The lovely and talented Susanna Leonard Hill is having another blog contest! I like to enter those. So I did.
The rules are simple: In 214 words or fewer, entrants must write a Valentine’s Day story where one of the characters is grumpy.
Corky smiled down on his loyal platoon. “Today’s the day! Today we launch our arrows in a war against loneliness!”
The cupids cheered. Well, most of them:
Corky ignored this. “Today we make the world a happier place!”
“Harrumph!” the heckler repeated. He followed it up with worst swear word he could think of:
“Gerald!” Corky barked. “Watch your language!”
“Why do we have to wear this?” Gerald grouched.
“You’re not wearing anything.”
“I know! Why do cupids need to be naked? Why must we show the world our creased caboodles? Why do we let everyone peep at our dingle wingle do-dahs?”
“Because it’s the rule,” Corky stammered.
“Why can’t we wear suits?”
“Because we can’t!”
The other cupids peered down at their own naked pudginess.
“Why can’t we?” one asked.
“A suit would be flattering!”
“No!” Corky boomed. “The rule is…”
He trailed off, for Corky’s mind flashed to an almost forgotten time many years ago…
“The rule is…” he tried again.
…when a pair of young lovers giggled at his blorpy bottom.
“The rule is…”
The memory turned him red all over.
“The rule is…” Corky announced, “STUPID!”
The cupids cheered.
That year The Suited Cupids spread the love and took the fashion world by storm.