I’m participating in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny contest. Entries must be related to Valentine’s Day, include a character who is hopeful, and be 214 words or less. Here’s my entry:
Sela and Cecil (214 words)
by Rose Cappelli
Sela lived with an ordinary family in an ordinary house in an ordinary town. But Sela was far from ordinary. She dressed in superhero outfits, ate avocado and cream cheese sandwiches, and collected cardboard cutouts of cats. But despite being a bit quirky, Sela had a heart full of love that she hoped to share with a special friend, especially since it was almost Valentine’s Day. Perhaps a pet, her parents suggested.
At the pet store, Sela had high hopes for the hedgehog, but he was too hard to hold. The capybara looked promising, but she wanted to bring her whole clan. The tarantula was tempting, but a bit too terrifying, even for Sela.
Sela was about to give up hope when she spotted a sign in the shop window across the street:
Valentine’s Day Special
Magically Magical Cecil
Needs Lots of Love
Sela raced over. She could hardly believe her eyes. There sat a sea serpent lawn decoration with an enormous head, eight arms for hugging, and an adventurous grin. He might be made of metal, but to Sela he was perfect, and hopefully magical. Sela wrapped her pink and red scarf around his neck and whispered, “I love you!” And with that, Sela and Cecil flew off to find extraordinary adventures together.