I'm sorry it finished up competing with your own story, Chathol, particularly as it seems yours would have taken the runners-up spot if it hadn't been there. In my opinion, your Legolas tale is far better than my dwarven one (in fact I've never really been fully happy with Watcher. I quickly wrote it as an appendix to the Balin's Folly story, and was never really happy with the ending).
It's funny though how these pieces of fan fiction take on a life of their own after while. When I think of Legolas now days, I invariably think of the pieces you have written. To me, they have more insight into Legolas's life than what Tolkien included in his own works. From your writing, I can see Legolas having a history and a childhood that JRR never told us about.
I hope next year if I manage to come runner-up again, I will be able to congratulate you for pipping me to the winner's post. Please let's have some more soon.