Here’s a little story I cooked up for Ms. Susanna Hill’s Valentiny contest (Get it? A tiny Valentine’s story?😁)
Here’s the rules: it needs to be geared to kids 12 and under, be about Valentine’s day, and have someone who feels guilty. Oh yeah! AND it must be 214 words or less😉
This story was inspired by a picture that Facebook recommended I use for a response to a post. This little guy, pictured below, would normally just be a cute penguin, but after participating in Storystorm, I had a whole new perspective, and this story was born.
Without further ado, here’s Morty’s Valentine’s day story in 214 words:
Morty’s Valentine’s Day
Morty’s a penguin with all the moves, and he’s ready to use them this Valentine’s Day.
As Zelda glides by, Morty lifts a kissing plant above his head and winks.
Zelda rolls her eyes and struts away.
Morty straightens his tie and slicks back his feathers as Trisha waddles over.
“Hey, Trisha, wanna dance?”
He takes a step, and…
SLIP—he slides right into her!
They luge down a path—AHH!—straight into the water: SPLASH!
“Nice day for a swim?” Morty ventures.
Trisha shakes her feathers and huffs away.
“I’ll never find ‘The One,'” Morty thinks as he plops down.
He pokes at the snow, slowly making his strokes bigger and bigger until…
“Wow!” Karissa whispers. “Did you do that?”
“Oh, this?” Morty shuffles shyly. “It’s just scribbles…”
“Can you draw me?” Karissa asks.
“Uh…um…erm…you? I don’t know…”
“Oh…I understand.” She turns away.
“Wait? For what? For you to say I’m not pretty?”
“No, not at all. It’s just…you’re—”
“Not good enough to draw?”
“No! You’re the prettiest penguin I’ve ever seen! I could never make anything as beautiful as you.”
“Oh, Morty!” Karissa throws her flippers around him. “That’s the nicest thing anyone has very said to me.”
Best Valentine’s day ever!
Now, as always, we wonder, where’s the math? Everywhere!
The velocity at which the comical luge happened, the likelihood of any of Morty’s ideas working, the number of times poor Morty struck out, and the infinite love he and Karissa now share😊
Happy almost Valentine’s day. I hope you enjoyed!
And as a special treat. Come back to the Mathiseverywhere blog for an interview and book giveaway with debut author Vivian Kirkfield! Just posted yesterday here, so you still have time to enter the giveaway!