Gah! Removing that early reference to Sirinian's mother was one of the edits that I thought I'd made in between getting the results and posting it here. Thanks for telling me I'd forgotten it.
Yes, there are quite a few inconsistencies in the story. It's my fault, for making it up as I went along and then writing it all in twenty-four hours (somehow, I completely missed the competition until the Tuesday). Anyway, praise is high indeed when it comes from the winner. I've read your story, and would like to take the opportunity here to tell you exactly how good it is, and that the best, in this case, definitely won.
Once again, thank you for stopping by and for your kind praise.