The following is my entry in Susanna Hill’s Valentiny Writing Contest. The requirements: it must include someone hopeful (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day). I hope you enjoy!

Something Amazing

Just before the bell rang, my friend Timmy told me Emma G put something amazing in my Valentine’s box. I hope he’s right!
I shove my hand into the slot and pull out the first card. “Yoda Best” with a glow stick sticking through it. Cool, but not amazing.
I dig again and pull out something sticky: an unwrapped lollipop. My mom makes me throw it away. I sneak a lick before dropping it in the trash can. Cherry.
A crayon heart, an “Awesomesauce” pouch that’s really just applesauce, a Pokémon card—none of these seem amazing. I fish around for more. What could Emma G’s amazing thing be?
I dig out a tiny bag of those candy hearts with little sayings, a squishy gummy heart candy, then another lollipop still wrapped. None of these seem amazing either. My mom says to stop biting my lip. I eat the gummy heart instead.
I rip the box a little and pull out a handful of cards. Superman, Spongebob, and then I’ve found it!
“RATTLESNAKE EGGS: OPEN WITH CAUTION.” I look around to make sure no one is looking and I take a tiny peek into the envelope. Aaah! My mom’s going to kill me when she finds out one of the eggs already hatched!

{word count not including title: 213}

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