Although there were some surprises in the story, the conclusion was logical and left the reader feeling satisfied.
A good short story should show a central character moving on in some clearly definable way, and this one did exactly that. I would have liked to know this central character's whole story. Maybe Lucy will write a novel about him one day?
Runner-up Laura E James (no relation!) also wrote an original and moving story, which delivered a satisfying ending.
Well done, Lucy and Laura!
See http://blog.choc-lit.co.uk/?p=2601 to read the winning story.