I want to thank everybody who participated in the Passion of Art story. It was great fun writing it and then watching to see what you guys did.
Version Bravo was the most popular based on the number of downloads, with over eleven thousand.
Version Charlie got the best score if you compare the scores of all four versions after two weeks (when everybody who was going to read them seemed to have done that).
Two of the other versions also scored very high until, within the space of two days, they dropped significantly. So, either a whole bunch of people read them all at once and hated them all, or a whole bunch of people waited to vote until they were done reading them all (as I suggested) and then voted high for the one they liked and low for all the rest. It was kind of fascinating watching things unfold.
Now that they're done I'll explain the ending to version Bravo, which I got a LOT of mail about. That ending was the one that required the reader to decide what happened.
I cut it off abruptly, on purpose, with just enough information so the reader knew that a number of things COULD happen.
I'm pretty sure it worked, because people wrote asking if this happened, or if that happened, or the other thing happened, and all those things were things from their imaginations. If you read version Bravo, ask yourself what YOU thought MIGHT have happened ... and there's your ending.
And finally, for all of you who wrote and said you liked this format, thank you and, yes, I'll probably do it again some day. It's a lot of work and it's easy to make logical mistakes between the versions. But it's also fun to do and even more fun to watch as you read them.
Thanks again to all of you out there who make it worth the work.