I just love Susanna Leonard Hill and her holiday writing contests!
For Valentine’s Day, she’s asked for stories about guilt. And they have to be “tiny” – 214 words or less.
So, here’s my stab at some Valentiny writing (coming in at 202 words):
Jack Frost’s Valentine
“Cards and chocolate, hearts and love. Phooey.” Jack Frost scowled. “This year, we need a Jack Frosty Valentine’s Day!”
Jack blew his frosty breath harder than ever before. A white cloud of frost and cold covered the town.
Children shivered and froze in place. Adults pulled coats tighter, then froze mid-step. Dogs ran toward home, but froze, icicles dripping from their noses.
“Perfect.” Jack sat on his favorite cloud to watch his frozen Valentine’s Day.
“Ha!” Jack shouted. “Every year you exchange cards and candy and hugs. Next year you won’t forget the guy who brings winter!”
Jack watched the town. Even frozen, the children were smiling. The snowballs in their hands were like presents offered to Jack.
Jack squirmed on his cloud. His stomach felt tight. He squeezed his hands together and hung his head. A tear rolled down his cheek.
“I can’t let the kids miss sharing their love with each other,” Jack said. “I have to fix this.”
More tears dripped down his face. Each tear warmed what it touched, thawing the town.
Snowballs flew. Kids finished rolling a giant ball for a snowman.
Jack looked at the smiles on their faces. “Happy Valentine’s Day,” he said.