This is a story I wrote a while ago for a creative writing class. It got a very good reception when I read it aloud, and I even had people asking for copies so they could read it again at home.
I'm working on a novella that takes the same basic ideas but expands upon them. (The ending is completely different, so don't worry about spoiling the surprise by reading the short story version.) Should be done in a couple months, hopefully. The novella version contains drug references, so I'm not sure if I'd be breaking blogspot rules by posting it there... Maybe I'll find someplace else to put it online.