2018 Valentiny Contest

Thank you, Susanna, for this fun Valentine’s Contest.

The Rules:  Write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) using a maximum 214 words in which someone is hopeful!  Your someone can hope for something good or something bad.  Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone hopeful (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words.

Check out all the other fun stories at www.SusannaHill.com/blog

And here’s my entry:

 

The Heart of the Heart

Once there was a little heart.

It had two hills on the top.

It had a pointy point on the bottom.

But…

The heart of the heart was empty.

Sheer.

See-through.

No one wanted a blank heart.

Especially not on Valentine’s Day.

Hearts were supposed to be red. Pink on occasion. Definitely colorful.

But there was still time.

Not all was lost.

The heart painted herself.

She tried a Sharpie.

Glitter.

Tomato juice.

Nothing worked.

Time was running out.

But there were still some minutes left.

The heart called an emergency meeting.

All her friends came.

They listened.

They thought.

Then they sprang into action.

The whole group gathered around and hugged the heart.

Hard.

For a long time.

The heart started to feel as if she was dining on chocolate.

And sprinkles.

And lots of red frosting.

When her friends pulled away, the heart stared at herself.

And gasped.

And marveled at what she saw.

Love.

Hope.

Friendship.

The heart of the heart was full.

Just in time for Valentine.

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