This is my quirky submission for Susanna Leonard Hill’s annual Valentiny Writing Contest. For the competition, entries must be 214 words or less (for Valentine’s Day 2/14) and include at least one character who is confused.
You can submit your own entries via Susanna’s website. I look forward to reading the other stories!
A Dark Valentine’s Day
The circuit breakers were busy preparing for Valentine’s Day, when suddenly …
“What was that?” asked the Red circuit breaker.
“I think the power went out,” said the Blue circuit breaker, as she grabbed her flashlight.
“Help, Help!” cried the Yellow circuit breaker.
Blue shined her light in Yellow’s direction, “Oh, no! You’ve gone bottoms up!”
“Please help me! I don’t know what happened,” said Yellow.
Blue shined her light over a sea of motionless electronics. “We must have been using too much electricity. I think you tripped your circuit.”
“Can you wiggle yourself down?” suggested Red.
Yellow wiggled and jiggled, but nothing happened.
“Try jumping,” encouraged Blue.
Yellow jumped and bumped, but nothing happened.
A tear dripped from Yellow’s eye, “Will I be stuck forever?”
“I know!” sparked Yellow. “You can pull me down!”
“But how?” questioned Red.
“Make a lasso with your string of heart lights! It’s the only option.”
Red grabbed the lights and whipped the cord in the air, “Yeehaw!”
The cord tightened around Yellow and the circuits pulled with all their strength. When suddenly…
Yellow snapped into place and the electricity surged back on.
“We did it!” cheered the circuits.
Yellow smoothed his hair and turned toward his friends, “Thanks for brightening my Valentine’s Day!”
Word count: 214 (exactly!)