Valentine Valley Vintners (Short Fiction)

A very short story inspired by the prompt: Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #345 to use the following words: natural, children, services, rights, brandy, associations, valley, main, flaky, pursue


Valentine Valley Vintners


“Of all the flaky…” Josh threw the morning paper down on the table in disgust.

“What’s wrong, dear?” Lily continued wiping the kitchen counter, mentally ticking off all the things she had to do before the children came home from school today.

“The Valentine Valley vintners’ associations are getting out of hand. It’s just not natural. They’re demanding the rights to add an X.X.X. designation, you know, for marketing purposes. Because it’s Valentine Valley and X’s stand for kisses. I might agree if they just admitted X’s stand for excess.”

“If it were natural, it would be called vinegar, not brandy. And who cares?”

“Well, mainly because the French care. The world will not take our brandy seriously if we try to make it a cheap, gimmicky knock-off of Cognac. I don’t want to live in the laughingstock armpit of the refined world.”

“Why do you care what anyone in France thinks? Or anyone in the Valentine Valley, for that matter? You don’t even drink brandy.”

“It’s the principle of the thing!” thundered Josh, turning red-faced.

Just then, Annie and Joey padded into the kitchen, rubbing sleep-sand from their eyes. “What’s wrong, Daddy? Why do you sound like an angry bear?” asked Joey. Annie wrapped her arms around her mother’s knees and peered shyly at her father, who looked suddenly chastened.

“If you pursue this issue with such passion,” said Lily, calmly, “I expect children’s services will come cart you away to the funny farm.”


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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3 thoughts on “Valentine Valley Vintners (Short Fiction)”

  1. “If you pursue this issue with such passion, I expect children’s services will come cart you away to the funny farm.” This is the best line I’ve ever encountered and read…, from a wife to a husband. It will linger with me (with PASSION) for a while.

    Thanks for sharing this Holly.
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    1. 🙂 Thanks, Ron! I had fun writing that. Come check out the Creative Copy Challenge and give it a go, some time. It’s a good way to get the creative juices flowing, without any particular constraints, like some prompts. Just words.
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