“It’s February 14th Trawler!”
Lucy planted a sticky, lip-balmy kiss on the outside of his bowl.
Ugh! Would he have a blurry view all day?
“Let’s give this a polish.”
Once his bowl sparkled, Trawler flicked his thanks in a quick, slick circle.
“I’ve got a special breakfast for you!” Lucy chirped.
What? Not his favorite ocean flakes? Ugh!
She sprinkled tiny red hearts on the water. Trawler sulked, but he hadn’t eaten since yesterday. He nibbled. Yum! Swooping in happy loops, he gobbled heart after heart.
“Yay! You like them!” Lucy smiled. Suddenly she plunged her soft pink hand into the bowl.
Ack! What was going on? Was he going to the vet again? Was it fin rot? Scale scum?
“It’s a new Java Fern! Isn’t it nice?”
Trawler fluttered his fin against the delicate greenery. What was going on? Why the extra attention?
“One last surprise for my special guy,” said Lucy.
A last surprise? Uh oh, thought Trawler. Maybe he had fin rot, scale scum AND gummy gills. But he didn’t feel sick.
PLOP! SPLASH! SWISH!
“Meet Goldie! She’s your new bowl mate!”
Trawler’s eyes popped and his jaw dropped. Bloop! A bubble escaped his gaping mouth.
Goldie blinked. Bloop!
“Have a Fintastic Valentine’s Day!” said Lucy.
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Yes, dear Readers, it’s time once again for Susanna Hill’s super sweet Valentiny Story Contest! Valen-tiny because the stories are not very long and are written for little people. You can savor these treats long after all the bon-bons have been consumed and the flowers have faded, because love has no season! Shovelling snow, however, does have a season – winter. And since we have had lots of snow and lots of shoveling, I was gifted with extra time to dream up a funny, finny tale for this year’s celebration!
If you haven’t written your entry yet, here are THE RULES: Write a Valentine story appropriate for children ages 12 and under with a maximum of 214 words in which someone is confused! Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone confused. (It can be the main character but doesn’t have to be.) You can go under the word count but not over! (Title is not included in the word count.) Something’s Fishy scoots under the wire at 210 words. Happy Valentine’s Day!