We have posted all the finalist stories now, with the exception of one straggler who missed the train. Time to select a winner, and here is how that works.
Everyone who entered the contest gets a single vote. If you entered the contest AND posted at least one comment, you get an extra vote. In the event of a tie, the station-master-in-chief will cast a vote. Make your choice based only on the final entry.
As the authors are anonymous, go ahead and caste your votes at the bottom of this post, using the pseudonym we assigned each entrant.
Let the author and our audience know why you voted as you did, and what you liked about their story. Get your votes in by Friday evening. We will tally the votes and announce over the weekend, and on Saturday morning we will list the authors and the scrambled list of pseudonyms, and allow everyone to guess the true identities, and post their conclusions.
Person who gets the most correct will win a Starbucks card for $20 to buy politically correct cups of Christmas coffee this season. In the event of a tie, Satikush will select the winner.
Voter ID is not required!