Spoiler: spoiler Waldo's Thoughts This is two separate and distinct story lines which are not really related. Far, far too much word play in the opening paragraphs. Having read the whole story, I understand why but it was hard to get through that none the less. It's nearly four thousand words of convolution, I just don't get it. And, can we please bury Schrodinger's dead cat... please. Uncle Bullfrog's Box It's an interesting tale in so far as that goes, but I'm missing the "why." Why is the spirit in the box? Why not re-invest it in the body, what has it got to do with the long lost relative? I should probably read it again to be fair but should the reader have to read a story twice? Miss Melodies Box Pleasantly written. No end twist. Got the story of Pandora's box (jar) more or less right except I find no mention of Epimethius. I liked it. Blue Matches I have nothing good or bad to say about this story. Just not enough story for me to give a rat's rear about. An interpersonal relationship that I have no part of. I would care why. I found the writing style hard to read. That Stupid Box It was all a dream again. An earlier story in the contest used the same trope. Over all, I liked it. Halcyon Mind control drug with a body count of 1. Been there, done that, nothing original, couldn't get interested. Let's bury it with Schrodinger's Cat. Ribbons, Lace, and Clean White Satin I liked the style of the writing. Not enough action. The Cami character just sort of got lost. I think this story would have been greatly improved by being half this length. A Nightmare in Yellow I read it. I still don't know what it's about. The author has played waaayyy too much D&D I suspect. Take a deep breath, remove all the set description, rename the characters Bob, Fred, and Alice, and start again. Once again I find that I really wasn't impressed by any of the entries. All of them had to do with magic which I thought was odd. Science fiction is just magic with a partial explanation. In my book it was between Miss Melody's Box and That Stupid Box. A very close race. To be fair, I wish there was a "None of the above" check box but.... I don't really want to vote but I do so like to see the horse race unfold so, THAT STUPID BOX got my vote for want of Epimethius in MISS MELODY'S BOX.