Composure best describes him, she thinks as she watches him dice tomatoes for his signature dish featured in tonight’s dinner service. The little bits of tomato are perfect cubes; never a cut finger. Her chef husband.
“Honey,” she smiles, “I have a bun in the oven.”
Chop, chop, chop, “Ouch!”
Cynthia is an award-winning playwright whose short play “Then…” was produced in New York and Russia. Her other plays include, “The Lighthouse,” and “Impromptu.” Her spec script “Brick by Brick” for the HBO series Deadwood placed 2nd at the Austin Film festival. Her monologues appear in several collections. After living in New York City for fifteen years, she has returned to her hometown in Michigan where she writes short stories and is working on a young adult novel titled “Dirt” and the series The Ridgeback Gang.
Sparkly, pretty cards taunting her. Mary read the contents in disgust.
“Love always,” she scoffed.
Why did all Valentine cards have to be so schmaltzy?
She continued looking through the cavity-inducing selection, refusing to give up.
Where were the beautiful, vellum cards that said, “Sorry, I don’t love you anymore”?
Marilyn Braun’s work has appeared in Faces Magazine, the Globe and Mail, 101 Words, Every Writer, Saturday Night Reader and the upcoming Indie Authors Press: St. Valentine’s Day Drabbles 2015 anthology. She is a graduate of the George Brown College Creative Writing Certificate program and blogs at www.marilynsroyalblog.blogspot.com.
She heard the saw cease its whirring.
Her love stomped in, dewdrops of sweat lining his creased forehead, clutching a crude cedar carving of a heart.
He had suffered so much, and still laboured under the weight of the memories, but today, it seemed, his stomps fell a little lighter.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This story is based on a title suggested by @PoshPlatypus.
Rammy won the 2011 Valentine’s Day contest with the following entry:
Of course they look alike; they’re sisters.
Coincidentally, I met them on Valentine’s Day and immediately fell in love, and now they live with me.
It was through a want ad: “New in town. Looking for friends, a litter box, and meow mix.”
I named my kittens Always and Forever.
Rammy Meyerowitz is a Puzzle Person and a Cultural Marginal, as well as a jewish atheist and a secular humanist.
Daniel earned runner up honours in the Valentine’s Day contest with this story:
I am a robot in love with a human.
One day she walked past.
“Level of fine: incalculable.”
She be like, “Oh please, honey, you a robot.”
I said, “Be my Valentine, and I will love you always and forever.”
I pinched her booty and she left me.
Daniel Watson graduated from Florida State University last April with a degree in English creative writing and philosophy. He now lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where he is a project proposal editor for a corporation called Fluor.
Editor’s Note: For the best experience, try reading this story out loud to someone while doing character voices!
Derek’s story earned second runner up in the 50WS Valentine’s Day contest:
“Do you love me?”
They were young, and she laughed. “Zero. Computers can’t love, silly.”
Eons passed. They were alone, together. As entropy drained the last drops of energy in the universe, he strained to ask the question one last time.
“Do you love me?”
“One. Always and forever.”
Derek Mullanari is a teenager who enjoys writing science fiction.
FiftyWordStories.com is holding a Valentine’s Day contest. Here’s the scoop: send in your Valentine’s Day-themed fifty-word story, based on the prompt given below, and you could win a copy of the Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One ebook!
The rules are as follows:
- Your story must be composed of exactly fifty words, not including the title.
- Your story must have a Valentine’s Day theme.
- Your story must include the phrase “always and forever”.
Stories will be judged on their overall quality and creativity, and on how well they use the provided prompts. Make every word count, and think unconventionally: I want to smile, sigh, laugh, or have some other kind of emotional reaction.
The three best stories, as judged by myself, will be posted to the site on February 14, 2011, and the writer of the best story will receive the Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One ebook bundle (containing all three available file formats) via email.
Send your entries to email@example.com, with “Valentine’s Day Contest” in the subject area. Include the story, a title, and a brief biography (one or two sentences) in the body of your email. Limit three entered stories per person. Entries close on February 11, 2011, at 11:59 PM Pacific time.
If you don’t have a lot of spending money lying around, this could be your chance to get your (electronic) hands on over five thousand words of microfiction. So get writing!