In honor of Valentine’s Day, Susanna Hill is sponsoring a children’s story contest on her blog. I love a good Valentine story, so I decided to participate. Here is my entry, which, by the way, is only 214 words. Part of the rules and part of the fun! Although perhaps keeping the word count made me a little grumpy, which is another part of the rules. One of the characters in the story must be grumpy. Enjoy!
Natalie had red hair. Really red, like raspberry jam. She could fold paper into all kinds of neat shapes. But she couldn’t get Alex, a boy in her class who whistled and had front teeth like a rabbit, to leave her alone. He pulled her hair. He called her names. “Hey Really Red!”
Then one day in February, their teacher announced that the class would be making paper cards for Valentine’s Day. “Don’t forget to make one for everyone,” said Miss Bloom.
At home that evening, Natalie slammed her backpack on the floor. Why did she have to make a valentine for icky Alex? She decided to fold a rabbit with two really big front teeth.
On Valentine’s Day, Alex handed her a valentine that said, “Really Red, you’re really sweet.” How could she give him the rabbit now? She hurried back to her desk, but he followed. “You didn’t give me a valentine.”
Alex began to whistle. “It’s ok.”
Natalie got an idea. She began to fold a piece of paper.
“It’s a little birdie,” said Alex, smiling.
“Whistling,” said Natalie, “just like you.”
“Thanks, Really Red! Hey, do you think you could teach me how to fold like that?”
“Sure, but only if you promise to call me Natalie.”
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