I planned out the entire story this morning as I was walking to work, having had the idea randomly pop in, and then realised I couldn't recall for certain if the plant photo won. Was very relieved to see it had!
HoopyFrood -- In this mysterious and moody tale of survival against a barely seen foe, we see the power of courage and self-sacrifice. Balancing this, however, is the certain knowledge that one must know when to avoid unnecessary risks.
chrispenycate -- Plausible scientific and cultural speculation make this story of a subtle but important discovery seem very real. By concentrating on the thoughts of the discoverer, the author creates an intriguing character study.
Luiglin -- Sweeping the reader's vision from a vast landscape to a tiny detail within it, this poetically written but unsentimental war story stirs the emotions. By focusing the attention on a single individual, we learn the true cost of violence.