Once Upon A Valentine’s Day

The first ever Valentiny Contest is here from Susanna Leonard Hill’s! The contest: write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is grumpy!

Please enjoy my entry – (for kids 10-12) – Once Upon a Valentine’s Day (214 words) by Savannah Hendricks

Once upon a time in the deep woods of the pink forest, in the pink house lived the grumpiest person on Valentine’s Day, Valentine Holly Heart. Everyone knew that Valentine’s Day at Valentine’s house meant temper tantrums and extreme eye rolling. How could someone that lives in the pink forest, with the name Valentine be grumpy on the day of love?

“Valentine’s Day is about giving heart cards to boys. I don’t like boys,” she explained.

The day before Valentine’s Day, when tantrums were already starting, a gift appeared on her door. With caution, she opened it.

“Yum,” Valentine said, holding three candy bars.

A card was attached:

For someone I like

“Crazy boys, you’re gross.”

She could not waste chocolate, so she savored it, and then went back to being grumpy.

Tomorrow arrived, Valentine’s Day, and another gift, a vase of pink and white daisies, and a card.

“I hate Valentine’s day!”

She opened the card:

For someone I like

“Hello?” she called, looking around the forest.

A shadow moved.

“Come out, I see you!”

With hands shoved in pockets, the secret admirer stepped forward.

“Lily? Were the candy and flowers from…you?”

Lily smiled. Valentine felt warmth in her heart for the first Valentine’s Day ever.

“Thank you,” Valentine said, taking Lily’s hand.


  1. Such a sweet story, Savannah! I love that Lily turned out to be Valentine’s valentine and not some crazy gross boy! 🙂 Favorite line: “She could not waste chocolate, so she savored it, and then went back to being grumpy.” – so true! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun!

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