Monday, February 13, 2012

Story Contest: A star-crossed starter and dessert

Here's my entry into Susanna Leonard Hill's children's Valentine's story contest: 

A star-crossed starter and dessert 
Classmates Belgian and Dijon
“Make a Valentine,” Belgian and Dijon groaned.

Mrs. Chef insisted her students get on board. “Write anything,” she said. “Just try.”

So, Belgian grabbed a bright, yellow paper and wrote to Dijon: 
Be mine in a brine!

“Here’s one,” Dijon said scrawling on a green heart:
You make my cake!

Belgian scribbled on a white heart:
You always have to be first,
When others are full of thirst.

Dijon’s face turned red, “Here!” she said throwing a pink heart at Belgian:
You always go last,
Which helped me in my cast.

Belgian’s face turned red now. Dijon tried to be nice.  So, he wrote on a red heart:
Oh you are smelly
You hurt my belly
You are so spicy

“I’m not spicy,” Dijon shouted. Determined to end this. On a brown heart with red glitter, she wrote:
Oh you are smelly
You hurt my belly
You are so sweet

“What does that mean?” Belgian asked.

“It means you’ve got to say you’ll be my Valentine or we won't get to play,” Dijon said.

“Okay,” Belgian said. “Race you outside.”

“You can’t win,” Dijon said. “I’m always first.”

The End


What Belgian really wanted to write!
What Dijon really wanted to write!
If you've made it this far, you might be wondering about me or this story. The rules require writing a children's story — poetry or prose — maximum of 200 words "about unlikely Valentines." Stories began posting to this link on Feb. 11. There's still time to enter — if you post by today (Feb. 13) at 5 p.m. EST.

The inspiration. Bonus, Hubby let me keep the candy bar. Sweet.
I love both chocolate and mustard (you can read about it in my About Me page) and decided they should love one another in his and her own way. 

I'll be back for a little bit of Romance on Tuesday. I'm not sure I can top combining chocolate and mustard, but I'll have some help from a special doctor's lady. 


56 comments:

  1. I do like this entry for the Valentines story contest. It gave me a smile.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. It made Hubby's eyes roll, especially during the photo session. :)

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  2. This is so unique and creative, Stacey. Superb entry!

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  3. Wow, Stacy! This is VERY creative! I love their personalities, and their behavior is very childlike! I am going to have my work cut out for me choosing finalists!

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    1. Thanks for hosting the contest Susanna. The "unlikely" part was very challenging.

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  4. That is so cute and original Stacy. I love it! Fabulous props to work with and you must surely have the most unusual valentine couple lol. Nice one!

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    1. Catherine I think your couples were very unique.

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  5. You are not fooling me - I know your affinity for mustard, and I'm betting you kept the mustard, too. Wonderful story! You can't get much more unlikely that chocolate and mustard! Very fun!

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    1. Karen, You know me well! Very true. I kept them both, but will eat them separately.

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  6. You definitely hit on an unlikely pair! A very sweet story, thanks for sharing.

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  7. What an original story, you sweet and spicy girl you (and with two of my favorite things, too)! I loved your "actors" and their secret messages. Very clever, indeed. :)

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    1. Renee, A goal this year is to always have a photo. I improvised with this entry. :)

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  8. I love it right down to their distinctive handwriting on each love note! Great detail!

    Will be back on Tuesday for the mysterious next romance installment...

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    1. Cathy, Nice to know my "attempt" at different handwriting was noticed. :)

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  9. I love what you've done here! What a great imagination! Prose, poetry, pictures, and chocolate. You can't beat that!

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  10. Wonderful entry? Major creativity. Your sticky note Valentines made me laugh out loud!

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  11. I love the pictures!
    Have you ever had mustard chocolate? I don't know if it's too big of a stretch... I've had bacon chocolate and mustard ice cream. You never know, maybe you've hit on the next big food craze!

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    1. Laura, NO! I've never had that combination. Hubby once bought bacon chocolate and I thought that was a great way to ruin chocolate.

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  12. I too love the stickies. But mustard and chocolate? When after thinking much about it, I believe I know a few couples that could use that as a metaphor for their marriages. Very fun to contemplate!

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    1. Oh Linda that's funny "as a metaphor for their marriages!" Now, I'm having fun contemplating this.

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  13. Hi, Stacy. I've nominated you for an award. You can stop by my blog to pick it up.

    Susanne Drazic
    http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com

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  14. LOL about chocolate and mustard. I like them both too, but I still can't see them together. ;) Great story. :)

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    1. Moonduster, They don't really mix, but I think they play well together. :)

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  15. So creative Stacy! You've got me thinking of the old Reese's pb commercials--"you got your chocolate in my peanut butter." Only now I'm saying you got your chocolate in my mustard! :)

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  16. I got the spicy Dijon mustard right away! This is a very creatve and fun entry Stacy!

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  17. What a fun story idea! Loved the photos you included to illustrate it. You must be a PB writer at heart!

    ~Debbie

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    1. I can't draw, so I had to come up with some way to "illustrate."

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  18. Cute story but mustard and chocolate? ick! ha ha - love the entry.

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  19. Haha, that was cute Stacy and very creative

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  20. Thanks Jennifer! It's naptime and I'm reading all the other entries. :)

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  21. Hee Hee - Chocolate and mustard are an unlikely valentine!! I loved all the pictures!!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Erik. I LOVED your story with its surprise ending. :)

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  22. You scored,too! With it's art and prose, you did a great job. I love it! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  23. Stacey, this is one of the reasons I love reading your blog . . . I just never know what's going to happen next!

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    1. Beth, I hope that's always in a good way! I didn't expect the Belgian and Dijon story, but life happens.

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  24. So creative! I really enjoyed it! So many great entries--I am going through them right now and being blown away! :)

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    1. Yes. Natalie, there were so many fun entries.

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  25. I loved the characters (and the photos!) - Dijon and Belgian! Very creative!

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  26. Stacy,
    Love the pictures/props. :)
    Have NEVER tried chocolate with mustard...although I LOVE chocolate...and LOVE mustard on many things...I guess I will have to try it. :)
    So original...great entry, Stacy!

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    1. Ah, I had to try. I loved all the skunk stories. Very cute entries.

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  28. Very creative. Like the added pictures. Good luck with your entry.

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