"Nearly Nine" is a short story I wrote for a contest on MashStories.com. I was fortunate enough to get short listed. This means my story is up on their website for (literally) dozens of people to read. Make sure you're one of them.
If you're interested, you can find the story here: http://mashstories.com/previouslypublished/nearly-nine/
Feel free to vote for it. (The voting buttons are at the bottom of the page.) Votes factor into the judging process. If you know anyone who'd like the story, share the link or this post with them.
Together we can make this depressing story about a plane crash into a slightly less depressing story about a plane crash because at least those people died for something important.