I’m very excited to participate in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Writing Contest! Entries must be 214 words or less (for Valentine’s Day 2/14) and include at least one character who is confused.
Thanks for reading my work – and please consider entering your own submission. Read more about the contest on Susanna’s website. The prizes are amazing!
Life in the jewelry shop was happy for the friendship necklace.
“I’m so thankful for you,” Best said to Friend, as they snuggled together.
Then on Valentine’s Day, another set of friends entered the shop.
“That one right there,” pointed the first girl.
“The clay necklace,” added the second girl.
“What’s happening?” questioned Friend, as the girls separated the necklace. Best could not answer, she had already vanished.
That evening, Best and Friend saw each other on the bench at swim practice.
“Hurry, meet me in that puddle,” urged Best.
“Why?” questioned Friend, but she understood when she felt the water soften her clay. “We can squish ourselves together!”
Suddenly, the whistle blew. “See you next week,” the teacher called, as the girls retrieved their necklaces.
The next day, Best and Friend were reunited on the bleachers at soccer practice.
“Meet me in that sunny spot,” urged Best.
“Why?” questioned Friend, but she understood when she felt the hot sun warm her clay. “We can melt ourselves together!”
The girls stared in shock when they returned for their necklaces.
“It’s ruined,” cried the first girl.
“It’s perfect,” said the other girl. “Now it’s inseparable, like us!”
From then on, the girls took turns wearing the necklace, and Best and Friend stayed closer than ever.
(Word count = 214)