THE PLOT BUNNY HAS BEEN VANQUISHED.
I have Bunny Motivation that makes actual sense. I have whacked it down (once again) to under a thousand words.
*pets Antubis and feeds him chocolate-covered ants*
I suppose I should sit on it for a couple of days and make sure I still like it before I ship it off. And there's several markets I can send it to if AlienSkin doesn't want it, so yay for that. I considered sending it to a couple of those first, since the deadline isn't until July 30, but that seems a little unfair, since I wrote it specifically for this contest. So I guess I'll give them the first crack at it.
ETA: Many many hugs and thanks and e-cookies to the Concrit Group, who helped make it better and pointed out the ginormous glaring lack-of-real-motivation my Evil Bunny had. And special thanks to myfeetshowit for giving me the nudge in the right direction. *smooches*