- A character must be hopeful
- 214 words max, title not included
- Appropriate for ages 12 and under
- No illustration notes
See other stories at Susanna Hill’s Valentiny post.
Now, for my story in exactly 213 words.
The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever
by Jilanne Hoffmann
Sal’s a maker. Cal’s a baker. Val’s an advisor. Corndog’s—a dog. Together, they hope to host the best Valentine’s Day party ever!
But how to get party supplies into their treehouse?
Val advises climbing, one hand for the ladder, one for treats.
Cal goes first, carrying cupcakes.
“I’m slipping!” cries Cal.
“Ewwww!” says Sal. “We’re covered in—mmmm, yum!”
Corndog licks them up one side and down the other.
Next, Val advises tossing up the bag of candy hearts.
Cal throws, then cries “Too low!” as it bursts against the tree.
Corndog snarfles up hearts.
Val advises throwing higher.
“I’ll build a catapult!” says Sal.
While Sal builds, Cal bakes more cupcakes. Val advises they work faster. Corndog scratches.
Quickly, they bundle treats and decorations into the catapult’s scoop.
“You NOT to pull it back that far.”
The bundle flies up—
And over the fence. The neighbor’s dog, Crunch, gobbles their cupcakes and shreds their decorations.
The trio watch through the fence in silence. Corndog whines.
“We’re here!” call their friends.
“Into the treehouse, everyone,” advises Val. “Cal, get more cupcakes. Sal, launch them at us. We’ll catch them!”
When the fog of frosting clears, no one wants to leave. Like all of the best parties.