I have taken this story out of the running for the Bebo Author Short Story Competition. I will be submitting it shortly to another contest whose rules allow for posting on your personal blog.
I put a lot of effort into this story and I hope I pulled it off as well as I'd wanted to. If I had to pick one word to describe it, I think I would choose magical, but even that leaves so much more to be said. I'll leave this up for a few days to give people a chance to comment before I make my next post. Let me know what you think. I would love to write more about what went into this story, in case anyone wants to know more about what was on my mind when it was coming together.
*** This story has been removed as I look to find it a new home.***