I've been busy since I first set my sights on this competition in October, but now I finally have mustered some time to write.
Whilst I had several ideas, the one I decided to do is this one. It is a second draft. The changes and improvements from the first draft (not posted because I accidentally saved over it, though it was quite a mess anyway) are the formatting, changes to dialogue, sentence structure, word choice, and of course, plenty of content cut for the sake of the word limit, now sitting at 1000 words exactly.
I hope to continue and post a final, edited, proofread draft later today.
Thanks, and enjoy. Any feedback appreciated.
EDIT: Changed topic title to reflect the new title for the story.