Freddy and Teddy were best friends. They lived on the same street, liked the same candy, and loved the same robots movie. They even went to the same school, and sat behind each other in the same second grade class.
Valentine’s Day was the very next day and both boys were excited.
After school, their moms gave them 32 robot cards. Each spent a while tearing cards apart and writing “Freddy” or “Teddy” too many times.
The next morning, each got ready then walked to school together.
“I hope I didn’t skip anyone,” Freddy joked.
“Me, too,” Teddy laughed.
But later that afternoon, Teddy wasn’t laughing. He had dumped out all his Valentines only to find one missing.
There was no card from Freddy.
Teddy felt bad. “Freddy,” he said, “Why did you forget me?”
“What?” Freddy asked. Turning around, he saw Teddy’s frown. He felt bad. “I’m sorry, Teddy. I didn’t mean to.” Then, his eyes lit up. Freddy turned back to his desk, pulled a red paper from inside, cut carefully, and scribbled quickly.
Facing his best friend, he gave him a giant red heart. It read Best Friends. There was even a picture of a robot.
“Thanks, Freddy,” Teddy said, feeling better.
“You’re welcome,” Freddy said, happy to see Teddy smiling again.
Submitted for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Contest.