Short Story Contest #166 Theme: "Progress" courtesy of @Storysmith Contest story entries can be found HERE We have nine interesting entries in this contest. The winner will be revealed in two weeks and the winner thread will be stickied until the next contest's winner is crowned. No more entries are allowed in this contest. Entries are listed in the poll in the order posted. Voting extended to Monday December 22nd, 2014 ~5 pm Pacific Time in hopes the three-way tie will break. I encourage authors to vote. While it is controversial, it remains acceptable in the short story contest to vote for yourself. I encourage you to vote honestly. In the name of good sportsmanship only vote for yourself if you have read all the other stories and given them your honest evaluation. Consider how the author has responded to the theme, as well as the quality of the writing and overall impression of the story in making your decision. The stories have been enjoyable so read for enjoyment, learning, and to vote. Don't look at it like a chore. Finally, thanks to all for patience with the short story contest. I only have one more week for the busy season in my day job.