A One-of-a-Kind, Just-in-Case, Not-at-All-Pink Valentine’s Day

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A One-of-a-Kind, Just-in-Case, Not-at-All-Pink Valentine’s Day

By Amy Leskowski

214 words


“Pink?” asked Mr. Hue. “Pink? Wow. Absent on Valentine’s Day.”

No! Yellow trembled. She’d counted on Pink’s perfect attendance.

“Relax,” said Blue. “Be proud! Free! Brave!” Easy for Blue to say. She’d earned her stripes on Independence Day.

“If Yellow chickens out, I’ll find a fill-in.” Purple’s egg-cellent planning made Easter celebrations rise above all others.

“Yule probably want me to do it.” Red’s right. If it weren’t for Green’s luck nabbing St. Patrick’s Day, Red would’ve said “Be Mine” to Valentine’s Day instead of being boxed into Christmas.

Orange treated himself to Halloween, Brown prepared Thanksgiving, and Yellow delighted in being the never-needed, just-in-case color.

“It’s Yellow’s turn to shine,” said Mr. Hue.

Yellow paced. Wondered. Maybe?

Yellow brainstormed. Drafted. Dull.

Yellow erased. Retried. Better.

Yellow polished. Practiced. Beamed. Brilliant!

But at 2:14 p.m., Yellow panicked and hid.

She braved a peek.

Red’s cheer had disappeared. Orange seemed scared. Green pinched herself. Blue burst into tears. Purple hunted for Yellow. Brown looked thankful to not be involved. Mr. Hue’s face lost color.

Wow! Valentine’s Day needs me. Yellow brightened.

She teetered to the stage, toting her not-at-all-pink, not-at-all-heart-shaped decorations—and sparked a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day celebration:

“P-pink’s nose is red.

He’s s-sick with the flu.

For once, my s-stars

can be V-v-v-valentines too!”

10 thoughts on “A One-of-a-Kind, Just-in-Case, Not-at-All-Pink Valentine’s Day

  1. A charming Valentine’s story with clever and authentic details. You evoke the classroom and school performances so well. I love how you paint the hues with such vibrant and different personalties, your colorful wordplay (e.g., treated/Halloween and prepared/Thanksgiving), and the stellar twist ending.

    1. Anne,
      Thank you for stopping by and reading my story! I love that you connected with it. Thank you for your encouraging words! I’m glad you enjoyed the wordplay. Without illustrations, I’m left to hope it was clear enough 🙂 Thank you!!

  2. Beautifully written, Amy! I love the wordplay — such a creative take on a Brave Valentine’s Day Story. I really enjoyed it.

  3. wonderful Amy!

  4. Awesome writing and use of colors to depict and reflect thoughts that apply so well in today’s world!

  5. I LOVE THIS! You are an incredible writer, my friend, and children’s stories flow from you like sweet water in a dry desert. Beautifully written

    1. Awww, thank you, sweet Dayle!!! Is it appropriate to retort with a “takes one to know one”? 🙂

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