The theme for this contest, courtesy of @Scot, is hitchhiker. You are free to interpret the theme however you wish, but please make sure your story takes the theme into account in some way. The entries can be no longer than 500 words. Please post the entries directly in this thread. All entries will automatically be anonymized by the system. The deadline for submission is February 28. Good luck to everyone who enters! Hopefully the info above covers everything, but if you have additional questions/comments, please post them here or PM me.