It was Valentine's Day, and Susan Astronomonov, better known as Mandark, was sitting outside on the front porch of his house looking very sad. Nobody had given him any Valentine's Day gifts at school that day, which made him upset.
Just then Deedee walked by. She noticed that Mandark was upset. "What's wrong?" she asked.
Mandark felt a little better knowing that his crush was there, but he still looked sad. "Nobody gave me any cards at school today. Even my creepy little sister got more than me. Well, most of them were from your dance class, but it's still not fair." Mandark remembered seeing Lalavava carrying a bunch of cards from her friends at ballet class.
"Aww, that's too bad," said Deedee. She felt bad for Mandark. "Even evil geniuses like you deserve some love."
"Doesn't anybody at school like me?" Mandark wondered sadly.
"Well... the thing is... I secretly kinda like you," said Deedee.
"Really? So you were just pretending to hate me?" asked Mandark.
"Yeah, well, I didn't wanna get teased for it. And you do pick on my brother. And you are kind of clingy. And your laugh is annoying..."
"Okay, that's enough," said Mandark, annoyed.
"But I also think you're kind of... cute," said Deedee. Sure, Mandark was an evil nerd with a dorky haircut and a tacky cape and a girly name, but he was smart. And he sure did know how to express his true romantic feelings for her, even if he did go a bit overboard sometimes.
Mandark blushed. "Really?"
"Yeah," said Deedee. She then took something out of her backpack and opened it up. It was a tin full of heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies. "Now I know how much you love cookies, so I made these for you. I wanted to wait until after school to give them to you."
Mandark was overjoyed. He threw his arms around Deedee. "Thank you so much!" he squealed. He then took a bite of a cookie. "Mmm. These are much better than those yucky organic cookies my mother makes."
Deedee smiled. "I knew you'd like them."
Mandark smiled too, but it was more of a mischievous smile. "I got some things for you also." He took out a bouquet of red roses and a box of chocolates.
"Ooh, thanks." Deedee was about to take the gifts, but Mandark held them away from her. "You can have them if you kiss me," he said, pointing to his puckered lips.
"Okay, if it'll help you cheer up," said Deedee. Mandark was always trying to get a kiss from her.
Her big blue eyes met his small dark ones. Deedee thought Mandark had pretty eyes. This gave Deedee an idea.
She took Mandark's glasses off so she could get a better look at those beautiful eyes. "Ooh yes, very pretty," she sighed.
"I can't see," whined Mandark. Then Deedee kissed him.
Mandark had no choice but to close his eyes, since Deedee still had his glasses. He was obviously enjoying the kiss, though. He twirled one of Deedee's pigtails.
This actually doesn't feel bad at all, thought Deedee. She liked the kiss. She stroked Mandark's soft black hair. He practically swooned in her arms.
After the kiss...
"Okay, okay, you can have your gifts. Now can I please have my glasses back?" Mandark was squinting.
"Yes, of course," said Deedee. She gave Mandark a very tight hug. "Happy Valentine's Day, cutie."
"You too, my golden-haired angel," sighed Mandark.
This could quite possibly be Mandark's best Valentine's Day ever.