STACH Short Story Contest #20: Valentine Special- 199 words, a lovely prize pool, everyone wins!

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Hello Everyone, @ejemai here with the announcement for the STACH Short Story Contest #19.

What is a Short Story.

A short story is a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel. It makes use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote. You can read it in less than 90 seconds.

Contest Rules:

•Write a Short Story based on the topic that will be given every week.
•Write an Original Short Story (Plagiarism will be flagged and reported).
•The Story must contain no more than 199 words.
•One entry per user.
•Story should be pasted in the comment section below, no links.
•Contestants are permitted to post their stories in an article on their blog, so they also get upvotes from the @stach trail.

Winners Selection.
Winners will be selected based on the topic, story plot, number of words and delivery as determined by the selected Judge. One word above 199, disqualifies the entry.

Contest Topic.

Write a 199 words story about MY VERY FIRST VALENTINE!
Share the experiences, good, bad or ugly.


For this special edition, I am putting aside a very juicy SBD loved-up prize pool. The story with the most interaction gets a 1SBD prize from @ejemai.

Everyone Wins.

Good luck guys!

Sharpen your writing skills and throw in some inspiring short stories.

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I became first aware of Valentine's day and its meaning in my first year in junior secondary school.
It was that same year my mother heard me talking about it and slapped me for gradually becoming a spoilt child.
My whole existence was riddled with confusion that day.
Every other valentine's day after that just passed promptly without my notice.

Seven years later in my first year in the University I had my first real Valentine experience.
The day was going to pass like the ones that had gone before because I had given it no thought not to talk about making plans.
I got hungry and decided to go buy noodles downstairs.
When I got to the gate of the lodge, my year 1 crush was coming in to see his friend.
As usual I blushed and nearly fell flat on my face but I regained my composure miraculously and continued on my way.

He was in his final year. I guess he knew I was crushing on him. And I felt I didnt stand a chance. He was just too fine and I couldn't keep up with Awka girls.
That same day, his very first words to me were
"Happy Valentine's day fine girl".
I still dont know if I replied because everything that followed after that passed in a love struck haze.
We went out to a pizza joint in his car.
Men and brethren the relationship that kicked off on valentine's day lasted 4months.
I was naive and he was an asshole.

Ehyaaa.. Nice story

Awwnn nice story but 4months I think u both could have done better

Ikr... We could have but i felt i was taken advantage of. Had to shift.

my first entry!
Andrew and I met in drama valley. The underlying gathering was entirely relaxed as a shared companion presented us. I was genial, yet no ringers went off in my mind. I helped myself to remember my new love delineate chose a hand to hand fighting dojo was an all the more encouraging gathering spot to become more acquainted with a man than the pools of hot springs. Carlin and I reconnected seven days after the fact in San Diego at a meeting put on by the Psychologist Jack Gibb to investigate his thoughts regarding the wellbeing and prosperity of gatherings and the general population in them.
True love never dies. He is my friend and also my closet member of my life. we went to hilly area to enjoy life. he is so simple the honest man in my life! I am so sad he was died last month through heart attack. Which is wrost time for me I can express it in my word! Love you Andrew !

Nice piece

Here is my entry:

It was in February and it was my first, my first girlfriend and my first valentine. I didn't know what to get her so i went with different random gifts. Bought her perfume, credit card Lolz, underwear (although my sister assisted with this, could have never done it on my own. Too shy to visit a ladies store), a big white teddy bear, flowers, hand bag... all sorts. When she saw everything she smiled and whispered to my ear (babe you didn't have to, all I want is for you to love and cherish me everyday till...) it got me thinking, the best gift on Val is to remain loyal and loving to your partner not in the gifts you want to buy.

Lolz it's something that happened to me so I don't see why it should be difficult to narrate my ordeal... Thanks for reading

Here's my entry.

It was all like a joke, I mean my first valentine experience. I was very young and I didn't know what it meant to celebrate valentine. I only noticed people putting on a touch of red in their attire lol. I had a female best friend in secondary school and decided to show this said love to her by getting her something (I had no idea what I was supposed to get for her). I had to consult a friend and he was like "get her a perfume". I thought about it and read a whole different meaning to it, "does it mean she has body odour"? Well, I was just a casual friend to her and since it was my first time to indulge in something like that, I bought the perfume and a roll-on for her. I gave it to her after school and she was really excited and overwhelmed simply because she's never received a valentine gift before. I noticed our friendship elevated immediately after the gesture I showed her.

Perfume - ok, but roll-on deodorant?! Hilarious! You get an upvote from me for that!!

Lol, much thanks

Hello everyone, it's Kay on the Keys.
Here is my entry.

So on Valentine's day of 2015 I wanted to surprise my girlfriend, I planned to take her for a picnic, I packed for the picnic into the car, I called her later that evening, if she would love to step out possibly let's go somewhere out of the area, she said yes.
So I went over and picked her up, I had bought two same t-shirts one of each of us, which I have her one, she wore it because I was wearing mine, well I took her to a playground in Uyo popularly known as love Garden.
At the venue we found a space, thus we set it up well I brought out the drinks and the meats I roasted.
She asked me if she could choose a random couple at the playground to come join us to play games and the rest, I was happy to hear the gesture thus I supported the idea we found a couple possibly in their 22s and politely asked them to come join us, which they did happily, we had lots of fun, got to know more about each other.

I could remember vividly how it happened,it was the first day of January that year,i'd called to wish her happy new year,and the talk had gone haywire,"would you be my girlfriend"?,I had asked her out.
She was my crush and everything, and I'd always had a certain feeling around her, my friends would say, she did 'juju' for me,for I could talk about her nonstop,buy her gift and do her assignments,but I wouldn't express my feelings, perhaps she knew, for I was super duper caring and loving, any dumb ass should get the signal, but as smart as Vera was, she wasn't even paying attention,she wouldn't even notice, I was just her friends, like every other.
Vera hung up after my question and we stopped talking,she wouldn't even as much as borrow a pen from me,I became withdrawn, talking only when talked to.
She replied me on Valentine's Day, she sent a text as early as 2am in the morning,these were the exact words "maybe I couldn't process it, it's like a dream,the one you adore asking you out,i am sorry,I love you"
That was the beginning of an unending story, I don't think I'll ever forget val's day.

Friends Forever

My first Valentine was when I was 9 years old, we made drawings and hearts at school, to give them to our classmates and friends. The teacher, a loving and kind woman, always taught us that you had to be cordial and kind to everyone.

When we finished our drawings we all began to give them to the people we considered our best friends. I remember that there was a boy who was very strong in the class that was called Paul, he always bothered the girls, mocking them and taking their things away, to see them angry.

Paul was not a bad boy, but at that age I suppose bothering the girls was his way of showing them that he wanted to be his friend. That day I remember that when I finished delivering my drawings to my friends. When I got up from the desk to go to the teacher's desk, when I came back I found a beautiful card from Paul telling me that he wanted to be my friend, and his favorite toy was a cart that he gave me with the card.

It's been more than 20 years and we're still friends.

jjajajaja muyy buen relato, me hicistes reir con Paul! saludos amiga!

Gracias amiga, abrazos. ;)

Que lindo relato amiga!

Gracias amiga, me alegro que te gustara. Saludos ;)


I can still remember vividly the very first Valentine experience of my life, although am not a playboy type of a guy and neither did I have a girlfriend back then but the big boys in school then were my very good friends. Actually me and the big guy's have nothing in common but the single thread that attached me to them was the fact that i am a good player on the pitch of football.

I grew up as a devout Christian and train up by also a devout parents who never takes laziness, reckless act and bad attitude for granted. So having a girlfriend or dating a lady was not in my agenda then.

February 14 of one particular month. Early in the morning, it falls during the school day just like this one. The big guy's which are my friends together with me were holding their presents well wrapped with a lovely red thread and a short note attached to it. Wow, i feel amazed and isolated because know body was expecting gift from me and also i was neither expecting gift from anybody. Students always think Valentine was all about boyfriend and girlfriend stuff attached with the girl giving sex inreturn to show her love.

Not long enough, my friends began to receive gifts of different kinds from their female girlfriends and the guy's also in return exchange their gits with them. It was colour and also a day of love in the air.

My friends felt i was not part of the fun in the evening, because there was a party organized for lovers to celebrate the day. I personally did not attend because i never have a girlfriend. The next day was Friday, my friends came back and discuss how they all enjoyed their Valentine with their various girlfriends after the school hour. They promise to get me one ,so as to make the next Valentine also eventful for me. The rest are story for the gods. That is all about my first Valentine experience.


To be sincere, I never considered VALENTINE to be a very special day. I usually never even notice the day and whenever I am reminded about it, I get somehow furious. I Ask myself, "Why would people just choose a day and call it a day of love?!"

I believe I did all this because I never fell in love.

This year, my friends, is my very first Valentine; this year I acknowledge VALENTINE, this year I call 14th of February (valentines day) , the day of love because this year I fell blatantly in LOVE.

How did this happen?
I really don't know how, because few years ago I never imagined myself feeling so helpless happy in love with anyone.

So, Today i am experiencing my first Valentine. I hope today would be everything I imagined about Valentine's Day.

Wow... I hope you have a beautiful memory of valentine celebration this year.

I hope so too.. Thanks alot

Here is my entry:

I was 20 years old in my sophomore year at the prestigious University of Port Harcourt, this was 2014. It was February 14 and as usual the ruckus about Valentine was high in the air, my lodge neighbors were already scheming how their day would go down. Every man got a Valentine and I was the odd one out.

Hence, my plan for that day was simple, ‘I'll attend lectures that day, return home cook myself a nice meal and watch House of Cards’. At about 4:30 PM, I returned to an almost empty lodge, everyone I know was out.

In no time I made myself a delicious pot of Jollof rice, I turned on my generator and turned on my TV to watch my intriguing ‘House of Cards’.

20 minutes into my movie, I heard a knock on my door, a female voice came through. I went to answer the door, I met a pretty neighbor who apparently didn't go out for Valentine grooves.

‘I want to charge my phone’, she said. ‘Come in’, I urged.

Nature had a funny way of linking me and Vanessa on Valentine’s day. Vanessa was my Valentine and later my girlfriend.


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