Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Valentiny Contest

It's time for the 3rd annual Susanna Leonard Hill Valentiny Writing Contest. The rules this time are a story that is 214 words in length in which someone must be hopeful. My entry comes in at exactly 214 words. I'm hopeful that you enjoy it.

A Squirrelly Valentine
(214 words)

“Did you see that?” asked Chipper.

“See what?” responded Twiggy.

“Bobby left his Valentine on the bench. We need to get it to him somehow before he gets to school.”

“How can we do that? We’re just squirrels.”

“If we take the squirrel superhighway, we should beat him to school.”

“Sounds great. Let’s go!”

They grabbed the Valentine, scurried up a tree, and leapt branch to branch high above the ground.

The traffic was bad. But they beat Bobby to the school.

“How do we get it back to him?” asked Twiggy.

“I have an idea,” responded Chipper. “You run in circles around his legs. While he’s stopped, I’ll drop it into his backpack from above.”

“I love running in circles!”

“Great. Let’s hope this works.”

Twiggy circled Bobby. Chipper took aim and dropped the valentine. A gust of wind blew it off course.

Twiggy stopped circling. Chipper joined him on the ground. Puzzled, Bobby continued into the school.

“We tried,” sighed Chipper.

“I hope someone isn’t too disappointed,” said Twiggy.

Chipper looked at the Valentine and exclaimed, “Hey, its’ addressed to us.”

Chipper opened the Valentine and read it, “You guys are nuts. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Bobby.”

“I think I’m going to cry,” sniffled Twiggy.

“I’ll get you a tissue,” replied Chipper.

Check out the other great entries at Susanna's blog: https://susannahill.com/blog/




38 comments:

  1. Great capture of crazy squirrels. Fun story. Good luck!

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  2. Oh my goodness-- "You guys are nuts" had me dare I say...cracking up. Great job with the pacing and voice--really made the squirrely characters come alive!

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  3. Love your character names and their use of the squirrel superhighway. Best wishes!

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  4. Funny story! I wish you well with this entry.

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  5. Loved it, especially the surprise ending. Good luck.

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  6. Haha, did not see that coming! Good luck with the contest. The prizes are pretty amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Tim. The prizes are great. I think they get better with each contest. =)

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  7. Love it! It made me laugh out loud. Great Job.

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    1. Glad it made you laugh out loud. Thank you, M.A.

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  8. Fun, action, and heart. What more could a reader ask for. Nicely done, Greg. Best of luck with the contest.

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  9. Love the squirrel super highway where traffic is bad. Love the squirrel behavior and the boy's comment "You guys are nuts!" Funny and sweet story. Good luck in the contest!

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  10. Love those nutty squirrels! Best of luck.

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  11. Snap, Greg! We both thought of squirrely stories! I love yours and I wish you all the very best in the competition.

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    1. Oh yeah. I didn't even think of that. =) Good luck to you too.

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  12. Very cute, Greg! I love the "squirrel superhighway"! :-) GOOD LUCK!!

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    1. Thanks Becky. That highway runs through our yard. =)

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  13. Hi Greg - love the idea of the squirrels determined to help their human kid ... and then find he was thinking of them .... bet it was full of nuts - lovely story ... congratulations - cheers Hilary

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  14. Hey Greg,

    Great entry. I enjoyed it. Good luck in the contest.

    Ken

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  15. Oh my goodness, this is so adorable and hilarious! I love the surprise ending and how touched the squirrels were that the valentine was for them! Great job Greg!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it Debbie. Thank you!

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  16. Cute story, Greg! How like a pair of nutty squirrels to be so focused on what they *think* their mission is that they don't even notice the Valentine is for them! :) Tons of fun :) Thanks so much for joining in on Valentiny!

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    1. Thank you, Susanna. And thanks for another great contest. =)

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