Cupid’s Last Card – 4th Annual Valentiny Writing Contest


Eegads, look at that. My first official blog post on  this site, and with the rest of the place in such a shambles. Tsk, tsk. I am a terrible digital housekeeper.

But far be it from me to pass up a wonderful opportunity to join my fellow writers in an adventurous activity!

Susanna Leonard Hill’s Annual Valentiny Writing Contest was simply too sweet for me to resist, so here I am offering up my contribution to the comunal chocolate box. The rules are deceptively simple: write a complete story up to 214 words centering on a character’s guilt during Valentine’s Day.

Groovy. I love restrictions; they force you to be even more creative than you normally are!

If you’d like a full list of the rules and wonderful prizes (not to mention reading all the other fun entries), hop on over to Susanna’s party at her blog for all the details.

And now… on to the guilt!



by José Cruz

[214 words]


Hands off, it’s mine.

I know what you’re thinking. He’s Cupid. He’s supposed to give out Valentine’s cards. It’s his job.

Well, maybe you’re right, but has anyone ever thought about me? Don’t I deserve some attention too?

It’s not easy flying around delivering all those chocolates and stuffed pandas, you know.

So I’m keeping the card.

Yes, I know it’s supposed to be yours. You’re my last delivery. But let’s just forget about that, okay? I’ll make it up next year. You’ll get a REALLY BIG stuffed panda.

Don’t look at me like that.

I’m sure you’re a nice kid. Eat all your veggies? Brush your teeth every night? That’s great.

But the card’s mine.

What’s that? No one else has given you a card? Well…

Phew. Kinda warm in here.

I’m sure you’re mistaken. Check your mailbox again.

Still nothing? Well…

How about we split it? I’ll take half and you’ll…

Oh, don’t cry.

I can’t stand seeing nice kids cry. If you start then I’m…


How about borrowing it…? No?

Sniffing it…? No?

How about… uh…

OH, I CAN’T STAND IT! Here, take it! Just take it! I hope you’re happy now! And furthermore–

Huh? What’s that?

Oh. Thanks. Thanks, kid.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too.


11 thoughts on “Cupid’s Last Card – 4th Annual Valentiny Writing Contest

  1. Ashley Congdon (@AshleyCCongdon) February 14, 2019 — 6:06 pm

    The 1st POV and speaking to the reader was a great choice. You really see Cupid’s personality. You could feel the tension and guilt building up. I wasn’t sure how he would fix it. Great read! Good luck!

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    1. Ashley,
      I wasn’t exactly sure either. I had an idea that the ol’ softie would end up giving the card back, but that last bit at the end just came to me in the moment.

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  2. I like the idea of a Valentine day story from Cupids POV. Lots of great humor here. Good luck!

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  3. Unique voice. I could see Cupid struggling to be tough. Good luck!

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  4. That’s great. I live that cupid’s a but snarky, but really has a kind heart. I half expect cupid to be hiding a half smoked cigar behind his back. LoL.

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    1. *Love


    2. Sarah,
      Ha! Right? I might have subconsciously been channeling Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? while I was writing this…


  5. Love Cupid’s voice and POV for this story, Jose! And you got me – I never even thought about whether anyone gave Cupid a Valentine! Just goes to show he’s right to feel he’s owed at least one 🙂 I love how his plan to take the kid’s slowly falls apart and he can’t really be that mean 🙂 Thanks for joining in the Valentiny fun!

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    1. Thanks, Susanna, and thanks for putting on this inspirational contest!

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  6. I had no idea Cupid was such a stinker. Well, no, I guess I’ve experienced Cupid being unreliable before! I suppose he’s right, he deserves a little love too- or at least some clothes.

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