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Message to Readers
As someone with over-writing tendencies, writing exactly 100 words was a struggle. I've always sympathised with runner ups, second places, those so close yet so far (*cough* Adam Lambert on the eighth season of American Idol, absolutely robbed *cough*). Here's my homage to all my second-place homies. You are all Adam Lamberts and One Directions to me.
I was saddened becuase it reminded me and put me back in all the times I was so excited for a competition that I'd practiced so hard, and so many hours for and then... lost. You do the best you can and yet, it's not enough and I think this piece got it across beautifully.
You somehow invoked so much emotion and put me right back in that situation in so few words. Your use of thoughts really helped get the mood across very quickly.
I love how you describe the other contestant's grasp as weak, I think that kind of adds depth and makes you think, were they really strong enough to deserve the win? Great job!! :)