Well knock me over with a feather! Wow and thanks to the judges for having a great sense of humour. And congrats especially to Loren - I wasn't at all sure how his tale would be received and I'm thrilled to see it place.
As a general rule, I tend to choose a different level each week and leave comments on a number of stories from that level. This week I was delving into Intermediates so I stumbled upon Mary Lou's piece early on. I loved it then and I'm delighted to see it placed so highly.
One final thought and then I'll leave space for the next person. I have been taking part in the FaithWriters Challenge since 2006. I've had my fair share of ECs in that time for which I am grateful. But I have never ever come position number one in any level. So it feels really good to see my name up there. All things come to those who hang in there long enough!
Thanks again. And well done to one and all.