Wow... I AM surprised, especially since many of you commented that I did hit the "oh factor," when I was so sure I had missed it.
(But again, it seems to be the way of it... entries I've written that I don't care for, in terms of "skill" or "topic appropriateness," often place, while those that I
think are brilliant and spot-on don't.)
Thank you, everyone. In spite of being at FW for a long while... in spite of placing... I am still much too thin-skinned.
If anyone is interested, I got the inspiration for the story and the last line (which is the real "ohhhh....") from these photos.
Cornish Tin Mines
And apologies that I didn't make it clearer in the story that it was a tin mine. In the long run, I guess it doesn't matter... even though I'm not sure coal mines have these distinctive engine house chimneys.
(Is this too much yakking for the results thread?)
Congratulations to everyone... It is definitely an honour to be counted with you.