Valentine’s Writing Competition: A Martian Valentine

Here’s my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s annual Valentine writing competition.

A Martian Valentine

“Della! Quick!” yelled Bot.
“What’s going on? I’m recharging!”
“Come see this,” Bot said, dragging Della out of their base’s hatch.

“Huh!” Della scratched her aluminum head. “What on Mars is it?”
“I don’t know.”
“Let’s analyze it in the lab.”

First, they put it under the microscope.
They looked at each other.
“It’s not plantlife.”

Next, they x-rayed it.
“No bones.”

“Is it food?” Bot wondered.
“My sensors do not indicate it is edible,” replied Della.

“This does not compute.”

They took a photo of the object and ran it through their database.



The two robots looked at each other.
“What the Pluto is a greeting card?”
Before Bot could answer, they heard a loud bang, and a voice called…


“Della! Turn on your translator!”

“HELLO! ANYONE HOME?” the voice said.
“Who’s there?” Bot called back.
“Kirk, your neighbor! Did you get my card?”

The two robots opened the hatch, just a crack, and saw…

A grinning alien holding chocolates and a gigantic bouquet.

“Will you be my valentines, neighbors?”

Kirk, Della, and Bot ate the chocolates (and the flowers). And Della declared a toast as they clinked their glasses of fizzy oil: “To new friends! Happy Valentine’s Day!”

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