To write a children’s Valentines story, in which someone feels curious, using a maximum of 214 words.
My Entry: ‘CUPID CAPER’ (214 words)
“One last time.” The cop rubbed his jowl. “Where were you on the night of February 14th?”
The chubby cherub scratched his bottom. Wing-cuffed, because he was considered a flight-risk, Cupid had been in the windowless room for ten hours.
“I was at home, watching Love Actually.” With his rosy cheeks, bottomless blue eyes, and golden curls, he had the face of a criminal.
“Can anyone verify that?”
“Would you believe me if I said the Easter Bunny?”
The cop slammed his hand on the table. “Tell me how you did it, Mr Cupid!”
“I can’t do that, Chief Inspector.” There was a twinkle in Cupid’s eye, like a villain.
Furiously frazzled and utterly knick-knacked, the cop stormed out.
“Any luck, sir?” the rookie asked.
The cop took out his handkerchief and mopped his brow. “Diddly-squat.”
“But every year, sir, like clockwork: the switchboard gets inundated with calls of people falling in love!”
The cop hurled his handkerchief to the ground. “I know! And the culprit is in that room! What I don’t know is, how he does it.”
“Don’t remember a blasted thing.”
“I’ve got a friend, married 25 years because of him. It’s scandalous!”
The cop chuckled mirthlessly. “Oh, he’s been playing this game a lot longer than that, sunshine.”
Thank you to Susanna Hill for setting up this marvellous contest; to the judges for their time in judging all the amazing entries posted (an unenviable task); and to the prize-givers for putting the icing on the cake.
I am absolutely over-the-moon to have been awarded an HONOURABLE MENTION for humour! Yay me!