I admit that I hadn't read your story completely until just now, but after I did, I found it to a wonderful analogy of life, morally, physically, spiritually and ethically.
I know that's a fancy bunch of words to toss around, but they are apt in this case. Life is like that... a path. Sometimes you stray a bit
from what you intend on the larger scale. Setbacks happen through our own weaknesses or someone you love and care about. Such influences are our
constant companion as we go thrugh life.
I can't wait to see what you come up with in your submission to this contest.