Etaoin shrdlu + c

The nonsense phrase “etaoin shrdlu” dates back to the time of mechanical typesetting, when the keys on the keyboard of typesetting machines were arranged in the approximate order of frequency of the letters used in the English language. (There’s a picture of such a keyboard at, where you can see the phrase running down the two leftmost columns of both the black keys and white keys.

In this challenge, you are only allowed to use the letters in “etaoin shrdlu” plus the letter ‘c’ (together the 13 most commonly used letters in English) to write your story. No other letters are permitted.

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