This is my short story entry into Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentiny contest. Enjoy reading the other entries on her website.
Daisy’s heart thudded as she saw all the hearts hanging from streamers in the classroom.
“This week we are celebrating Valentine’s Day,” said Miss Lovely. “Tell me what you know.”
Valerie raised her hand. “You give a card to your best friend.”
“And, it’s a secret,” added Clementine.
Miss Lovely clapped. “That’s right. Everyone will make a card for a friend.”
After recess, Miss Lovely took the class to the library.
Valerie handed Daisy a book. “You’ll love this one.”
“Thanks,” said Daisy. She liked horse books too.
Valerie whispered, “I can’t wait to make your Valentine’s card.”
The librarian shushed them before Daisy could reply.
On the bus, Clementine saved a seat for her. “What are you going to decorate your Valentine’s card with?”
Daisy held her library book. “I like lace. And you?”
“I’m going to use your favorite – glitter,” said Clementine.
“Great,” said Daisy. “I thought it’s meant to be secret.”
Clementine smiled. “I had to tell you.”
At home, Daisy pulled out her craft kit. Who would she give her Valentine to? Valerie and Clementine were both her friends.
Instead, Daisy made two cards.
On Valentine’s Day, Daisy handed Valerie and Clementine their cards.
Valerie + Clementine + Daisy = Valentine’s Dai – a chain of friends.