We've had their first Halloween, their first Christmas and their first New Year' it's time for Milo and Melissa's first Valentine's Day as best friends! We roll...NOW!

February 12th is the day, it's a Friday...and it's 2 days before Valentine's Day, which is apparently a big deal around John Trystate Elementary. The entire school is decked out in pink and red with hearts as far as the eye can see. Everyone is in the spirit of love...except for Milo and Melissa.

"Another Valentine's Day..." Melissa snarked. "Such a dumb holiday," the ginger sarcastically remarked.

"Agreed. I don't get Valentine's Day. It's just another excuse for the corrupt corporate syndicate to make money off of the populace," Milo retorted.

"It's also another excuse for girls to solicit gifts from guys," Melissa fired back.

"Kinda insulting your own gender there, 'Liss."

"I mean what I say, Milo Murphy. I calls 'em as I sees 'em."

Milo giggled as he took Melissa by they hand and they walked to class.

As the day progressed, Milo was completely unaware of the fact that Melissa had gotten her hair straightened and had let it out to its natural length. She was also shooting some flirty looks at the jinx.

"What are you doing, 'Liss?" Milo questioned, outing his best friend.

"Uh...nothing! Nothing at all!" Melissa answered, denying any flirtatious gestures she may have made towards Milo. However, all throughout the day, Melissa continued being flirty towards her friend!

From finger-walking up his arm, to blowing him kisses and even tickling him during lunch period...Melissa just couldn't help but flirt with Milo!

"Are you feeling alright, 'Liss?" Milo questioned his friend. "You've been acting weird all day."

"Me? Weird?" Melissa asked. "Whatever gave you that idea?"

Milo reached into his backpack and pulled out a notepad.

"Let's see...during our reading class, you were playing with my hair; in math class, you were finger-walking up my arm; you batted your eyelashes at me when we were watching 'The Magic School Bus' in science class and you were tickling me in lunch. Oh, need I mention you blowing kisses at me in history?"

"Oh, was nothing, Milo!" Melissa told the jinx, once again denying all those flirty interactions.

"Whatever, Melissa," Milo said. "By the way...I got something for you."

Milo reached into his backpack and produced a small, heart-shaped card, quickly giving it to Melissa.

"For me, Milo?"

Milo nodded as Melissa opened the card. It read:

To my amazing best friend Melissa...

Never in a million years did I think I would've met someone as courageous, as sweet and as amazing as you. Here's to many more adventures and many more Valentine's Days together.

Best Friends Forever,


"'s BADICAL!" Melissa remarked, smiling and hugging Milo as she gave him her card. "Now open mine! You're gonna love what I put in it!"

Milo smiled back at Melissa and opened the card she gave him. It read:

To my good luck charm Milo,

You are the sweetest, cutest, most cheerful guy I've ever met. The way you handle chaos is incredible and I'm proud to call you my best friend. Here's to a life-long friendship and many more Valentine's Days with you.

Your sweet, snarky redhead best friend,


"Aw! Melissa!" Milo gushed. "Come here!" he said, pulling Melissa into his arms and hugging her.

"Happy Valentine's Day, Milo..." Melissa whispered softly in Milo's ear.

"Happy Valentine's Day to you too, 'Liss..." Milo answered back. "Maybe it's not such a dumb holiday after all. Perhaps it's just a way of showing a special someone you care. And're worth it."

Aw! Little Milo and Melissa are so cute! I just love writing for them! Next - the Challenge arc continues with Milo and Melissa's last day of 1st grade and their first report cards! SEE YA THEN! Remember...


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