Friday, February 12, 2016

The Three Billy Goats Valentine's Gamble

Sweet Susanna Hill has a new contest for us! 
The Contest:  Write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is grumpy!  Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone grumpy (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words max (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day) You can go under the word count but not over! Title is not included in the word count.  No illustration notes please!

Here's my entry coming in at exactly 214 words. Happy Valentine's Day! 

The Three Billy Goats Valentine's Gamble
By Lauri C. Meyers
Billy Goat, Baby Goat, and Mama Goat have valentines to deliver in the sweet green valley, but a hungry troll guards the bridge.
“I have an idea,” Baby Goat says. The goats huddle to hear the plan.  
Baby Goat & Billy Goat
(img; Loretta Humble, freeimages)
Baby Goat scrambles up the bridge.
“Who’s trip-trapping over my bridge?” Grumpy Troll growls. “I’ll eat you right up!”


“Don’t eat me! My meatier brother is coming soon.” Baby Goat skips to the valley.

Billy Goat hoofs up the bridge.
“Who’s trip-trapping over my bridge?” Grumpy Troll roars. “I’ll eat you right up!”
“Don’t eat me! My sweet mama is coming soon.” Billy Goat gallops over the bridge.

Mama Goat climbs the bridge.  
“Who’s click-clacking over my bridge?” Grumpy Troll asks. “I’ll eat you right up!”
“Hi, I have a valentine for you,” Mama Goat says with a wink.
“What a glittery heart,” Grumpy Troll says. “It sparkles like your pretty shoes.”
“Would you like to deliver valentines with me, Mr. Troll?” Mama Goat asks.
“I’m busy guarding this bridge,” Grumpy Troll says. “Would you join me for a snack on your way back?”
“Of course!” Mama squeals. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” She click-clacks down the bridge. 

Grumpy Troll jumps under the bridge and starts cutting hearts for a valentine and whispers, “I could eat her right up.”
She is a beauty!

(img; Colin Bamford, freeimages)

25 comments:

  1. So adorable, love it! Good luck in the contest! :)

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    1. Thanks other Lauri - and so excited about your book launch!

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  2. Kudos to Mama goat for knowing the value of a sparkly pair of shoes!!

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    1. Hi Tracy my long lost writing buddy! Kisses!

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  3. Nice Valentine twist on the # Billy Goats Gruff. Good Luck, Lauri.

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  4. Those are some smart goats. Nice story. =)

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    1. All goats kind of seem like smart asses:)

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    1. Yes, I thought of you as I did goat research:)

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  6. Fun story, Lauri, and I love the ending!

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    1. Thanks Gabi - tried to leave it a little open -ended (He could still eat her!)

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  7. I've missed your stories/blog! Great last line, "I could eat her right up!" Brought a smile to my face.

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    1. Well, I've been doing a lot of crafting and gardening and building which has kept my creativity up...even if it's not always writing:)

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  8. Always love the humor in your stories, Lauri! Good luck. :)

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  9. I love the humorous twist at the end. Fun!

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  10. Why do I have the feeling that Mama goat better watch it on the way back?! :) Love your Valentiny twist on the 3 Billy Goats, Lauri! Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

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    1. Thanks Susanna! If it weren't for your last 3 writing contests, I might still be in a writer's funk. :)

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  11. Great minds think alike! Mine's a twist on the old Billy Goats, too. :)

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