Submitted by eddycurrents on Tue, 05/17/2005 - 2:47pm

I've been busy as all heck lately so I haven't done much writing but I did get this out while I was on a business trip in KL. Thanks to Bob for the heads up. Maybe I'll still win their contest... It ain't much, but it's a start. I can't get paid for anything anyway until I get a green card (which is one reason why my writing has fallen off -- I got bored of short stories and it's hard to get into novel writing when any possible payoff becomes even more remote). All typos and grammar mistakes are theirs. I sent it as pdf but they retyped it all for some reason... poorly. Humbug editors. Sigh.