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!
CUPID’S LAST CARD
by José Cruz
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…
WHO’S CUTTING THOSE ONIONS?
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.