Congratulations, TJ! We don't seem to have many resounding victories these days, so the quality of your story, and the margin of victory, were both outstanding. I had thought from the first reading that the cadence of words in your entry was like that of a show tune, and I wondered if there'd been a particular song you were inspired by. It really had the feel of a Broadway show stopper.
Enjoying reading the creation-stories from the folks who are posting them. My entries just pop in my head in their entirety, after a single idea first comes (well, their entirety plus about 50-75 extra words; I'm honestly lucky that editing down is where almost all of my time is spent on any Challenge). This time I thought of synesthesia as related to androids, and there the story was. I often find that my entries are dark in nature, but sometimes something with hope in it comes out, and that's always a nice surprise. But I don't try for any type of feel or any type of emotion or really anything at all... it honestly all just pops out fully grown, like Athena springing from Zeus's head (but without the majesty). And I agree with Phyrebrat on writing for yourself... I never try for votes, but when they or listings come, they're cherished.
Well, enough of me.
I'm so happy another Challenge happens in under two days. See you all there, CC
edit to add: I forgot to thank you, @The Judge
, for the kind words on my story! They made me very happy, and kind comments are also cherished.