a local show with an unused ticket to the same show.
- A book of matches to a local bar, with a red lipstick kiss on them and a phone number circled with red ink.
- A flier to a local entertainment establishment with a note written on the back urging "true believers" to meet up Tuesday at 8pm.
- A discarded and frayed library card belonging to one Rupert J. Smith.
- A clipped article from a local publication with a recipe for 'Grandma's Beef Stew'. Someone's added quotation marks around the word beef.
- A coupon for a local psychic offering a 2 for 1 deal on tarot readings. She also does exorcisms, and performs weddings.
- The 'Tower' tarot card torn in half, with half a name written on the back in thick, black ink. The left corner is stained with what looks like blood, and the right corner is burnt around the edges.
- A 50% off coupon for the local butcher. A note has been written on the coupon, "Ask about cow blood".
- A page torn out of a ledger. All the entries are in code, but some are circled.
- A sheet of paper covered in mathematical equations, or at least what look like mathematical equations at first glance. Upon closer inspection, most of the symbols are completely foreign - perhaps made up.
- The first few pages of someone's hand-written play. It appears to be pretty dark, as the first scene details the aftermath of a suicide.
- A half-finished song about redemption.
- A deck of playing cards minus all the red face cards.
- A bill of sale for a few books: "How to Summon Demons", "Magical Protection Circles 101", and "101 Recipes for Fresh Octopus".
- A discarded invitation to a masquerade party held sometime last year.
- A claim ticket for a coat check at a nearby drinking establishment.
- An envelope with a note indicating the location of a storage locker, but no key for said locker.