I remember the good old days of elementary school, when the world was a much simpler place. Back then, Valentine’s Day meant nothing more than an exchange of cards and candy between classmates — no love, no commitment, no strings attached. Just the pure joy of opening a card to find Batman, fists cocked and cape fluttering, flying through the air to hand deliver a Tootsie Roll to me. Even better, I had a shoebox full of a whole class’s worth of cards just like that one to look forward to.
The exchange of valentines and sweets is an age-old elementary school tradition. I always found this tradition very gratifying: It was nice to see a whole pile of cards just for me, especially those that were homemade or handwritten. Unfortunately, since leaving elementary school, my yearly intake of Valentine’s Day cards has dropped sharply to say the least. This prompt is a way to recreate that long lost exchange, albeit with more meaningful sentiments.
Imagine that you or your character has a shoebox full of cards. Who have their valentines been this year? Who has admired or loved you or your character? What does their figurative valentine card to or from you or your character look like and say? Write the scene.