Amos Thibodeau's First Kiss

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Amos Thibodeau Jr. loved Miss Becky Bellefontaine with a passion that could only blossom between a young boy and the most beautiful teacher in the whole school. Amos himself was only 10 years old, nonetheless, the depth of his affection drew from a well so deep as to drain all the strength from his body whenever she drew near to him and reinfuse him with infinite power when she spoke to him kindly of some thing he had done to please her.

Miss Becky was 23. She had a quick smile that melted all of the hearts of the boys she taught, but none so completely as Amos Thibodeau, who believed her to be a goddess come to earth.

It was on Valentine’s Day that Amos finally declared his love for Miss Becky in his own way. When the last paper hearts had been given, Amos stepped up and placed a baby alligator on Miss Becky’s desk, declaring, “I named her after you.”

Bending down, Miss Becky kissed him on the forehead and said, “Amos, she’s beautiful,” as the gator hissed approval.

Amos didn’t wash his face for a month.

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  1. Avatar Bob Liddil

    Amos Thibodeau Jr. is one of those characters that refuses to go back to sleep after a story.

    This is the second story in his (so far) colorful young life..

  2. Avatar Elizabeth Gallenberg

    The gator is a great little touch. Cute story.

    I do think you can cut some of the middle. “Miss Becky was 23. She had a quick smile that melted all of the hearts of the boys she taught, but none so completely as Amos Thibodeau, who believed her to be a goddess come to earth.” — this mainly reiterates through telling what you’ve shown us so much more vividly in the first paragraph. Also, “Amos finally declared his love for Miss Becky in his own way.” — we see that happen in the very next few lines, so we don’t need to have it explained to us.

    I really like the tone and humor of the piece. I hope there will be more Amos Thibodeau Jr. stories to come!

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Oh, I thought she kissed the alligator. Got it. I laughed out loud here in my office when I read the first sentence in its entirely, mostly caused I’d read the first half a few times and gotten interrupted, so when I finally got to the part about the teacher it was really funny. Great descriptions and thoroughly amusing.

    Glad you’ve found a character with whom to play. Now you’re making me want to be bring back my Southern characters!

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